Of Love Lost & a Ginormous Amoeba

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 fourth set of Star Trek: The Original Series Art Prints, which includes:

  • Episode 1: The Man Trap. "I tried to picture what Kirk's view was while he was having the salt sucked out of him," says Ortiz of this tale of a deadly shape-shifting creature that needs salt to survive. "By filling the page up completely, I hope to give the viewer the sense of being smothered or trapped."
  • Episode 7: What Are Little Girls Made Of? Nurse Christine Chapel is reunited with her missing fiancé on Exo III, but the scientist's obsession leads him to make an android duplicate of Captain Kirk. Ortiz comments, "Just having Ruk (a massive android bodyguard) with that title would have been creepy enough, but having his shadow loom over Andrea (the scientist's comely assistant) creates more drama. I also thought about Frankenstein a bit while I worked on this one."
  • Episode 24: This Side of Paradise. Flower power is vividly on Omicron Ceti III, where plant spores keep colonists healthy, blissful and placid, despite radiation from deadly Berthold rays. Enterprise crew members fall under the influence of the spores, including Spock, who feels love and struggles to return to his post. Says Ortiz, "The hand symbolically represents Spock, having rejected love, reaching out from paradise for life aboard the Enterprise and his pursuit of logic."
  • Episode 47: The Immunity Syndrome. Here Ortiz has drawn a representation of the gigantic energy-draining amoeba that threatens an entire galaxy. He says, "The paint splatters are actually fonts or dingbats. The only laborious part was arranging and colorizing the splatters into a layout that fell into an organized mess."

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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