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RETRO STYLE STAR TREK ART

 

What if every Star Trek: The Original Series episode was a movie event? What would the movie poster look like? This was the inspiration to develop a one-of-a-kind art program for the series that launched a franchise.

 

The Star Trek Episode Poster Art collection by Juan Ortiz features unique retro-style art with the look of a 60s movie poster, comic book, pulp novel cover or advertisement. Altogether, it will encompass 80 designs – one for each episode of The Original Series (including the first pilot, "The Cage.") Four new designs will debut on the first of each month!

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Juan Ortiz is an avid Star Trek enthusiast and an accomplished artist that set out to create an art program representing each of the 80 episodes from the Star Trek: The Original Series. The artwork embodies his passion for the series, the transformational Sixties, and the visceral reaction generated from each episode.

Since 1985, Juan has been an illustrator/designer for Disney and Warner Bros. and has penciled covers for DC Comics’ 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.

 

April 2013 Releases

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March 2013 Releases

 

"A Piece Of the Action"
Original airdate: January 12, 1968

Ortiz: "I re-imagined the Iotians as shape-shifters. My interpretation is what I imagine them to look like still dressed as 1920's gangsters. Even if they don't shape-shift, it's nice to have that in the back of your mind while watching the episode. The phaser-Tommy gun melds the two eras together."

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"Bread and Circuses"
Original airdate: March 15, 1968

Ortiz: "[The idea came] pretty quickly, actually. Once I started to add the shield, I knew it would be a good way to include an element of the Enterprise... The stacking was meant to evoke a roman column without actually illustrating one."

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"For the World Is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky"
Original airdate: November 8, 1968

Ortiz: "This one went through several rounds. I originally wanted to go with a romance novel type of illustration. I decided instead to focus on just McCoy, since Spock and Kirk had gotten their own posters already. Rather than focus on the negative aspect of McCoy's illness, I chose instead to celebrate his marriage and cure with a colorful rainbow effect."

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"The Omega Glory"
Original airdate: March 1, 1968

Ortiz: "The opening teaser seemed interesting enough to include in a poster. The flag was added because of the episode’s story line. I think if you're unfamiliar with the episode, this image should spark some interest in viewing it."

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February 2013 Releases

 

"Amok Time"
Original airdate: September 15, 1967

Ortiz: "This was the first TOS poster that I worked on, so I really didn't know where I was going to go with them yet. In general, I like the distressed paper look, not because I wanted them to look old, but because it added another visual layer for me to play with."

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"Day of the Dove"
Original airdate: November 1, 1968

Ortiz: "This one was loosely inspired by Saul Bass' Spartacus (1960) movie poster. My original idea had the glowing red entity hovering above the Enterprise, but I felt that a Klingon element needed to be added."

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"Operation: Annihilate!"
Original airdate: April 13, 1967

Ortiz: "I never know where the ideas are going to come from. This one was inspired by crate labels for oranges. A lot of the stylizing was done so that the phaser would be highlighted, almost framed within the illustration. Kirk's collar, the phaser fire and the hand all draw attention towards it."

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"Is There In Truth No Beauty?"
Original airdate: October 18, 1968

Ortiz: "This one was inspired by Saul Bass' Birdman of Alcatraz movie poster. Originally, I was going to have the visor on Spock, but I felt that it was covering up too much of his face. I was hoping for a feeling of solitude. Spock always seemed like a lonely figure to me, always in thought."

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January 2013 Releases

 

"Mirror, Mirror"
Original airdate: October 6, 1967

Ortiz: "I don't usually lean towards bold colors, but this time it works to reflect the excitement that a boxing match usually evokes. I chose the two Spocks because of the way “evil” Spock's iconic goatee strongly contradicts good/regular Spock."

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"The Tholian Web"
Original airdate: November 15, 1968

Ortiz: "This one, and several others, were inspired by the Russian film posters of the mid 1920's to early 1930's. What I like about those posters is their mix of photos along with illustrations."

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"Miri"
Original airdate: October 27, 1966

Ortiz: "I was hoping to convey a sense of melancholy. The tears from her left eye were originally going to be scabs from the planet's virus. Likewise, the hair along the right creates an almost waterfall or a river of tears effect. I also wanted Miri to be as special as Kirk thought she was, so I made her larger than life against the Enterprise."

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"The Savage Curtain"
Original airdate: March 7, 1969

Ortiz: "There is that great image of Lincoln when he appears to the Enterprise, out in space. I thought I would take that and tie it in with the title, turning Lincoln's visage into a huge red "curtain." The credits as vapor trails was a way of creating movement, by reading them into the image, along with the Enterprise."

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December 2012 Releases

 

"Arena"
Original airdate: January 19, 1967

Ortiz: "Fortunately for Captain Kirk, his Gorn moved in slow motion. My Gorn represents what he may have looked like if TOS had today's budget and special effects technology. The inspiration came from the sword and sorcery paintings that I used to ogle over as a teen, by Frank Frazetta."

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"The Naked Time"
Original airdate: September 29, 1966

Ortiz: "I literally took my idea from the title and "stripped" off the outer layer of crewman Tormolen's own hand to expose the hand of time and space. The skull could either be a foreshadow of Tormolen's death or it could be a representation of the affliction reflecting off his visor."

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"A Taste of Armageddon"
Original airdate: October 27, 1967

Ortiz: "My initial idea was to depict a face for the computer console with view-screens for eyes, which is why I went with photos for this one. I eventually replaced the face idea with a skull to best represent that episode's story. I played around with the red accent color and decided to keep it simple with just the show title and phaser beam. The use of the title for teeth is nothing new, but if something works, it's worth doing again."

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"Spectre Of A Gun"
Original airdate: October 25, 1968

Ortiz: "My very first idea was to create a "wanted" type poster, but I felt it would be a bit too cliche and not a serious depiction of that episode. The guns make a broader and more serious statement. I'm not sure that the use of the guns was an a-ha moment as much as an "I wonder if this has ever been done?" moment. As far as I know, it hasn't, but if the Enterprise can be a pizza cutter, it can be anything."

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November 2012 Releases

 

"The Immunity Syndrome"
Original airdate: January 19, 1968

Ortiz: "The idea to represent the giant amoeba was an easy one. The paint splatters are actually fonts or dingbats. The only laborious part was arranging and colorizing the splatters into a layout that fell into an organized mess."

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"The Man Trap"
Original airdate: September 8, 1966

Ortiz: "I tried to picture what Kirk's view was while he was having the salt sucked out of him... By filling the page up completely, I hope to give the viewer the sense of being smothered or trapped."

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"What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
Original airdate: October 20, 1966

Ortiz: "Just having Ruk with that title would have been creepy enough, but having his shadow loom over Andrea creates more drama. I also thought about Frankenstein a bit while I worked on this one."

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"This Side of Paradise"
Original airdate: March 2, 1967

Ortiz: "This was pretty much the first take as far as the layout goes. I may have gone through a few color tries, but that was consistent with all of them... The hand symbolically represents Spock, having rejected love, reaching out from paradise for life aboard the Enterprise and his pursuit of logic."

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October 2012 Releases

 

"The Trouble With Tribbles"
Original airdate: December 29, 1967

Ortiz: "Despite (the fact) that dozens of Tribbles are poisoned, this is an off-beat, light-hearted, maybe even comedic episode. So I thought about some of the movie comedies that I like from the 60s, like It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, where everyone is just having a ball."

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"Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"
Original airdate: January 10, 1969

Ortiz: "I used the exact same face for both faces, which I hope demonstrates the absurdity of racism. I kept the faces as simple shapes so that the rage between the two, defined by the touches of red, would translate better."

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"Catspaw"
Original airdate: October 27, 1967

Ortiz: "I knew that I wanted this one to be bold and simple and that it had to include a giant cat. The Enterprise in the cat's mouth just fell into place. I think that's the playful part, sort of a "look what the cat dragged in" moment. Staring out the window and seeing empty eyes reflecting back at you creates that eerie feeling. I think some fans will be reminded of Batman, another classic show from the 60s."

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"The Alternative Factor"
Original airdate: March 30, 1967

Ortiz: "I have to admit, I know Tommy the album very well, but I've only seen the movie once. Lazarus' time ship reminded me of the Beatles' yellow sub, so I went with that in mind and with the sea of holes representing the doorways through time."

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September 2012 Releases

 

"Charlie X"
Original airdate: September 15, 1966

Ortiz: "I always try to bring some relationship between the font and the visuals. Otherwise you end up with too many elements competing with each other. The twist key helps depict the Enterprise as a toy for Charlie to play with and eventually discard, in this case in the sand."

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"Balance of Terror"
Original airdate: December 15, 1966

Ortiz: I made several of these poster centerfolds that I used to see in fanzines. Visually, I wasn't going for any specific style. I already knew what I wanted, so I just went through a few sketches with the layout until I was happy with it. I sort of think the final product has an animated feel to it."

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"And the Children Shall Lead"
Original airdate: October 11, 1968

Ortiz: "The sixties were not all swinging and groovy. There were also ugly images of the Vietnam War on television. Star Trek was one of the first series to confront the war and I think “ATCSL” is a perfect example of that."

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"Wink of an Eye"
Original airdate: November 29, 1968

Ortiz: "I think that subconsciously I was inspired by the Man from U.N.C.L.E. logo. I can't think about the original Star Trek and 60's TV without some of those other shows filtering in."

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August 2012 Releases

 

"Dagger of the Mind"
Original airdate: November 3, 1966

Ortiz: "The image, of course, is a stylized version of the patch worn by the doctor in the episode. The idea behind the poster came from the early days of TV. Dramas were performed live, so they were actually plays being filmed. I tried to give this poster an old Playbill look."

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"City on the Edge of Forever"
Original airdate: April 6, 1967

Ortiz: "I went with a 70's/”Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” approach with this one. The Beatles' Yellow Submarine was and still is a big influence in much of my work."

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"The Ultimate Computer"
Original airdate: March 8, 1968

Ortiz: "Not all the posters have all of the actors’ names on them, but I knew that they would all need to have the writers and directors names on them. They are, after all, the creators. I'm just interpreting their words and visuals in a different format."

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"The Way to Eden"
Original airdate: February 21, 1969

Ortiz: "As a kid, I used to be obsessed with black-light posters by The Third Eye company during 1970's. I knew that I wanted to create a black-light poster for this series and naturally “The Way to Eden,” with its hippie theme, seemed perfect. Depending on the ink used to print this one, I'm not sure that it will work, but I can't wait to try it out."

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