Checker collects Gold Key 'Star Trek' issues

Official Press Release

DAYTON, Ohio: Checker Book Publishing Group and Paramount Pictures Corporation have announced a licensing agreement under which Checker will reprint the original Star Trek comics in a series of trade paperbacks beginning in May 2004.

Star Trek comics debuted in 1967, the same year the original television series premiered, and continued on an irregular serial schedule until 1979 under Western Publishing's Gold Key imprint (newsprint paperback collections dubbed "The Enterprise Logs" were also offered in the 1970s). The comics feature the original Enterprise crew (Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott) in adventures available nowhere else.

Eventually, sixty issues full-color issues would be published, and Checker's first collection will include issues one through eight, featuring art by Nevio Zaccara (1,2) and Alberto Giolitti (3-8). Though writing credits on the first eight issues were not given, subsequent writers for these rare comics gems included Len Wein, George Kashdan and Doug Drexler.

Checker Book Publishing Group was established in 2000 to bring the absolute best of dormant, unpublished, and under-published serial comics and cartooning back to print.

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