Most fans of the motion-picture genre could sit and talk for hours as they reflected on the terrific, hand-drawn movie posters of early cinema. Though horror-movies might come to your mind first, all movies received this special treatment when they premiered in your local theater. Its a medium that many have started collecting, and many of the original, larger-prints are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The basic premise of ‘Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz’ is beautiful and creative in and of itself, “What if every Star Trek: The Original Series episode was a movie event? What would the movie poster look like?” That is the spark that ignited this wonderful collection of images. Juan Ortiz crafted a one-of-a-kind poster for each of the original Star Trek episodes, and they are truly fantastic.
Browsing through the posters was a walk down memory-lane. As I remembered each the episodes (some more than others), it was so interesting to see how Ortiz brought the episode to life once again. I enjoyed trying to pick out the subtle details of some of the posters. A few have clever details that only a Trekkie might find, others it’s the larger prominent images that help you remember the episode. Ortiz did a great job of capturing just the right symbols for the posters.
The “Arena” is one of the most famous episodes so I’ll use that as an example, as not to ruin some of the more finer posters a fan would enjoy later. You can see the poster on the right. The episode originally aired back in January 1969, it famously pitted Captain James T. Kirk against the Gorn you see in the print. One of the great details that you can see in this print, is that episode was written by Gene L. Coon, but as fans know, the episode is based on the short story of the same name by Fredric Brown. Ortiz made sure to include that tiny footnote at the bottom just like it would be on a real movie-poster. Of course the fact that it was directed by Joseph Pevney didn’t escape the ‘Arena’ either. All of the posters have these exact details, along with minimalist imagery, all in gigantic prints that span the book.
The Arena is just one of the retro-style prints that you will find in the book, all with the same 1960s nostalgic art-stylings. There were 80 episodes in total, and each one has received its own poster. If you need a refresher, Juan Ortiz has been illustrating and designing since 1985. He’s worked on some pretty high-profile caseloads, including work with Disney and Warner Bros. and has even created some of the DC Comic’s covers for both Looney Tunes and Tiny Toons magazines. He is also the publisher of his own comic book series, Silver Comics, seen in the Disney/Dreamworks release I Am Number Four (produced by Steven Spielberg) as well as The Skull Army, a macabre/detective pulp, featuring his creation (named) The End.
The book itself is gigantic, making the posters all the more enjoyable. The hardcover book sits at just over 10″ tall, by 14″ wide. (10 1/4” x 14 1/3”) it was published through Titan Books and it’s easily one of my favorite tributes to the series that I’ve had the chance to own in a while.
Gift or personal use it’s a terrific collection and fans should enjoy remembering each of the classic episodes, while quietly judging the artist’s renditions of the series of course. Though even if you are a tough critic, I think you will find the work up to par with what you would expect from a collection with the Star Trek brand.
The book is currently on sale and can be found at many online retailers like Amazon below. It was currently listed at just $24, again the perfect time for a great gift or to add to your collection.
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