Monday, November 12, 2018

WHO BROUGHT MORE FUN TO MORE PEOPLE? NO ONE. R.I.P. STAN LEE. "EXCELSIOR!"

It's not often that we can point to a single person who we have never met but nevertheless had a huge impact on our lives. For me, it's names like Gene Roddenberry. George Lucas. Jack Kirby. And, of course, Stan Lee.

I discovered comics when I was around five years old. My Grandpa had taken me to the barber and while I was waiting for him to get finished up, I glanced at the usual stack of magazines that you normally find in such places. But forget Field and Stream. Sitting there in all its bright, primary colored-wonderfulness was a comic book. My first comic book. Superman, specifically. I picked it up and was instantly hooked. I couldn't wait to get my next hair cut!

A few years later I was in a neighborhood corner drug store (yes, such places actually existed) and spied my first actual rack of comics. Oh, man! I was allowed to buy some to keep me quiet during our vacation. While I don't remember most of titles in that small, first stack of magic, I remember one of them vividly: The Amazing Spider-Man # 65 (October, 1968). I had seen the Spider-Man cartoon on TV (what kid in the 60's didn't?) but had never seen an actual comic. This one was a fantastic way to meet the character with a bit more depth than the cartoon had offered.

It was drawn by one of the greatest Spidey artists of all time, John Romita, Sr., and was written by none other than Stan Lee himself. I must have drawn that cover (poorly, alas) a thousand times. I was hooked!

Since money didn't grow on trees, I had to really scrounge for my comics money. I got a small allowance that I added to lawn-mowing and snow-shoveling money to keep my new-found habit going. Over the years, many more of Stan's creations would be at the heart of my reading list including X-Men, Avengers, and most-especially, The Fantastic Four. I became a FF fanatic and worked to try to find as many back issues as I could find. To this day I think that Stan's best work came from his partnership with Jack Kirby. It's not a coincidence that a vast number of the Marvel movies include Kirby's name along with Lee's. While I know their relationship was tumultuous, that conflict yielded some of the greatest comics ever made.

(As an aside, why can't anyone get Fantastic Four right on film?!???)

I went on to read comics for decades. One of the coolest offshoots of that was that my little brother, John Michael, got hooked as well by reading his big brother's stash. We would talk comics for hours! Those are some of my favorite memories of my entire life.

Stan Lee's work has never been better known that it is today. Every Marvel movie has at its core a Stan Lee story or creation. His work will no doubt make a continuous mark for a long, long time.

So rest easy, Mr. Lee. Your legacy is in good hands. And this comics fan thanks you profoundly for bringing some happy moments to a young boy that needed all the joy he could find.

LLAP and, just this once, "Excelsior!"

Don

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

PROPSTORE ENTERTAINMENT MEMORABILIA LIVE AUCTION 2018 / STAR TREK: VOYAGER PIECES

PropStore's upcoming auction has Voyager offerings with one theme: Seven of Nine! Let's go.

What set Seven of Nine (Seven to her friends) apart from her crewmates can be summed up with two words: 1.) implants (no, not those kind – the Borg kind!) and B.) catsuit. Propstore has both.

For starters let's examine the costume. Though it's identified as her Starfleet uniform, since Seven wasn't in Starfleet, she didn't wear a uniform. Instead, she wore a series of one-piece body stocking suits in various colors. This is one of the purple versions.


Lot #: 418 - Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) Starfleet Uniform, STAR TREK: VOYAGER (TV 1995-2001)
Seven of Nine’s (Jeri Ryan) Starfleet uniform from the sci-fi television series Star Trek: Voyager. After she was liberated from the Borg, Seven was allowed to stay on board the USS Voyager. While she initially wore a Borg-like silver suit, Seven’s outfit changed to a purple color as she adjusted back to human life.
This one-piece suit is made from purple tinsel lurex fabric. The elastic qualities of the fabric enabled Seven’s outfit to have its signature tight fit. A hidden zipper closes the suit at the back and clasps complete the seamless look at the collar. Additionally, the feet close at the rear with Velcro, in order to allow an easier fitting.
A Starfleet badge is also included and attaches to the suit with Velcro. The badge is made of resin and has the number 10 written on its reverse side. The piece shows minimal signs of wear and is in very fine condition.
£4,000 - 6,000
This fantastic piece comes with a production-made Starfleet Comm badge that attaches via a Velcro patch. 
To go along with this great costume you'll need the right accessories. How about some Borg hand implants? They're just the thing.
Seven featured Borg implants on her face and left hand. Nothing says "I was Borgified" like creepy circuitry on your body, right?

Lot #: 417 - Seven of Nine's (Jeri Ryan) Borg Exo-Glove, STAR TREK: VOYAGER (TV 1995-2001)
Seven of Nine's (Jeri Ryan) Borg exo-glove from Star Trek: Voyager. Seven of Nine retained some of her robotic appearance after her de-Borgification in the fourth season. The piece is attributed to the sixth season finale episode “Unimatrix Zero”, in which Seven of Nine makes contact with a secretive Borg enclave in a virtual reality world.
Made from foam rubber, the glove is finished in metallic steel and brass-effect paint. There is wear to the glove and some sections have become detached. However, it remains in good but fragile condition, and is presented on a black flocked hand. Also included is a studio certificate of authenticity and an autographed 10” x 8” promotional still of the character, signed in gold ink. Dimensions (hand display): 32 cm x 15 cm x 4 cm (12 ½” x 6” x 1 ½”)
£2,000 - 3,000
There you have it – a great batch of Star Trek items from across the various franchise installments. Don't miss out on your opportunity to grab a piece of the future. The auction is on September 20th so get signed up now at PROPSTORE.

Good hunting and as always...

LLAP

Don

Monday, September 17, 2018

PROPSTORE ENTERTAINMENT MEMORABILIA LIVE AUCTION 2018 / STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION PIECES

PropStore's upcoming auction has some extremely significant TNG stuff that any collector would instantly recognize. Let's start big!

The Husnock ship model from the TNG episode "The Survivors" is up first. But to be clear, it's not JUST that ship, but rather it started OUT as that ship. Then it would be used over and over again and again, each time being tweaked a bit here or there so as to give a different look to better represent various alien races, not just in NextGen but also in various episodes of Deep Space Nine and even had an appearance in Voyager. This baby got around!

Lot #: 415 - The Husnock Ship, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (TV 1987-1994); STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE (1993-1999); STAR TREK: VOYAGER (TV 1995-2001); STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE (2001-2005)
A model miniature spaceship from the sci-fi television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. Appearing in more than 20 episodes, the ship was originally created as the Husnock ship for The Next Generation episode “The Survivors”, and was modified by model makers throughout the years to appear as various other ships.
The triangular ship is made of fiberglass with an internal metal armature, and is decorated with an array of styrene greeblie detailing throughout the hull. Painted blue-grey, the ship is outfitted with dozens of small lights that run along the hull, and includes three red engine panels that were illuminated internally. A removable panel below the bridge provides access to the electronic cabling which runs through the interior and exits through a hole cut into the bottom of the model.
 The miniature includes a production storage crate which features the names of other vessels it has been modified to appear as, including “Bajoran” and “Jovis”. The model is believed to have represented more different craft than any other in Trek history, and as such is well-used in the Star Trek saga, exhibiting minor cracks and wear to the paint finish. However, it remains in very fine condition. Dimensions (ship): 66 cm x 35.5 cm x 18 cm (26” x 14” x 7”); (crate): 91.5 cm x 66 cm x 49.5 cm (36” x 26” x 19 ½”)
£20,000 - 30,000 

Here's the complete list of shows in which the model appeared in one of its many guises (care of ex-astris-scientia.org).

TNG: "The Survivors"  – Husnock ship
TNG: "The Most Toys"  – Kivas Fajo's ship
TNG: "Half a Life" – Kaelon warship
TNG: "Ensign Ro"–  Bajoran cruiser
TNG: "Silicon Avatar"  Boreal freighter
TNG: "Unification I"–  Smmuggler ship
TNG: "The Perfect Mate" –  Valtese ship
DS9: "A Man Alone"– Bajoran transport
DS9: "The Circle"–  Kressari freighter
DS9: "Shadowplay" –  Bajoran transport
DS9: "The Collaborator" –  Bajoran transport
VOY: "Ex Post Facto"– Numiri ship
DS9: "Rules of Engagement" –  Cardassian Transport
VOY: "Warlord" – Ilari warship
DS9: "The Reckoning"– Bajoran transport
DS9: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite"  – Bajoran transport

When the model was reused as a new ship, they would add and/or subtract parts to give a new visual appearance, though sometimes it was as simple as changing the lighting to achieve a new look. Several of the later episodes actually re-used earlier footage from other episodes (especially when it stood in for the Bajoran Transport!).

Ironically, the first incarnation is one of hardest ones to see in the model since it was heavily modified afer that initial use. The Husnock ship:
By subtracting some structures and adding some new ones, we then got Kivas Fajo's ship:
 For "Half a Life" they simply tweaked the lighting:
By getting rid of the "wings" we then got the Bajoran Transport. This is the version you're probably most familiar with and it is the way the model currently looks:
It then got some new wings for the smuggler ship in "Unification":
By dropping the wings and adjusting the lighting, we then got the Cardassian Transport in the usual ochre:
When productions moved to CGI, they actually built a CGI version of the Bajoran ship for DS9 and that same 3D model was used and reused in both Voyager and Enterprise. This puppy really got around!

Next up is one of the most iconic NextGen pieces ever – Captain Jean-Luc Picard's original Starfleet uniform!
This is a stunning specimen of the Season 1/2 style of uniform worn by Patrick Stewart himself. It comes complete with the original sewn-in costume tag.

Lot #: 416 - Captain Picard's (Patrick Stewart) Starfleet Uniform, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (TV 1987-1994)
Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s (Patrick Stewart) Starfleet uniform from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Picard wore his one-piece uniform throughout the first two seasons as he and his crew set out on their mission to boldly go where no one had gone before.
The one-piece burgundy-and-black Starfleet uniform is made from spandex, with a hidden zip from the collar to the waist and zips at the ankles for a tight fit. Four brass captain rank pips are at the right side of the collar and a replica Starfleet communicator badge is found on the left side of the chest. A costumiers’ label inside has handwritten detail reading, “#2 Patrick 022”. With only minor signs of wear, the costume remains in excellent condition and is presented on a custom-made display stand. Dimensions (displayed): 173 x 62 x 37 cm (14.5” x 24” x 68”)
£10,000 - 15,000

What helps makes this such an awesome piece is the custom-made display that features a perfectly-fitted mannequin body mounted on a beautiful display stand. This has to be every NextGen fan's holy grail.


Finally, on a slightly smaller scale than the ship model and the Picard uniform is a classic NextGen phaser. Not to be confused with the early "Dustbuster" style phasers, this is the model used beginning with the third season.


Lot #: 413 - Type 2 Phaser, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (TV 1987-1994)
A type 2 phaser from Gene Roddenberry’s sci-fi series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Type 2 phasers varied throughout the series, with this version debuting on the show in the third season.
Made of resin, the hand-held phaser features a slight curve and is painted silver and black with a ribbed grip. The phaser includes three static buttons: one for controlling the beam range, one for beam intensity, and one to fire the weapon. The prop phaser features three green stickers to represent power-level indicator screens. The piece shows wear due to production use, with the green stickers peeling away from the surface and light paint flaking. Dimensions: 21 cm x 6 cm x 4.5 cm (8 ¼” x 2 ¼” x 1 ¾”)
£3,000 - 5,000

And that's it for NextGen – small, medium and large offerings for whatever kind of collector you are.

Tomorrow: Voyager!

LLAP

Don

Sunday, September 16, 2018

PROPSTORE ENTERTAINMENT MEMORABILIA LIVE AUCTION 2018 / STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES PIECES



PropStore has a big damn auction in London coming up later this week and since they are one of the premiere auction houses offering up fantastic entertainment memorabilia, they naturally have some fantastic Star Trek offerings. Regarding the UK VAT tax, I've been told that it doesn't pertain to most items so if you're in the US and want to bid, contact them directly for more information.

Ignore that Star Wars thing on the cover (which, admittedly will be very difficult!) and shoot on over to the Star Trek section starting with Lot number 412. There's a bit of something for everyone this time around – props, costumes, set pieces and even a shooting model!

My personal favorite is a piece that has been offered up at auction before and is, in my opinion, one of the coolest pieces to ever come to light. It's literally a piece of the original Starship Enterprise – a control panel from the original bridge!
 
Lot #: 412 - USS Enterprise Bridge Translite, STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES (TV 1966-1969)
A USS Enterprise bridge translite from Gene Roddenberry’s original television series Star Trek. This screen served as set decoration on the USS Enterprise bridge throughout the pilot episode, as well as all three seasons of the sci-fi show. Visible on consoles to the left of the captain’s chair, this translite was rescued by animator Mike Jittlov while the original bridge set was being demolished at University of California, Los Angeles.
This translite was made by producing colourful gels in the shape of the USS Enterprise. The gels were then sandwiched between two panels of glass and placed in front of a light box to achieve the desired ‘screen’ effect. A label is placed at the bottom right corner and reads, “Original Enterprise Screen from the Star Trek Bridge Set Liberated by Mike Jittlov as the set was being demolished at UCLA in 1970”.
£8,000 - 10,000 
This amazing piece can be seen on the bridge throughout the run of the original series. Here's a few episodes in which it appeared:
Balance of Terror
Charlie X

The Doomsday Machine


In short, you can get a glance at the panel in tons of episodes!
The other (sorta) original series piece is the original cover art for the DC comics run of Star Trek from 1985 and features a very heroic Hikaru Sulu in action in beautiful black and white. 


Lot #: 419 - Tom Sutton and Ricardo Villagran Hand-Drawn Cover Artwork, STAR TREK #20 (1985)
Hand-drawn cover artwork by Tom Sutton and Ricardo Villagran featuring Sulu, from Star Trek #20. In this issue, which is titled “Giri” (Japanese for honour), Commander Sulu found excitement and danger as he took shore leave for a wedding.
This original pencilled-and-inked artwork is drawn on Bristol board by penciller Tom Sutton and inker Ricardo Villagran. The cover shows Sulu using a sword to defend himself against Reijiro, the groom, who operates a cyber suit. This was the first cover to feature Sulu alone, and shows the Starfleet officer using a sword — although he does not wield one in the comic. Pasted onto the artwork are the artist’s names, issue block, title art, barcode block and tagline, which reads: “SULU GOES HOME -- TO LEARN THE MEANING OF HONOR!” On the back of the sheet is a DC Comics stamp and a handwritten date, “5/8/85”.
£500 - 800

That's it for original series stuff. Tomorrow, I'll get into some amazing Next Generation pieces.
To see the entire Propstore catalog and sign up for bidding, go to PROPSTORE.

LLAP,

Don


Monday, August 20, 2018

NEW SCREENUSED AUCTION OFFERS UP A GREAT SERVING OF STAR TREK PROPS AND COSTUMES. BIG FUN FOR THE KID IN ALL OF US!

The latest auction from the guys at ScreenUsed is happening this week on Saturday, August 25. As usual, they'll be selling a mix of production pieces from across various film genres but with the usual emphasis on action and science fiction films. Terminator 2?  Check. Aliens?  Got it. Stranger Things? Damn straight.

I asked Desi DosSantos, co-founder of ScreenUsed about his thoughts on their latest offerings. "With this year's annual auction, it looks like props and wardrobe came out of the woodwork from the 1980s and 1990s. Of course we have many items from more recent productions, and even a Bumblebee vehicle from a film that has not hit theaters yet!" he explained.

Thanks, Desi, but what do we care about all that? We don't! We care about one thing and one thing only: Star Trek! There's twenty-five Trek lots this time around so with that in mind, here goes!

See the full ScreenUsed catalog HERE.

In the interest of full disclosure, lot numbers 178, 184 and 185 were consigned by yours truly.

Lot 159 Star Trek (2009) - Shuttle Door Panel
I'll be honest – not an exciting piece, IMO. Maybe it's your cup of tea, though, so check it out yourself.
Lot 160 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home - Captain Kirk's Head Pull
While not a scree-used piece, this was taken from the molds they used to create that weird 3D version of the crew's heads during the time warp sequence. It's Kirk, that's all you need to know!
Lot 161 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier - Hero Working Assault Phaser
This is one of the best pieces in the auction, IMO. I own one of these that is not this nice. Most of the time the versions of this phaser that is offered at auction is a solid resin background piece. But not this one – this is a functioning hero version and is as good as it gets. It's stunning! (Get it? Stuning? I'm here all week.)
Lot 162 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Cardassian Control Panel Display
I'm a sucker for graphics and this piece doesn't disappoint. A 39" x 27" it's huge and would make quite a striking display.
Lot 163 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Cardassian Control Panel Display
Another DS9 panel and this one is even bigger. 43.5" long and it's screen-matched. Cool piece.
Lot 164 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Cardassian Control Room Panel Display
Yet another great DS9 piece, this time it's 38.5" wide and shows little Klingon ships. Anything is better with Klingon stuff.

Lot 165 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Cardassian Holster
Just what every Cardassian needs – a holster. These are pretty hard to come by. The phaser isn't a production piece, but works nicely as a filler.
Lot 166 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Cardassian Makeup Appliances
Build your own Cardassian head? I guess. Naming it "Kevin" is optional.
Lot 167 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Cardassian Mirror From Garak's Tailor Shop
What every Cardassian haberdasher needs. Direct from Garak's shop, no less.
Lot 168 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Cardassian Wardrobe Rack From Garak's Tailor Shop
Accessorize.
Lot 169 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Garak's (Andrew Robinson) Costume
The man, the legend. Garak is a fan-favorite and here's your chance to own a piece of his wardrobe. (Fun fact: remember at the climax of Dirty Harry when Clint Eastwood confronts the murderer and asks him "Do you feel lucky?" He's talking to Andrew Robinson who, some 22 years later, would play a certain Cardassian tailor. You're welcome).
Lot 170 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Odo (Rene Auberjonois) Face Appliance
Not gonna lie – this one's a little creepy. But in a cool way, naturally. You can have Odo stare at you any time, day or night. Especially night.
Lot 171 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Runabout Framed Panels
Any panel with a ship is a cool thing. No exception here.
Lot 172 Star Trek: Enterprise - Archer's Bloodworm Knife
An episode-specific piece made for a Captain. Nuff said.
Lot 173 Star Trek: Enterprise - Prop Alien Breather Mask
Made for "Stratagem'. Slap it on your face.
Lot 174 Star Trek: First Contact - Production Used Clapper Board
Clappers are always popular and this one is from the best TNG movie, First Contact. Complete with actor/director Frakes' name!
Lot 175 Star Trek: First Contact - Prop EVA Rifle
I've always been a big fan of this style of rifle. Pretend to walk upside-down on the hull of the Enterprise when you win it!
Lot 176 Star Trek: The Next Generation - Aldean Energy Source Miniature
This is a one-of-a-kind piece – a model used in the TNG episode "When the Bough Breaks". It looks amazing on-screen.

Lot 177 Star Trek: The Next Generation - Counselor Deanna Troi's Outfit
A great piece from a classic episode, partner.

Lot 178 Star Trek: The Next Generation - Data's USS Enterprise-D Bridge Ops Station LCARS Panel
Here's a genuine rarity – an LCARS panel used in Data's Ops station on the bridge. Mounted in a custom-built lightbox, this is ready for display. How often do you get a chance to own a literal piece of the Starship Enterprise that was used by a main character? Almost never. Don't miss out.
Lot 179 Star Trek: The Next Generation - Emergency Transporter Armband
An episode-specific prop used in "Timescape" by the main characters. Fun stuff.
Lot 180 Star Trek: The Next Generation - Ferengi Ship Display Panels
More panels, this time Ferengi. Pull out some latinum.
Lot 181 Star Trek: The Next Generation - Isolinear Optical Chips
This is one of those great props that you see in various episodes throughout the run of the show. And in pretty colors, to boot.
Lot 182 Star Trek: The Next Generation - Lt. Commander Data's Lifemask
From a limited run of masks of everyone's favorite android.
Lot 183 Star Trek: The Next Generation - Romulan Prison Camp Model
A unique item, here's a model used for the Romulan Prison from "Birthright". It looked great in the finished episode.
Lot 184 Star Trek: The Next Generation - USS Enterprise-D Engineering LCARS Panel from "Rascals"
Made specifically for the episode, "Rascals", this is actually two LCARS panels – the large top piece and the smaller "keyboard" piece below it – all mounted in a thin lightbox panel, ready for display. This can clearly be seen on-screen. Look amazing in-person.
Lot 185 Star Trek: The Next Generation - USS Enterprise-D Science LCARS Panel from "Chain of Command"
Made specifically for the episode, "Chain of Command" and shown on the bridge, this is also two LCARS panels – the large top piece and the smaller "keyboard" piece below it– all mounted in a thin lightbox panel, ready for display. This can clearly be seen on-screen. This will be a beautiful piece on your wall.

So that's it for the ScreenUsed Star Trek offerings. Something for everyone in the mix. Check out all the photos at the ScreenUsed site and get your bids in now!

LLAP

Don