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