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"Menace of the Moloth" was a Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip published in 1969 and 1970. It was the 10th story arc in the UK comic strips series, released in six parts within issues of TV21 & Joe 90. This was the tenth of 11 stories illustrated by Harry Lindfield. In this story, James T. Kirk and Spock are forced to fight the Moloth, a giant beast.


Teaser, 27 December 1969
Caught up in an interplanetary war between Eldor and Norus in the Sigma Draconis sector of space, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock from the starship Enterprise had been captured by Norusians. Accused of spying, they were subjected to the savagery of trial by ordeal!


Kirk and Spock board a drifting spacecraft in environmental suits from a shuttlecraft. They find it abandoned, as if its crew had been beamed away. Suddenly they are transported to the planet Norus and captured. The planetary council believes they are spies from enemy planet Eldor and sentences them to a trial by combat against an enormous creature called the Moloth. It turns out to be a robot, and Spock is able to cripple its visual sensors. When it randomly targets the president of the council, guards shoot it down. Kirk and Spock are put in a prison cell to await execution.

When Kirk and Spock don't respond to hails, Montgomery Scott and two crewmen board the spacecraft, retrieving documents about the Norusian-Eldorian war. Just then, another vessel approaches the Enterprise. Commander Karth of the Eldorian warship Lebron warns that the Enterprise will soon be within attack range of Norus, but the Lebron's deflectors can withstand their weapons and block the Norusian transporters. He also knows Kirk and Spock are being held on Norus, so Scott and nine crewmen join the Lebron's crew to make a joint commando raid.

The Lebron withstands anti-aircraft fire, disables surface cannons with missiles, and lands. Norusian tanks surround the warship. The forward section of the Lebron extends telescoping legs to the ground and detaches, becoming a walker. Its legs crush the enemy tanks. Norusians panic and flee as the vehicle approaches the city limits. Scott's rescue party sets off for the prison area while Karth's crew sets destruct charges to blow up Norusian Central Control. Although Kirk and Spock have managed to escape from their cell, they are still in the prison area. They run into Scott's team, then evacuate the facility together just before it explodes.



KarthJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMolothMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed Eldoriansunnamed Norusiansunnamed USS Enterprise personnel (2260s)

Starships and vehicles

Eldorian spy shipUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Lebron • two class F shuttlecrafttanks


Sigma Draconis sector (EldorNorus)
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Races and cultures


States and organizations

Council of the WiseEldor Space ServiceNorusian Central Control

Science and technology

airlockartificial gravitybombardier guncommunicationscommunicatordeflectordestruct chargesenvironmental suitflame cannonforce fieldgunmissileMolothphaserriflerobotscannerspacecraftspacesuittranslator computertransporterviewscreen

Ranks and titles

armaments officercaptainchief engineercommandercouncillorFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerguardjudgelieutenantpresidentsenior officerskipperStarfleet ranks

Other references

action stationsarachnidarmyatmospherebattle stationsbeambridgecitycode of lawcommand centrecommandoscourtdevilsexecutiongovernmenthullhumanoidlog entrymilitarymugparking orbitpeacepressureprison cellradiationratrobotsectorslaveryspacestandby watchstarStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)starshipstratospheresuicidetrial by combatviewscreenwarwarship



Related media




UK comic strips
Weekly story arcs "Life Form Nonexistent" • "The Crucial Element" • "Beware the Beast" • "The Third Party" • "The Children of Stai" • "Skin Deep" • "The Eagles Have Landed" • "Spectre of the Zond" • "Nor Any Drop to Drink" • "Menace of the Moloth" • "The Klingon Ultimatum" • "The Marshall Plan" • "Mutiny on the Dorado" • "The Ageless One" • "Thorpex" • "Under the Sea" • "Revolt on Dak-Alpha" • "Where Giants Tread" • "I, Emperor" • "Slaves of the Frogmen" • "Key Witness" • "Nova-Thirteen" • "Prison Break" • "Vibrations in Time" • "The Aging World" • "By Order of the Empire" • "Creeping Death" • "Ground Zero" • "The Collector" • "To Swiftly Go..." • "The Mindless Ones" • "The Perithees Alliance" • "The Saboteur Within" • "The Void of Storms" • "Spheres of War" • "Shell Game" • "To Rule the Universe"
Annual stories "Target: Zargot" • "A Bite of the Apple" • "Captives in Space" • "Planet of Rejects" • "Gateway to the Future" • "The Zodian Sacrifice" • "Smoke and Mirrors" • "Planet of the Dead" • "What Is This Thing Called Spock?" • "The Gods Have Come!" • "Rock and a Hard Place"


Published Order
Previous story:
Nor Any Drop to Drink
TOS comics (UK comic strips) Next story:
The Klingon Ultimatum
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Nor Any Drop to Drink
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Planet of Rejects
Previous comic:
Nor Any Drop to Drink
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year One Next comic:
Planet of Rejects
Production history
  • This story was serialized over six issues of TV21 & Joe 90 magazine in two-page sections.
December 1969
January 1970
  • 3 January, pages 7-8 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #15
  • 10 January, pages 9-10 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #16
  • 17 January, pages 11-12 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #17
April 2016
Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 1 (IDW Publishing)
11 May 2017
Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection, Volume 10. (Eaglemoss)

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