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Manning was qualified to wear the uniforms of both a command division and operations division officer. He was assigned to the guard detail for a mummy the Enterprise recovered, but was rendered unconscious by that charge. Later, Manning joined a landing party to Rifas-L as a security guard, and was aboard the Galileo when it crashed on Tristas. (TOS comics: "The Mummies of Heitius VII", "The Perfect Dream", "The Final Truth")
With the exception of the regular Enterprise crew, Manning is the most prolific recurring character in the Gold Key/Whitman comic series, with three appearances. In "The Mummies of Heitus VII", Manning wore a gold command division uniform, but identified himself as a member of security. He had dark hair that was receding. By "The Perfect Dream", he wore an operations division redshirt and had gone gray, lost more hair, and grown a mustache. In "The Final Truth", he was back in his gold shirt and had a fuller head of brown hair.
In the early era of Star Trek comics, Doctor Krisp and Manning were the only recurring characters introduced for the Gold Key comic series, with Krisp being the only one given any consequential dialogue and relevance to the plot. The concept of characters unique to the comic series was not further expanded until the DC Comics series in the 1980s when a number of recurring characters were introduced.