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Spock versus Scott in: A World Against Itself! — "A World Against Itself" was a comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in September 1978. It was the 16th of 22 stories drawn by Alden McWilliams and the 20th of 22 stories written by Arnold Drake.

In this story, the brains of Spock and Montgomery Scott were tampered with, spurring them to take opposing sides in a civil war.

Publisher's description[]

Two peoples inhabited the world of Bira-3, but they might as well have been 1,000 light years apart! Over a million years, they had developed without ever seeing each other! And now, having met, they were determined to destroy each other!


Log entries[]

Captain’s Log, Stardate 72:35.3. At 06:30 I briefed exec officers on "Project Bira 3"...

Captain’s Log, Stardate 19:27.9... Still no word from Mr. Spock or Scotty... I will shortly have no recourse than to begin a search for them.



CagDalikIbar the MagnificentJames T. KirkKnargLeonard McCoyNetuyaMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluUxorda

Starships and vehicles[]

aircarsUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Bira (Bira III)
Referenced only 
Earth (Great Pyramid) • Hell

Races and cultures[]


States and organizations[]

Federation14th Combat Aircraft DivisionStarfleet

Science and technology[]

brain devicecommunicatorshock rodspearswordtransporterviewscreen

Ranks and titles[]

captaincolonelcommanding officerengineerexecutive officerFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)generallieutenantspokesmanscientisttribesmanwarrior

Other references[]

assignment patchaxebarbarianbaseballbloodboard gameboxingbrainbriefing roomcaptain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2270citycivil warcivilizationdogemotiongodhellhelmetinjajungle legendlight yearlog entrylogicmathematicsmossekoatmealpistolplanetPrime Directiveprisonpyramidradioactivityraces and culturessciencesecondsheepsilversilver cupsolar systemspearsports and gamesStarfleet Boxing ChampionshipStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)suntelekinesistransporter roomtribevegetationworship



Published Order
Previous comic:
Sport of Knaves
TOS comics (Gold Key) Next comic:
No Time Like the Past
Previous story:
The Planet of No Life
Stories by:
Arnold Drake
Next story:
Spore of the Devil
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Forgotten History
Chapter 4, Section 3
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
To Err Is Vulcan

Production history[]

September 1978 
Original printing by Gold Key Comics.
Abridged in 13 pages in Star Trek Annual 1980. (World Distributors Limited)

Cover reproduced as a 9" x 13" embossed tin wall sign

28 February 2019 
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #57 (Eaglemoss)



  • The abridged reprint in Star Trek Annual 1980 cut a four-panel scene where security officers Cag and Dalik played a chess-like game for money. It also cut Spock's fight in the jungle with a mossek, which was how Netuya identified Spock as Ibar the Magnificent.
  • The captured Garda city boasted two Mayan-like stepped pyramids which were 12 stories tall.
  • Hikaru Sulu assumed command after Kirk beamed down to search for Spock and Scott.
  • The brain devices which altered Scott and Spock were similar to the "Great Teacher" seen in TOS episode: "Spock's Brain". Why the Stoyak had such devices was not explained, nor what purpose they served in their society. Were they used to assimilate Garda prisoners, or possibly augment their own intelligence?
  • While a majority of Gold Key Comics covers illustrated a scene from the story, this one depicted the launch of a shuttlecraft, which did not occur in the story. Scott's name was also misspelled.
  • The span of stardates from Kirk's log in parts 1 and 2 usually indicated a passage of many years.

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