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A Triangle of peril: an alien beast—McCoy's daughter—and the Enterprise! — "Furlough to Fury" was a Star Trek comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1976, the 40th issue of their TOS series. It was the second story drawn by Alden McWilliams and the 12th written by Arnold Drake.

In this story, Leonard McCoy reunited with his estranged daughter Barbara McCoy during a layover on Earth in 2266.


A near disaster in space brings the crew of the starship Enterprise an unexpected boon — a triple-R: rest, recreation and repair. But what awaits them is less a holiday than a horror-day!


Captain's log, stardate 19:25.9.
Instruments indicate a giant cosmic storm approaching. Cannot escape it. Only hope is to minimize casualties and damages! The plan is to reduce the impact of the crash by not opposing the mammoth force.

Energy waves from the storm penetrated shields and cracked the forward secondary hull. Afterward, Spock led a repair crew outside, driving a mobile laser welder to seal a fissure and secure the ship to travel to the nearest repair base, which was on Earth's moon.

Leonard McCoy invited James T. Kirk to accompany him to visit his daughter, an assistant professor at Urey University. After they'd eaten lunch, Barbara McCoy showed them a massive bearlike vrell. Mature vrell relay thoughts telepathically. As Kirk walked with Barbara, she heard Kirk think about asking her on a date, and he heard a thought from her that she already had a date.

Captain's personal log.
Dr. McCoy's daughter did accept my theatre invitation! It was while we were enjoying the Xanathian comedy, "Bride of Three Worlds", that the trouble began with the giant vrell!

At the university ampitheatre, sadistic guard Spencer whipped the vrell. The vrell lashed back, swiped Spencer's narco-dart gun and broke free. Fellow guard Clagg retreated and called for reinforcements as the other guard was crushed. Barbara McCoy was paged at the theater.

Meanwhile, Scott shared drinks with his friend Jigo at the Engineer's Club. They caught sight of Red Garvin, a former Enterprise crewman. On the planet Orthoo, Garvin had been suspected of stealing a sacred ruby, and Kirk had kicked him off the ship. Scott overheard Garvin plotting to sabotage the Enterprise, but Garvin caught Scott and knocked him unconscious before he could take action.

At Galileo Tower, the vrell was being fired on by armed hovercraft. Barbara climbed up the tower to calm the vrell. It recognized her. She reached out anxiously, but too far, and fell over the stairs. The vrell leaped and caught her, then carried her to Kirk with a final, mortal effort. Before it died, it relayed a telepathic message to Kirk from Scott.

On the Enterprise, Garvin and two accomplices sneaked into his old cabin. He retrieved the stolen ruby, which had been hidden behind a ventilation grid, and planted a bomb. As the criminals disembarked, however, Kirk and Leonard McCoy arrived. The officers were able to capture Garvin and his two accomplices, recover the ruby, and disable the bomb.



ClaggRed GarvinJigoJoboJames T. KirkLoiBarbara McCoyMitchumMontgomery ScottSpencerSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraYoZariunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel (repair crew)
Referenced only
NorrisRobby Scott

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • hovercraft


Sol systemEarthLuna (Luna repair base)
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Alpha CentauriGlasgowMercuryOrthoo

Races and cultures


States and organizations

Alpha Centauri Regional Opera CompanyStarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsUrey University

Ranks and titles

assistant professorcaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommanding officerdoctorengineerfirst officerhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commandermedical practitionerprofessorscience officerweapons officer

Science and technology

animalantimatterantimatter physicsbonecosmic stormdart gundimensionenergyinchionlaser weldernarco-dartnarco-dart gunneuro-verity testphaserphysicsradio energyrepair baserocketsensorsonarspeedwalkstar systemthrust enginevolcanoX terrestrial animal research

Other references

ampitheatreantbeverage • "Bride of Three Worlds" • bridgecoconutcreditEngineer's ClubGreat Eye of AraholidayhullironknifemilkmoonMurvonian coconut punchmusicoperaparadisepunchrubyRykunian octopusseafoodSolithian asparagussteaktechnologytelepathyvrellyear


The USS Enterprise visited the planet Orthoo. The Great Eye of Ara ruby was stolen while under guard. Red Garvin was suspected, and James T. Kirk kicked him off the ship.
Stardate 1925.9
The USS Enterprise was damaged by a cosmic storm in or near the Sol system.
Sometime after stardate 1925.9
The USS Enterprise docked at the Luna repair base for repairs.


Related stories




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 comic:
#39: Prophet of Peace
TOS comics (Gold Key) Next comic:
#41: The Evictors
Previous story:
Prophet of Peace
Stories by:
Arnold Drake
Next story:
The Evictors
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Escape from the Clinging Dags
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The World Beneath the Waves
Previous comic:
Escape from the Clinging Dags
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year Two Next comic:
The World Beneath the Waves
Production history
September 1976
First published by Gold Key Comics
Printed in hardcover in Star Trek Annual 1979 (World Distributors Limited)
Printed in hardcover in Star Trek Annual 1986 (World Distributors Limited)
June 2004
Printed in the omnibus The Key Collection, Volume 5 (Checker Book Publishing Group)
September 2008
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD (Graphic Imaging Technologies)
16 August 2018
Printed in Graphic Novel Collection #43 (Eaglemoss)
Dutch: As "Verlof met verwikkelingen" in the omnibus Ruimteschip Enterprise Classics Strip-Paperback #1 (De Vrijbuiter)
German: As "Urlaub der Alpträume" in the omnibus Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Taschenbuch #1 (Condor)
Italian: As "Licenza alla collera" in the omnibus The Gold Key Collection, Volume 10 (Free Books)

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