Star Trek: The Original Series contains more than a few stellar episodes, and “The City on the Edge of Forever” is one of them. The story from the first season is held in high regard by fans and critics. Penned by Harlan Ellison, the script even won a Hugo Award in 1968 for Best Dramatic Presentation. Ellison’s original teleplay didn’t make it to the episode we all saw though. His words were heavily edited and rewritten. Fans now have the opportunity to see Ellison’s original teleplay in the form of a comic adaptation from IDW Publishing.
Few have read the initial script, and IDW mentions it’s very different from the televised version. Seeing this first stab at the story is similar to the idea behind Dark Horse Comics’ The Star Wars. That series focuses on George Lucas’ first draft and thoughts for Star Wars. These jumps back to the past are different from a reboot, and offer eager fans fresh material.
Ellison is working with IDW to oversee the comic book miniseries adaptation of the teleplay. Scott Tipton and David Tipton are writing with J.K. Woodward on interior art; all three creators have previously worked on Star Trek comic book titles. Artist Juan Ortiz will provide a special cover for each issue of the upcoming series, and as you can see from the cover for issue #1, the art is beautiful.
Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever: The Original Teleplay will be out in June. Do you plan on picking it up? Let us know in the comments.