IDW will collect the first Star Trek newspaper strips in a 264 page, partial color hardcover book.
Source: Press Release
If you like Star Trek, you are are a nerd, subgenus: Trekkie. If you read comics, you are a comics nerd. That makes you a nerd squared. You're reading about this on the internet, so you are also a computer nerd. You are a nerd cubed. Congratulations.
Now that we've clarified things, let's talk about IDW's Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips Vol. 1 hardcover edition. The original Star Trek strip ran for four years starting in 1979, first with stories and art by Thomas Warkentin, and later with stories by Sharman DiVono and art by Ron Harris. They're rare, so there's a good chance that even a nerd to the power of three like yourself has never read them. The Library of American Comics has restored the strips, and IDW is collecting it in a 8.5"x11" hardcover, available in October, for $49.99.
Go out and buy it, and you may get a Vol. 2. Here's the press release:
First Star Trek ® Newspaper Strips Collected into Hardcover
IDW Publishing and the Library of American Comics to publish rare Star Trek newspaper strip from the late 1970s
San Diego, CA (July 31, 2012) – This October, Star Trek fans will join the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise to boldly go where no one has gone before… in daily adventures collected in STAR TREK: THE NEWSPAPER STRIPS, VOL. 1!
Published in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Star Trek comic strip debuted on December 2, 1979, and ran in newspapers across the country for four years. This volume presents ten complete story arcs, first helmed by writer and illustrator Thomas Warkentin, before being taken up by writer Sharman DiVono and artist Ron Harris.
“Even most die-hard Trek fans have never seen these strips,” says series editor Dean Mullaney. “It’s going to be a real treat!”
These rare and hard-to-find strips ran seven days a week, and picked up after the events of the first Star Trek film. Daily strips were printed in black and white, while the Sundays were provided in color. For STAR TREK: THE NEWSPAPER STRIPS, VOL. 1, all strips have been lovingly restored by the Library of American Comics. Star Trek expert Rich Handley provides an in-depth introduction, giving a history of the strip.
STAR TREK: THE NEWSPAPER STRIPS, VOL. 1, licensed by CBS Consumer Products, will be presented in an 8.5” x 11” hardcover book priced at $49.99.
STAR TREK: THE NEWSPAPER STRIPS, VOL. 1 ($49.99, 264 pages, partial color) will be available in October 2012. Diamond order code: AUG12 0371. ISBN 978-1-61377-494-6.
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