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"Nova-Thirteen" was a 12-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip. It was the 22nd weekly story arc in the UK comic strips series, published in four installments in TV21 Weekly in 1971. This was the fourth of six stories drawn by Vicente Alcázar and Carlos Pino. In this story, James T. Kirk was asked to retrieve a probe lost on the surface of Nova XIII.


Omnibus teaser
While investigating the disappearance of a robotic spacecraft exploring Nova-Thirteen on behalf of the Trans-Galactic Zoological Federation, a landing party is attacked by giant cyclopean creatures controlled by small, flute-playing aliens.


A probe lands on Nova XIII and releases a robot to examine the local lifeforms. However, it falls into an animal trap and ceases transmitting. As the USS Enterprise had been relaying its signals onward to Earth, they are assigned to investigate. James T. Kirk and Montgomery Scott travel to the surface aboard the Galileo, finding the probe craft wrecked.

Suddenly, Kirk and Scott are attacked by a giant cyclops. Before it grabs them, though, music from a flute-like instrument makes it back away. Scott pulls out his universal translator, but the diminutive flute-playing Nova XIII native knocks it to the ground and damages it. Several more natives and giants approach with bows and arrows aimed at the landing party. Kirk pretends to stumble on the rough terrain and is able to retrieve the translator.

Kirk and Scott are taken to a small township buried within jungle undergrowth and locked in a prison cell. Soon, they are brought before some sort of tribunal, where Kirk suspects they are sentenced to death. Quickly, they flee into the jungle. As flute notes blare, several giants rouse, but Kirk and Scott evade them in the underbrush — a strong smell of nearby plants mask their own scent. They smear odorous succulent juice over themselves before heading toward the shuttle. They manage to get aboard and launch it, narrowly evading the outstretched arm of one of the giants.

The president of the Trans-Galactic Zoological Federation is excited to read their report, but disappointed that they didn't take photos.



James T. KirkMontgomery ScottSpockNyota Uhuraunnamed Humansunnamed Starfleet personnel (admiral) • flute-playing aliensgiant cyclopean creatures • "mechanical man"

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Galileo (class F shuttlecraft) • investigation craft


EarthNova XIII

Races and cultures

HumanNova XIII nativeVulcan

States and organizations

Starfleet (command divisionoperations divisionsciences division) • Trans-Galactic Zoological Federation

Science and technology

arrowbotanybowcameracommunicationscommunicatorcomputerenginegunlanding gearrobotspearuniversal translatorviewscreenzoology

Ranks and titles

captainskipperadmiralchief engineerFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)presidentrankStarfleet ranks

Other references

antassignment patchbridgeflutecyclopsinsectjunglemoonmountainprisonspacestarStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)vegetationwildlife


Related stories




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 comic:
Key Witness
TOS comics (UK comic strips) Next comic:
Prison Break
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Slaves of the Frogmen
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Vibrations in Time
Previous comic:
Slaves of the Frogmen
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year One Next comic:
Vibrations in Time
Production history
June 1971
July 1971
  • 3 July 1971: Pages 7-9 published in TV21 Weekly #93.
  • 10 July 1971: Pages 10-12 published in TV21 Weekly #94.
December 2016
Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 2 (IDW Publishing)
28 September 2017
Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection, Volume 20. (Eaglemoss Collections)

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