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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 were forced to fight the Moloth, a giant beast.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Teaser summary, 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!

SummaryEdit

Kirk and Spock boarded a drifting spacecraft in environmental suits from a shuttlecraft. They found it abandoned, as if its crew had been beamed away. Suddenly they were transported to the planet Norus and captured. The planetary council believed they were spies from enemy planet Eldor and sentenced them to a trial by combat against an enormous creature called the Moloth. It turned out to be a robot, and Spock was able to cripple its visual sensors. When it randomly targeted the president of the council, guards shot it down. Kirk and Spock were put in a prison cell to await execution.

When Kirk and Spock didn't respond to hails, Montgomery Scott and two crewmen boarded the spacecraft, retrieving documents about the Norusian-Eldorian war. Just then, another vessel approached the Enterprise. Commander Karth of the Eldorian warship Lebron warned that the Enterprise would soon be within attack range of Norus, but Lebron's deflectors could withstand their weapons and block the Norusian transporters. He also knew Kirk and Spock were being held on Norus, so Scott and nine crewmen joined Lebron's crew to make a joint commando raid.

Lebron withstood anti-aircraft fire, disabled surface cannons with missiles, and landed. Norusian tanks surrounded the warship. The forward section of Lebron extended telescoping legs to the ground and detached, becoming a walker. Its legs crushed the enemy tanks. Norusians panicked and fled as the vehicle approached the city limits. Scott's rescue party set off for the prison area while Karth's crew set destruct charges to blow up Norusian Central Control. Although Kirk and Spock had managed to escape from their cell, they were still in the prison area. They ran into Scott's team, then evacuated the facility together just before it exploded.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

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

Starships and vehiclesEdit

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

LocationsEdit

Sigma Draconis sector (EldorNorus)
Referenced only 
EarthJupiter

Races and culturesEdit

EldorianHumanNorusianVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

Council of the WiseEldor Space ServiceNorusian Central Control

Science and technologyEdit

airlockartificial gravitybombardier guncommunicationscommunicatordeflectordestruct chargesenvironmental suitflame cannonforce fieldgunmissileMolothphaserriflerobotscannerspacecraftspacesuittranslator computertransporterviewscreen

Ranks and titlesEdit

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

Other referencesEdit

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

TimelineEdit

ChronologyEdit

Published Order
Previous comic:
"Nor Any Drop to Drink"
TOS comics
UK comic strips
Next comic:
"The Klingon Ultimatum"

Production historyEdit

  • 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

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • The story was not printed with a title, but it was given one ("Menace of the Moloth") for its reprinting in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 1.
  • Artist Alan Willow signed cover paintings for the installments published on December 20, 1969 and January 17, 1970.
  • Scott identified the USS Enterprise as a United Space Ship, as opposed to the "Universe Star Ship" cited in the first UK comic strips story, "Life Form Nonexistent".
  • Although the Norusians used transporters, the Eldorians and Starfleet crews traveled only by using spacesuits and spacecraft in this story.
  • Hikaru Sulu had one line of dialogue in the fourth segment. Although he manned the helm, he was still referred to as the armaments officer.
  • Leonard McCoy was seen on the bridge in one panel in the third segment, but he had no dialogue.
  • Kirk twice replied to Norusians with the phrase "You treacherous rat!" The first time was when he was clobbered by Norusian guards while denying he was a spy. He repeated it when the council president broke his word regarding the terms of the trial by combat.
  • In 2268, the Enterprise would revisit this sector in TOS episode: "Spock's Brain".

Related storiesEdit

ConnectionsEdit

UK comic strips
Weekly story arcs 12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637
Annual stories 12Captives in SpacePlanet of RejectsGateway to the Future67Planet of the DeadWhat Is This Thing Called Spock?The Gods Have Come!11

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