"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 entriesEdit

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 vehiclesEdit

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 culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

American Continent InstituteFederationUESPA

Science and technologyEdit

autopsymagnetismmoleculepoisonpotassium cyanidetransporter

Ranks and titlesEdit

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

Other referencesEdit

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



Related storiesEdit




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 historyEdit

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:
The 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:
A Warp in Space

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