Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Starlog Project: Starlog #87, October 1984: Who You Gonna Call?

Ghostbusters! The broad ghost comedy takes center stage in Starlog #87, and the magazine celebrates with cover text shouting "SPECIAL ISSUE: MORE PAGES! MORE COLOR!" But by "more pages," they really mean they've only added two pages to the normal page count. They are in color, granted, and at least they didn't raise the cover price.

On the spinoff front, the third edition of the Starlog Poster Magazine is out, featuring Star Trek III, Gremlins, Splash, Conan the Destroyer, Buckaroo Banzai, and more.

Starlog #87
72 pages (including covers)
Cover price: $2.95

While we're at it, we should note that the roof text on the cover includes a plug for an article inside: "'Bones' McCoy Remembers Star Trek III." All fine and dandy. Except the photo next to the text shows Captain Kirk, not Dr. McCoy. Now who ya gonna call?

The rundown: In his From the Bridge column, publisher Kerry O'Quinn recommends the two-man play Actors, performed by Mark Lenard and Walter Koenig; Communications letters fill up three full pages with reactions to Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; short news items in Log Entries include Vonda McIntyre discussing her novelization of Star Trek III, a fire destroys a soundstage used for the 007 films, an update on the Six from Sirius Epic comic, and more.

In the first half of a two-part article, Randy and Jean-Marc Lofficier and Julius Fabrini interview Trek's DeForest Kelley; Steve Swires interviews David Prowse; Lee Goldberg visits the set of 2010 (plus a sidebar by Steve Jongeward and Gerard Raymond on author Arthur C. Clarke's separate visit to the soundstage); Jim George interviews actor Edward Andrews; David Hutchison examines Richard Edlund's special effects for Ghostbusters; Randy and Jean-Marc Lofficier interview Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, the screenwriting duo of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; Paul Mandell interviews Dune director David Lynch (including a sidebar, "David Lynch: Bewitched by the Bizarre"); Space Age Games (no longer "... and Computers") looks at writing music on computers; Lee Goldberg interviews actor Lewis Smith from Buckaroo Banzai; comics historian Ron Goulart looks at the comics history of Sheena; Marta Randall reviews David Gerrold's book A Matter for Men; Brian Lowry interviews director Nick Castle about his film The Last Starfighter; and Howard Zimmerman's Lastword column shares his thoughts on Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
"When I heard about Blade Runner, I thought that I should be doing the film. I identified with it 100%. I know that people who worked on it had seen Eraserhead. But I was really disappointed in the over-all movie. I was expecting so much, and I don't really know exactly what went wrong. ... In Blade Runner, it was a matter of not being enough of a storyline. Most of the images, though, were totally beautiful."
–David Lynch, director, interviewed by Paul Mandell: "David Lynch: Director of Dune"
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