Ask any Star Trek fan what their favourite Original Series episode is and many would probably cite Harlan Ellison’s classic The City on the Edge of Forever.
The episode centred on Kirk and Spock trying to locate a deranged McCoy whom had become lost in 1930’s America. The episode was also notable for its guest star, Joan Collins, who naturally succumbs to Kirk’s charms. But as was the way with television back then, Ellison’s script was heavily edited before production much to his annoyance.
However, beaming into comic book stores this June, courtesy of IDW Publishing, will be Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's Original City on the Edge of Forever Teleplay.
Writers Scott Tipton and David Tipton have worked directly from Ellison’s original teleplay to produce the five issue adaptation, along with Star Trek: TNG/Doctor Who artist JK Woodward.
"Presenting Harlan Ellison's brilliant original script for 'City on the Edge...' has been a goal of ours since IDW first began publishing Star Trek comics in 2007,"commented series editor and IDW chief creative officer/editor-in-chief Chris Ryall.
"The episode justifies its position atop 'best Star Trek episodes' lists but even it ain't nothin' compared to what Ellison did in his original teleplay. This is truly going to be a Star Trek adventure unlike any other, even to fans who have that beloved episode memorised."
"It was a superlative joy of my long life to have worked with Leonard Nimoy, who became my friend, and many others at Star Trek, and an equally heart-happy joy to be working with JK and the Tipton Bros and Chris Ryall on this long-awaited visual of my (humbly, I say it) brilliant original 'City...'", added Ellison himself.
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