Remembering Leonard Nimoy: The Day Spock Died

The Day Spock Died by Paul O'Connell

The Day Spock Died by Paul O’Connell


Fans of Star Trek and Leonard Nimoy‘s other work – photography, music and film – are in mourning across the globe with news of his death yesterday. WIRED Magazine has an affectionate round up of just some of the thousands of tributes here, and his passing has promoted many an artwork tribute.

In Britain, even the real Basil Brush paid tribute…

As did many British comic creators, including Jonathan Wyke, Dave Elliott and Ben Oliver

“I guess this is what happens the older you get, you watch your heroes die,” notes British comics creator Paul O’Connell. “I heard the news and was reminded of an old strip I did – ‘The Day Spock Died‘ –  based on a story told to me by my friend Harry.

“Re-reading it in the light of today’s news one line in particular stuck out for me…’the world had betrayed me’…it occurs to me that no matter how old you are, it’s a feeling that you have to learn to get used to.”

As I mark his death and fond memories, I leave the last word to Leonard Nimoy himself with his final, poignant tweet…

• Read Paul O’Connell’s strip:

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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