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"Nor Any Drop to Drink" was a Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip published in 1969. It was the ninth story arc in the UK comic strips series, and was released in five parts within issues of TV21 & Joe 90. This was the ninth of 11 stories illustrated by Harry Lindfield.


Teaser, 15 November 1969
In free space flight one moment… the next, submerged in the depths of an ocean! Incredible though it was, it had happened to the starship Enterprise… and utterly baffled Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock who had donned pressure suits to leave their craft and investigate. They found… trouble!


While exploring the Sigma Draconis Group, the USS Enterprise suddenly comes to a complete halt. The vessel has penetrated the dense liquid of a globular planet and experiences a pressure of nearly thirty atmospheres. Kirk and Spock swim out an airlock to look around, but a mammoth sea creature suddenly swallows the captain. Within its airy maw, Kirk is able to fire his phaser, annoy the creature, and be spat out.

They return to the ship, only to discover Sigma fishmen attaching grapplers to the Enterprise. The starship is towed by a submarine toward an undersea city. Kirk and Spock leave the airlock in their pressure suits to make peaceful contact with the natives, but they are captured, brought into the city and threatened with dissection.

Kirk escapes and returns with a raiding party. During the fighting, Kirk captures a freeze gun that generates immense cold and ice around any target. They locate a tank sporting a more powerful gun. After blanketing the Enterprise with ice, their ship begins to rise. The raiding party quickly returns to the ship before it breaks the surface. Deflectors shatter the ice, and the Enterprise launches back into space.



Christine ChapelRoss JohnsonJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed Sigma fishmen • "huge creature"

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • tankSigma submarine


Sigma Draconis Group (globular planet)
Referenced only

Races and cultures

Sigma fishmanHumanVulcan

Science and technology

airlockcommunicatorcomputercudgeldeflectordissectionenginefishing rodfreeze gungrapplerknifeobservation portphaserpressure suitscannersensorspearthrusteruniversal translatorwebb-gun

Ranks and titles

anglercaptainchiefFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)scientistStarfleet ranks

Other references

atmospherebridgecitydensitydreamhullminuteoceanparleyplanetpressurespacestarStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)starshipvacuum


  • The lack of Pavel Chekov, James T. Kirk becoming momentarily paralyzed before being gobbled up by the sea creature, and Kirk calling McCoy "Mac" instead of "Bones" would place the story very early during the five-year mission, in 2265.


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:
Spectre of the Zond
TOS comics (UK comic strips) Next story:
Menace of the Moloth
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Delta Vega: Meltdown on the Ice Planet
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Menace of the Moloth
Previous comic:
Delta Vega: Meltdown on the Ice Planet
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year One Next comic:
Menace of the Moloth
Production history
  • This story was serialized over five issues of TV21 & Joe 90 magazine in two-page sections.
November 1969
December 1969
  • 6 December, pages 9-10 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #11
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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