Surround yourself with Star Trek art, such as this set of 13 limited-edition Star Trek: The Original Series art prints. These Star Trek posters memorialize episodes of the Original Series that aired between 1966 and 1969. Each of the Juan Ortiz Star Trek posters is a lithograph plate-printed on 100-pound aqueous-coated satin-finish paper that measures 18 inches by 24 inches.We've taken the voyages of the Starship Enterprise one adventure further with a series of original movie-style art print sets commemorating every episode of Star Trek, the iconic American television series that aired from 1966 to 1969.
Designer/illustrator Juan Ortiz talks about the inspiration for our thirteenth set of Star Trek: The Original Series Art Prints, which includes:
? Episode 21: The Return of the Archons. Haunting figures that look like the Grim Reaper gaze upon us in this art print. In this episode, the Enterprise crew encounters a mindlessly contented culture on Beta III, where the U.S.S. Archon disappeared a century earlier. Ortiz remarks, 'I pictured an article or story in the Sunday paper with this image of the two sentinels. When I was a kid, I used to love going through all the papers on Sunday. I'm sure it was a ritual in many homes before the computer.'
? Episode 39: Journey to Babel. Ortiz highlights the massiveness of the Enterprise relative to a tiny shuttlecraft for this episode in which the Enterprise confronts saboteurs while transporting a number of quarreling diplomats to a conference on Babel. Says the artist, 'The word 'journey' in the title implied a voyage aboard a tall ship to me. Since the Enterprise has no tall sails, I compensated by cropping in close and evoking the tall sail image. The shuttlecraft helps add depth and scale.'
? Episode 65: Plato's Stepchildren.The first interracial kiss on U.S. network television between Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura takes center stage in this print. 'This one, of course, was inspired by the Gone with the Wind poster. It's very iconic and captures the moment. It's Star Trek at its boldest,' comments Ortiz. In this episode, members of the away team fight to overcome the Platonians, who have psychokinetic powers and treat their captives like playthings. The worn look of the art print is intentional. Says the artist, 'Originally, the scratches were supposed to imply an old paperback cover, but I feel that the end result is more of an old Roman fresco wall painting. That works for me, too.'
? Episode 71: The Mark of Gideon. While beaming down to the planet Gideon, where people apparently never die, Captain Kirk finds himself captive on an empty, fake Enterprise with a woman he is to infect with a disease that will help reduce overpopulation on the planet. The plot of this episode was frustrating to Ortiz. 'The episode itself makes little sense. Why create an entire duplicate of the Enterprise when all they really needed to do was ask to relocate part of the population to another planet? Easier said than done, I guess. That's why my poster has the Enterprise leaving a desperate population behind.'
The Star Trek: The Original Series Art Prints - Set 13 consists of plated-printed lithographs on 100-pound, aqueous-coated, satin-finish paper. Each print measures 18 inches x 24 inches.
This set and all others in this series will be available for a limited time only. None will be repeated or reprinted after they're gone.