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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.


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 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.



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



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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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