It's A Living is a Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip. It is the eighth story in the US Comic Strips series, published by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. The story was set after TOS movie: The Motion Picture, depicting events from Captain Kirk's second five-year mission aboard the refurbished USS Enterprise (NCC-1701). In this story, Captain Kirk runs into Harry Mudd on a mining planet.
- After a brief layover for recalibration of our inertial platform, we are leaving Starbase 22 on a heading for Argus IV, to investigate seismic disturbances that may imperil a mining colony there.
Commodore Cobb of Starbase 22 called as they were leaving orbit, alerting Kirk that a long-range shuttle had just arrived with a VIP passenger, endorsed by Admiral Nogura himself.
- Our mission to investigate seismic disturbances at the Argus IV mining colony is delayed by orders to take on a passenger, with a letter of transit signed by Admiral Nogura.
Spock detected massive life readings below the surface. After a few more quakes, the planet began to break apart, with massive tendrils extending outward and unfolding at least 30,000 km wide. The planet was an egg hatching the huge creature. Spock theorized the egg could have been put in orbit by a parent for solar warmth, and its motive power appeared to be “heliogyro, photon drive.”Mudd sold back the planet before Vargas knew its face. But Spock pointed out that with the planet’s crust now scattered, its thermium could now be towed away without having to mine it first, making Vargas very wealthy. Mudd thwarted himself. As the creature moved off, the Enterprise launched sensor probes to follow it. Kirk joked that he didn’t want to find out firsthand what it ate.
- James T. Kirk • Spock • Leonard McCoy • Nyota Uhura • Montgomery Scott • Pavel Chekov • Hikaru Sulu • Cobb • Harry Mudd • Max Vargas • Jo Williams • Argus IV creature
- Referenced only
- Heihachiro Nogura
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- broadcast journalist • con artist • contract • extradition • headache • letter of transit • quadrant • sector • space program
#7: "Heads of State"
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#9: “The Savage Within”
"Heads of State"
"Heads of State"
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"Eclipse of Reason"
- TOS movie: The Motion Picture - Described the starship refit, crew changes, and technology updates that occurred prior to the events of this story.
- TOS episode: "Mudd's Women" - Introduction of con artist Harry Mudd.
- TOS episode: "I, Mudd" and TAS episode: "Mudd's Passion" - Other canon Mudd stories.
- TOS comic: "Operation Con Game" and TOS short story: "The Business, As Usual, During Altercations" - Mudd adventures published prior to this story.
- This is the eighth of 20 story arcs set after the events of TOS movie: The Motion Picture, and is set during Captain Kirk's second five-year mission aboard the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701). It is the shortest story in the series, running just 35 days (5 weeks), and is Warkentin’s final story. He would later provide art assistance for Ron Harris in Quarantine and The Nogura Regatta.
- Williams said Starfleet is “under-allocated” – even after saving Earth from V’Ger – but Kirk said it’s “practically a tradition” for the space program to be that way. Williams interviews Kirk in two strips. Kirk discusses his love for his ship, and he asks Williams to present an image of Starfleet as people doing their jobs, not as heroes like “characters in a 20th century comic strip.” What became of the Nogura-authorized documentary is not revealed in this story.
- Ron Harris is credited with an art assist on April 12, 1981.
- Duke Riley (a pseudonym for Thomas' son Karl) and Kurt Warkentin (Thomas' other son) are credited with art assists. (http://www.hassleinbooks.com/pdfs/TrekComics.pdf) They are credited on April 19, 1981.