A scientist escapes into time with a doomsday bomb! – ‘’’A Bomb In Time was a Star Trek comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1976, the 36th issue of their TOS series. It was the 9th of 21 stories written by Arnold Drake. It was the 32nd story with artwork by Alberto Giolitti. Angelo Todaro worked on pencils and inks.

In this story, James T. Kirk and Montgomery Scott time travel into Earth’s past to recover a bomb.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Captain’s log, star date 19:25.9: We have put in at Research Satellite-5 to examine their latest developments!
Captain’s log: In search of the nitrogen-cycle bomb, Mr. Scott and I time-jumped to separate locations where the bomb might be hidden!

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Characters[edit | edit source]

AndresBovrilleCarlosBilly ClanceyJames T. KirkLaxNjamSmithMontgomery ScottSpockStecklerWacoZoltanunnamed humans (movie actors, movie production assistant, satellite staff, stagecoach riders, wagon train riders, two of Clancey's gang, Carlos' fiancée)
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Carlos' sister

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • automobilecamperchariotstagecoachpickup truckwagon

Locations[edit | edit source]

Research Satellite-5California (Old West), United States
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HollywoodYuma, Arizona

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States and organizations[edit | edit source]

StarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsFederated Planets Weapons Committee

Science and technology[edit | edit source]

antigravity interruptercataractconsumptionelixirfire-spiderlumbagomedical kitmovie cameraN-cycle bombpistolrocketseizuresigma raysix-shootersnake oiltapetime traveltime travel cabinetx-ray

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18551955AAA priority dispatcharmybankcreditdollarsgoldhorseMexican silvermoviephaserranchstuntmanwagon train

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Background[edit | edit source]

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1955[edit | edit source]

  • The location of the story was clearly not Hollywood. Kirk assumed that he was in Hollywood because Spock said their time travel destination was southern California and Kirk had materialized in the middle of a movie production. But Hollywood was not a desert, it was an area of Los Angeles, a city with a population of nearly 2 million in 1955. (L.A. Almanac)
  • The movie production assistant assumed that Kirk was a stuntman dressed for a science fiction film “they’re shooting in Yuma.” Logistically, if a film were being shot in the state of Arizona, a stuntman would not be sent to a shooting location in the state of California. But a mistake like that could happen if such a film were set in Yuma while being filmed at a nearby shooting location in California that looked like Yuma. Such was the case with the 1955 science fiction film Tarantula, shot in locations exactly like those seen in this story, Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley in the Mojave Desert. This story could have been set in one of these valleys.
  • No ancient Roman Hollywood movies were in production in April 1955. But the musical comedy Jupiter's Darling, starring Howard Keel and Ester Williams, was released in February 1955. Set in 210 BC, the movie poster featured the two actors on a chariot. Similar to the comic story, the movie did contain a risky stunt scene involving a chariot falling off the edge of a cliff. The stunt was so dangerous that the stuntman broke his back during the scene.
  • The scene in this story of chariots racing and fighting along a California highway was suggestive of the epic chariot race seen in the 1959 classic film Ben-Hur, which was set during the first century CE and starred Charlton Heston. Professor Andres even resembled Heston. For comparison, see George Taylor, the character Heston portrayed in Planet of the Apes, whom Kirk met in TOS comic: "The Primate Directive". Pre-production for Ben-Hur began in 1957, and, while a few scenes were shot in California, most of that film was shot on location, including the famous chariot race.
  • It was unknown what happened to the footage shot of Kirk and Andres battling while threading their chariots between automobiles on a California highway in 1955. James T. Kirk may have winded up being the uncredited star of a movie shot by a cameraman named Zoltan and released by a director named Bovrille in the late 1950s.

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Timeline[edit | edit source]

Published Order
Previous comic:
#35: "The Peril of Planet Quick Change"
TOS comics
(Gold Key)
Next comic:
#37: "The Ghost Planet"
Previous story:
"The PsychoCrystals"
Stories by:
Arnold Drake
Next story:
"One of Our Captains Is Missing!"
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
"Dwarf Planet"
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
"Furlough to Fury"

Production history[edit | edit source]

March 1976 
First published by Gold Key Comics.
August 1976 
Printed in the omnibus The Enterprise Logs, Volume 4 (Golden Press)
Printed in hardcover in Star Trek Annual 1979 (World Distributors Limited)
Printed in Dynabrite, Issue 11358 (Western Publishing)
June 2004 
Printed in the omnibus The Key Collection, Volume 5 (Checker Book Publishing Group)
September 2008 
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD (Graphic Imaging Technologies)
5 July 2018 
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #40 (Eaglemoss)

Translations[edit | edit source]

German: As “Die Zeitbombe” in Zack 1976 #16 (Koralle)
Dutch: As “Een Bom in de Tijd” in the omnibus Ruimteschip Enterprise Classics Strip-Paperback #1 (De Vrijbuiter)
German: As “Die Zeit-Bombe” in the omnibus Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Taschenbuch #1 (Condor)
Italian: As “Una Bomba in Tempo” in the omnibus The Gold Key Collection, Volume 9 (Free Books)

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