Star Trek celebrated: new art by Pete Wallbank revealed

What’s your favourite Science Fiction franchise? For many, this question is as loaded as the one about what football team you support! Both SF and football have fanatically dedicated supporters.

It might be Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, or the old Timelord him/herself, Doctor Who!

For many however, their favourite franchise is Star Trek – in any if not all of its guises. It’s been around for over 50 years now, constantly re-inventing itself and appealing to new generations of audiences.

This particular new work by Pete Walkbank – perhaps best known for his Doctor Who work, himself a dedicated Planet of the Apes fan – is for a book cover detailing the classic 1960’s series featuring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and Deforest Kelley (Kirk, Spock and “Bones” McCoy).

“The book is due out later this year depending much on current events that are effecting everyone,” Pete teases, cryptically.

Beam us up – we’re sold!

• Pete Wallbank is online at and available for private commission. You can also find him on Facebook here

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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  1. Blade Runner: although, TBH, I’ve always thought of Star Trek, Star Wars et al as science fantasy, rather than true sci-fi… Dave

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