James T. Kirk
Rank: Captain. Position: Commanding officer of the Starship Enterprise.
The character of Kirk appeared in
every issue of the Gold Key STAR TREK comic series. The first volume of reprints
included "Captain James T. Kirk: Psycho-File" which was four pages of new material created for the
Just as on television, Kirk was usually the central character of each STAR TREK comic's
Rank: Lieutenant Commander. Position: Science Officer and Executive Officer of the Starship
Spock appeared in every issue of the comic series. The third volume of reprints included "Lt. Commander Spock: Psycho-File" which was four pages of new material created for the edition.
Although the Enterprise crew comprised persons in the three different departments, each with a different uniform color, in many comic issues, Spock was often the only character in a blue uniform, all others wearing a lime green uniform. Just as on television, Spock was frequently a major player in each of the STAR TREK comic stories.
Doctor Leonard McCoy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander. Position: Chief Medical Officer of the Starship Enterprise.
In the STAR TREK television series, McCoy wore medium blue uniforms, but in many issues of
comic series, McCoy wore a lime green uniform.
Rank: Lieutenant Commander. Position: Chief Engineer of the Starship Enterprise.
In the STAR TREK television series, the uniform color for Scotty, Uhura and security guards
was red, but most issues of the comic series had Scotty wearing a lime green uniform.
Interestingly, in several early issues, Scotty was depicted as a tall, young blonde man.
The first volume of reprints included A page from Scotty's Diary.
Rank: Lieutenant. Position: Helmsman and Weapons Officer of the Starship Enterprise.
While in the STAR TREK television series, the uniform color for Kirk, Sulu and Chekov was an
orangish yellow, many early issues of the comic series had Sulu wearing a lime green uniform.
Rank: Lieutenant. Position: Communications Officer aboard the Starship Enterprise.
Uhura appeared in only a few issues of the comic series, and in none of them did she play
a central role.
Rank: Ensign. Position: Navigator aboard the Starship Enterprise.
While in the STAR TREK television series, the uniform color for Kirk, Sulu and Chekov was an
orangish yellow, many early issues of the comic series had Chekov wearing a lime green uniform.
Chekov appeared in only a few issues of the comic series, and in none of them did he play
a central role.
Position: Captain James Kirk's personal yeoman aboard the Starship Enterprise.
Yeoman Rand only appeared in eight episodes of the STAR TREK television series, and she was only seen in one Gold Key comic story.
Rank: Lieutenant. Position: Head Nurse aboard the Starship Enterprise.
Chapel appeared in only seven issues of the comic series.
Joanna "Barbara" McCoy
Daughter of U.S.S. Enterprise chief medical officer Leonard H. McCoy and his wife. Born in 2242,
Joanna, who was an only child, chose to go by her middle name Barbara. She attended school on the colony
world of Cerberus and while there, in 2269, the colony was striken by crop failure. The colony was saved by
the famous philanthropist and humanitarian Carter Winston who used his personal fortune to arrange emergency
food shipments. ("The Survivor" [TAS]).
In the mid 2260's Joanna worked as resident xenozoologist at the Urey University on Earth. Dr. Leonard McCoy
and his wife divorced when their daughter and only child was around 10 years old. Barbara's mother brought
her up while her father left to join Starfleet. In 2268, while the Enterprise was undergoing repairs
at Starship Lunar Repair Base 17, her crew enjoyed shore leave on Earth. During the stopover, Doctor McCoy
and starship captain James Kirk visited the dark-haired Barbara at the university.
(Issue #40 "Furlough to Fury").
A few months later, the now red-haired Barbara McCoy was sent as a Starfleet technical advisor in the field
of xenobiology to assist the Enterprise in its current mission to study the undersea people on the
planet Bwuja. While enroute to Bwuja, old wounds are reopened and Barbara and her father exchange some
heated words. It seems that she resented her father for leaving her and her mother all those years ago to
(Issue #43 "World Beneath the Waves").
Discoverer of the space warp (2030-2120?). Cochrane became one of human history's most reknowned scientists
who revolutionized space travel in 2063 with the invention of warp drive. ("Metamorphosis" [TOS]).
Cochrane, working with an engineer Lily Sloane, constructed his warp ship, the Phoenix, in an
abandoned missile complex in central Montana on the North American continent. He conducted the first warp
flight on April 4, 2063. The flight was detected by a passing Vulcan ship which led to Earth's first contact
with an extraterrestrial civilization. (STAR TREK: First Contact).
In 2119, Cochrane made a stirring speech at the dedication of the Warp Five Complex on Earth. ("Broken Bow"
Wearying of the spotlight, Cochrane disappeared from Alpha Centauri around 2119 and was presumed to have
died in space. In 2267, Cochrane was discovered to be living on a planetoid in the Gamma Canaris region with
the cloud creature known as the Companion, who loved him. Traveling along with Kirk was Federation
Commissioner Nancy Hedford, dying of Sakuro's disease. Hedford merged with the Companion, choosing to remain
with Cochrane where they would both live the remainder of a normal life span. ("Metamorphosis" [TOS]).
In 2268, while the Starship Enterprise was on a mission to find five missing experimental hyper-warp
ships which became lost in the vicinity of the Gamma Canaris star system, Kirk and his crew encountered
Cochrane once again. During the adventure, the Companion briefly left Hedford's body to help the
Enterprise crew but all returned to normal with Zefram Cochrane and Nancy Hedford/Companion being
left alone again on their asteroid. (Issue #49 "A Warp in Space").
Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd
An interstellar rogue, con man and ne'er-do-well. In early 2266, Mudd was rescued by the crew of the
U.S.S. Enterprise when his ship was near destruction in an asteroid belt. It was discovered that
Mudd had an extensive criminal record including smuggling, transport of stolen goods, and purchasing a space
vessel with counterfeit currency. One scame involved the illegal Venus drug, given to women he recruited as
wives for settlers on distant planets, including Rigel XII. His ruse discovered, Mudd was convicted and
incarcerated. ("Mudd's Women" [TOS]).
Later, Mudd somehow escaped authorities and was arrested on Deneb for fraudulently selling the Denebians all rights
to a Vulcan fuel synthesizer. He escaped from jail on Deneb after learning that the punishment for fraud on
Deneb was death. During his escape, his ship became damaged and he drifted in space until he came to a
Class-K planet inhabited by sophisticated androids from the Andromeda galaxy. The androids there proclaimed
him Lord Mudd and provided for his every need, except the need for freedom. In 2267, Mudd sent Norman, one
of the androids to commandeer the U.S.S. Enterprise and bring it back to the Class-K world. Upon
escaping from the androids, Captain Kirk left Mudd on the android planet as punishment, having created 500
androids in the image of Mudd's nagging wife Stella to pester him. ("I, Mudd" [TOS]).
In 2268, the Enterprise was investigating readings of dilithium on Eulus, a neutral planet near the
Klingon Empire. Captain Kirk and his men encountered Klingons there who apparently had just arranged for
exclusive dilithium mining rights with a tall, hooded humanoid calling himself the Grand Qaal of Eulus. The
Grand Qaal is discovered to be none other than Harry Mudd and the dilithium he was selling the Klingons was
synthetic, unstable and highly explosive. While Kirk and Spock snuck aboard the Klingon's ship to eliminate
the dangerous dilithium before a massive explosion started a war with the Federation, Harry kidnapped McCoy
and tried to flee in his space buggy. A piece of dilithium tossed by Spock aboard the enemy ship exploded,
allowing he and Kirk to escape and convincing the Klingons of the danger. Mudd's ship was tractored by the
Enterprise and he was placed under arrest for kidnapping and endangering the crew of the Klingon
starship. (Issue #61 "Operation Con Game"). (Issue #61 "Operation Con Game").
In 2269, the U.S.S. Enterprise crew proceeded to the planet Motherlode in order to catch up with Mudd
once again. On the planet, Mudd was apprehended selling a fake love potion to the miners. Later, aboard
ship, Mudd escaped from the ship's brig and in so doing, several of his love potion crystals broke open near
an air inlet duct and the drug was sent throughout the ship's ventilation system. This had the effect of
making the crew love struck at first and then after a few hours hate filled. Mudd was recaptured on a nearby
planet which is inhabited by huge rock creatures. The rogue was so glag to be rescued, that he confessed to
several crimes that the Federation didn't even know about. He was then again sent away for rehabilitation.
("Mudd's Passion" [TAS]).
Guardian of Forever
Time portal created by an unknown civilization on a distant planet at least
five billion years ago. The Guardian resembled a large rough-hewn torus about three meters in diameter. It
was a sentient device, able to respond to questions. The Guardian was discovered in 2267 by U.S.S.
Enterprise personnel. McCoy accidentally injects himself with an overdose of cordrazine, a drug which
makes him exhibit signs of paranoia and madness, while treating an ailing Sulu on the Bridge. Delirious, he
beams down to a nearby planet's surface, with Kirk and a landing party on his heels.
They are too late to stop the doctor from leaping through a living time machine called "The Guardian of
Forever." At that moment, the U.S.S. Enterprise ceases to exist and the landing party is stranded.
The Guardian explains that McCoy went back into Earth's history and changed it, thereby altering the future.
Kirk and Spock go through the Guardian, to Depression-era America, a few days before McCoy is to arrive and
They encounter a social worker, Edith Keeler, who helps them find work to pay for the equipment Spock
requires to build a tricorder. Unknown to Kirk and Spock, Edith has taken in the recently-arrived and ill
McCoy. Kirk promptly falls in love with Edith and is devastated when Spock completes his tricorder and
discovers that in order to repair history, they must let Edith Keeler be killed in an auto accident. If they
allow McCoy to save her - as he did before - she will start an effective pacifist movement that will delay
the United States' entrance into World War II, thus allowing Hitler's Germany to develop the atomic bomb
first and conquer the planet.
When the moment comes, a heartbroken Kirk stops McCoy from saving Edith, and the three officers journey back
through the Guardian, where they find things as they should be again. ("City on the Edge of Forever"
In 2268, the Enterprise was assigned to locate and apprehend Trengur the deposed dictator of Oorego
IV who escaped confinement at an asylum for the criminally insane. He is tracked down on the planet of the
time portal. Upon arrival, the Guardian of Forever informs Kirk, Spock and McCoy that the fugitive has used
the portal to change the timeline. They pursue Trengur through the portal and arrive in the Alps on Earth in
the year 218 B.C. They observe that Trengur is helping Hannibal's army of Carthage with his invasion of
the early Roman Empire. The three are captured and quickly taken to Hannibal who ignores their warnings
against Trengur's treachery. They soon escape using their phasers and they return to 2268 to see what havoc
has been wrought with the timeline.
They return to the Enterprise, but the ship and crew are different. They wear militaristic uniforms
and are part of Earthfleet instead of Starfleet. Apparently, after Hannibal defeated the Romans, Trengur
murdered Hannibal and took over. Later, Great Britain crushed the American colonial uprising in 1776 during
which the American General George Washington was slain. Then in the 1940's the Teutonic quest of North
America took place. By the mid 21st century, planet Earth had become an armed warlike camp, under the rule
of a World dictator known as the Trengur! The Earth was declared an outlaw plant and never was admitted to
the Federation. The mission that their counterparts from this reality just completed was setting bombs in
key Starfleet outposts rigged to go off in mere minutes, including one on the time portal to prevent further
Using a ruse, the three convince the cruel alternate Scotty to beam them down to the time planet. Once
there, they speed through the portal just as the bomb goes off. They arrive near Hannibal's army just before
Trengur told Hannibal of the Romans at their flank. Kirk and his men commandeer an elephant and manage to
grab Trengur. They bring the maniac back through the portal thus restoring the proper timeline. (Issue #56 "No Time Like the Past").
In 2269, by using the Guardian of Forever, Kirk, Spock, and the historian Erikson explore the planet Orion's
past. However, upon returning to the present, no one seems to recognize Mr. Spock - the U.S.S.
Enterprise first officer for the past five years has been an Andorian named Thelin. A search of the
U.S.S. Enterprise's memory bank reveals that Spock, the son of Sarek and Amanda died while still a
child and his death caused the couple to breakup.
Spock recalls that during his "kahs-wan" - a Vulcan coming-of-age ritual - Selek, Spock's distant cousin,
had saved his life. Spock realizes that to put the present right again he must return to the past and become
his own cousin to save himself.
Returning to the Vulcan of his childhood through the Guardian, Spock presents himself to his younger self as
Selek, and subsequently saves the boy's life. In the process young Spock's pet "sehlat" is mortally injured.
The boy chooses to compassionately end his pet's suffering and in doing so sets the young half-human,
half-Vulcan on a path toward embracing Vulcan traditions. Upon returning to the present, Spock finds the
timeline and his place on the U.S.S. Enterprise restored. ("Yesteryear" [TAS]).
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