Compassion Trumps Brutality

We've taken the voyages of the starship Enterprise one adventure further with a series of original movie-style art print sets commemorating every episode of Star Trek, the iconic American television series that aired from 1966 to 1969.

The Original Series has become a cult classic, and its leading-edge plot lines and mores have influenced many science-fiction TV shows and movies that have followed.

Designer/illustrator Juan Ortiz talks about the inspiration for our eleventh set of Star Trek: The Original Series Art Prints, which includes:

  • Episode 12: The Menagerie, Part 2. For the second part of this story in which Spock kidnaps the severely disabled Captain Christopher Pike, hijacks the Enterprise and later surrenders for court martial, Ortiz focused on the phaser. "I drew over an actual phaser image, so the hand is in scale to the handle. I did stylize the whole piece including the phaser; that may be why it looks larger," Ortiz notes.
  • Episode 22: Space Seed. For this print, Ortiz drew a hand that represents Khan and a skull that represents evil, reflecting the genetically engineered superhuman villain and his compatriots, whom the Enterprise crew battles for control of the ship. Says the artist, "The poster is sliced in half so that the hand would read as growing out of the bottom half, like an evil vine of some type reaching out. The poster was inspired by the work of Saul Bass -- particularly his poster for The Man With the Golden Arm."
  • Episode 67: The Empath. Sad eyes weeping a tear shaped like the Enterprise are the gripping focal point of this print for this episode about Gem, a mute empath whose capacity for compassion and self-sacrifice are being tested by an advanced race of humanoids. Ortiz comments, "Gem was like a character out of an old silent movie, so for dramatic effect, I zoomed in for a close-up. The simple style that I used was inspired by [Spanish illustrator] Joaquin Pertierra. Like Saul Bass, Joaquin was a genius at saying a lot with so little."
  • Episode 78: All Our Yesterdays. Spock and McCoy go mano a mano in this episode as they and Kirk investigate the disappearance of a doomed planet's population and find themselves trapped in that world's past. "The creature is actually Zarabeth, as we see her for the first time, wearing her fur coat," says Ortiz. "I remember seeing Zarabeth in her coat and not knowing who or what she was at first. I felt that would be a good image to entice the viewer with."

The set and all others in the series will be available for a limited time only. None will be repeated or reprinted after they're gone.

Star Trek fans rejoice! Your favorite episodes are here – or soon to come.




18 in wide x 24 in high

45.72 cm wide x 60.96 cm high


100-lb, satin-finish paper.


TOS Prints Series

Recalling the style of 1960s-era movie posters, pulp novel covers, comic books and advertisements, these Star Trek art prints are the work of artist Juan Ortiz, who was commissioned by CBS.

Ortiz created an original retro-style art print for every episode of the original television series, including the first pilot – 80 in all.

As CBS's exclusive partner for North America, QMx will reproduce the art prints and release them in sets of four over the months ahead.

  • The art prints are not in chronological order.
  • Once an episode has been made available in a set, it will not be repeated or reprinted.
  • Sets will be available for a limited time.

Collect sets with your favorite episodes. And remember, they also make great gifts for your favorite Star Trek fan.


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