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The Enterprise crew is locked on a deep freeze planet doomed to disappear into space! — "Ice Journey" was the 27th issue of Gold Key Comics' 1967 series of Star Trek comics. It was the 25th story illustrated by Alberto Giolitti and the third of five written by John Warner.


Captain's log, stardate 20:27.3
Approaching planet Floe I on special survey assignment for the Federation per Command order F-1221.

The USS Enterprise was assigned to conduct a population survey of the Federation member planet Floe I. Privately, Spock wonders if there might be something unusual about the mission which wasn't told to them, as the planet is facing glaciation. James T. Kirk, Spock, and Dr. Krisp suit up with anti-freeze uniforms and beam down, meeting Delegates Amara and Sunaro who are encased in protective carapaces for warmth. The Floes shed the shells as they prepare to slide down chutes into a subterranean city. But Spock and Krisp question how these evolutionary changes happened so quickly and whether they affected everyone, and this strikes a nerve. Amara and Sunaro arrest the Starfleet officers. At gunpoint, Kirk is forced to have Nyota Uhura transport down and help falsify their report.

Captain's log, stardate 20:27.5
Lieutenant Uhura and I are being held prisoners by the two leaders of Floe I — Dr. Krisp and Mr. Spock have vanished! It is clear that Amara and Sunaro intend to do away with the crew and me as soon as Lieutenant Uhura writes a false report about their mad society to the Federation... My only hope is that we manage to fool these tyrants and come out alive... I have lost all communication with the Enterprise!

Red-skinned Floe scientists developed a serum to speed-up mutations and survive the cold, but left their enslaved blue-skinned Floes to suffer. Spock and Krisp are deposited in a torture chamber for rebels, who help them escape in exchange for aid. They confront Amara and Sunaro, and the reunited landing party locates the serum manufacturing facility. Krisp keeps her word and tells the blue workers where the rebels are being held. Before Kirk can start distributing the serum to everyone, workers rise up in rebellion.

Kirk orders the landing party to return to the Enterprise. When Montgomery Scott asks how they could leave the Floes in the midst of civil war, acting as though life will go on, Spock explains that the blue Floes are aware that they will freeze to death within days and have lost hope. Kirk says the Floes could have been relocated to another planet, if they'd asked when there was time to arrange it, but the red Floes chose their elitism and slavery over survival.



AmaraJdulaJames T. KirkKrispMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluSunaroNyota Uhuraunnamed Floesunnamed USS Enterprise personnel (transporter chief)

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Floe (Floe I)
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Races and cultures


States and organizations

FederationStarfleetStarfleet Command

Science and classification

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Ranks and titles

captainchief engineerchief science officercommandercommunications officercounter-leaderdelegatedictatordoctorhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commanderrebelscience officerslave

Other references

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Related stories

Extinction from increasing cold was also featured in:

Genetic adaptation to climate change was also featured in:

Revolution for social equality was also featured in:


  • The reprint in The Enterprise Logs, Volume 4 omitted pages 4 and 18. Page 4 was a self-contained scene with the landing party visiting the bridge prior to beaming down, with Krisp commenting that the population survey might be dull. On page 18, Kirk realized that Nyota Uhura had prevented their fake report from being transmitted, and the Floes decided to kill them.
  • Krisp wryly suggested that Montgomery Scott could transmit background music into the landing party’s portable radios, presaging the Sony Walkman and the iPod.
  • This story has been released eight times in English as well as being translated into German, Italian, and Portuguese.


  • The variant environmental suits worn in the story, anti-freeze uniforms, were colored both red and blue on the cover, with black boots, but were all gold in the story itself. Communications equipment was said to work by telepathy, because conditions were so frigid that the landing party would asphyxiate if they spoke or breathed the atmosphere. That being the case, it was unclear why the uniforms were designed to protect the wearer's eyes but not their mouths.
  • Uhura was once misspelled Uhuru.



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:
#26: The Perfect Dream
TOS comics (Gold Key) Next comic:
#28: The Mimicking Menace
Previous story:
The Perfect Dream
Stories by:
John Warner
Next story:
The Final Truth
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Invasion of the City Builders
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
... Wild Goose Chase!
Previous comic:
Invasion of the City Builders
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year Two Next comic:
... Wild Goose Chase!
Production history
November 1974
First published by Gold Key Comics.
Printed in hardcover in Star Trek Annual 1976. (World Distributors Limited)
August 1976
Printed (excluding pages 4 and 18) in the omnibus The Enterprise Logs, Volume 4. (Golden Press)
Printed in hardcover in Star Trek Annual 1986. (World Distributors Limited)
June 2004
Printed in the omnibus The Key Collection, Volume 4. (Checker Book Publishing Group)
September 2008
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD. (Graphic Imaging Technologies)
August 2014
Remastered in hardcover in the omnibus Gold Key Archives, Volume 5. (IDW)
15 March 2018
Remastered in hardcover in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #32. (Eaglemoss)
German: Abridged in the omnibus "Stadt der letzten Hoffnung" in Zack Comic Box #22: Enterprise (Koralle-Verlag)
10 July 1978
Portuguese: As "Viagem Ao Gelo" in b/w in O Caminho das Estrelas (Aguiar) #17
Italian: As "Il Viaggio Ghiacciato" in the omnibus The Gold Key Collection, Volume 7 (Free Books)

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