A World Against Itself was a comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1978. It was the 16th of 22 stories drawn by Alden McWilliams and the 18th of 20 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 descriptionEdit

Cover blurb
Spock versus Scott in a world against itself!


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. KirkKnargNetuyaMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraUxorda

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Stoyak aircraft


Bira (Bira III)

Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

Federation14th Combat Aircraft DivisionStarfleet

Science and technologyEdit

brainbrain devicesintelligenceradioactivityscienceshock rod

Ranks and titlesEdit


Other referencesEdit

axebarbarianbaseballboxingcivil warcitycivilizationdoggodhellhelmethorned mossekinjajunglelogicoatmealpistolplanetPrime Directivepyramidsheepsilver cupsolar systemspearStarfleet Boxing Championshipswordtelekinesistribeworship



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:
The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2
Prologue, Chapter 7 & Epilogue
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
"To Err Is Vulcan"

Production historyEdit



  • The reprint of this story 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 horned mossek, which confirmed for Netuya that Spock was the legendary Garda deity 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 capacity devices which altered Scott and Spock were similar to the training device called 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 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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