Tuesday, 11 October 2011

The Worlds of the Federation and Don Ivan Punchatz - 1989

"The Worlds of the Federation", written and illustrated by Shane Johnson, is one of my favorite resources. Inside this 155 page book one finds a historical overview of the United Federation of Planets, the Planetary Classification System (UFP Standard), and overview of all member worlds as well as their planet's primaries and ambassadors - as well as an overview of Neutral, Independent, and Hostile Worlds. One may also find each planet's system profile, planetary emblem, and continental profile.

While Shane Johnson illustrated the pages with drawings of continental systems, ambassadors, emblems, etc. - it was Don Ivan Punchatz who created the stunning color art we see on the cover, as well as inside on the glossed pages (which I will cover at a later date). I will focus now on the image on the front cover:

We also find the same image spread across two pages inside, allowing us to experience this masterpiece in great detail. For those who are unaware of the races depicted, I will go over them and state the episode they first appeared in: (Referring the the images below, Starting in top left, moving clockwise)
  • Melkot - Melkatians were seen in TOS: Spectre of the Gun
  • Klingon - The Klingons are well known, but first appeared in TOS: Errand of Mercy
  • Gorn - First seen in TOS: Arena
  • Tellarite - First seen in TOS: Journey to Babel (one of my favorite episodes, as we see Sarek and Amanda for the first time)
  • Tribbles - First seen in TOS: The Trouble with Tribbles
  • Bynars - First seen in TNG: 11001001
  • Benzite - First seen in TNG: Coming of Age
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      Moving on to the second page, we see the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D over top of the five remaining races:
      • Romulan - First seen in TOS: Balance of Terror (played by Mark Lenard, the same man who played Sarek)
      • Andorian - First seen in TOS: Journey to babel (What is interesting about this image - is that the Andorian shown below, Thelev, was actually an Orian Assassin in disguise, and not an Andorian at all)
      • Phylosian - First seen in TAS: The Infinite Vulcan (another great episode)
      • Ferengi - First seen in TNG: The Last Outpost
      • Saurian (juvenile) -  First Seen in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (although Saurian Brandy has been enjoyed in TOS episodes beforehand)

      I am absolutely in awe of this piece of art. I have been a fan of Don Ivan Punchatz for a while now, and a lot of his work can be found online - do a quick search on google images and you will understand. Everything he does is absolutely amazing.

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