They Boldly Went is a tumblr dedicated to Star Trek: The Original Series, featuring photos, videos, art, books, reference material, comics and very (very) occasional looks at the reimagining helmed by J.J. Abrams and company. We welcome questions and do our best to answer them.

It is maintained by Kevin Church, who writes comics, occasionally talks about other people's work, takes pictures and does internet marketing for hire.

He is on Twitter (and Facebook, but he doesn't particularly like it, so don't stalk him.)

In addition to They Boldly Went, Kevin also maintains the Agreeable Comics tumblr, which acts as an adjunct to his small publishing concern and Disco Potential, which focuses on disco, house and synthpop music.

If you enjoy this blog, you may wish to check out Boldly Gone, an irregularly-updated Star Trek webcomic, written by Kevin and drawn by Bruce McCorkindale.

(Yes, Kevin likes talking about himself in the third person.)
Three not-very-funny Star Trek parody strips from the June 1987 issue of Cracked magazine. There’s also a terrible, terrible take on Star Trek IV, but we’re going to leave that in the archives for now.

Three not-very-funny Star Trek parody strips from the June 1987 issue of Cracked magazine. There’s also a terrible, terrible take on Star Trek IV, but we’re going to leave that in the archives for now.

Between takes during the filming of “The Cage.”

Between takes during the filming of “The Cage.”

A trio of publicity photos from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Some very hard-to-find snapshots of Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and William Shatner during the filming of “Spectre of the Gun.” These were featured in the excellent Pioneers of Television episode about science fiction programming in the 1960s.

lobbycards:

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Italian lobby card (fotobusta). 1984

ALLA RICERCA DI SPOCK!

lobbycards:

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Italian lobby card (fotobusta). 1984

ALLA RICERCA DI SPOCK!

Clint Eastwood visits the set of Star Trek: The Motion Picture with his children Kyle and Alison. The crew was shooting the “Memory Wall” sequence, a complex, effects heavy scene that was cut from the film after Robert Wise rejected it in favor of Spock’s spacewalk through V’Ger.

Clint Eastwood visits the set of Star Trek: The Motion Picture with his children Kyle and Alison. The crew was shooting the “Memory Wall” sequence, a complex, effects heavy scene that was cut from the film after Robert Wise rejected it in favor of Spock’s spacewalk through V’Ger.

Contents Under Pressure

ruckawriter:

I rarely use this to just blog. I’m going to just blog now, so you can all just ignore this if it’s not to your liking.

Warning. Contents under pressure.

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It’s easy and lazy and a terrible internet cliché to say “this.”

But THIS.

My life is made immeasurably better by women who share the same interests and passions I do. I find their viewpoints and opinions helpful, especially when they differ from mine.

Gatekeepers: stop being juvenile. Stop acting like they’re taking anything away from you and realize what they’re giving you by sharing what they love. With their help, you might finally be able to haul your head out of your ass and see some daylight.

Okay, there.

A publicity photo featuring Joan Collins in costume as Edith Keeler from “City On The Edge of Forever.”
While her 1985 autobiography’s recollection of this episode is rife with errors —  her belief that the script called for her character “Edith Cleaver” to tell the world that Hitler was a nice guy, for example— she did say a very nice thing for TV Guide's 30th-anniversary celebration of the franchise.
To this day, people still want to talk about that episode – some remember me for that more than anything else I’ve done. I am amazed at the enduring popularity of Star Trek and particularly of that episode. At the time none of us would have predicted the longevity of the show. I couldn’t be more pleased – or more honored – to be part of Star Trek history.

A publicity photo featuring Joan Collins in costume as Edith Keeler from “City On The Edge of Forever.”

While her 1985 autobiography’s recollection of this episode is rife with errors — her belief that the script called for her character “Edith Cleaver” to tell the world that Hitler was a nice guy, for example— she did say a very nice thing for TV Guide's 30th-anniversary celebration of the franchise.

To this day, people still want to talk about that episode – some remember me for that more than anything else I’ve done. I am amazed at the enduring popularity of Star Trek and particularly of that episode. At the time none of us would have predicted the longevity of the show. I couldn’t be more pleased – or more honored – to be part of Star Trek history.

For Earth Day, please enjoy this clip from the pilot for Gene Roddenberry’s post-Trek effort Planet Earth, in which John Saxon plays Captain Dylan Hunt, a 20th-century scientist awakened from suspended animation to find himself in a post-apocalyptic world in which women rule and men are treated as chattel. Will Hunt be able to free his fellow men from the oppression of women’s lib gone mad in a dark future? Buy it on Amazon and find out!

(Or don’t. It’s pretty terrible, really. Hackneyed, heavy-handed and hideously sexist.)

A commercial for Star Trek: The Motion Picture Happy Meals from McDonald’s.

A double-page ad from Starlog magazine, featuring a bevy of Star Trek offerings, including the chance to pay only $14.95 per episode of the series.

A double-page ad from Starlog magazine, featuring a bevy of Star Trek offerings, including the chance to pay only $14.95 per episode of the series.

Front Cover: Star Wars/Star Trek And The 21st Century Christians

Published in 1978 (and primarily focused on Star Wars despite Spock and the Enterprise featuring prominently on the cover), this book was published by Bible Voice in an effort to get the youth of America interested in what Jesus has to offer. New Zealander Winkie Pratney’s…odd phrasing throughout is summed up wonderfully by the back cover blurb:
"Trust the Force, Luke!"
Wouldn’t it be wonderful
If there really was a Force?
Something of great and awesome power
Available to anyone anywhere at any time!
Who would pay the price to learn of its ways and surrender to its direction?
Long, long ago, of a galaxy not far away,
It was written
“The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by Force”
Will you dare to lay aside your limits
And trust your life and destiny to the wisdom that holds together the stars?
“May the Force be with you.”

Front Cover: Star Wars/Star Trek And The 21st Century Christians

Published in 1978 (and primarily focused on Star Wars despite Spock and the Enterprise featuring prominently on the cover), this book was published by Bible Voice in an effort to get the youth of America interested in what Jesus has to offer. New Zealander Winkie Pratney’s…odd phrasing throughout is summed up wonderfully by the back cover blurb:

"Trust the Force, Luke!"
Wouldn’t it be wonderful
If there really was a Force?
Something of great and awesome power
Available to anyone anywhere at any time!
Who would pay the price to learn of its ways and surrender to its direction?
Long, long ago, of a galaxy not far away,
It was written
“The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by Force”
Will you dare to lay aside your limits
And trust your life and destiny to the wisdom that holds together the stars?
“May the Force be with you.”

Front and back covers for Star Trek II Short Stories and Star Trek III Short Stories, a pair of books aimed at the young readers’ market. None of the writing is the stuff of legend, but it’s competent and better than quite a few of the novels aimed at adults.

If any of you were wondering what you can give me to show your appreciation for this Tumblr, Adam Hughes’s original art for the cover of Star Trek: The Modala Imperative #4 is a mere $4,000.

If any of you were wondering what you can give me to show your appreciation for this Tumblr, Adam Hughes’s original art for the cover of Star Trek: The Modala Imperative #4 is a mere $4,000.

A publicity photo from Star Trek's first season.

A publicity photo from Star Trek's first season.