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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.


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!


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

Warring humanoid civilizations on planet Bira III asked the Federation to mediate for peace. Spock and Montgomery Scott were chosen as envoys, Spock for the technologically advanced Stoyak and Scott for the tribal, telekinetic Garda. They beam down to a neutral location and meet Garda leader Netuya, but Stoyak aircars ambush and capture them.

Two hours later, they are taken to a Stoyak stronghold, a captured Garda pyramid, where Stoyak leader Uxorda proclaims it impossible to make peace with the Garda. Deciding the envoys are of low intelligence, he forces them into brain devices meant to augment their intellects. It heightens Scott's intuitive mathematical abilities, but does the opposite for Spock, making him brutish, and both become irrationally ruthless. Scott is ready to lead the Stoyak into battle.

That evening, Spock and Netuya escape from a prison, and in the jungle Spock knocks out a lion-like mossek, just as legendary Garda hero Ibar the Magnificent was foretold to do. Netuya proclaims Spock to be Ibar and gives him leadership of the Garda. Spock looks forward to taking vengeance on the Stoyak. Meanwhile, Scott organizes a final strike on the Garda.

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.

James T. Kirk and Leonard McCoy beam down to search for the missing officers as a fleet of aircars strafe the Garda. McCoy overhears Spock's voice, and Kirk sucker punches Spock to stop him. Learning what's happened, Kirk recommends that both sides avoid the bloodshed of war by letting Spock and Scott fight a trial by combat, the winner determining the outcome of the war.

The next morning, Scott and Spock wrestle in the jungle. Spock gains the upper hand and is about to kill Scott when the effects of the brain device wear off, and suddenly both officers can think clearly. As they apologize to each other, Stoyak and Garda accept peace.



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 roomtrial by combattribevegetationworship


Related media


  • 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.



Gold Key Comics stories and publications
Issues "The Planet of No Return" • "The Devil's Isle of Space" • "Invasion of the City Builders" • "The Peril of Planet Quick Change" • "The Ghost Planet" • "When Planets Collide" • "The Voodoo Planet" • "The Youth Trap" • "The Legacy of Lazarus" • "Sceptre of the Sun" • "The Brain Shockers" • "The Flight of the Buccaneer" • "Dark Traveler" • "The Enterprise Mutiny" • "Museum at the End of Time" • "Day of the Inquisitors" • "The Cosmic Cavemen" • "The Hijacked Planet" • "The Haunted Asteroid" • "A World Gone Mad" • "The Mummies of Heitius VII" • "Siege in Superspace" • "Child's Play" • "The Trial of Captain Kirk" • "Dwarf Planet" • "The Perfect Dream" • "Ice Journey" • "The Mimicking Menace" • "Death of a Star" • "The Final Truth" • "The Animal People" • "The Choice" • "The PsychoCrystals" • "A Bomb in Time" • "One of Our Captains Is Missing!" • "Prophet of Peace" • "Furlough to Fury" • "The Evictors" • "World Against Time" • "The World Beneath the Waves" • "Prince Traitor" • "Mr. Oracle" • "This Tree Bears Bitter Fruit" • "Murder on the Enterprise" • "A Warp in Space" • "Planet of No Life" • "Destination... Annihilation!" • "And a Child Shall Lead Them" • "What Fools These Mortals Be.." • “Sport of Knaves” • "A World Against Itself" • "No Time Like the Past" • "Spore of the Devil" • "The Brain-Damaged Planet" • "To Err Is Vulcan" • "The Empire Man!" • "Operation Con Game"
Additional stories "James T. Kirk: Psycho-File" • "A Page From Scotty's Diary" • "Spock: Psycho-File" • "From Sputnik to Warp Drive"
Collections Star Trek Annuals (1969197019721973197419751976197719781979198019831986) • The Enterprise Logs (Volumes 1234) • The Key Collection (Volumes 12345) • Gold Key Archives (Volumes 12345) • Gold Key 100-Page Spectacular
Related media "Voyage of Discovery" • "The Exile" • "The Red Hour" • "The Tunnel of Death" • "... Wild Goose Chase!" • "A Hint of Life" • "Space Chase" • "Escape from the Clinging Dags" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "The Menace of the Mechanitrons" • "Trial by Fire!"


Published Order
Previous story:
#54: Sport of Knaves
TOS comics (Gold Key) Next story:
#56: No Time Like the Past
Previous story:
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
Previous comic:
The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2
Prologue, Chapter 7 & Epilogue
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year Five Next comic:
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)
Dutch: In the omnibus Ruimteschip Enterprise Classics Strip-Paperback #3. (De Vrijbuiter)
German: As "Die neuen Götter von Bira-3" in the omnibus Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Taschenbuch #3. (Condor)
German: As "Die neuen Götter von Bira-3" in some editions of Condor Superheiden #1: Star Trek Jahrbuch. (Condor-Verlag)

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