Quantum Leap’s King Thunder

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Quantum Leap’s King Thunder

Yesterday, after posting my Quantum Leap Blu-ray review, a conversation was started on Twitter as someone noticed the KISSesque image on the cover art of the Blu-ray set.

That caused me to remember that the band Sam was in when he leaped into “Tonic” in the third season episode “Glitter Rock” was named King Thunder. And all throughout the episode, there were fans wearing King Thunder T-shirts and holding King Thunder albums. And as I watched the episode, I thought, I want a King Thunder T-shirt or sticker or something.

Of course, this 28-year-old television show is sparse on representation at this level of detail on the internet. So a quick search revealed very little about this fictional band from 1974. And to me, that means I’ve found a hole in the internet that needs to be filled. Fortunately, I still have my Quantum Leap DVDs which meant I could peruse the episode and look for a decent still of the logo. And I was not disappointed. At one point, Sam Beckett is handed an album and we get this close up:

First I did a little Photoshop manipulation to square off the image and then dropped it into Illustrator to trace it.

Bakula (or his hand double) covers up part of the album with his hand so I had to review other shots in the show to fill in those gaps, but was able to construct a full logo for use on a T-shirt.

Printing up a run of T-shirts isn’t really all that cost effective because I imagine the demand on this would be quite low. I still might do a one-off through CustomInk or something. Unless the hordes of Quantum Leap fans descend upon Nerd Lunch and demand this in mass quantities. What do you say? Would you wear a King Thunder T-shirt?


The shirt is available for sale on my RedBubble store!

By | 2018-06-17T07:21:31+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Categories: Article|Tags: |4 Comments

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  1. H.A. Smith August 7, 2017 at 12:17 am - Reply

    I want a shirt!

  2. Retromash August 9, 2017 at 5:15 am - Reply

    Love this. Good work!

  3. Robert Cousland June 14, 2018 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    I would totally wear a King Thunder shirt. Best of luck whatever you decide.

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