29 October 2011
FWS: Forgotten Classics- The Comico Starblazers Series (1987)
Starblazers...do you remember love?
On a personal note, the moment that I spied this on the new release wall of Starbase 21 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I grabbed it so fast, I nearly ripped it! The drought that Starblazers fans had to live through broke the moment this series hit, and it had been years...long years. I can say now, that I cried reading these. It was overwhelming, Starblazers had such an impact on me, that I had mythaized it to the degree of religious importance. In addition, items of the Starblazers universe were rare and very hard to find, especially in Tulsa...but the few things I had, I loved. Then this series came out, and I finally had a great comic book with superior art, and a dense storyline to digest over months. Gods, it was wonderful...I still own those comics, and they are like they were fresh off the printer, because I took care of them. It wasn't until I was a junior in high school, 1994, that I would see Starblazers again via VHS. On a side note, it was interesting to see the basic story of Starblazers series one and two heavily mined for the 2003-2004 Xindi storylines of Star Trek: Enterprise. iincluding the battle between the Enterprise and the Xindi Superweapon Sphere in Earth orbit, which reminds me of the final battle between the Argo and the Comet empire city-ship.
Modern Review of the Comico 1987 limited series
The Second Comico Starblazers Series (1989)
The hope was that the second series would pave the way for a permanent monthly Starblazers comic. The failure of the second series's art and odd story failed to attract the positive attention, despite similar sales to the first limited series in 1987. During the second series release, Comico Comics teetering on the edge of bankruptcy due to the end of most of its profitable limited series, like Robotech, Grendal, and Mage all in 1989, leading to filing in 1990.
What Happened to Starblazers?
The 1989 second Comico limited Starblazers series: