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"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.


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 SkuriansDeadly Ones

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • hovercraft


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Races and cultures

Deadly OneHumanSkurianVulcan

Science and technology

communicationstranslator communicatorevolutiongunrifleuniversal translatortransporter

Ranks and titles

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

Other references

animalatmospherebeamcitycivilizationfelinoidminutespaceStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)treezoo


Related media



UK comic strips
Weekly story arcs "Life Form Nonexistent" • "The Crucial Element" • "Beware the Beast" • "The Third Party" • "The Children of Stai" • "Skin Deep" • "The Eagles Have Landed" • "Spectre of the Zond" • "Nor Any Drop to Drink" • "Menace of the Moloth" • "The Klingon Ultimatum" • "The Marshall Plan" • "Mutiny on the Dorado" • "The Ageless One" • "Thorpex" • "Under the Sea" • "Revolt on Dak-Alpha" • "Where Giants Tread" • "I, Emperor" • "Slaves of the Frogmen" • "Key Witness" • "Nova-Thirteen" • "Prison Break" • "Vibrations in Time" • "The Aging World" • "By Order of the Empire" • "Creeping Death" • "Ground Zero" • "The Collector" • "To Swiftly Go..." • "The Mindless Ones" • "The Perithees Alliance" • "The Saboteur Within" • "The Void of Storms" • "Spheres of War" • "Shell Game" • "To Rule the Universe"
Annual stories "Target: Zargot" • "A Bite of the Apple" • "Captives in Space" • "Planet of Rejects" • "Gateway to the Future" • "The Zodian Sacrifice" • "Smoke and Mirrors" • "Planet of the Dead" • "What Is This Thing Called Spock?" • "The Gods Have Come!" • "Rock and a Hard Place"


Published Order
Previous comic:
A Bite of the Apple
TOS comics (UK comic strips Annuals) Next comic:
Planet of Rejects
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Open Secrets
Vanguard, Chapters 20-27
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Gateway to the Future
Previous comic:
Balance of Terror
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year Two Next comic:
Gateway to the Future

Production history

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)
16 July 2020 
Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection, Volume 121. (Eaglemoss Collections)

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