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From the pilot episode of The Original Series... Captain Pike commands the U.S.S. Enterprise!

Flesh of My Flesh is a Star Trek: The Original Series comic published by Marvel-Paramount Comics in 1997. It is the first issue in the Star Trek: Early Voyages series, set during Christopher Pike's captaincy of the USS Enterprise. In this opening issue, the Enterprise encounters the Ngultor, who capture Pike and probe his mind, causing him to flashback to key moments in the formation of his crew.

Publisher's description

Star Trek: Early Voyages #1 begins an all-new series exploring the pre-Kirk adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise! In 1964, a captain and his brave crew set out to explore the stars in a then-unreleased television episode. That program was Star Trek’s pilot episode, "The Cage"; that starship was the Enterprise; and that captain’s name was Christopher Pike. When Star Trek later debuted as a weekly show, Pike and his crew were replaced by a different cast of characters led by the legendary James T. Kirk. But what of the mission before the "five-year mission"? Now the gap between "The Cage" and the original series can be filled in by this all-new series featuring the adventures of Captain Pike's crew! In the double-sized debut issue, the Enterprise discovers an organic spacecraft made of flesh! Just guess who the ship wants to cannibalize for spare parts!


Pike and April in spacedock

The USS Enterprise has been diverted from its course to the Marrat system to investigate several strange disappearances; a number of small ships have been found, a fleet of Marie Celestes, adrift and undamaged but entirely devoid of crew. The Enterprise has been sent to act as bait to find out what happened. The culprit soon makes itself known, a huge organic starship. As the Enterprise attempts to hail, a huge energy build-up blinds the crew...

In the void of his mind, Captain Pike finds himself walking with Captain April in spacedock alongside the Enterprise. As Pike prepares to board the ship, he discusses his crew, some old hands from April's time on the Enterprise, Pike's yeoman of the last three years, and some new faces.

The Enterprise in the grasp of the alien ship

On the Enterprise, Spock brings Number One out of her daze and informs her of the captain's disappearance. Using Enterprise's few active sensors, the crew ascertain they are being held by the alien ship and traveling at warp three. Doctor Boyce arrives on the bridge to fix up the crew.

Meanwhile... Pike recalls his meeting to enroll Lieutenant Robbins as his first officer. Whilst she was hoping for a command of her own, she is happy to wait with a chance to serve under Pike and on the Enterprise. The two discuss how they might go about bettering Captain April's legendary exploits.

Whilst Doctor Boyce announces his findings, that whilst they were knocked out the crew were subjected to invasive surgery, Number One takes the Captain's chair. Spock borrows the doctor's medical tricorder hoping to diagnose what might be wrong with the ship after his deductions indicated aliens with organic starships might well use organic weapons.

As Pike suffers the pains of his memories being sucked from him, he recalls his first encounter with the young cadet Spock, hoping to enroll him into his then two-year-old crew as a replacement for his fever-stricken science officer.

In the briefing room, Spock announces his findings: the Enterprise has been infected by an energy-sapping virus. Whilst the rest of the crew are assigned duties to restore the ship, Number One decides to take a landing party to rescue the captain.

Pike in the organic prison of the Ngultor

Back choosing his crew, Pike goes over the personal files of his final choices with his trusted Yeoman, Dermot Cusack. Finally unable to take anymore, Pike pulls himself into consciousness to find himself dangling in the organic prison of the aliens, which call themselves Ngultor. They reveal their plans: to use Pike's mind to find the homeworld of species in the region and consume them. As they prepare to re-enter his mind, the chamber is illuminated by phaser fire.

The captain is quickly cut down and puts on an EV suit for the journey back to the Enterprise, but before they can leave, the Ngultor ship's tentacles swipe Number One away. Fortunately, Nano is on the team and uses his pyrotechnic ability to drive off the organic ship and rescue Number One. However, escape still eludes the team, who get lost in the ever-changing labyrinth of the organic vessel and end up face-to-face with Ngultor.

The huge insectoid aliens explain their plight: lost from home in a freak warp accident, now harvesting flesh for the return journey. As they encroach on the team ready to consume, the landing party feel the familiar tingle of the transporter beam as they relocate to the Enterprise.

Nurse Carlotti briefs the group on the progress of curing Enterprise's virus and they quickly make their way to the bridge. Soon after, they drop out of warp before the huge Ngultor mothership. Using what limited phaser power is available, the Enterprise cuts herself free from the smaller Ngultor vessel, then upon restoration of the torpedo banks, fires on the mother ship, destroying it.

Observing a hollow victory, the Enterprise resumes her course for the Marrat system and Captain Pike retires to his quarters, confident in the abilities of his crew and sure the name Enterprise will not depart the history books under his command.



Robert AprilPhillip BoyceGabrielle CarlottiDermot CusackMoves-With-Burning-GraceSita MohindasNanoNumber OneChristopher PikeNils PitcairnSpockJosé TylerSam Yamataunnamed Andorianunnamed Ngultorunnamed Tellariteunnamed Starfleet personnelunnamed Vulcan
Referenced only 
Rajiv Mohindas

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Ngultor shipNgultor mothershipunnamed Constitution class starshipunnamed small craft
Referenced only 
USS Alexanderharvester craftUSS LeeMarie CelesteUSS NelsonUSS RedoubtUSS TiberiusUSS Valley Forgeunnamed ships attacked by the Ngultor


The events of the comic occur in an unspecified area of open space. • unnamed facilities
Referenced only 
DelhiEarthEristasMarratMarsNew MilanNew VenicePathiad NebulataeUtopia Plantia Yards

Races and cultures

AndorianHuman (Masai) • LirinNgultorTellariteVulcan

States and organizations

Federation StarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technology

antibodyastrographybrain stemcomparative xenobiologychronometerflumedical tricordernest worldpyrotechnicquantum mechanicsstomachvaccinevirillian toxic feverviruswarp engineering

Ranks and titles

acting ensignambassadorcadetcaptainchief engineerdoctorfirst officerhead nurselieutenantlieutenant commandermaster programnursescience officertransporter chiefyeoman

Other references

Irish whiskeyfive-year missionmantraprayersemioticsTholian expansionist programs


c. 2245
Captain Robert April takes command of the USS Enterprise, fresh from the Utopia Plantia Yards. April commands the Enterprise on a five-year mission. (Event referenced by April when talking to Pike about his command. Date established in the Star Trek Chronology)
c. 2251
Captain Christopher Pike takes command of the USS Enterprise. While held captive by the Ngultor in 2254 Pike had flashbacks to this time; walking with the Enterprise's previous commander, Robert April to board the ship; recruiting Number One to be his first officer; and working with his yeoman, Dermot Cusack, to pick his crew. (Flashbacks throughout the story. Date established in the Star Trek Chronology)
c. 2253
Two years into his command, shortly before beginning a long term survey of the Pathiad Nebulatae, Pike recruits Spock has his new science officer, after his previous science officer can no longer serve due to suffering from Virillian toxic fever. (Flashback. Date extrapolated from the beginning of Pike's command.)
Stardate 2252.34 (c. 2254)
The USS Enterprise is attacked by the Ngultor while investigating the disappearance of the crews of several starships. The Ngultor take Captain Pike into captivity to try and learn the location of nearby planets to attack, but Pike is rescued by his crew and orders the Ngultor ship destroyed to prevent them carrying out their plans. (No calendar date is given, but the stardate is close to those of other Early Voyages stories which take place around the episode "The Cage", in 2254.)


"There you go, Nano. My favourite Lirin patient. You're right as rain"
"Doctor Sir, I am your only Lirin patient"

- Doctor Boyce and Nano

"Did you hear me Cadet?"
"Of course Captain. You seemed so sure about my posting, I didn't realize it required a response"

- Captain Pike recruiting Spock


Related media


  • To mark the start of the Early Voyages series this issue was forty pages long, nearly twice the length of the usual 22-page stories that make up the rest of the series.
  • Despite being set up as a primary member of the Enterprise crew in this issue, transporter chief Nils Pitcairn only appears in two panels, and make no further appearances in the Early Voyages series.
  • Amongst the 16 pages of adverts in this comic is one page that advertises subscriptions to Marvel's comic, highlighting Star Trek comics with an image of the USS Voyager.



Media featuring Christopher Pike
Episodes and movies The Original Series The CageThe Menagerie
Movies Star TrekkStar Trek Into Darknessk
Discovery Will You Take My Hand?BrotherNew EdenPoint of LightAn Obol for CharonSaints of ImperfectionThe Sound of ThunderLight and ShadowsIf Memory ServesProject DaedalusThe Red AngelPerpetual InfinityThrough the Valley of ShadowsSuch Sweet Sorrow
Short Treks Q&AThe Trouble with EdwardAsk Not
Novels Killing TimeaEnterprise: The First AdventureVulcan's GloryLegacyThe RiftWhere Sea Meets SkyBurning DreamsA Less Perfect UnionaThe Children of KingsChild of Two WorldsDesperate HoursThe Enterprise War
Short stories "Conflicting Natures" • "A Private Anecdote" • "Sins of the Mother" • "The Greater Good"m
Comics Early Voyages "Flesh of My Flesh" • "The Fires of Pharos" • "Our Dearest Blood" • "Nor Iron Bars a Cage" • Cloak and Dagger (12) • "The Flat, Gold Forever" • "Immortal Wounds" • "One of a Kind" • The Fallen (12) • "Futures, Part One" • "Future Tense" • "Futures" • "Now and Then" • "Thanatos" • "Nemesis"
Starfleet Academy "Return to the Forbidden Planet" • "A Prelude to War"
Crew "Shadows of the Past" • "The Ends of Eternity"
other "All Those Years Ago..." • "To Walk the Night" • "Door in the Cage" • Alien Spotlight Alien Spotlight, Volume I (VulcansOrions) • Mirror Imagesm (1245) • Spock: Reflections, Issue 2Star Trek Movie Adaptationk (23456) • Captain's Log: PikeAftermath (123)
k : Kelvin timelinem : Mirror Universea : alternate reality


Based on other issues of the Early Voyages series, this comic takes place in 2254, before the episode "The Cage", and very shortly before the next issue in the series, "The Fires of Pharos". Flash-backs occur to events earlier in Pike's life.

Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Chapter 14
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The Fires of Pharos
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2254.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in 2 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
Final Frontier
"Hope and a Common Future"
2251 Next adventure:
Cadet Kirk
Previous adventure:
Chaotic Response
Sections 5 & 7
2253 Next adventure:
Vulcan's Glory
Production history
Published Order
Previous comic:
First issue
EV comics Next comic:
The Fires of Pharos
February 1997 
First published by Marvel Comics.
September 2008 
Re-released on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD, by Graphic Imaging Technologies.
May 2009 
Reprinted in Star Trek Omnibus, Volume 2, by IDW Publishing.
26 November 2013 
Reprinted in the omnibus The Stardate Collection, Volume 1 by IDW Publishing.
27 April 2017 
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #9 by Eaglemoss Collections.

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