11. Cartoon Break!
Just a silly little cartoon they included as filler, presumably, but it's War of the Worlds, so I like it. Also, I must implore young men not to look to closely at the gentleman's chest or imagine under his towel, lest they subject themselves to sexual problems.
13. Cyanotype Goodness
The FREE Blueprints!!! promised on the cover were a fold-out section containing blueprints of the ships used on Space: 1999. They weren't included in this scan of the magazine, but the primary article was printed in blinding blue, just because.
14. Your Tax Dollars at Work.
Quite frankly, if we could choose how our tax dollars were spent, I would absolutely want it going toward the original shooting model of the Enterprise hanging in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. (I'm sure somebody else will be more than happy to pay the guns and bombs.)
The model is now mounted in a much lower glass case in the Museum Store (but not for sale, presumably). Having never actually been to our Nation's capitol, I still haven't seen the model in person, but it's my first stop if I ever make it to the District of Columbia. To figure out the best way to mount the model while causing the least amount of stress, the Smithsonian did an X-Ray analysis of the ship, and it's every bit as neat as you might expect.
As well it should, the Air and Space Museum also included plenty of non-make-believe items. I know that when I finally make to the Museum, in addition to the Enterprise, I'mma gonna check out the Urine Collection and Transfer Assembly, which I'm sure must still be on display.
15. David Gerrold Makes a Whole Bunch of Banana Jokes.
In one of his less cranky columns, David Gerrold describes how he took the gig of writing the novelization of Battle for the Planet of the Apes mostly so he could talk his way into being an ape in the movie. He also makes many references to bananas - much to the future chagrin of Mojo, who would go on to debunk that misconception at 2:01 into this episode.
As mentioned, Planet of the Apes still had a devoted fanbase at this point. In John Stanley's low-budget Nightmare in Blood, shot around at this time, many of the young attendees of a horror convention are wearing Apes masks. It was just what you did. (This video is very safe for work.)
16. Bobby "Boris" Pickett Takes it to the People.
Like so many other ancillary Trek products, the "Monster Mash" guy's HILARIOUS 45rpm Single Record SPOOF was not available in stores. (Probably.) But it is available on YouTube, minus his autograph.
17. More Blueprints of Things that Don't Exist.
They're authentic, too! Even better, the freighter is from the animated series, meaning a model was never even built for filming.
18. Robby, Through the Ages.
Sort of like a blueprint (it's on blue paper, anyway) is this early sketch of what would eventually become Robby the Robot.
Robby with two of my favorite craggly guys: Peter Falk as Columbo, and Dick Miller as Walter Paisley in Hollywood Boulevard.
18. Dead Kings, and Too Many Nimoy Records.
My first thought when I saw this classified ad was "Wow, someone's already capitalizing on Elvis's death two months before he died!" Then I saw "World Trade Center death-scene" and thought, "They also predicted 9/11!" Then I realized that it was in reference to the filming of the climax of the '76 King Kong. Oh. That's not nearly as fun.
Fantascene, which can be totally forgiven for still calling it The Star Wars at this point, was a fairly high-quality fanzine by Robert and Dennis Stotak, would go on to do special effects work for Roger Corman, James Cameron, and many others. Also, the cover of the very first issue of Fantascene features a ship from War of the Worlds, so they get even more points for that.
More from the people who put out the spoken-word records advertised in Starlog #005. I appreciate that so much valuable classified space is given over to advertise the original Rocky Horror Show cast album (the movie version, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, hadn't yet caught on as a cult hit by this point), and if I could find a copy of that SF Sound Effects Record, I would totally play it on my radio show.
Between this and the larger, mid-magazine ad that had been running in the past few issues, I can only assume that Starlog somehow acquired a backlog of this record, and was desperate to move them. It's rare and out-of-print, and most importantly, it featured showtunes! I can't imagine why they were having trouble selling this to teenage boys in 1977.
Coming up in Starlog #008: Harlan Ellison out-grumbles David Gerrold, more Star Wars, and the abyss of Saturday Morning TV.
Previously by Sherilyn Connelly: