Just ONE More 'Star Trek'-type Comic Strip...
Meet the mommy! (Elvis lied!)
As the Star Trek newspaper strip's final artist (1983), Dick Kulpa's always been hooked by Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and everything else about this marvelous feature. Now that Rich Handley and IDW Publishing has released a book containing reprints of Dick's Star Trek works, this artist has gotten his act together for one more Star Trek-type feature.
It somewhat answers the question: "What would a Kulpa Star Trek effort look like today, drawn 30 years later?" "Somewhat," because it takes doing a few laps to find the proper groove. These were more "character studies" than comic strips...Dick just drew the pictures and figured out the story and words later.
"I like a multitude of panels in the daily strips," Dick says. "Helps to tell a story." PLUS, though it's a continuity strip, he also likes a compelling last panel in each one.
"My all time favorite newspaper comic strip? Mandrake the Magician. I lived to read that strip every day in the early 1960s, and then the Milwaukee Sentinel workers went on strike.
" It suffered weeks of withdrawal," he admits. "When the strike ended I never resumed the read."
Lens flare courtesy of JJ Abrams, and is that Mr. Sulu at the helm? Rich Handley should thank his lucky stars he wasn't born a Klingon.
So what has Dick learned past 30 years? Answer: "Not a d@mned thing" he says. "Honestly, however, I now see much more as to how a face works and reflects personality, after drawing 35,000 caricatures," he says.
Star Trek strip from Dick Kulpa's 1983 run.
While we're at it, below is a Sunday strip from Dick's first syndicated strip, "Bruce Lee." He filled in for an ailing Fran Matera for its final 8 weeks.
THIS strip features the actual colors used, and it was assembled by scanning and combining all the original CMYK flats.
Dick Kulpa's 1995-1998 Ghost Story Club Newspaper Comic Strips
Sunday color comic from the Ghost Story Club. What year is the car?
See Kulpa's very FIRST newspaper strips from 1975: Double Eagle & Co.
Wordpress: History Of Dick Kulpa's Political Art
...dating all the way back to his high school newspaper days in 1969-1971
Kulpa as "ALDER-Man"
Part 1: Birth of a Political Cartoonist
Part 2: Dick Kulpa Runs for Mayor
Part 3: Ald. Kulpa VS the Cops
Part 4: Rise of ALDER-MAN
Part 5: Dick Kulpa's Greatest Cartoon
Dick's flagship comic strip was also his very first, appearing in the Loves Park, Illinois POST back in 1971. The Double Eagle & Co. would go on to appear in two daily newspapers, and its star CAR-actor would make inadvertant guest appearances in a number of Kulpa's future features, including
CAR-toons Magazine, the Star Trek newspaper strip and Ghost Story Club.
The version shown here — fresh off the drawing board — is a bit more political than the series actually was.
Dick Kulpa's GREATEST Character Ever
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