The Gemini Twins and Red met WAAYYYY back in “Retro Red.”
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I managed to post this story about sunbathing gone wrong during a time I went to the beach myself. Despite freaking myself out about undead attacks, I’m happy to say I encountered nothing worse than seagulls hellbent on eating my pretzel rods.
Red isn’t the first SPACE: The Comic character to appear naked. That would be Masoch.
Captain Kirk has a reputation as a ladies’ man, but I always felt (and I think it’s there if you watch the show) that he was more of a romantic. This is a LEGO custom minifigure I got from… somewhere I can’t remember.
Originally, a bowl of rainbow sherbert – the food of the gods – was to star in the part of Meteor Madness ice cream (and it still did, technically). But there were two problems with that. First of all, the bright purple, green and orange of the sherbert in its natural state didn’t photograph well, looking washed out and bland. It also wasn’t consistent with the bright purple popsicles that I’ve used to depict Meteor Madness ice cream previously. So the sherbert got a quick purple makeover, complete with toxic-looking and inexplicable blue and green highlights. It’s also worth mentioning how difficult it is to shoot a comic strip with my cat around once food of any kind appears on the table. Commander Schwartz and Captain Kirk were constantly menaced by a giant housecat who wanted their ice cream during the making of this comic. I hope they didn’t end up eating any cat hair! Here’s a photo showing that my cat was already up to no good even before I brought out the sherbert…
And yes, I did thoroughly enjoying eating that large bowl of sherbert as I photographed the comic! Sadly, I did not end up in the MEGO Toys dimension.
There are references to four classic Star Trek episodes in this comic. Can you name them?
Maybe I’m alone in this, but I love the classic, bug-eyed Gorn just as they were. One showed up years later on an Enterprise episode, but there were three major problems: It was way too limber; the eyes were all wrong; and it was the crap-crap-crappiest CGI they could manage. The Gorn almost appeared in the 2009 Star Trek movie, and they would have looked even worse! No, Star Trek designers! Stop messing with perfection and just accept the original Gorn in all their lumbering, Cheetah-print, silvery fly-eyeball glory!
This goes ALL the way back to “Satan in the Shadows,” in which it was revealed that Captain Kirk, William Shatner specifcally, is Commander Schwartz’s hero. It makes sense, right? (He’s also mine!)
These toys are the classic MEGO Captain Kirk and Enterprise Bridge, the re-releases by Diamond Select Toys, anyway. They’re hella fun and the design of the Enterprise playset is delightfully wacky. This Captain Kirk toy was also a favorite guest star of mine on Twisted Toyfare Theater back in the day, if anyone remembers Toyfare magazine. That feature was a predecessor to Robot Chicken.
Oh man, 500 comics. In a way, I hope this comic doesn’t get to a thousand because I pray I can wrap up all the MANY dangling storylines by then. But the truth is I love making comics and always have. (I used to draw them, which I’m no longer as good at, but found I like utilizing photography even more.) When I take, say, a four-year break, I feel like I’m missing a creative outlet in my life. So maybe continuing indefinitely with SPACE: The Comic, even if it takes eons to tell, isn’t such a bad thing.
As I mentioned last week, the 500th comic is actually five comics. It was TOO BIG TO CONTAIN IN ONE COMIC! lol “Seeing Red” and the fates of Red and Captain Dash will continue immediately after “500″ concludes. You know, this storyline really could just have been called “Meteor Madness III.”
The, um, new version of Schwartz you see at the end is a custom action figure I assembled using parts from Dr. Mego’s Repros, Classic TV Toys, old G.I. Joe air tanks I found on eBay, and a sticker sheet from LEGO’s Mars Mission series.
Thanks for sticking around for 500 comics, everyone! Here’s to… more!
Hell of a cliffhanger, huh? I truly hate to do this, but it’ll be several weeks until I post the follow-up. I actually don’t like to break up stories like this. It irritates my sense of tidiness. But next up is the 500th comic, and I wanted to do something special. In fact, the 500th comic is not one but five! Hope you enjoy…
Cape May, New Jersey is one of my favorite places in the world, a beach town that is itself an historical landmark, replete with Victorian-era houses. It also has some World War II history. Just outside of town, a strange, rectangular concrete structure occupies the beach. For many years, it was partially submerged in the sea and inaccessible. But beach reclamation has now left it standing openly on the sand like a mysterious Egyptian ruin. In my young mind, it was the entrance to a secret underground lair populated by lizard people or transforming robots. In reality, it was once a gun emplacement bunker from which the U.S. military maintained a wary eye on the sea for any errant German U-Boats. All you’ll actually find inside the concrete walls these days is sand and seagull poop. But I think it still inspired me to write this story, which I didn’t even realize until completing the comic.
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but the jet pack astronaut I use for Red is a figure I actually had during my childhood. Sadly, I noticed while photographing this comic that one of her arms had split, a common ailment in old LEGO minifigures. So, after a quick replacement, Red is now MOSTLY my original figure. BTW, Red once chastised me, the author, for not giving her more to do in the comic. Hopefully, this storyline will finally address that!