FEATURED:
The Complete Juan Ortiz Star Trek TOS Collection!

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.

 

March 2014 Releases

 

"Shore Leave"
Original airdate: December 29, 1966

Ortiz: "The collage direction was the way to go, for me. The grays and muted colors give it a more mature look, away from the obvious guy-in-a-rabbit-suit aspect of the episode."

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"Where No Man Has Gone Before"
Original airdate: September 22, 1966

Ortiz: "The image was created in Adobe Illustrator. A lot of it is by trying and failing until I get it right. I may have spent more time figuring out the color before finally settling in on the blue."

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"Metamoprhosis"
Original airdate: November 10, 1967

Ortiz: "I wasn't trying for anything fancy on this one. I felt like I had a pretty good layout, so I kept it as is."

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"Turnabout Intruder"
Original airdate: June 3, 1969

Ortiz: "I think the colors play a big part in this one. I can almost imagine this painted on a wall of an Italian restaurant. Right down to the olive Enterprise."

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February 2014 Releases

 

"The Corbomite Maneuver"
Original airdate: November 10, 1966

Ortiz: "My image could be Balok's hand or it could also suggest the hand of mankind reaching out to the stars, reminiscent of the apes from 2001: A Space Odyssey."

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"The Cage"
Original airdate: Did not air during the original run; First released on home video in 1986.

Ortiz: "I had always admired Shag's work and since this episode wasn't shown until sometime in the 80s (not including the "Menagerie"), I was able to go more contemporary with it."

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"Friday's Child"
Original airdate: December 1, 1967

Ortiz: "There's a lot of back and forth with colors, sometimes for days. I was also mindful of the posters that came before and after, and whether or not it needed to be more colorful."

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"Who Mourns For Adonais?"
Original airdate: September 22, 1967

Ortiz: "I think the colors play a big part in this one. I can almost imagine this painted on a wall of an Italian restaurant. Right down to the olive Enterprise."

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January 2014 Releases

 

"The Galileo Seven"
Original airdate: January 5, 1967

Ortiz: "It's been compared to an episode of Lost in Space, where the Robinson family encounters a giant cyclops. That's actually because the Star Trek episode brings back memories of the Lost in Space model kit that I had as a kid, which is what the poster is based on. "

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"The Enemy Within"
Original airdate: October 6, 1966

Ortiz: "Yes, this image is Russian-inspired. There's not a lot going on in this one. I did mirror the image. But it's the mirrored font that really makes this one unique from the rest."

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"Wolf In the Fold"
Original airdate: December 22, 1967

Ortiz: "This one was inspired by the horror movies of the 40's through 60's. I wanted more of a "B" movie feel for it, rather than a very detailed illustration from the Universal movies."

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"The Apple"
Original airdate: October 13, 1967

Ortiz: "This one started with a full image of Vaal, the snake-headed computer, being fired upon by the Enterprise. But I was also inspired by the word "apple" in the title. So the serpent’s eye represents the snake from the Garden of Eden."

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December 2013 Releases

 

"Errand of Mercy"
Original airdate: March 23, 1967

Ortiz: "It was initially a sword stabbing the planet. But as most fans know, that is the symbol for the Federation in the Mirror universe. So the challenge was to make it Klingon."

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"The Changeling"
Original airdate: September 29, 1967

Ortiz: "I wanted Nomad to take on a more human-like form. The antennas here work as arms, while his body is removed so that I can add speed-lines. It gave me a sort of "super-villain" feel to it, so I added the copy."

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"Return to Tomorrow"
Original airdate: February 9, 1968

Ortiz: "I again turned to Russian posters for my inspiration and I had always wanted to try placing an eye within the Enterprise hull, simply as a design element. The stripes are a recurring element within Russian posters."

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"The Deadly Years"
Original airdate: December 8, 1967

Ortiz: "The attempt was more of the implication of Death, looming over the Enterprise as Kirk and some of his crew rapidly aged."

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November 2013 Releases

 

"A Private Little War"
Original airdate: February 2, 1968

Ortiz: "The Enterprise and crewman are derived from the scene where Kirk and McCoy are attacked by the Mugato. This was one of the first three prints that I made and it inspired me to create the next 77."

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"I, Mudd"
Original airdate: November 3, 1967

Ortiz: "I felt the design needed something along the top for some balance. In keeping with the episode, I went with a humorous tone. I think maybe that's why it was signed off on. It just fit the image well."

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"By Any Other Name"
Original airdate: February 23, 1968

Ortiz: "I was inspired by the old action figures from the 60's and 70's, like Mego and G.I. Joe. I knew that it had to look authentic, so my experience in consumer products and retail came in handy with the copy and legal verbiage."

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"The Conscience Of the King"
Original airdate: December 8, 1966

Ortiz: "…Since it's gray, I thought the whole piece should be in black and white. I think that's why it has a photo look to it. The mask is such a strong image that I didn't think it needed too much more."

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October 2013 Releases

 

"The Squire of Gothos"
Original airdate: January 12, 1967

Ortiz: "I didn't want the noose to be too central. To me the poster was still about the trial and this photo of the actor was too perfect. But what sets this one apart from most is the written copy along the side."

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"Mudd's Women"
Original airdate: October 13, 1966

Ortiz: "Back in the days before video, cable and DVDs, any old movie on TV would do. Sometimes there would be a whole week of musicals. This episode is in no way lighthearted, but the idea for the design was tough to resist."

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"Obsession"
Original airdate: December 15, 1967

Ortiz: "It is a tribute to Georges Méliès' A Trip to the Moon. The iconic image of the rocket hitting the moon in the eye from that film is, of course, replaced with Kirk and the Enterprise."

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"The Cloud Minders"
Original airdate: February 28, 1969

Ortiz: "This was meant to be a page out of a storybook. My initial thought was to go with an image of Droxine, representing a sort of princess. I felt, however, that the image of the floating city had more of a magical and mysterious tone to it."

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September 2013 Releases

 

"The Enterprise Incident"
Original airdate: September 27, 1968

Ortiz: "I originally had a Busby Berkley idea with this one. It was leaning more towards an Art Deco feel, but I felt that the elements and also gradients were a bit too distracting. So I toned it down quite a bit."

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"Court Martial"
Original airdate: February 2, 1967

Ortiz: "I wanted a paperback cover feel to this one, so I thought why not have a review on it? The name of the fake magazine derived from the TV tubes used in the old TV sets."

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"The Gamesters of Triskelion"
Original airdate: January 5, 1968

Ortiz: "I always wanted to try a comic book cover for this series, but I didn't want to just copy the Gold Key versions. I wanted limited colors with more of a pop-art feel to it. I've always been a big comic book fan, especially any by Jack Kirby."

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"That Which Survives"
Original airdate: January 24, 1969

Ortiz: "I wanted something graphic, with little detail. The hard part was not rendering lines and windows onto the Enterprise. The placement of the episode title came out of necessity."

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August 2013 Releases

 

"Plato's Stepchildren"
Original airdate: November 22, 1968

Ortiz: (Re: Making the Uhura/Kirk kiss the focus): "That was my first and only choice. This one, of course, was inspired by the Gone with the Wind poster. It's very iconic and captures the moment."

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"Return of the Archons"
Original airdate: February 9, 1967

Ortiz: "For some reason I pictured an article or story in the Sunday paper with this image of the two sentinels. When I was a kid, I used to love going through all the papers on Sunday. I'm sure it was a ritual in many homes before the computer."

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"The Mark of Gideon"
Original airdate: January 17, 1969

Ortiz: "Why create an entire duplicate of the Enterprise when all they really needed to do was ask to relocate part of the population to another planet. Easier said than done, I guess. That's why my poster has the Enterprise leaving a desperate population behind."

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"Journey to Babel"
Original airdate: November 17, 1967

Ortiz: "The word journey in the title implied a voyage aboard a tall ship to me. Since the Enterprise has no tall sails, I compensated by cropping in close and evoking the tall sail image. The shuttlecraft helps add depth and scale and makes up for not being used in my version of “The Galileo Seven” poster."

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July 2013 Releases

 

"The Devil in the Dark"
Original airdate: March 9, 1967

Ortiz: "As I re-watched 'The Devil in the Dark,' the smoldering imprint of a man left on the ground made for a powerful image. It's reminiscent of the "shadows" left behind by the bombs dropped on Japan."

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"Tomorrow is Yesterday"
Original airdate: January 26, 1967

Ortiz: " It didn't start out as a magazine cover, but the design led me in that direction. It was fun to imagine myself back in 1967 designing a magazine cover with the term Trekkies on it. Trekkies were new back then, so it was nice to finally include them in this poster set."

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"Whom Gods Destroy"
Original airdate: January 3, 1969

Ortiz: "This was actually the second design. The first had photos of Yvonne Craig and William Shatner in a Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!-inspired poster. CBS did not have the rights to Yvonne's likeness, so I had to rework it from scratch. Maybe someday the original can be shown."

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"The Lights of Zetar"
Original airdate: January 31, 1969

Ortiz: "It wasn't until I got to the last scene of the episode that I was able to form an idea for this poster. Once I had it, I had to make sure that the colors didn't mimic my "Trouble with Tribbles" poster. The idea for a spotlight effect derived from it looking a bit flat."

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June 2013 Releases

 

"Space Seed"
Original airdate: February 16, 1967

Ortiz: "The hand represents Khan. The skull represents evil. The poster is sliced in half so that the hand would read as growing out of the bottom half, like an evil vine of some type reaching out."

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"The Empath"
Original airdate: December 6, 1968

Ortiz: "The simple style that I used was inspired by 50's designer Joaquin Pertierra. Like Saul Bass, Joaquin was a genius at saying a lot with so little. The Enterprise for a tear was an afterthought, an idea that I think has since been done by another artist."

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"The Menagerie, Part Two"
Original airdate: November 24, 1966

Ortiz: "I drew over an actual phaser image, so the hand is in scale to the handle. I did stylize the whole piece including the phaser; that may be why it looks larger."

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"All Our Yesterdays"
Original airdate: March 14, 1969

Ortiz: "The creature is actually Zarabeth, as we see her for the first time, wearing her fur coat. I remember seeing Zarabeth in her coat and not knowing who or what she was at first. I felt that would be a good image to entice the viewer with."

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May 2013 Releases

 

"Assignment: Earth"
Original airdate: March 29, 1968

Ortiz: "It started out actually as an old 40's serial poster. The serials had posters with the chapter or episode numbers on them. It ended up having more of a 70's punk band feel, with the lack of background color and collage elements."

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"Spock's Brain"
Original airdate: September 20, 1968

Ortiz: "I wanted an explosion of Spock's thoughts and knowledge. So it had to be big in order to convey that. The idea came from watching hours of Monty Python's Flying Circus, as a kid."

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"The Menagerie, Part One"
Original airdates: November 17, 1966

Ortiz: "I wanted something bold yet recognizable. Capt. Pike in his chair is well known to fans and it's an image that evokes a sense of sadness and horror."

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"Requiem for Methuselah"
Original airdate: February 14, 1969

Ortiz: "In the episode, Flint shrinks the Enterprise down in order to keep her crew from leaving and telling the universe about him. I thought it would make a good visual if Flint were holding it."

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April 2013 Releases

 

"The Doomsday Machine"
Original airdate: October 20, 1967

Ortiz: " In the case of this episode, the Doomsday Machine has killed billions, but it's easy to forget or overlook that information because we don't really see it. I think it's a major part of the story and worth depicting."

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"Elaan of Troyius"
Original airdate: December 20, 1968

Ortiz: "Boysenberry would be a good way to describe it. It's really an Earthtone with the CMYK percentages adjusted. I played around with different color, but the violet color just worked best for me."

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"The Paradise Syndrome"
Original airdate: October 4, 1968

Ortiz: "This one originally had more of a love-story feel to it with Shatner and the name of the actress that played Miramanee. But once again, due to legal issues, I had to leave her name off the poster."

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"Patterns of Force"
Original airdate: February 16, 1968

Ortiz: "My original design had the Enterprise zooming down upon a planet with a large swastika on it, similar to WPA posters during WWII. My design was interesting, but I felt it lacked substance. I decided instead to go with an image of Spock in a Nazi uniform. The result has a bit of Yin and Yang look to it."

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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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