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Star Trek: v. 1: The Key Collection (Star Trek: The Key Collection) Paperback – Illustrated, 8 Jan 2004

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Checker Book Publishing Group,US (8 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974166448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974166445
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.1 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 667,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thornhill on 1 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
Checker have done a great job presenting these reprints. The paper and reproduction quality are excellent. The strips themselves are what you'd expect from 1960s / 1970s comic books with the sometimes odd use of colour and not always accurate separation but that is all part of the charm. All the strips are in colour.

I would say this book is more for comic book fans than hard core trekkies. You wonder if the original writers had ever seen the show! Characterization and terminology are way off - Spock: "You cannot be serious!" "Shades of Pluto! I think I have the answer" "all rockets (sic) on full" (to the Enterprise engine room). Phasers are referred to as "blast rays" and "laser beam destruct ray" communicators are "Radio-TV" links and so on.

As a collection of 1960s/70s comic book kitsch this is fantastic and I really enjoyed it. If you are looking for stories faithful to the "Star Trek universe" you will be sorely disappointed!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
What if Irwin Allen produced Star Trek? 29 Sept. 2004
By Picardfan007 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
You have to view this set of comics with the above title in question. Remember Lost in Space, Land of the Giants and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea producer Irwin Allen? That's exactly the kind of stories you get like "Planet of Quick Change". There's one where the Enterprise crew members see "Mummies" from outer space in a future edition. They are fun to read because they are so low tech. For lack of a better term they are one of those guilty pleasures that kept me interested in the series long after it left the air. While I knew at the time they were not accurate to the series; they were still fun to read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An affordable means of owning and reading these stories 20 July 2008
By Charles LePage - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Collecting the first eight issues of the Gold Key Star Trek comic book series, this trade paperback certainly is an affordable means of owning and reading these stories. There wasn't much in the way of explanation, however, for anyone new to these comics.

The trade is well produced. I have to imagine the artwork looks better here than it did originally, at least as far as the coloring goes. I would also imagine any modern reader, whether they were familiar with Star Trek or not, would find the stories at least a little odd. Personally, I think the historical nature of these comics out weighs any shortcomings, not unlike the Golden Age comics I have read.

Unfortunately, there's little explanation for newcomers as to why the Gold Key series is so different from any other Star Trek comic book or television series. A little online research revealed the artist who drew issues #3-8, Alberto Giolitti, had never seen the television series and only had publicity photos to use as references. I don't know if the more recent volumes have more background information, but more facts and figures would be helpful. For instance, did the artists inject ideas like flame bursting from the nacelles, and the Enterprise flying VERY close to the ground, or were they drawing whatever the unknown writers told them to draw?

Having said that, I still look forward to reading and reviewing the rest of this fine series.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
the super key collection 16 Mar. 2006
By Jocelyne Meunier - Published on Amazon.com
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excellent come back for this collection of comic's star trek

I appreciate it because it is a nice price for a nice collection
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It was good to be able to read this finally... 7 Dec. 2011
By David B. Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
however, with flames coming out of the Enteprise's nacelles, McCoy and Scotty in a gold shirts, and the characters not quite right, it was quite odd. But, some of the stories are very good.
By Charlie Gee - Published on Amazon.com
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I have purchased all five volumes of this Checker Publications series of the STAR TREK comics. Each volume comes with a one-page introduction by publisher Mark Thompson, providing some insights into the issues contained in the respective volume. The comics themselves are presented intact (eight issues per volume) on colorful, glossy pages, and from my untrained eye, seem to be a straight reproduction of how they originally appeared, with no obvious enhancements to the coloring. If so, it doesn't matter. The stories are still fun to read and visually pleasing, while giving you a rare opportunity to once again join the crew of the Enterprise on its "five-year mission". The drawn likenesses of the actors are very good and actually improve as the series progresses. The stories themselves may not be perfect and may not always accurately reflect the series, but they don't fail to spark the imagination or to entertain you.

For the price offered by Amazon, the STAR TREK fan can't go wrong with purchasing this series of books. They arrived quickly and were well packaged to prevent damage. So, here's your chance to own all the comics from the late 60s and into the 70s, when the series was just beginning to gain it's legendary following. Go ahead. Beam on board!
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