4 retro posters bring the awesome to classic Star Trek: TOS eps

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Dec 17, 2012

It's October, and here's one more reason to celebrate—the next sensational set of Juan Ortiz' Tribute to Trek movie-style posters. This month's magical batch explores the realms of Halloween, '60s rock operas and children's literature.

Like kettle corn in the fall, you just gotta have more of these cool retro artworks from the mind of Ortiz. This new set salutes the television episodes: "The Trouble With Tribbles," "Catspaw," "The Alternative Factor" and "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield."

Here are the artist's comments about the October set:

Episode 44: "The Trouble With Tribbles." "The Enterprise is metaphorically bleeding Tribbles. I wanted the poster to be fun and colorful, and hopefully [to] make people smile."

Episode 36: "Catspaw." "I think that's the playful part, sort of a 'look what the cat dragged in' moment. Staring out the window and seeing empty eyes reflecting back at you creates that eerie feeling."

Episode 27: "The Alternative Factor." "Lazarus' time ship reminded me of the Beatles' yellow sub, so I went with that in mind and with the sea of holes representing the doorways through time."

Episode 70: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield." "Before I upset any fans, I intentionally flopped the colors so that the white and the black could face each other. I used the exact same face for both faces, which I hope demonstrates the absurdity of racism. I kept the faces as simple shapes so that the rage between the two, defined by the touches of red, would translate better."

The project is part of an amazing 80-litho series, one for each episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, released just four per month over the next 20 months. Each individual piece is themed to whatever whim and wonder the artist is moved by, taken from the infinite galaxies of pop culture Ortiz was born into and influenced by. They roll out every month in no particular order.

To get caught up, here are the previous two sets for August and September.

Posters will be available for pre-order here and are offered as a set of plated-printed lithographs on 100-pound, satin-finish paper. Each print is 18x24 inches, and a set of four costs $34.95.

Enjoy these mini Trek masterpieces and watch the skies. Now go pop more kettle corn until the next set comes out in November.