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Old May 29 2013, 04:02 PM   #79
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Re: DC Comics' Star Tek (1st Series)

Allyn Gibson wrote: View Post
I think it's really just a coincidence that the contract negotiations happened to hit at the same time that Richard Arnold's "Reign of Error" began to be felt.
No coincidence. Richard spoke at conventions about that time - at the time.

During the hiatus between TNG Seasons 1 and 2, Paramount pulled in all existing licensing contracts and did extensive renegotiations to better incorporate TNG into the franchise. Pocket's contract was renewed quickly. FASA's was revoked and not renewed. Lengthy negotiations for DC Comics.

Initially, DC was told that only Bryce, Konom, Sherwood, Bearclaw and Bernie had to go and Peter David wrote his issue #1 TOS (Series II) script with an opening scene featuring M'Ress. (He had previously announced plans for a controversial Arex story arc - presumably the rejigged story that saw Mr Fouton ousted from Starfleet and the comic; note that Arex eventually did transfer to Security in "New Frontier".)

When that set of art was sent to Richard for approval, He vetoed the use of TAS characters as well, and M'Ress was famously redrawn as an antelope-like alien, M'yra, named after PAD's then-wife, Myra. TAS "does not cross over with the movies", stated Richard. Although 1989 was also the year that Filmation was wound down, and the ownership of all of its output was in contractual flux.


M'Ress by Therin of Andor, on Flickr
"Amazing Heroes" magazine #170 (Aug 1989, page 99)


M'Ress redrawn as M'yra by Therin of Andor, on Flickr
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