Sunday, January 04, 2015

Colouring Book Theatre: Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica: Adventure Activiy Book by Grosset and Dunlap

I stumbled on this book over the holidays and that's good because i didn't know it even existed prior to that.

The artwork is credited to Tony Tallarico, a busy guy in comics and coloring books in the 60s and 70s (most famously for drawing those Dell "monsters as superheroes" comics which I am a fan of) who is quite capable of good work.

I'm really not sure what happened here but I have several theories.

Grab your crayons and still suit and join me after the jump

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Theory #1 Nobody had any reference material. 

The book is a rather uninspired collection of the usual activities mingled with some hard to see photographs  that look like the worst photocopies ever. I wasn't surprised to find that whomever owned this as a kid, never once graced it with a crayon.

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Theory #2: Tallorico didn't like drawing spaceships. The Galactica appears twice in the book, the vipers maybe three times.

The majority of this book is a generic "Member of the crew" wrestling an off model Cylon on some easy to draw barren world. 

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And for the centerfold, more Cylon fighting some guy!

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Oh wait, here's an Ovion, I think?  I'm beginning to wonder if somebody just described the movie poster to the artist.

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Theory #3: He was given a couple of hours to do this. Even by colouring book standards, this is a real phoned in affair. The lack of care is obvious and suggests a rush job, it's just pages of Greco-Cylon wrestling, which I'm sure is somebody's fetish...


Alan said...

This is 100% pure awesome. Well, awesome in its badness.

Anonymous said...

Color this MEMEMBER of the crew.

Wow- a hand lettered typo. Groovy.

Shlomo Ben Hungstien said...

all you need is a little know how in that Captain Kirk space judo and you're ready to take on a Cylon in hand to hand combat.

BC Dailey said...

The Cylon in the background in that second to last pic looks like a discarded toy.

Anonymous said...

That memember has some pretty bad camel toe

Unknown said...

Punching a Cylon in the head. Yeah, smart. They should give those memembers weapons or something.

Anonymous said...

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