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.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

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 landed on Nova XIII and released a robot to examine the local lifeforms. However, it fell into an animal trap and ceased transmitting. As the USS Enterprise had been relaying its signals onward to Earth, they were assigned to investigate. James T. Kirk and Montgomery Scott traveled to the surface aboard the Galileo, finding the probe craft wrecked.

Suddenly, Kirk and Scott were attacked by a giant cyclops. Before it grabbed them, though, music from a flute-like instrument made it back away. Scott pulled out his universal translator, but the diminutive flute-playing Nova XIII native knocked it to the ground and damaged it. Several more natives and giants approached with bows and arrows aimed at the landing party. Kirk pretended to stumble on the rough terrain and was able to retrieve the translator.

Kirk and Scott were taken to a small township buried within jungle undergrowth and locked in a prison cell. Soon, they were brought before some sort of tribunal, where Kirk suspected they were sentenced to death. Quickly, they fled into the jungle. As flute notes blared, several giants roused, but Kirk and Scott evaded them in the underbrush — a strong smell of nearby plants masked their own scent. They smeared odorous succulent juice over themselves before heading toward the shuttle. They managed to get aboard and launch it, narrowly evading the outstretched arm of one of the giants.

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



James T. KirkMontgomery ScottSpockNyota Uhuraunnamed Humansunnamed Starfleet personnel (admiral)

Starships and vehiclesEdit

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


EarthNova XIII

Races and culturesEdit

HumanNova XIII nativeVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

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

Science and technologyEdit

arrowbotanybowcameracommunicationscommunicatorcomputerenginegunlanding gearrobotspearuniversal translatorviewscreenzoology

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainskipperadmiralchief engineerFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)presidentrankStarfleet ranks

Other referencesEdit

antassignment patchbridgeflutecyclopsinsectjunglemoonmountainprisonspacestarStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)vegetationwildlife



Related storiesEdit



Production history Edit

Published Order
Previous comic:
Key Witness
TOS comics
UK comic strips
Next comic:
Prison Break
  • None of the UK weekly installments were printed with titles.
  • Each segment began on the cover and continued onto two interior pages of TV21 Weekly magazine.
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)
1 February 2018 
Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #29 (Eaglemoss)


UK comic strips
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Annual stories 12Captives in SpacePlanet of RejectsGateway to the Future67Planet of the DeadWhat Is This Thing Called Spock?The Gods Have Come!11

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