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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 125

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at Peter David’s first run on Star Trek, with art by Tom Sutton and Gordon Purcell…


Peter David had a relatively short initial stint on DC’s Star Trek title (from #48 to #55), but it was a memorable one! So memorable that they brought him back to start up the SECOND Star Trek volume from DC that came out a year after the first volume finished.

David’s work is often noted by his sense of humor, and that was at display in his very first issue, which was a Bachelor’s Party for a Klingon member of the crew (a Klingon who has since been ret-conned out of existence).

The punch is non-alcoholic, until three different members of the senior crew of the Enterprise spike it, to amusing results…

But David was just as quick to turn to the serious side, like the ramifications of the brawl at the party…

That ending led to a big battle involving the Klingons (and a wedding between two crew members).

The next issue saw a telepath on board run amok, as first hilarity ensued…

and then things got more serious…

once that wrapped up, we got the following great cliffhanger (Kirk had recently informed Bearclaw that he would be kicked off of the Enterprise)….

this led to a great “life flashes before his and therefore our eyes” issue with Kirk and then a tense “whodunit?” two-parter to finish out his run.

Strong work from David and solid artwork from the veteran Sutton (the late, great Tom Sutton) and the newer artist, Gordon Purcell (who is still drawing Star Trek today, for IDW!).


Rusty Priske

May 6, 2010 at 5:50 am

Bloom County reference!

Ethan Shuster

May 6, 2010 at 6:03 am

These look like some interesting stories. I’ve only seen some of these. I believe these stories are set between Star Trek 4 and 5. This includes a bunch of characters who I believe only appeared in this series. An officer named Bearclaw was one. There’s also a Klingon Starfleet officer before Worf ever showed up.

While I liked what I’ve seen of this Trek series, when DC relaunched after Star Trek V, I wasn’t really a big fan of David’s run started the series. Maybe partly taking his cue from the more dumbly comedic movie, he started to turn things into a sitcom.

The Crazed Spruce

May 6, 2010 at 6:33 am

Hey, if you want to keep the whole “ST” thing going, you should use David and Purcell’s “The Trial of James T. Kirk”, from the second Star Trek series. The Bela Oxmyx cameo alone is worth the price of admission. :)

thought Peters run on star trek was interesting for only some one with his skill and sense of humor could dare to get away with the crew being shown drunk in a comic not to mention love the are you a penquin spock. too bad due to not having the rights to star trek dc can not put the thing in trade

Bloggy Nelson

May 6, 2010 at 8:19 am

This is the run that got me into comics; more specifically, the Dante issue was the book that cemented me as a lifelong comics reader. When I was a kid, Peter David was the only creator name I knew. Thanks for covering the DC Star Trek stuff!

I love the Bloom County bit!!

So was that Lt Arax from the old cartoon series? I had no idea DC used those characters.

Well, all this helps to support my belief that Peter David is the greatest comic-book writer ever.

Kathleen David

May 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm

IDW has put a lot of the old DC Star Trek comics out in graphic novel form included a bunch of Peter’s stuff.

Wow. I’ve never been into any licensed comics stuff for some reason. But these Peter David Star Trek pages really make me want to read the stories they came from.

Ethan Shuster

May 6, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Yeah, that’s Arex. I think this series used that cat alien woman, too. Forget her name. The comics tend to mix aliens into the crew unlike any TV or even the movies could do.

Haha, I guess this wraps up the begins-with-ST portion of your alphabetically organized comic book collection, Brian?

Haha, I guess this wraps up the begins-with-ST portion of your alphabetically organized comic book collection, Brian?

What was hilarious, Peter, is that it took until that number before anyone made the connection! I was prepared to keep going until someone noticed. :)

I only noticed because I cheated and went down the master archive list while reading about half of these in a day. Everything was quite varied when all of a sudden the word ‘star’ began popping up quite often. It made me laugh.

For me, what made this Star Trek comic was Tom Sutton, particularly with Ricardo Villagran. I loved the original run with Mike W. Barr.

crap pure fucked crap

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