Monday, August 17, 2015

Memory Bank: Trek Magazine (Circa 1975)

I've written here before about my enduring love for The Best of Trek Signet Books. These are compilations from Trek Magazine, featuring the best articles and features from that periodical.

I also have in my collection one (and only one...) issue of the magazine, from 1974 or 1975, I believe. 

It was purchased at a convention by a friend of mine, David in high school.  We were in marching band together, and when he found out I was a Star Trek fan, he gave it to me.

So the magazine is forty plus years old, and I've had it in my collection for twenty-five years and counting.  It's a little stained and wrinkled in places, for sure.

But I am posting some photos from the magazine today anyway, so you can get a sense of Trek fandom, pre-Internet, pre-Starlog Era, even.  

One feature in the magazine is "Starship Chronicles," which is a kind of pictorial re-cap of a particular episode. 

The episode covered in this issue is "Arena" (the one with the Gorn).

The same issue also features interviews with Walter Koenig and Leonard Nimoy.

I also find the ads -- from the Star Trek "Super Sales Center"--  in the magazine extremely "fascinating" (to appropriate some terminology from Mr. Spock). 

...AMT Model kits, Star Trek Viewmasters, Mr. Spock "life-like" masks and more.  

Imagine, for a moment (or should I say, remember...) a time when you could still order all those items and not pay crazy collectible prices for them...


  1. Those look quite a lot like the Captain Company ads in the back of the Warren mags.

  2. John,
    I Grok Spock!
    The ads also appear in the back of The Monster Times, of which I owned a few back in the day.
    Trek was like the Holy Grail of fanzines. I never managed to get a copy, but do remember the Signet books quite well.
    I was a member of the Lost In Space fan club growing up, so imagine my shock when I received my first issue of the fanzine and they changed the club from being only devoted to Lost In Space to focusing on all of the Irwin Allen shows. I still have a few of those zines left, but you're a lucky man to have even one of Trek.