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Harlan Ellison’s original teleplay for the acclaimed 1967 Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever,” which was rewritten before filming began, will be adapted in a miniseries debuting in June from IDW Publishing.
“Presenting Harlan Ellison’s brilliant original script for ‘City on the Edge…’ has been a goal of ours since IDW first began publishing Star Trek comics in 2007,” IDW Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall said in a statement. “The episode justifies its position atop ‘best Star Trek episodes’ lists but even it ain’t nuthin’ compared to what Ellison did in his original teleplay. This is truly going to be a Star Trek adventure unlike any other, even to fans who have that beloved episode memorized.”
The five-issue Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay is adapted by writers Scott Tipton and David Tipton and artist J.K. Woodward, with regular covers by Juan Ortiz and variants by Paul Shipper.
“The City on the Edge of Forever” follows Kirk and Spock as the pursue a temporarily delusional McCoy through an ancient time portal, where they end up in 1930s New York City. There they must not only rescue their friend but save their own future, which has been changed by McCoy’s actions in the past. The episode won the 1968 Hugo Award for best dramatic presentation.
“It was a superlative joy of my long life to have worked with Leonard Nimoy, who became my friend, and many others at Star Trek,” Ellison said, “and an equally heart-happy joy to be working with J.K. and the Tipton Bros. and Chris Ryall on this long-awaited visual of my (humbly, I say it) brilliant original ‘City…'”
Every month or so, J.K. Woodward (Fallen Angel) shares his process on a piece of art. This month it’s this fake cover to an imaginary crossover in which everyone’s favorite Spaceknight teams up with the rebooted Enterprise crew to fight some attacking Martians. Woodward says that the piece is mostly about expressing his desire for IDW to acquire the ROM license, which is something else a lot of fans wish was real.
Artist J.K. Woodward, who has worked on comics like Star Trek The Next Generation / Doctor Who: Assimilation2 and Fallen Angel with Peter David, lost his home and everything he owns because of Hurricane Sandy. If you’d like to help him out, he’s made it easy–he’s selling some wonderful prints and a bunch of his original art to “get us back on our feet.”
My wife and I recently suffered a huge loss from Hurricane Sandy. Our home was lost along with almost everything we own. I’m currently coming up with some fund raising ideas to get us back on our feet and into a home where we can start to rebuild. The first of which is to sell some original pages from my work on the Star Trek TNG/DoctorWho: Assimilation2 series. I have pages and covers available through Cadence Comic Art. There are some great deals to be found there if you act quickly.
The second wave is to make prints from previous works and commissions to sell as prints. This will be a limited 2 week sale and all prints are signed. These are what I have made available for now. More will be added in future blog posts. They are all 11 x 17
To hear more of his story of dealing with the hurricane, check out this podcast.