A piece of Star Trek history just sold for a record amount

A copy of the Star Trek #1 comic from 1967 sold for $46,500 at auction.

By Skkylar Gibby-Brown
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Through television, film and star trek comics, fans followed the likes of Captains James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard in the final border for over 50 years. According ComicBook.com, one such fan just paid a hefty sum for the very first Star Trek comic book. A copy of the Star Trek #1 sold for $46,500 at Doug’s Dell and Gold Key Comics auction on November 3.

The comic was rated by Certify Guaranty Company (CGC) and received a CGC 9.6, meaning the print was in exceptional condition. The CGC noted five copies of Star Trek #1, with only one copy receiving a higher rating. The sale price is almost double the previous record of $20,400 for a comic in the same condition, sold in 2019.

Other comics also saw high sales at Doug’s Dell and Gold Key Comics auction. A copy of Walt Disney Comics & Stories #2 sold for $38,400, and a copy of Four colors #9 sold for $31,200.

star trek first appeared on television in 1966. The American science fiction series was created by Gene Roddenberry and premiered on NBC. It follows the crew of the USS Enterprise spacecraft and its Captain Kirk, played by William Shatner, as they undertake the mission “to boldly go where no man has gone before”.

Star Trek #1 was the first comic book to feature the Star Trek franchise in comic edition. It was published by Gold Key Comics in 1967, a year after star trek first appeared on television.

star trek #1, 1967 Golden Key Comics

The recently sold comic features the story “The Planet of No Return”, which was written by Dick Wood with art by Nevio Zeccara.

Although the show and the comic book series took place at the same time, the comic book series was infamous for being inconsistent with the plot of the TV series. For example, the company features a different design, the crew all wear the same green uniforms, and Spock often shows far more emotion than on the TV screen. Despite the differences between the book and the screen, Star Trek #1 is still an important part of the history of the famous franchise.

The star trek The comic book series was planned for 62 issues but never published 61. In 1979, Marvel Comics purchased the rights to the series and began its own run, beginning with an adaptation of Star Trek: The Movie.

New Star Trek comics are in the works with current Trek licensee IDW Publishing. They recently released a new Star Trek #1 which takes place between the final of StarTrek: Traveler and the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis. There is also a possibility for a new television star trek content too, with Marvel’s Loki director, Kate Herronin talks to lead a new star trek series for streaming.