Alan J. Porter (gothamajp) wrote,
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STAR TREK Comics Timeline Project - 2263 - Part 3


Prophet of Peace
Stardate: not given
Comic: Star Trek #39
Publisher: Gold Key
Date: August, 1976


Writer: Unknown / Artist: Unknown

Kirk, McCoy, Scotty and Spock recover the cryogenically frozen body of one-time Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist Dr. Bleikoff from deep space, since a cure has now been found for his terminal illness. After being woken and cured, Bleikoff requests a tour of Earth. On Earth, he begins to criticize the Earth Defense Screen and stirs up mobs calling for it to be dismantled. The Enterprise officers begin to suspect that, while in space, Bleikoff's body was tampered with and that he is under alien influence. During a worldwide televised speech, Bleikoff attacks Kirk after the captain calls him a "computerized corpse." Kirk then uses a "magnetic eraser" to wipe out Bleikoff's electronic brain, thereby proving the officers’ theory.

Furlough to Fury
Stardate: 1925.9
Comic: Star Trek
Publisher: Gold Key #40
Date: September, 1976


Writer: Unknown / Artist: Alden McWilliams

A cosmic storm damages the Enterprise, and it puts in for repairs at a station on Earth's Moon. While Spock stays onboard, the rest of the crew head to Earth for some relaxation. McCoy takes Kirk to meet his daughter, Barbara, who is a xenozoologist. Kirk and Barbara bond through the intervention of a telepathic, bearlike creature at the zoo. Meanwhile, Scotty is visiting his brother Robby and comes across Red Garvin, a former Enterprise crewman who was kicked off the ship by Kirk under suspicion of being a thief. Scotty uncovers a plan by Garvin to sabotage the Enterprise, and thanks to the telepathic bear his warning is transmitted to Kirk. The Enterprise officers return to the ship just in time to foil the plot.

World Beneath The Waves
Stardate: 1926.3
Comic: Star Trek
Publisher: Gold Key #43
Date: February, 1977


Writer: Unknown (George Kashdan?) / Artist: Alden McWilliams

Dr. McCoy’s daughter, Barbara, is assigned to the Enterprise to lead a team to investigate the undersea civilization on the planet Bwuja. When the survey party arrives at the undersea palace of the ruler King Raan, he arrests them and throws them in prison because he "distrusts all air breathers." In the prison, the crew tunnel out and encounter a group of air-breathing Bwujans who had been sent into exile as "abnormals." The crew and the air-breathers begin the long climb to the surface, defeating the obligatory monster on the way. On the surface, they are welcomed by a whole community of air-breathers. Raan arrives on the scene and threatens to kill the young ruler of the air-breathers, until he finds out that the ruler is in fact his own son, who had been smuggled away from him years before. The two communities agree to live together from that point on.

The Evictors
Stardate: 1927.2
Comic: Star Trek
Publisher: Gold Key #41
Date: November, 1976


Writer: Unknown / Artist: Alden McWilliams

The Enterprise crew is on the planet Nraka as Federation representatives at the planet’s celebration of 10,000 years of recorded history, when a giant spacecraft appears in orbit above the planet. At first the Nrakans believe that their gods have returned, but they are stunned when these "gods" reveal themselves to be the original occupants of the planet, now demanding their home back. The Nrakans ask Kirk for help, but he invokes Federation neutrality and refuses to be drawn into the conflict, until one of the newly arrived giant ships fires on the Enterprise. The Enterprise then works alongside the Nrakans to develop weapons that can penetrate the hulls of the giant ships, and chases them back into deep space, apparently to wander forever.

World Against Time
Stardate: 1929.6
Comic: Star Trek #42
Publisher: Gold Key
Date: January, 1977


Writer: Unknown / Artist: Alden McWilliams

When they beam down to the newly discovered "Planet 137," the crew of the Enterprise discovers a giant city where the only inhabitants appear to be giant-sized children. The "children" tell the story of how a recent earthquake uncovered a radioactive rock, and since that day they have been undergoing an age reversal process, de-aging at the rate of one year a day. Spock and Scotty volunteer to seal the fissure where the radioactive rock is located, but the closer they get to it, the more rapidly they de-age. They manage to cover the radioactive source with more rocks and stop the process. McCoy injects them with a serum that brings them back to the right age, but the few remaining "children" refuse the injection, preferring to start aging naturally once again

Prince Traitor
Stardate: not given
Comic: Star Trek
Publisher: Gold Key #44
Date: May, 1977


Writer: Unknown / Artist: Alden McWilliams

On the planet Fayo, shots are fired at Kirk during an official reception for the planet's ruler, the Emperor Bavoda. The would-be assassin is identified as a member of the "Friends of Red Raven," a rebel group. Later that evening the Emperor all but orders his son, Prince Yano, to join Starfleet Academy. The next day the Prince is beamed to the Enterprise but soon escapes and heads to the jungle, where he appears to be kidnapped by the rebels. Kirk follows in an effort to rescue him, but it is revealed that Yano is "Red Raven" himself. The Prince leads his rebels into battle against his father and defeats him.

NEXT POST: 2263- Part 4

Previous Entries

(1) This timeline covers Star Trek comics published in the USA and UK between 1967 to 2007 (i.e. from Gold Key to TokyoPop) - it does not include any stories from current Star Trek comics publisher IDW.
(2) Click here for the
Time Line Introduction explaining the background, definitions and considerations for this Star Trek Comics Time Line project.
(3) For more information on the history of Star Trek in comics check out my book
STAR TREK: A Comics History. now available in stores.
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