‘Star Trek’ when Sulu was black and Uhura was white
As an occasional Star Trek author, there are days when I have cursed Paramount’s licensing department for saying that you can’t do this with that character, or saying that Klingons aren’t warlike, or that Federation officers never disobey orders, or any other sort of restriction that seems arbitrary and picky that wrecks a perfectly good story idea.
But without them, you can get some truly strange occurences– like this Peter Pan comic book and record set for kids. The first story, "A Mirror Of Futility", drawn by Neal Adams or a very close fascimile, has Lieutenant Uhura as a white woman and Lieutenant Sulu as a black man– and he’s wearing the wrong color shirt to boot.
And it’s not a random fluke, either– because in the second story drawn by the late great John Buscema, "The Time Stealer", it happens again. (It also features an appearance by someone who looks very close to Conan, but that’s another story.)
And the line "Shutting down… engines now, Captain." We’ve apparently gone from Sulu to Yoda.
One has to wonder what George Takei and Nichelle Nichols thought of it…