Second in the run of Trek covers I did for FASA corporation,” The Vanished” was probably the least visible out of them all. The supplement had been published previously using cover art by another illustrator and I was told that Paramount licensing was not happy with the way a female figure had been depicted – her Star Fleet tunic skirt was too tight/too short…which seemed to contradict the definition of a Star Fleet tunic-skirt.
To be honest I thought the first cover illustration was great but I was all too happy to get the work.
This was one of the few covers Jordan was less than thrilled about – specifically the blue reflected highlight on Sulu’s face and the large hands on the security guard behind him. I thought we was going to kill the project but between the tight deadline and the fact that he loved the ship, monster and background it went to print. As a second printing it didn’t get a very large run; FASA was also unsuccessfully experimenting at the time with packaging the supplements in a cardboard sleeve that could be hung from a peg which also hurt sales.
…and there was that yucky blue highlighting!
24″X16″ ink and Dr. Martin’s dyes applied with airbrush on cold-press illustration board. Detail added with colored pencils, designers markers and gouache. August 1983