Saturday, February 28, 2015

PHASERS SET TO STUN: Leonard Nimoy Passes At Age 83

In playing 'Star Trek' as a kid, I never wanted the yellow shirt - 'cool' was always defined by blue. Today, sadly, the man behind that colour, whose hand gesture has become a global sign for peace in both pulp culture and beyond, Leonard Nimoy has achieved peace of his own - passing away at the age of 83.

The unique tone of his voice and its phrasing, the other roles he took as both actor and director, as well as a lifetime as a living pop culture icon and ambassador long after the original Star Trek series had ended, Nimoy's legacy is as unmeasurable as the loss to the world his passing has created.

Comic wise, my core memory of Nimoy was in teaming with Neil Gaiman and Gene Roddenberry to launch the sadly short lived line of sci-fi titles from Tekno Comics. While his Primortals lost out on my pull-list in favour of Gaiman's Mr. Hero the Newmatic Man, I had the poster for Primortals #4 on my wall for years.

It always excited me in looking at it, that Leonard didn't abandon us fans after the cameras stopped, like many seem to do. Rather he embraced himself as one of us and consistently added to the universes we savour.

By cherishing his body of work and his spirit as 'one of ours' we won't abandon him either.

To close, it's best to share the last Tweet he sent out, just days before his last: "Life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

 What do you think? 

7 comments:

  1. I have every issue of Primortals... I fucking love that series. I can't believe you mentioned it!
    He lived long, and he prospered. Can't ask for much more...
    R.I.P.

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  2. Thanks King! I really thought Tekno was going places. Their wheel of worlds came out pretty close to the Ultraverse's Godwheel, but both were comic brands with big names and great concepts behind them, so a little overlap was fine ;)

    As for the main man, that he did.

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    1. Neil Gaiman's Teknophage is a bloody work of art!

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  3. what a blow not just to Star Trek fans but to the world of sci-fi in general. it's really sad news it's all over Jewish social media as well. i was just watching a round up on CNN of Nimoy's career and i think many people would be surprised to know how much acting work he did outside of Star Trek. although i'm kinda disappointed no one has mentioned the episode of T.J. Hooker which was a cop show starring William Shatner that had Nimoy as a guest star.

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  4. I don't usually cry when celebrities die, even ones I liked and admired. I didn't know them, much as I watched them through the years. But when I was told at work about Mr. Nimoy I found myself turning away and taking a few moments to collect my composure, and yes, shedding more than a few tears. Because Mr. Nimoy was more than a celebrity to me and I would guess to all of us. He was more than Mr. Spock. He was the voice of reason, logic, wisdom, and yes, friendship that spanned more than a few years and genres of geekdom. You're right, Dan, he never abandoned us. He was one of us. And he so thoroughly permeated the culture with grace, dignity, humanity and love that it felt like a physical blow when I heard of his passing. I knew he was old. I knew he was sick. I knew he must die at some point. But knowledge is not always knowing. And now that the grieving begins all I can think is that for him, some of his most famous lines were how he lived his life. He certainly "lived long and prospered". And he absolutely was, and always shall be, our friend.

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  5. I watched the two Simpsons episode he was in today...
    Two of the best Simpsons episodes ever- too!: Marge vs. the Monorail, and The Springfield Files. Good times...
    Leonard Nimoy: "Well, my work is done here."
    Barney Gumble: "What do you mean your work is done? You didn't do anything..."
    Leonard Nimoy: [chuckles] "Didn't I?" *as he's transported off-planet forever*

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