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"Called Home" is a Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip. It is the first story in the US Comic Strips series, published by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate beginning in 1979. The story was set after TOS movie: The Motion Picture, depicting events from Captain Kirk's second five-year mission aboard the refurbished USS Enterprise (NCC-1701).

In this story, written and drawn by Thomas Warkentin, the Enterprise investigates a distress call sent from the moon of a long-dead world.

Publisher's information

From the Syndicate sales kit sent to newspaper editors in 1979 (reprinted in The Newspaper Comics, Volume 1)
Star Trek, the Legend, is now Star Trek, the Comic Strip. Join the crew of the U.S. Starship Enterprise [sic] in its mission to explore strange new worlds and seek out new life and civilizations. Your readers now can participate in the adventures of Captain Kirk, Spock, "Scotty," "Bones," Sulu, Chekov, Lieutenant Uhura and the bald and beautiful new female navigator, Ilia, every day plus Sundays in this fascinating comic strip.
Star Trek, its characters and its stars, have inspired 371 fan clubs and almost weekly conventions drawing up to 20,000 people in cities throughout the country. The "Trekkie" phenomenon has spawned more than 50 books, 400 fan publications and several masters and doctoral theses. Readers of all ages love Star Trek and will follow its comic strip adventures through uncharted space with fervor.
The Star Trek comic strip will be the beneficiary of the massive promotion accompanying the release of the new Star Trek motion picture. The comic strip will run in eight-week sequences. The story line will be the same for both the daily and the Sunday strips with an expansion of the plot on Sundays. However, both the daily and the Sunday strips can stand alone effectively.
The artist, Thomas Warkentin, a lifelong science fiction fan with an impressive list of credits to his name, will be producing both the art and the stories. Not only is he a superb draftsman, but his cliffhanging plots leave you thirsting for more. We know this fabulous new comic strip is a sure-fire winner. Launch Star Trek in your newspaper and, as Kirk says, "boldly go where no man has gone before."


Captain's Log: Stardate 7493.5
On a survey mission through an uncharted sector of the galaxy, we have picked up a radio transmission from an unexplored sun system.
Stardate 7493.9
As the Enterprise enters parking orbit, the radio signal fades. Sensors reveal astonishing devastation... Evidence of planet-wide nuclear war, centuries before.
Captain's Log: Stardate 7493.9
We are responding to a verbal radio transmission emanating from the moon of a planet devastated by nuclear war centuries before. The message consists of the word "come," repeated in a language our computer identifies as Toltan, the speech of an ancient race.
Captain's Log: Stardate 7494.0
Unable to pinpoint the source of a radio signal emanating from the moon of a devastated planet, First Officer Spock, Doctor McCoy and I have beamed to a centuries-old spacecraft on the surface.
Captain's Log: Stardate 7494.1
Chief Engineer Scott recording. Captain Kirk, Science Officer Spock and Doctor McCoy are on the moon of a devastated planet to investigate a radio signal of unknown origin. The captain has ordered a security team standing by.

Investigating the spacecraft on the surface in thruster suits, Kirk, Spock and McCoy determine that a hole in the ship was caused by a meteor after it had safely landed 900 years earlier. A hatch has been left open, revealing two sets of footprints, which dead-end at a set of tread-prints. Nyota Uhura locates the exact source of the radio transmission, a robot crawler vehicle which appears over the rim of an impact crater, creating the tread-print pattern the landing party has been following. Suddenly it places an energy field around the three people, paralyzing them while they hear in their minds messages of peace and love. Gently, robot tentacles gather up the landing party and carry them down a corridor hidden below a boulder into a vast underground complex. They see two humanoids in spacesuits at the end of a long corridor of hypersleep chambers, and are deposited gently into the next three chambers.

Excerpt from Captain's Log: Stardate 7494.2
Inside the hypersleep chambers, our paralysis began to fade as we were subjected to a soporific vibration which, according to Spock, induces sleep by altering the electrical period of the cortical neurons. After Doctor McCoy and I had yielded to sleep, Spock used Vulcan mind-control to enhance his alpha state and suppress theta activity, remaining awake long enough to reach his communicator and have us, including the little aliens, beamed aboard the Enterprise.

Sensors show the moon to be artificial, mostly hollow with a neutronium hull. In sickbay, McCoy and Christine Chapel revive the two aliens, who explain to Kirk that their world was threatened by nuclear war, so they went to their moon to use it as an orbital weapon platform to "enforce planet-wide peace." Their race believes their moon to be a spacecraft guided by "the gods."

Suddenly the Toltan Moon grabs the Enterprise with a tractor beam and begins dragging the ship toward a large opening on the surface.

Captain's Log: Stardate 7494.3
We are caught in a tractor beam pulling us toward the moon.

Captain's Log: Supplemental Entry

With warp and impulse engines at maximum, we are still in the grip of the tractor beam.

After accessing its data banks, Spock discovers that the aliens are one of many Toltan colony worlds that were seeded long ago, left to evolve, watched over by sentinel Toltan Moons that are programmed to return "home" with those who had achieved a moon landing. Although he is unable to ascertain why the Toltan Moon didn't depart 900 years ago, Spock says, "its program calls for it to return now. And we are preventing it from completing its mission." He adds, "It wants those little astronauts, Captain... with or without us."

Kirk considerd firing torpedoes, but the aliens propose a different solution. Having been told that their world had been destroyed by nuclear weapons 900 years earlier, they insist on being returned to the moon, which they believe is a "sacred vehicle that will carry them to a paradise." The two aliens are transported back into their hypersleep chambers. The Toltan Moon immediately disengages its tractor beam, then leaves the orbit of its planet, carrying its two passengers "home".

To be continued...



Christine ChapelPavel ChekovIliaJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyJanice RandMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed Toltans

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • robot crawlerToltan spacecraft


Toltan Moon
Referenced only 
Toltan Colony

Races and cultures

Referenced only 

States and organizations


Science and technology

alpha wavecommunicatorcomputer terminalcortical neuronsdata bankdelta waveheat scanhypersleep chamberhyperlightimpulse enginemissilenuclear weaponorbital weapon platformphoton torpedopre-warp spacecraftradiationradiorobotrocketstardatethrusterthruster suittractor beamtransporterwarp enginewrist communicator

Ranks and titles

astronautcaptainchief engineerdoctorFederation Starfleet ranks (2270s)lieutenantscience officersecurity officer

Other references

antimatterbridgecaptain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2273centuryevolutiongalaxyhearthumanoidimpact craterlanding partylanguageorganic lifelog entrymeteormetermoleculemoonneutroniumparking orbitplanetproximity explosionradio signalsectorsickbayStarfleet uniform (early 2270s)sun systemthought transmissionstransporter room


Published Order
Previous comic:
first comic
TOS comics
(US Comic Strips)
Next comic:
#2: Dilithium Dilemma
Previous story:
first work
Stories by:
Thomas Warkentin
Next story:
Dilithium Dilemma
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Star Trek: Infestation, Issue 2
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Dilithium Dilemma


Related stories



Production history

2 December 197912 January 1980 
First syndicated for daily newspapers by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate.
25 December 2012 
Remastered in hardcover in The Newspaper Comics, Volume 1. (IDW Publishing)
20 July 2017 
Remastered in Graphic Novel Collection #15. (Eaglemoss Collections)


August 1980 
Spanish: Reprinted in full color in Argentina in Gunga Din #1. (Ediciones Record)

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