Saturday, 14 September 2019

CLASSIC ART: UNDER ALIEN SKIES!


A lone Colonial warrior surveys the incredible alien expanse around him from atop his Starhound fighter craft, in an early piece of Ralph McQuarrie concept art for Star Worlds, later to become Battlestar Galactica.

Though the fighter concept was ultimately abandoned in favour of the longer, sleeker Colonial Viper development, McQuarrie's ship design would ultimately form the basis to the Earth Defense Directorate starfighters used in the classic Buck Rogers in the 25th Century TV series of 1979, which has now been released in its two season entirety on remastered DVD format in the UK, via Universal/Fabulous Films.


More info here:
https://kooltvblog.blogspot.com/2019/06/beyond-his-time-buck-rogers-in-25th.html

Get The Complete Series here:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Buck-Rogers-25th-Century-Complete/dp/B07S28TGRS/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3CURYV7E1HBDV&keywords=buck+rogers+in+the+25th+century+-+the+complete+remastered+series&qid=1563726833&s=gateway&sprefix=BUCK+ROGERS%2Caps%2C154&sr=8-1

Saturday, 7 September 2019

CLASSIC ART: CYLON CHALLENGERS!


Our exemplary Galactica sci-fi warriors in Apollo, Starbuck and Athena make for a fine trio against the rising Cylon menace, in this terrific art by Clint Langley, which also has exciting echoes to the classic Star Wars movie posters of 1977.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

CLASSIC ART: EVIL DESIGN!


Crafting the evil Cylon Centurions for the Classic Series must surely have been a difficult but rewarding experience for costume designer Jean Pierre Dorleac, whose final artkistic results have now become iconic and beloved in sci-fi TV history. Note the intriguing centipede-esque feet in this great early design drawing that went up for online auction a few years back.

Saturday, 24 August 2019

CLASSIC IMAGE: IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST!


They luckily became part of a sector patrol, now Starbuck and Apollo's acquired Cylon Raider has arrived in one of the Basestar's vast hangar bays. Stage one of their infiltration and sabotage mission complete. Now comes the tricky bit- into the core, as the end to The Hand of God, and the original classic series, draws near.

Note the photo blow-up background of the model miniature bay in front of the model Raider in this episode shot.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

CLASSIC MERCHANDISE: WONDER BREAD, WONDER CARDS!


Another essential collector's item linked to the original series back in the day- the American trading card collection that was obtained with purchases of Wonder Bread. And a great collection it was too, featuring some superb imagery from the pilot and selected series episodes, as seen here in this cool marketing poster.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

CLASSIC IMAGE: THE TRUTH OF THE 'CELESTRA'!


Unaware that their shuttle is not heading in the direction of the fleet, Starbuck and the Celestra's disciplinarian Commander Kronos discover the truth about the harsh life experienced by the civilian workers on the industry ship, in this scene from Take the Celestra.

Saturday, 3 August 2019

CLASSIC ART: THE BIG BLAST!


Our heroes of Blue and Red squadron are caught in an explosive tylium detonation - another exciting art showcase for Martin Asbury's superb and dynamic storytelling skills on the innovative Galactica strip that was part of the UK's Look-In comic magazine during 1980.