Captives in Space was a Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip published in 1970. It was the third of 11 annual stories in the UK comic strips series, and was printed along with the comic strip "Planet of Rejects" and short story "Gateway to the Future" in TV21 Annual 1971.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Omnibus teaser
The Enterprise visits Skur, a world inhabited by sentient felinoids and humanoid beasts. When Scotty's bigoted rudeness offends planetary leader Zeldon, the landing party is thrown in a zoo.


Kirk beams down with Spock and Montgomery Scott for a diplomatic visit to the planet Skur. As they near a city, they think they see a farmer, but it is actually a caveman with only an animal's intelligence. Using their translator communicator, they speak with Ambassador Meng, a felinoid — who is as surprised by the landing party's resemblance to his world's humanoid beasts as they are. Scott is particularly disturbed by it.

Relations are strained when Meng introduces the Starfleet representatives to his father, supreme head Zeldon. At a banquet, Scott rudely comments on Skurian table manners. Deeply offended, Zeldon locks the men in a zoo and orders the destruction of the Enterprise.

Kirk effects a quick jailbreak and lets some captive beasts loose as a distraction. When Meng and armed guards pursue, Kirk hopes to jump them and retrieve the communicator. Suddenly the felinoids are overrun by beasts. Kirk dives for a dropped rifle and shoots an attacking humanoid to save Meng's life. In gratitude, Meng returns the communicator. Later, as the landing party prepares to beam up, Meng sees them off, hoping that one day their species might understand each other.



James T. KirkMengMontgomery ScottSpockNyota UhuraZeldonunnamed Skurians

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • hovercraft


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Races and culturesEdit

Deadly OneHumanSkurianVulcan

Science and technologyEdit

communicationstranslator communicatorevolutiongunrifleuniversal translatortransporter

Ranks and titlesEdit

ambassadorcaptainchief engineerfarmerFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerkeeperlieutenantskipperStarfleet ranksvice regent

Other referencesEdit

animalatmospherebeamcitycivilizationfelinoidminutespaceStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)treezoo


Production historyEdit

1 September 1970 
First printed in TV21 Annual 1971 (City Magazines)
December 2016 
Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 2 (IDW Publishing)



Related storiesEdit


UK comic strips
Weekly story arcs 12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637
Annual stories 12Captives in SpacePlanet of RejectsGateway to the Future67Planet of the DeadWhat Is This Thing Called Spock?The Gods Have Come!11

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