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CLASSIC STAR TREK 1 by Jerome-K-Moore CLASSIC STAR TREK 1 by Jerome-K-Moore
Comic Book Cover, Star Trek. DC Comics. Brush and ink. It was my intent to move the Star Trek comics away from the standardized comic-book look, and more toward the movie poster, bookjacket design style. Though this meant portraying far less dynamic action, I felt they would stand out more as designed art. Plus, it made Paramount happy. lol Nuff said.

* I must acknowledge the works of the late, great artist, Robert Peak as a major influence in the style and design direction of this illustration. His art for the Star Trek feature film one-sheet posters remain an inspiration.

Oh! I need to relate this story!
I was so late on this cover that my editor reassigned it right from under me with no notification. The problem for me was that I was sick and tired of inkers butchering my pencil art. The technique I was now using to render the realistic likenesses of the Trek crew was very delicate cross-hatch texture, and the last straw was when an inker (who I shall not name) just scratched ink all over one of my pieces, and used a dead line-screen for the rest. I was LIVID! I promised myself I would NEVER let that happen again, especially not with THIS cover, my first chance to illustrate the vintage Trek crew in all their television glory! So I mustered up the courage to ink my own work. THIS-- represents the very first time my own inked work was ever published, and I'm very proud of it.

I sent it in late, and didn't hear from my editor at all. Days went by, and I finally called him. He was blasé. He said that the cover was fine, and that although he had commissioned another, he was replacing that one with mine. THANKS for telling me! They gave me a standard cover rate. My editor had also sent a pay voucher through without my knowledge OR signature.

But the bottom line for me was that I had proven to myself that I could do it. I have never looked back. I've inked virtually all my own work since, and have gone on to ink and be requested to ink other artists. Ironically, this cover was the "bottom line" for DC's Star Trek as well. Their license had expired with this issue, and it wasn't to be renewed until years later. Paramount had not had the best relationship with DC Comics, and they didn't appreciate the addition of all-new characters, and the drastic dip in story quality and art.
When things started up again, I was informed that Paramount wanted certain assurances from DC, and my participation was one of them. I was deeply honored. And the rest is history! LOL!
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dicxo Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
hi nice work
please can you give me this brush for illustrator
Joel-the-Artist Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this was the first Star Trek comic I ever bought. The cover sold me on it.
Mark-Wilder Featured By Owner Edited May 14, 2015
This is a beautiful piece of art. I agree with your intent to change the style: if any science fiction comic book deserves it, it's Star Trek.
jmerrickbooks Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
good move, very classic and stand alone /;{>
volkradugi Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TheWon Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Had to come back and look at this after you posting the DSN cover. This is the stuff dreams are made off.
EstherBlack Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Noire-Dubois Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Uh, this is f***ing awesome!!
Kapplin7 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Do you have anything left?
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Maybe only a couple pieces, including one that was not for publication.
Kapplin7 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Is this one for sale?
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Maybe. But not by me. Unfortunately, I sold this illustration (along with many others) many years ago, for a very cheap price.
GAC1970 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Very nice Star Trek cover and the likenesses are spot on!

I do see the movie poster connection there... They had stripey/"transporter effects" bordering the character portraits in the painted release posters I've seen for Star Trek: TMP and Star Trek VI. The Star Trek III and V movie posters had a "warp drive" effect around the character portraits. (At least one of the Trek III posters technically had the warp drive lines converge on Spock's image.) The ST IV primary theatrical poster just had the movie title warping into the Earth... That may be one of the few posters for the TOS posters that didn't feature the characters or at least the Enterprise.

Too bad about "Young Justice"... People don't realize how a lot of these shows are driven by toy sales and other merchandising. Also, when there are mergers between companies (latest -- LucasFilm and Disney), there are going to be casualities as jobs get cut and projects-in-production get revamped or cancelled. There are also some personality politics in play and people in the industry DO sabotage other people's projects/shows out of spite and also to further their own careers.

A more innocent scenario is a move to break from one direction and go in another -- that's what I think happened with Spectacular Spider-Man and why "Ultimate Spider-Man" (which I still think is an inferior TV series compared to the earlier Spider-Man show) went in the direction it did. I don't believe anything sinister happened with YJ... The toy sales were weak (arguably not the best made/sculpted figures) and DC animated projects are at a time when some parts of the operation are under greater scrutiny before. The ratings and merchandizing are more critical than ever. I think the way the series was scheduled and aired on Cartoon Network didn't help, either.

Getting back to Star Wars and what's happening now --

Disney has its own plans for Star Wars and I don't think continuing "Clone Wars" was one of them... Now that they've announced the next film WILL feature Original Trilogy characters, I think they're backing away from the Prequels and their era to push for the Han-Leia-Luke-their kids/proteges storylines.

One bit of warning, though... It's been 30 years since Return of the Jedi, and, as I look around me, nobody's gotten younger. Five words: Indiana Jones' last movie stunk. Doesn't help that some of us begin look like "death warmed over" as we age.

All that said, the main reason the last Indy film was bad was the storyline. Aliens??? Really, guys???!?!?? A ton of religious artifacts (Spear of Destiny, Noah's Ark, Excalibur, etc.) and mythical civilizations (Atlantis, Lemuria, Shangri-La, Prestor John's Kingdom, El Dorado, various legendary kingdoms in Africa, Asia, and South America) that could have been used BUT they decided to go the "Ancient Aliens" route.

Whether you buy into the ancient aliens theories or not, it's rarely pulled off successfully in entertainment. Plausible or not, it's a goofy theory. (NOTE: I believe in plenty of things that are "crazy" but even I know when you work on something that's NOT comedy OR have to interact with the public have to pull back on the goofy stuff.) Goofy ideas are hard to produce without coming off silly... There has to be a level of believability even in fantasy/fiction. Sure, if it's comedy that's ONE thing. BUT if you're trying to produce an action/adventure film with some seriousness you sort of shoot yourself in the foot before the first foot of film gets shot! Bad choice of a storyline direction by GL. I guess SS was too much of a friend or UFO-phile to suggest an alternative. A new Indy film with Ford shouldn't have been made 20 years since the last one at any rate... Sean Connery did his last Bond film 12 years after "Diamonds Are Forever" and it didn't turn out so well, either.
BlackLanternDaddy Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
May is going to be one hell of a month for Trek fans
SciFiFan2013 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Thanks again for the work you did with DC and Trek. I have the entire run, and I was disappointed as a reader when the art and stories were all over the place. Do you do any comics at present, and if so what are they?
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!

At the current time, I'm kept fairly busy in the animation field. But I still love comics, and hope to do some fun stuff in the future.
MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This always was one of my all-time favorite comic covers. It's really cool to be able to personally thank the guy who drew it, so thanks for the art! :)
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank YOU. :)
pumpmonkey Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Very classy!
reverendlinux Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
I was reading these comics back in "tha day" and remember your covers vividly. You were the only artist who could faithfully 1) capture the actual likenesses of the characters/actors; and 2) actually draw the Enterprise perfectly in proportion, symmetry and persepective. That second one especially is what I have used to judge other Trek artists. Over the succeeding years, I have not found many that could do the Enterprise justice like you did.

Thanks for sharing the background story. It was entertaining and enlightening. And makes me want to go find a back-issue of it now.
fuckerchan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
This is great!!
CogitorRex Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Another nice line art. Interesting use of the parallel lines. Good likenesses.
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Much appreciated.
mainstreetsaint Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Classy look for a classy show.
graphicimperfections Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist
transientdanny Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Rereading some old issues I'd found one you'd cooperated with Lewis? (Issue 44 from the first run, Spock is nerve-pincing Kirk and there's a old bearded man with a bolt of something) Althought I recognize your telltalle shading can you talk more about that one?

I asbolutely adored your Star Trek covers growing up.
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yikes! That's the cover that actually inspired me to start inking my own pencil art. I was so disappointed by the way it turned out, to be honest. I had used cross-hatch textures to thoroughly map out all the shadows and skin tones, only to have them obliterated by the inks and clumsy zip-a-tone shading film. It truly broke my heart, and the result is that no one has ever been allowed to ink my work since. The illustration posted here was the beginning of a new artistic chapter for me, so that is the cloud's silver lining.

Bob Lewis is probably a phenomenal talent. It's just that our work failed to mesh at that time. I bear him no ill will whatsoever. And I thank him for his contribution, and the little push. :)
IntoBlueMemory Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
I'm glad you went through with that, your covers are amazing. They were easily the best part of some of those comics. (Though I enjoyed the Peter David issues a lot.)
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Who's Peter David? Heheh.
KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
Wow, art where the characters actually look like the people that portrayed them! :wow:

Really great stuff. I only know of my own little sphere of art though. When you say brush and ink, what kind of brush? What kind of ink?
archangel72367 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Sweet finding this, and you , here. I still have this issue in storage! Also some of the influence in my own line art. [link] Not very good, but good enough for RPGing through the highschool
Frodo-Baggins1994 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
my gosh yes :) I love this so much! The Original Series is my favorite ST by FAR.
realriggs09 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
VladSnyder Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, nice! I like it ^^
Moonshine3991 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, that's amazing! *-*
As a trekkie, I can't stop drooling in front of this screen! :drool:
beavers2010 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
Very good work on this. Did you use any "Star Trek" photo references to help you out on this?

Anyway, 10/10 on this piece!
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Professional Filmographer
But, of course. Was I supposed to render the actor's likenesses strictly from memory? Haha! Unless an artist is creating something totally from scratch, then they're using reference. This is acceptable, and expected.
Apologies if my reply seems defensive. That's not my intent. I just want to point out to any others who are interested that the use of reference is not inherently disgraceful, particularly when illustrating a subject that is well established, and the purpose is to create as realistic and accurate an interpretation as possible.

Thank you! :)
ChekovsGum Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
I show all my artist friends this one. A good example of why you're one of the best-ever cover artists.
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much. I'm speechless.


Good thing I'm typing this. ;)
toulon2342 Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That is real good stuff.
funygirl38 Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible work, what a tribute to an amazing cast. Your technique is beautiful, smooth lines and great shading. Bravo to the artist taking control of his art.
THEJ0KES0nBATSY Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
calebcleveland Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic lines! You really capture the essence of those characters with the expressions you chose to depict.
I can see this being painted with big, chunky watercolors for a paperback cover. Lotsa orange, for some reason.
Dracohoudini Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009   General Artist
My dad would love this, he's a trekkie lol, I'm faving this XD
chibipunk7231 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
Wow, I just love the classic look to this.
DoctorBlueBox Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
Very Snazzy
firestorm888 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
JM - I do admire your attention to getting the lines in the ship 'just so' AND the hatching on the faces - very chic and classy treatment - you SHOULD be proud of this. Both machine and humans rendered well - I'd be proud...

O - you can note me - who was the inker who spawned your self-ink crusade? Did Tony DeZuniga or Joe Sinnot have and off day? They are USUALLY SO GOOD!
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much, Mr. Inman. :)

As for naming the inker, I respectfully decline. I know I wouldn't appreciate my name being dragged through the dirt if the circumstances were reversed. Let's stay on the high road here. Besides, if it hadn't been for that person, I may never have been inspired to grow as an artist.
And no, it wasn't Mr. DeZuniga, or Mr. Sinnott. For those especially curious, I'm sure it's not too difficult a matter online to use amateur detective skills and discover the truth from historical record.
firestorm888 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
Hey there Jerome - No problem - I respect your right to privacy. Please don't think less of me for askin'! Looking forward to seeing more works!

Best, M
SnowBunny91 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I absolutely love this!
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