Daddy Todd wrote:
It's hard to believe something this... primitive somehow passed Paramount's approval process.
There definitely was an approval process for all tie-ins, and the Star Trek Office was maintained at Paramount. The first Shigetani strip marks the switch in uniforms to conform with ST II, and we know that the next
strip had intended to use Saavik, and she had to be changed into a new character in the approvals process.
Considering the nature of a daily comic strip, the artist is often racing to complete each panel to meet the daily deadlines. I can imagine the time constraints getting worse and worse, and perhaps by this time only each story proposal
was getting scrutineered?
Strangely, being known as the "LA Times strip", supposedly the strip never actually ran in Los Angeles. I guess after the initial excitement of Thomas Warkentin's stunning artwork, and the pending war of memos with Bennett and Meyer in the lead-up to ST II, the strip was probably off Gene Roddenberry's radar.