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"Medics" was the third issue of John Byrne's TOS miniseries Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor. This story was a sequel to two of Byrne's previous stories, TOS - Star Trek: Assignment: Earth comic: "My Name Is Legion" and TOS - Crew comic: "Shadows of the Past", continuing the adventures of a society of Human clones sent to Alpha Tau IV by the Beta 5 computer in the 20th century and discovered by the USS Enterprise in 2248.

Publisher's description

From solicitations
A planet at war — but all is not as it seems. Especially not when Dr. McCoy finds himself face to face with someone who seems to be from the wrong century! This issue picks up threads from both the Assignment: Earth and Crew minis. Features two covers by Byrne, including a single-panel “gag” cover.


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Christine ChapelCobbDwayne CoryJon DuncanEugene EckhartEightG15G17G23KloorRoberta LincolnLeonard McCoyNumber OneGary SevenTheelaTwelveunnamed USS Yorktown personnel (bridge crew, briefing room officers, transporter chiefs, nurse)
Referenced only
Beta 5 computerdevilJames T. KirkChristopher PikeSpockunnamed Klingons (Klingon Emperor)

Starships and vehicles

aircraftJoannatanksUSS Yorktown (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • unnamed D7 class starships (Kloor's Klingon battlecruiser)
Referenced only
USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Alpha Tau IV
Referenced only
Argus VIBeta TrianguliEarthOmicron Testus IVdhellTalos IV

Races and cultures

AndorianHumanIllyrianKlingon (HemQuchQuchHa') • Pierson's Puppeteer (cover only)

States and organizations

AegisFederation HeadquartersKlingon EmpireStarfleetStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of Planets

Science and classification

arrowauto destructbiobedbowbrllictucc powderbulletchemical weaponcloningcoordinatesdisruptordistress signalgenetic engineeringhelmetimpulse enginemedscannermissilephoton torpedopistolray gunriflescannerservoshieldstechnologytime traveltranspondertransportertricorderwarp drivewarp nacelleweapon

Ranks and titles

admiralclonecommandercrewmandoctorEmperor of the Klingon Empireengineerfirst officergeneral

Other references

20th centuryacidassignment patchatmospherebackpackbridgebriefing roomBronze AgecenturycenturychemicalcorridorcrewemotionloveengineeringEnglish languageFederation Starfleet ranks (2270s)foxgamblinggrasshavlaqhelmhoundhourkilometerlifeformlogmagnetic fieldmarriagemedicalmeterminutemountainorbitoutpostplanetraktajinorocksecuritysickbayspacespaceshipStarfleet uniform (early 2270s)timetransporter roomtreetrialwarwar gameyear



21 December 1970
  • Seven and Lincoln disappear from Earth to investigate Alpha Tau IV. (Date cited in "Hosts")
circa 2248
  • USS Enterprise discovers clone settlements on Alpha Tau IV. (20 years prior to story)
circa 2260
  • Alpha Tau IV is checked on by an Earth ship. (10 years prior to story)

Production history



  • This issue was release in three covers, all by John Byrne. The two primary covers were available equally. The third cover, an uncolored version of the B cover, was available as a retail incentive. The B cover depicts a Pierson's Puppeteer from Larry Niven's Known Space series, with Niven being thanked "for the loan".


Related stories



Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor stories and publications
#1: "Weeds" • #2: "Error" • #3: "Medics" • #4: "Hosts" & "Scalpel"
Media featuring Gary Seven
Episode Assignment: Earth
Miniseries The PeacekeeperConvergenceThe Eugenics WarsAssignment: Earth
Novels Assignment: EternityThe Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 1The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume 2From History's ShadowElusive Salvation
Short stories "The Aliens Are Coming!" • "Seven and Seven" • "Assignment: One" • "Rocket Man" • "Time Line"
Comics "The Peacekeeper, Part One" • "The Peacekeeper, Part Two" • "Split Infinities" • "Future Imperiled" • "Brighter Than a Thousand Suns" • "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" • "My Name Is Legion" • "We Have Met the Enemy..." • "Too Many Presidents" • "Ah-Ha!" • "Medics" • "Hosts" • "1971/4860.2" • "An Unexpected Yesterday" • "Year Five, Issue 11" • "Year Five, Issue 12" • "Year Five, Issue 15" • "Year Five, Issue 16" • "Year Five, Issue 17" • "Year Five, Issue 21" • "Year Five, Issue 22"
Published Order
Previous comic:
TOS comics
(Leonard McCoy, Frontier Doctor)
Next comic:
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Previous story:
My Name Is Legion
The adventures of Gary Seven Next story:
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2271.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in 1 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
Elusive Salvation
Chapter 11
21 December 1970 Next adventure:
Elusive Salvation
Chapters 12-14

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