Star Trek VI – The Undiscovered Country Cover by Jerome K Moore

It was the last time the original Star Trek crew would be together and they sent the original cast off with a great story helmed by writer/director Nicholas Meyer – the man who’d been behind a lot of great movies: Invasion of the Bee Girls, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Time After Time, The Day After, and two previous Trek films, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

The third, most-successful iteration of Saavik was debuted as Lieutenant Valeris, played to great effect by Kim Cattrall. Thanks to Wikipedia, we have this saucy bit of trivia:

Near the end of filming, Cattrall had a photographer shoot a roll of film on the Enterprise bridge set, in which she wore nothing but her Vulcan ears. After finding out about the unauthorized photo session, Leonard Nimoy had the film destroyed.

This may be the only thing I’ve ever heard about Leonard Nimoy that I haven’t liked.

On the Klingon side, David Warner and Christopher Plummer brought great gravitas to their portrayals of Chancellor Gorkon and General Chang.

Other notables in the cast were Iman as the shape-shifting Martia, Kurtwood Smith as UFP President Ra-ghoratreii, Brock Peters as Admiral Cartwright, and future-Odo-playing René Auberjonois as Colonel West.

The script was a tight blend of mystery, suspense and conspiracy as the Enterprise crew deals with their pending retirements.

DC Comics had the licence to produce Star Trek comics at the time, though it would soon pass to Malibu. The cover to the adaptation of the film was handed to their go-to man, Jerome K Moore, who’d produced fantastic images time and again for DC’s line of Trek books. Moore was kind enough to share a scan of the original lineart, and here it gets the recolouring and repackaging treatment by myself.

Star Trek VI DC Comics

As published.

Star Trek VI Original Art by Jerome K Moore

Scan of Moore’s original lineart.

Comic book colouring by Scott Dutton

New colour version.

Comic book design and packaging by Scott Dutton

With trade dress added. I did a riff on the Trek IV poster titling with the logo here to give it some energy and to better integrate with the art.

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