Back when Star Trek: The Motion Picture came out, there was intended to be a special double issue of the great “Cinefantastique” magazine highlighting this release, devoting stories to the development of Phase II, the cancelling of the Paramount TV network, the other two aborted Movie Projects, and finally, the development of Trek TMP… including script, visual effects, actors… the whole she-bang.
Well… for some reason, and I never have been able to determine exactly why… That issue never surfaced… and all the material was sent to the four winds… usually to wind up with their creators. Much like V’Ger.
The intended cover was designed to be a dramatic pose of the new starship Enterprise blasting out of the convines of a standard TV set, to boldly go beyond…
The artist had the original painting for years… and a couple of years ago, he put it up for sale.
And that’s where I came in.
Seeing that I already had a small collection of original Star Trek artwork… in prints and paintings (you already know of one of them)… I decided that this painting should come and live with me.
So I got it.
And here it is: