A comic is an story told by a sequential series of images normally with speech bubbles to allow the characters to talk and to further explain the situations depicted. Comics set with in the realm of the Star Trek franchise have been published since the 1960s
In 1995 Marvel purchased Malibu. They began publishing comics from all four of the existing television series, and started two original series: Starfleet Academy and Early Voyages. Additionally, they published a number of one-shots.
Rumours started to circulate in early 2006 that IDW was negotiating for a licence to publish new Star Trek comics, and in October those rumours were confirmed. The first project was be a TNG miniseries, The Space Between, starting in 2007 followed later by a TOS and further TNG projects.
In addition to typical comic books from the major comic book publishers Star Trek comics have appeared in various other forms:
Running alongside the US Gold Key comics, in the UK Star Trek comic strips were published in issues of the anthology magazines Joe 90: Top Secret, TV21 and Valiant. 37 stories were told in 256 parts between 1969 and 1973, with an additional 11 stories told in annuals.
In 1979, the first six McDonald's Happy Meal boxes contained comic strips partially adapting Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Additional strips also appeared inside the Video Communicator toys included with each Happy Meal.
In 2004 Toykopop acquired the license to publish Star Trek manga, Japanese style comics. Their first book came in 2006, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Trek with Star Trek: The Manga, an anthology of TOS stories. Additional anthologies are planned.
Comics by Series
Since there original publications many comics have been and continue to be reprinted in bound collective volumes.
- Star Trek Comics Checklist a comprehensive guide to Star Trek comics