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Encyclopedia > Battlestar Galactica (comic book)

Battlestar Galactica has been adapted to the comic book format since its inception, with no less than four publishers taking on the project of relating the story of the Colonial Fleet and their adversaries the Cylons at different points. Introduction to the new Battlestar Galactica series This article encompasses all the media that use the name Battlestar Galactica. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Old Cylon Centurion shown in a museum display in the 2003 Battlestar Galactica miniseries The Cylons are a cybernetic civilization at war with the twelve colonies of humanity in the science fiction movie and television series Battlestar Galactica, in the original 1978/1980 series as well as the movie and...

Cover of the first issue of Marvel's monthly Battlestar Galactica comic book
Cover of the first issue of Marvel's monthly Battlestar Galactica comic book

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Marvel Comics

The comic book “Battlestar Galactica,” based on the ABC television series of the same name, was published monthly by Marvel Comics from 1978 through 1980, and lasted 23 issues. It has been suggested that Felicia (pseudonym) be merged into this article or section. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII in Roman) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... 1980 (MCMLXXX in Roman) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


Although there were other attempts to adapt Battlestar Galactica into a comic book format, the Marvel series is considered by many to have been the most successful in terms of run, sales, and content.


This was accomplished against some notable odds. Although Roger McKenzie was most often the writer, and Walt Simonson the most regular artist, the book also had a heavy rotation of guest writers and artists. Walter or, usually, Walt Simonson (born September 2, 1946) is a comic book writer and artist. ...


Marvel Comics’ began its adaptation of Battlestar Galactica with Super Special #8, a magazine format comic released as a tie-in to the start of the series. Based on an early script of the three hour series premiere “Saga of a Star World,” this adaptation, which gave a relatively short treatment to the third hour, was also released in a tabloid format and then later as a paperback as well. The tabloid version was also printed by Whitman Comics. It’s success led Marvel to green light a regular monthly comic depicting the adventures of the ragtag fleet.


Scripted by McKenzie and drawn by Ernie Colon, the Battlestar Galactica Super Special is an attractive adaptation with unusual panel design and use of shadow. In particular, the attack on Caprica, the psychic starting point of the series, is treated in a vivid and memorable way. Ernie Colon is a comics artist. ...


When the regular run of Marvel’s Battlestar Galactica comic book began some months later, the Super Special adaptation was expanded by several pages, and provided the material for the first three issues of the comic.


The direct adaptation of the series continued in issues #4 and #5 which chronicled the adventures depicted in the two part television episode Lost Planet of the Gods. Roger McKenzie continued as scripter, with Walter Simonson now providing the art.


With issue #6, the TV adaptations ceased, and Marvel’s team began to create new stories about the characters of the Battlestar Galactica universe, picking up from where issue #5 left off.


It is important to note, that from this point, both in terms of story content and the narrative arc, Marvel’s Battlestar Galactica does deviate somewhat from the televised adventures. Marvel's contract with Universal Studios specifically did not allow them to use anything from the television series that followed Lost Planet Of The Gods. Despite this, Marvel made a conscious decision to continue the story with their own vision of how the series would progress, and so presents an interesting interpretation of Galactica – through a Marvel paradigm. The current Universal Studios logo Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal, has production studios and offices located at 100 Universal City Plaza Drive in Universal City, California, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County between Los Angeles and Burbank. ...


In should also be noted that although the run of the Battlestar Galactica comic coincided with the broadcast of the short-lived Galactica sequel series, Galactica 1980 on ABC, the newer program was never referred to in the pages of the comic, apart from the letters page, and no attempts were made to construct the comic with the events of Galactica 1980 as a foreseen plot outcome. Opening sequence for Galactica 1980 Galactica 1980 is a science-fiction television series, and a spin-off from the 1978-1979 series Battlestar Galactica. ...


In addition, much of the comic’s run took place in the magnetic void which the rag tag fleet encountered in the TV episode Lost Planet of the Gods. In the end of the TV episode, the fleet moves back into normal space, leaving the void behind, but in the comics the rag tag fleet remains in the void beginning in issue #4, with the fleet finally returning to regular space in issue #14. This makes placing the episodes within the span of the TV series a little difficult, since much of the action could be surmised to have taken place between Lost Planet of the Gods and “Lost Warrior.”


In terms of tone, many of the Galactica comics had classic horror elements, which was a theme visited in only a couple episodes of the TV series, as exemplified by the evil Ovions of “Saga of a Star World.” An incomplete list of monsters from the comic series would include a space vampire (issue #9), a carnivorous planet (issue #10), alien vermin (issue #15), a crewmember who transforms into a red ape (issues 17 and 18) and a monstrous shapeshifter (issue #21). Even the menacing and relentless Cylon Mark III in issue #16 owes as much of his origin to horror elements as he does to science fiction. Taken as a whole, Marvel’s Galactica is somewhat darker in tone than the series, but this not-so-subtle paranoia is arguable truer to the initial premise of the series than were some of the latter episodes of the television program.


Notably, the writers of the Galactica comic were quite willing to remove key characters from the dramatic mix for periods of time. From issues #6 to #12, Commander Adama is placed within a machine to help him remember the ancient writings he briefly saw on Kobol, and, although we do spend some time in his dreams, is effectively removed from commanding the Galactica for several issues, which of course sets up it’s own dramatic tension.


Another character who leaves the series for awhile is Starbuck, as part of perhaps the most effective story arc in the series. In this plotline the fleet stumbles upon Scavenger World, the dominion of the female space pirate Eurayle, who makes a deal to spare the Colonials if she can keep Starbuck at her side. The interactions between Starbuck and Eurayle are memorable, and the conclusion of the storyline, with a tremendous battle in issue #13, is a satisfying conclusion. At the end of the tale, Starbuck remains with Eurayle, and the fleet moves on without him, which of course sets us up for his triumphant return in issues #19 and 20.


Unlike both television series, the Galactica comic actually had a planned ending, with a series of plot devices being wound up in the final two part story of issues #22 and 23. In the course of solving a mystery, Lieutenant Jolly finds adventure and romance and helps in figuring out the long sought coordinates for Earth. A tongue in cheek adventure ably drawn and scripted by Walt Simonson this plotline provided a strong end for a memorable series.


ISSUE BREAKDOWN

  • 1] Battlestar Galactica [adapts episode 1]
  • 2] Exodus [adapts episode 2]
  • 3] Death Trap [adapts episode 3]
  • 4] The Lost Gods of Kobol [adapts episode 4]
  • 5] The Lost Gods of Kobol: Part Two—A Death in the Family [adapts episode 5]
  • 6) The Memory Machine
  • 7) All Things Past and Present
  • 8) Shuttle-Diplomacy
  • 9) Space-Mimic
  • 10) This Planet Hungers
  • 11) Scavenge World
  • 12) The Trap
  • 13) Collision Course
  • 14) Trial and Error
  • 15) Derelict
  • 16) Berserker
  • 17) Ape and Essence
  • 18) Forbidden Fruit
  • 19) The Daring Escape of the Space Cowboy
  • 20) Hell Hath No Fury
  • 21) A World For the Killing
  • 22) Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair
  • 23) The Last Hiding Place

COMPILATIONS / REPRINTS

  • Marvel Super Special #8: Battlestar Galactica
  • Marvel Illustrated Book: BSG, Volume I
  • Marvel Illustrated Book: BSG, Volume II
  • Star Heroes Pocket Books #1-11
  • Star Heroes Winter Special
  • Saga of a Star World (Titan Press)
  • The Memory Machine (Titan Press)

Look-In Magazine and British Annuals

This children’s magazine published a serialized BSG strip from October 20, 1979, to October 11, 1980. The four untitled storylines spanned 52 issues, 13 two-page chapters per storyline, from 1979 #43 to 1980 #42 (the numbering started over again at #1 in January of 1980, though the storyline continued to fold as normal). Surprisingly well-rendered and well-written, this ongoing Galactica comic has been all but forgotten.


In addition, Grandreams came out with two Battlestar Galactica hardcover annuals, which contained short text and comic book stories. Far inferior to the Look-In strips, these comics were aimed primarily at children.


ISSUE BREAKDOWN


Look-In Magazine -- Weekly Serial

  • Storyline 1 (issues 1979 #43 to 1980 #3)
  • Storyline 2 (issues 1980 #4 to 1980 #16)
  • Storyline 3 (issues 1980 #17 to 1980 #29)
  • Storyline 4 (issues 1980 #30 to 1980 #42)

Battlestar Galactica -- Hardcover Annual

  • 1) Battlestar Galactica [adapts episodes 1-3]
  • 2) Chess-Players of Space
  • 3) Bane of Baal Farr
  • 4) Amazons of Space
  • Plus 3 prose stories: Doomsday Rock, Swamp World, Hijack in Space

Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack -- Hardcover Annual

  • 1) Part One: Switch in Space
  • 2) Part Two: Planet of the Cyclops
  • 3) Part Three: Skirmish Beyond Skafrax
  • 4) Part Four: Final Showdown
  • Plus 2 prose stories: Dice With Death, Enemy Within

Maximum Press

For a long time after this, Battlestar Galactica did not appear in comics, then in July 1995, Maximum Press published a well received mini-series that explained what it was that had happened to our heroes in the intervening years. Ignoring the storyline of the much derided ABC sequel series “Galactica 1980,” this tale followed the crew as they finally approached Earth, led by Commander Apollo, who had succeeded his father.


This mini-series was popular enough that it spawned a group of sequels including “Apollo’s Journey,” “The Enemy Within,” and “Starbuck” all published as four issue series in 1995 through early 1996. “Journey’s End,” the final four issue series, broke many Galactica conventions, and contains the memorable sequence of the Galactica travelling through time back to the Cylon attack on Caprica. After the publishing of the “Battlestar Galactica Compendium” in early 1997 however, the steam ran out of this endeavor and Maximum announced it would no longer be publishing Galactica based comics.


ISSUE BREAKDOWN


Various Miniseries

  • War of Eden #1-4 [collected in trade paperback format]
  • The Enemy Within #1-3
  • Starbuck #1-3
  • Apollo’s Journey 1-3 [issue #3 was published with 2 alternate covers]
  • Journey’s End #1-4

Asylum [monthly anthology series]

  • 1) Baptism of Fire, Part 1
  • 2) Baptism of Fire, Part 2
  • 3) Baptism of Fire, Part 3
  • 4) Athena’s Quest, Part 1
  • 6) [no BSG story]
  • 5) Athena’s Quest, Part 2
  • 7) Athena’s Quest, Part 3
  • 8) First Date

Battlestar Galactica: The Compendium

  • 1) Baptism of Fire [compilation]
  • 2) The Rebirth of Cy, Part 1 [unfinished]

Battlestar Galactica: Special Edition

  • 1) Athena’s Quest [compilation]

Realm Press

In 1998, Realm Press brought Battlestar Galactica back to comics again beginning with their “Battlestar Galactica Search for Sanctuary” single issue special. Other one shots were subsequently published. Later, Realm introduced a monthly comic titled “Battlestar Galactica Season 3.” Unfortunately, this series only ran for three issues before it was cancelled, and shortly thereafter Realm abandoned the project altogether.


ISSUE BREAKDOWN


Battlestar Galactica, Season II

  • 1) The Law of Volahd, Part 1 [2 alternate covers]
  • 2) The Law of Volahd, Part 2
  • 3) Prison of Souls, Part 1 [2 alternate covers]
  • 4) Prison of Souls, Part 2
  • 5) Prison of Souls, Part 3

Battlestar Galactica, Season III

  • 1) No Place Like Home [3 alternate covers]
  • 2) Hades Hath No Fury [4 alternate covers]
  • 3) Fire in the Sky [3 alternate covers]

Galactica: The New Millennium

  • 1) Fear of Flying / Favorite Son / Tales of the Pegasus: Chapter One, Daddy’s Girl [3 alternate covers]

Eve of Destruction

  • 1) Prelude I: Nostalgie De La Boue / Prelude II: Daughter of Elysium

Search For Sanctuary

  • 1) Search For Sanctuary, Part I
  • 2) Search For Sanctuary Special Edition

1999 Tourbook

  • 1) Dark Genesis [3 alternate covers]

Special Edition

  • 1) Centurion Prime [2 alternate covers]

Gallery Special

  • 1) The Care and Feeding of Your Daggit / Masquerade

Canceled One-Shots

  • Colonial Technical Journal, Volume 1
  • Dire Prophecy [2 alternate covers]
  • Darkest Night [2 alternate covers]
  • Battlestar Black and White [2 alternate covers]
  • Cylon Dawn [2 alternate covers]
  • No-Man’s Land [2 alternate covers]
  • Minor Difficulties [anthology of short tales]

Dynamic Press

In May 2005, Dynamic Forces Inc. announced that a brand new Battlestar Galactica comic book series would be introduced in the fall off 2005, to be based upon the new reimagined television series from the Sci Fi Channel. Thus far, however, no issues have yet been published. There are two television channels named Sci-Fi: a British satellite television channel; see Sci Fi channel (United Kingdom) a United States television channel; see Sci Fi channel (United States) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


 
 

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