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Mondo's latest is CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER - and I love it!

Hey folks, Harry here...

Mondo's latest poster is just incredible.   I want one - then I want to track down Harlan Ellison and get him to sign it - because this is just sweet!   I actually have an original production design sketch from this episode of the Original STAR TREK - it was something that I picked up for Forrest J Ackerman when he was selling things to pay for his later years.   

So Awesome!   Check this out!!!




Title: The City On The Edge Of Forever


Artist: Dan McCarthy
Edition: 325
Size: 12"x 24"
Price: $40
On sale at a random time this Wednesday (3/2).  Follow @MondoNews for "on sale now" announcement.
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  • March 1, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    AWESOME...hey harry

    by krod

    do you have a piece of the ackerman thingee on your computer you can put up on here?

  • March 1, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Second fave Star Trek episode


    Mondo's new CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER poster is just amazing!!!

  • March 1, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Harry, what's your first fave?

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • March 1, 2011, 5:43 p.m. CST

    It doesn't hold up as well anymore tbh

    by Briestro

    It's still the best TOS ep, but for pure epic sad drama on Trek I'll take "The Inner Light" and "The Visitor" over City on the Edge. B

  • March 1, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    ARENA...Where's that poster?

    by Mennen


  • March 1, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    I wouldn't approach Ellison Harry,

    by slder78

    He might get mad he didn't get a cut from the sales and sue Mondo, you, Paramount, and God for good measure.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Saw it again recently

    by psychedelic

    The ending still sent shivers down my spine. The humor holds up extremely well too.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST



    we're friends.

  • March 1, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    "He knows Doctor. He knows."

    by Tacom

    Just a gut punch of an ending.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Favorite Classic Trek episode...


    I'm an AMOK TIME junkie. The music, horny homicidal Spock... Great episode. That Spock smile KILLS me every time!

  • March 1, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST



    That actually would look fairly awesome framed on a wall.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    He would still sue you Harry

    by StarQrtrs

    Friends or not, that guy would sue a holocaust survivor if somehow that person was making 2 cents off city on the edge of forever.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Amok Time

    by Briestro

    Killer music too in that ep, and T'Pau really carried presence. Another travesty of Enterprise is that they DARED go there and had a useless young T'Pau in that one ep. T'Pring was a cold, calculating bitch!! B

  • March 1, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST


    by jimmy_009

    I thought Mondo had stepped up their game with Steamboat Willie after a recent slide, but it seems like that was a blip. This looks like something I would expect to see if I put up a contest to illustrate COTEOF and got mostly amateur artists participating. There's nothing particularly engaging or sophisticated about this design. The city looks like it was dropped over the background in Photoshop in a matter of seconds. The colors are mildly pleasing but not very creative. It's like they think "do something in modern retro!" is enough. Sorry, not enough.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    In two sentences...

    by jimmy_009 looks like I or any moderately skilled artist could cut and paste this together in about 15 minutes. Very photoshoppy and bland.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Just wait...

    by richievanderlow

    When Harlan Ellison finds out about his, he's going to be very angry. Threats to sue imminent.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    The Inner Light

    by proevad

    is my fave TNG as well. What's sad is, there's only one cast member actually in the damn thing. (for the most part) . Guys need some help here. I'm looking for the name of an asian actor, he's on a television show, pretty sure it's an american crime show. Like CSI, but not CSI. Maybe having something to do with a psychic. Ring any bells? Only saw one scene from this guy about 3 years ago, and can't remember the show or the name of the actor. Probably 30-35 years old, played a plainclothes cop, asian, no accent, handsome. Google isn't working for shit. Thanks.

  • March 1, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Harry, thanks for answering.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Agreed, very fun episode.

  • March 1, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST, this poster or whatever...

    by ThisBethesdaSea

    Is amateur at best.

  • March 1, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST



    Possibly Tim Kang ??? .... Just a shot in the dark.

  • March 1, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    A Mondo book?

    by ZeMightyJedd

    Mondo really needs to put together a collection of their posters in book form. Harry, can you encourage them??

  • March 1, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Ellison suing in 4...3...2...1...

    by MisterBlue

    and he now owns this site too -

  • March 1, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST


    by proevad

    That's the actor! Thank you!

  • March 1, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    If Spinal Tap were a prog rock band

    by Fred

    that would be the cover of their Greatest Hit album. Pure crap.

  • March 1, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST


    by Smack_Teddy

  • March 1, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Harry- please- PLEASE

    by Gil Brooks

    if you get one of these, PLEASE don't tape it to the fucking wall like you did with the True Grit prints. You may get these for free, but they're works of art which should be framed, not stuck to the wall like some Tiger Beat shit. Thanks.

  • March 1, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST


    by goodguy

    this poster is boring and uninspired. silhouettes and a totally unrecognizable cityscape? There is nothing about this poster that evokes anything of that episode's greatness.

  • March 1, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    What is the obsession with Mondo?

    by D o o d

    is the art actually that good..? To be honest it looks a little amateur to me.

  • March 1, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST


    by ObiBen


  • March 1, 2011, 7:44 p.m. CST

    goodguy is right... and i love that episode;)

    by Mennen

  • March 1, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    At least they didn't rip off Saul Bass for the thirtieth time...

    by BurnHollywood

    I suppose that qualifies as a compliment.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST


    by KyleG

    I'm a massive fan of Alamo's movie posters (and have a small collection of about 15 and counting), and I won't be refreshing the page all morning for this piece.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Yikes..that's bad

    by alienindisguise

    I've dug some of their other posters but this one reeks of little to no effort.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    "The Inner Light", ooooh boy

    by D.Vader

    Was THAT a kick in the nuts the first time I saw it.

  • March 1, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    The Inner Light

    by KoolerThanJesus

    Every Star Trek season should have been required to have at least one episode that let Patrick Stewart show his acting chops. Finest actor in all of Star Trek. The Inner Light Family Chain of Command part 2 All are some of the best Trek ever and featured Picard almost exclusively.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    I vaguely remember "Family" and "Chain of Command"

    by D.Vader

    I think I've only seen those once or twice in my life. I'm also fond of "Tapestry" where Picard was killed and given a chance to go back and fix a regretful moment/mistake in his reckless youth only to find out what kind of "man" it would have made him in the present. That was very affecting on my young mind.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Haven't seen one of these yet that I've liked

    by golden tribw

    I won't say anything caustic about them but honestly there's a difference between 'iconic imagery' and 'looks like an MS paint homage' I wouldn't want any of them on my walls

  • March 1, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    The Inner Light does not hold up well to repeat viewings

    by zillabeast

    It was all that about 10 years ago, now it's sort of a snooze. Give me DS9's "In the Pale Moonlight" any day.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Well, I Like It

    by tomandshell

    I really love McCarthy's work. I'm going to get this and hang it next to his Hoth print from the Star Wars series.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Favorite Original STAR TREK episode: MIRROR, MIRROR

    by YackBacker

    Just classic- brought out all of the characters and goateed Spock is a logical badass.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    am I the only one who hates these mondo posters?

    by pishowda

    They're creative and unoriginal at the same time.

  • March 1, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Charlie Sheen just joined twitter

    by Bobo_Vision

    I checked out his account, and he's following 10 of whom is Alyssa Milano. Charlie is currently the crazy epicenter of Hollywood.

  • March 1, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Mondo's earlier stuff was great

    by jimmy_009

    But they've overdone the same style and seem like they're out of inspiration. That's why the Steamboat Willie one was such a breath of fresh air, but this one, as someone above posted, is amateur hour. They should take a break and get some fresh inspiration.

  • March 1, 2011, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Is that Baalbek on the left?

    by WeakThirdAct

    Baba ghanoush! Sorry.

  • March 1, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    It IS!

    by WeakThirdAct

    Down to the smallest detail...

  • March 1, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    I'll keep my framed

    by maxjohnson1971

    Blade Runner, Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pulp Fiction, Saturday Night Fever, Reservoir Dogs British Quad and Peeping Tom up thank you. Still need to get Evil Dead 2 and Vacation up in frames. Stupid expensive frame shops!! And of course, Max Johnson loves him some Evil Dead

  • March 1, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Is it just me...

    by BiggusDickus

    ...or is anyone else slightly underwhelmed by this retro two-colour Mondo stuff?

  • March 1, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST

    I'm w/ starqrtrs Harry

    by slder78

    He'll still sue. Dude won't even do extra features on a DVD unless he's compensated. There's being compensated and there's money. I know Hollywood's a business, but he takes it to the Nth degree. Art vs. commerce w/ him skews too heavily on the commerce side. He's like Tom Rothman on working on the creative side. Since he's your friend I'm sure you'll defend him as you should whereas I have never met the man. But speaking as a fan of his work and his talent I'll give him his due, but nothing more... unless he offers a discount.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Everybody who looked at the pic of poster: SUED.

    by kabong

    Everybody who took name of Harlan Ellison in vain, burn for all eternity. (I like Harlan; this msg is just an attempt at humor.)

  • March 2, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST

    When did I lose touch with the film geek community?

    by JuanSanchez

    I just think a) that's nothing special and b) who would pay money for that?

  • March 2, 2011, 1 a.m. CST

    "Dreams With Sharp Teeth" doc on Ellison was good

    by njscribe44

    Nice picture. Been a big fan of Harlan Ellison since finding his short story and essay collections in the mid-80s. Maybe he is litigious, but he has seen decades of Hollywood execs ripping off writers' ideas without fair compensation.

  • March 2, 2011, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Harry, Harlan will probably NOT sign this - here's why

    by Admiral Nelson

    A few years ago, Harlan sued Paramount (and won) over years' worth of non-payment of royalties from derivative work (i.e., Star Trek merchandise) based on his "City on the Edge of Forever" script. He was absolutely correct to do so. Paramount had been ignoring explicit rules laid down by the Writers Guild concerning this, and they got caught, and rightfully smacked around for it. If "Mondo" did this poster on his own and is selling them, then it's copyright infringement on a Paramount property, and they can sue. If he DOES have a license to produce this, but Paramount neglects to give Harlan his rightful reimbursement, then Harlan's lawyers are going to have to bitchslap Paramount again. The only way Harlan would sign this would be if Mondo produced this with both Paramount and his (Harlan's) blessing, and Harlan got paid. Say what you want about Ellison, but he was, and is, 100% in the right on this.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST


    by slder78

    I think his problem, whether he wants to admit it or not is with the WGA. If ever there was a union that screwed over its own members it's them. At the WGA's inception, they gave up to the studios the only thing that could ever have been of any real value - the copyright. They're the only artists who have absolutely no control over their material once they get paid for their work. The moment the get any money for a script, it's the studio's pretty much forever. <p>If Shakespeare originated Romeo and Juliet for 20th Century Fox, you'd have Romeo and Juliet 2: Electric Boogaloo in 3D next fall and there'd be nothing Shakes could do about it. Frank Darabont said it best that the union was born "with the mark of Cain". And he isn't wrong. A movie can get the assistant to the caterer in the film's credits, but the WGA won't allow more than 3-4 people listed as Writers for a movie. What BS is that?

  • March 2, 2011, 2:23 a.m. CST

    My favorite Star Trek episode of any of the series, ever.

    by elgato73

    Yeah, it doesn't get any better than City on the Edge of Forever. Nothing from TNG, DS9, Voyager or Enterprise holds a candle to this one. Compelling and incredibly profound, City is the epicenter of why TOS was and still is so damn amazing. Funny thing with this poster, as people have pointed out, there WILL be a lawsuit from Harlan Ellison coming Mondo's way very shortly if they didn't work out a deal. I cannot wait to see the hubbub that comes from this.

  • March 2, 2011, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Another reason Harlan will hate this: "ruins"

    by MisterBlue

    IN his original script, he wrote that there were "runes" all around, as in ancient writings. The set designer didn't know what runes were and thought "ruins" were meant instead, and built it that way. Harlan had a cow, and has said so ever since. And this poster by Mondo - yep, shows "ruins" instead of "runes." I disagree with this whole writing thing. Halran was paid to write something for someone in the 60s - he got his money, it should belong to the persons who paid him to write it. He should have no claim to it whatsoever. As a graphic designer, the page is also blank when I start designing, but as work-for-hire, they own what ever I produce - I own nothing but the check they gave me.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:19 a.m. CST


    by slder78

    But as a designer, you'd have the option of licensing it instead of outright selling it wouldn't you? WGA gave up that right from the get go. It's why the first rule of any pro photographer is "keep your copyright."

  • March 2, 2011, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Inner Light ...


    Is incredible ... but the poster above was right, multiple viewings over the years harm it slightly. Tapestry on the other hand is still near flawless to me ... Q and Picards finest hour.

  • March 2, 2011, 4:31 a.m. CST

    This was the first ep I saw and found it hillarious

    by David Cloverfield

    Trek is a recent thing in my life. I knew of it, but never watched an ep. A few years ago after a house party we were going through the DVD's of a friend and found TOS. We were pretty drunk, and we've found the plot "A space doctor accidentaly doses himself with a serum that makes him want to go back time and kill someone" the most hillarious thing ever filmed. What an oddly specific drug. The next ep we saw was the Paradise Syndrome, where Kirk enjoys the simple life and harmony by hugging himself and ruining the lives of some indians for no good reason. After that we went through the whole series in two weeks. Created some great drinking games.

  • March 2, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST

    totally underwheled again by the Mondo poster

    by Righteous Brother

    I hate to say it but I am. The subjects they choose are good, but the execution is dull.

  • March 2, 2011, 7:18 a.m. CST

    I read Ellison's pissy little book, and

    by malificus

    what a planetoid-sized choad that little runt is. God the thing just goes on and on and the only thing you can think is about how he's been nursing this Galactus of a grudge all these years, just clinging to it and feeding off it, it's really sick and mentally ill. Braindrain is absolutely correct, the episode is far better than the script and how sad is it that he's made such a big deal about being dead wrong all this time. Imagine, Scotty dealing drugs...*wink*

  • March 2, 2011, 7:21 a.m. CST

    david cloverfied, that isn't what happened

    by OutsideChance

    "A space doctor accidentaly doses himself with a serum that makes him want to go back time and kill someone"? That's not in the ep. Yes, McCoy accidentally doses himself and accidentally goes back in time. But not because the drug told him to and not because the drug made him want to kill a specific person. He jumped in the time portal not realizing what it was while hopped up on the accidental dosage. In fact, McCoy doesn't kill anyone, or want to kill anyone. He saves someone's life in the past after he sobers up. In doing so he screws up the time line and Kirk and Spock have to go in and fix it. How drunk were you when you watched it?

  • March 2, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    If I remember correctly

    by freerangecelt

    They kept locking Harlan in the office to get him to write the damn thing, and he kept escaping through the window, and he chastises Shatner for line counting. I really don't understand how he can claim ownership of the idea, I remember hearing some rumor that the Guardian was supposed to have been in the plot of J.J.'s ST but was dropped as he threatened to sue. What about the Klingons? The Romulans? If I was hired to write a script, I wouldn't think I owned any of those ideas, or characters. Plus the guy is ridiculously foul-mouthed. I remember an article in Starlog from the 80's where a mother wrote in with her complaint LOL I guess the internet would have killed her.

  • March 2, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Best TOS and TNG episodes...

    by David Ortiz

    1. Best of Both Worlds 2. Inner Light 3. Balance of Terror 4. City on the Edge of Forever 5. Amok Time 6. Space Seed 7. All Good Things... 8. Mirror, Mirror 9. Journey to Babel 10. Yesterday's Enterprise

  • March 2, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST


    by Graphix67

    Not a single whimper from AICN for a woman that shared the stage with Marilyn Monroe and was considered nearly as hot... Rest In Peace Jane: 1921-2011.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Oh! There's The Jane Russell Acknowledgment!

    by Graphix67

    Pic Of The Day... My apologies to AICN.

  • March 2, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST


    by Justin Atkinson

    I have to agree this isn't all that great visually, it reminds me of those awful PS tutorials that demonstrate blending layers and vector layers or some other equally useless crap. Total clip art..But hey it has some value to some people obviously - so each the their own I guess..

  • March 2, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Wow, you guys sure do know your Star Trek shit...

    by Billyeveryteen

    My opinion, In the Pale Moonlight is tops. Garak: "You may have just saved the entire Alpha Quadrant. And all it cost was the life of one Romulan senator, one criminal, and the self-respect of one Starfleet officer...." Don't get much better than that.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST


    by adml_shake

    My favorite part of that episode is at the end where Sisko looks at the camera, talks about the moral ramifications of what he's just done and says "I can live with it" and walks out. Not something you'd have ever seen any of the other Captains do. That guy was in a class all his own.

  • March 2, 2011, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Contacting Ellison

    by Shannon Nutt

    Harlan (despite swearing off computers in the past) now posts every day or two over on That's the best way to get in touch...however, as other posters have pointed out, he's more likely to sue you than sign that! :)

  • March 2, 2011, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Bland, bland, bleh!

    by RobinP

    Just doesn't convey....anything. Leaves me stone cold. Let's move on.

  • March 2, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST


    by David Cloverfield

    I've seen it since then sober, and yes, I know the plot isn't that stupid. Unfortunatley, it's also isn't that fun. Keep in mind that till than, we mostly knew these characters from parodies and references and maybe Wrath of Khan.(I'm not American.) So, our first time watching Trek, witnessing a story where a terribly acted "accidental administration of a drug" (can't find the scene on youtube, but we lost our shit when we saw it) leads to the character escaping the ship, finding a random time machine laying around, jumping in, changing history was a pretty shocking WTF experience. I'm not dissing, I love Trek now. (Hell, the stupider and campier it gets the more I love it.)

  • March 2, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST


    by seagrass

    And I've been refreshing the site all morning... fuck.

  • March 2, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST


    by seagrass

    $40 for a 12x24 poster? That's a little ridiculous for something so small. Is it that big a deal to make these one-sheet size? They could even charge more and they would *still* sell out.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Avery Brooks

    by proevad

    really came alive during the last 2 or 3 seasons of that show. Somehow I always thought that he phoned a lot of his early stuff in. That show kicked so much ass the last few years. I'm gonna have to go back and see if it's as awesome as I remember it being.

  • March 2, 2011, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Mirror Mirror for ol' Damned.....

    by Damned if I can login

    I loves me some goateed Spock. Plus Barbara Luna eye candy! But the best is.....SULU!!!! "Mr. Spock has orders to kill Cpt. Kirk. He will succeed.....apparently. Mr. Spock will also appear to have killed Cpt. Kirk, after a fierce battle. Regrettable....but leaving me in charge." And almost as good: " the event of my death, my operatives would avenge me. And some of them, are Vulcans..." That look on Sulu's face...priceless! Man, the Vulcans must've been some *bad-ass* dudes in the mirror universe! TNG - The Inner Light DS9 - Either In the Pale Moonlight or Beyond the Farthest Star, both stories *rock*. Voyager et al? *ahem* Not goin' there. And yeah, you can betcher mama's butt that Ellison *would* sue. I also have his tirade (book) on City at the Edge. He talks about how much he *loved* that script. Heh. The only love he has for that script comes from the fact that it's the highest rated ep. And that rating comes not from his script, but from the finished product. Justman and Solow tell a slightly different version. How he turned in several versions that were completely unfilmable, and how they begged him to write a script they could produce with the $2.00/ep budget they had, and how he threatened to use the name Cordwainer Bird as the author since they had the "nerve" to ask for a rewrite.

  • March 2, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST


    by Damned if I can login

    Voyager, needed.....? Not really. Although I enjoyed ripping it to shreds, so for that reason alone, a definite "sorta-kinda-maybe". Enterprise...? Absolutely not. But I do like doin' the old image search for Jolene Blalock. Good stuff.

  • March 2, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    When I was younger...

    by DougMcKenzie

    I preferred "In the Pale Moonlight" as the best episode of any series. As I got older I have to slot it below, "The Visitor", "The Inner Light", and "Tapestry". "The Visitor" resonates within anyone who has lost someone very close to them, whether a spouse, sibling, or parent. We always expected good performances from Patrick Stewart and Avery Brooks, but Tony Todd (who was always a b-movie actor) really knocked that one out of the park. Guilt and grief can be overwhelming, and Todd carries Jake with a determined sadness that is so heartbreaking. "The Inner Light" makes us reflect on a life lived and having to live with only the memories of our past. You can never relive them, they are only in your mind. "Tapestry" helps us put our past choices in perspective. Maybe we gave up some things too soon, maybe held on too long, maybe we did some things we should not have at the time, and maybe we failed to do some things we should have. In the end that makes us who we are and a small decision could have led you to a much different life.

  • March 2, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST


    by malificus

    Always really liked What Are Little Girls Made Of. Deckard chewing the scenery in Doomsday Machine, the Corbomite Manuever, even Charlie X for that creepy ending where Charlie is pleading with the crew and no one will help him: "I wanna stay-stay-stay..."

  • March 2, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    What the hell is going on with..

    by malificus

    ...those Harry animations? Is anyone else feeling like someone is saying more than I want to hear?

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    Doug yeah I get it, you're gonna die...

    by Billyeveryteen

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