Assignment: Earth No. 1 Cover by John Byrne

August 11, 2023|In General

We return to one of my favourite topics, Gene Roddenberry’s other ideas for TV series. The first one was Assignment: Earth, a back-door pilot that aired as the last episode of the second season of Star Trek in 1968.

If you’ve been visiting this site for a number of years, you’ll already know that I’ve had the web’s best resource for Æ and Roddenberry’s other failed pilots – Genesis II, Planet Earth, The Questor Tapes and Spectre – since the late 1990s. But if you haven’t yet visited, please do and tell me what you think.

John Byrne produced a number of entertaining Trek stories for IDW, including a five-issue Assignment: Earth mini-series in 2008. It was fun but, as I’ve said elsewhere, I’ve always thought Æ would be better if it wasn’t tied into Trek’s continuity.

With that in mind, along with a new colour version I redid the trade dress to not reference Trek.

Colour and new logo by me.

Assignment Earth 1 published by IDW Comics

As published.

Assignment Earth 1 cover art by John Byrne

Original art scan from the web.

Comic book colouring by Scott Dutton

New colour version.

Comic book design and packaging by Scott Dutton

New trade dress applied.