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.

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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.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

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

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • armed hovercraft

Locations[edit | edit source]

Sol systemEarthLuna (Luna repair base)
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Alpha CentauriGlasgowMercuryOrthoo

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]


States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Alpha Centauri Regional Opera CompanyStarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsUrey University

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

assistant professorcaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommanding officerdoctorengineerfirst officerhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commandermedical practitionerprofessorscience officerweapons officer

Science and technology[edit | edit source]

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

Other references[edit | edit source]

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

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Chronology[edit | edit source]

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.

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Background[edit | edit source]

Related stories[edit | edit source]

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Timeline[edit | edit source]

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:
"A Bomb in Time"
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
"World Beneath the Waves"

Production history[edit | edit source]

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)

Translations[edit | edit source]

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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