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"Murder on the Enterprise" was a comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1977. It was the 48th issue of their TOS series of comics, the 9th of 22 stories drawn by Alden McWilliams and the 16th of 20 stories written by Arnold Drake.

In this story, Kirk, Spock and McCoy were faced with a murder mystery aboard the USS Enterprise.


Teaser blurb
An unexplored world! A vast realm of new life forms waiting to enthrall a scientific mind! But for the illustrious Prof. Moore, the welcome has a deadly edge to it!


Log entries[]

Captain's log, star date 5716.4. Having assumed standard orbit, planet M-317. Our purpose, transport Professor Patrick Moore, director of the Federation survey team here, to the Interstellar Geophysical Conference on Beta Aurigae.

Captain's log: star date 5716.7. On course, on schedule Beta Aurigae.

Captain's log: star date 5717.2: Have convened ship's investigation this star date as to questionable death of Professor Patrick Moore.

Captain's log: 5718.4. USS Enterprise in orbit Beta Aurigae III, ship's investigation: fruitless, as the murderer goes undetermined. Our passengers resist computer analysis of their testimonies, and I have no choice but to turn the matter over the Federation authorities on Beta Aurigae!



Stoy AarakaEmilie BowersPavel ChekovJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyPatrick MooreSpockWilliam TerrensNyota Uhuraunnamed personnel (steward, yeoman)
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Jabilo M'BengaTojufu (myth)

Starships and vehicles[]

aircarUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)
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USS Farragut (Constitution-class)


Beta Aurigae (Beta Aurigae IIIHall of Science) • M-317/Moore's Planet (Great Rainbow ExpanseM-317 geological experimental stationMoore's Fire Falls)
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EarthJanus IVOphiuchus constellation

Races and cultures[]

Referenced only 

States and organizations[]

American Continent InstituteFederationUESPA

Science and technology[]

autopsymagnetismmoleculepoisonpotassium cyanidetransporter

Ranks and titles[]

captaincommanding officerdoctorFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerguardlieutenantorderlypreceptorprofessorStarfleet ranksstewardsupply officertechnical assistantyeoman

Other references[]

arboretumbivmitecabinconferencecaptain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2268dress uniformfairy talegeologygeophysicshalo fishheart attackhorticultureinsectintercomInterstellar Geophysical Conferenceoff-duty uniformoreplantpuddingsehlatsiliconSilicon-based lifeformStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)starshipstewardtransporter roomtreetypesettingVulcan neck pinchwatch



  • "The Sweet Smell of Evil" was the title to part one of this story, which referred to a quote from Isaiah 3:24 in the Bible. Part 2 was called "The Evil That Men Do...", a quote from Act 3, scene 2 of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
  • Co-author Doug Drexler described his volunteer contributions to this story as a script polish and an edit, including adding a number of callbacks to TOS and TAS. He also provided the creative team with reference materials. Gold Key Comics' offices were near the Federation Trading Post in New York City, where Drexler worked at the time. (Doug Drexler interview at the Drawing Trek Podcast, 29:30-44:00)
  • Drexler's callback to the Horta, as silicon-based lifeforms on Janus VI, was mistyped Janus IV. This mistake was also made in TOS novels: Sacrifices of War, The Case of the Colonist's Corpse.
  • Stoy Aaraka quoted, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” which was based on a quote from a play by William Congreve in 1697. (The Mourning Bride article at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)
  • Emilie Bowers wore four outfits: a pink-and-white collared dress when she first appeared in the story, a lavender, full-length two-piece dress for dinner, a red dress with a big turtleneck the next morning, and a blue-and-black striped dress when she beamed down. Kirk, Spock and McCoy wore dress uniforms, service uniforms and off-duty uniforms. Stoy Aaraka, William Terrens and Patrick Moore wore the same style of clothing throughout the story.
  • Nyota Uhura delivered a line through the intercom and was seen on the bridge in two panels. Pavel Chekov was seen in two panels at the navigator's station but had no dialogue.
  • Moore's planet was written as both M317 and M-317.
  • An ad in the issue promoted science fiction magazines containing stories by Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven and Theodore Sturgeon.
  • The b/w 1977 reprint in Star Trek Special was slightly abridged in that the original splash page was deleted. The title was typeset to replace the original first panel of the second page, with the captain's log added to the second panel of the second page.
  • This story was translated into Dutch and German.

Related stories[]




2256 or 2257 
While serving as a Lieutenant aboard the USS Farragut, Kirk met Professor Patrick Moore.
Moore studied the Horta on Janus VI.
The Enterprise picked up Stoy Aaraka and Professor Emilie Bowers as passengers.
2268 (stardate 5717.2) 
Moore was killed while en route from M-317 to the Interstellar Geophysical Conference on Beta Aurigae III aboard the Enterprise.

Production history[]

October 1977 
Original printing by Gold Key Comics
Printed oversized in Britain in b/w along with "This Tree Bears Bitter Fruit" in Star Trek Special (IPC Magazines)
September 2008 
Included on DVD in The Complete Comic Book Collection
22 November 2018 
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #50 (Eaglemoss)


Dutch: In the omnibus Ruimteschip Enterprise Classics Strip-Paperback #2 (De Vrijbuiter)
German: As "Mörder an Bord" in the omnibus Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Taschenbuch #2 (Condor)
German: As "Mörder an Bord" in some editions of Condor Superheiden #1: Star Trek Jahrbuch (Condor-Verlag)


Published Order
Previous comic:
This Tree Bears Bitter Fruit
TOS comics (Gold Key) Next comic:
A Warp in Space
Previous story:
Mr. Oracle
Stories by:
Arnold Drake
Next story:
Planet of No Life
Previous story:
This Tree Bears Bitter Fruit
Stories by:
Doug Drexler
Next story:
From Sputnik to Warp Drive
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Wink of an Eye
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Planet of No Life

External links[]

Murder on the Enterprise article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.