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"One of Our Captains Is Missing!" was a comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1976. It was the debut of Alden McWilliams as artist on the series. In this story, Captain Zarlo assumed temporary command of the USS Enterprise in the year 2266 while James T. Kirk was given an undercover assignment.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Cover blurb
Kirk is stranded on a savage planet in "One of Our Captains Is Missing!"

SummaryEdit

Captain's log, stardate 19.29.13. 
I was working out in the ship's gym when the message was received!

James T. Kirk is relieved of duty, bidding farewell to his crew as Captain Zarlo replaces him aboard the USS Enterprise. Kirk reappears a few days later disguised as a Kafrian in a bar on Mobita, where a barfight lands him in jail. However, this is all so that Mobian Prime Minister Aado can meet privately with Kirk, who had worn the disguise to avoid breaking the non-interference directive. Starfleet had assigned him to investigate the Togota, a tribal species that recently began a rebellion with highly advanced weapons — weapons suspected of being provided by the Klingon Empire.

With Aado's help, Kirk is disguised as a Togota, but he can only watch from a distance, as the mute humanoids communicate via telepathic illusions. Kirk takes photos in the jungle of Klingons teaching marksmanship to the Togota, but he is caught by a Klingon commander and brought before chieftain Mwipi. To judge his truthfulness, Kirk is sentenced to a trial by combat with a muscled Togota.

Captain Zarlo's personal log, stardate 19.29.24. 
Ship's crew still continue to reject me! My complements to the personal charms of Captain Kirk—wherever he may be!

The large Togota fights not only with a sword, but by creating illusions of threatening animals. Kirk gains the upper hand and departs from the tribe with a warning to Mwipi of what the Klingon Empire has done to countless worlds.

After returning to the village, Kirk publicly accuses the commander of lying. To determine who is right, Mwipi makes the two captains fight each other. Eventually Kirk beats the commander, who then sends a signal to his orbiting D7-class battlecruiser to bomb the jungle, erasing all evidence of Klingon involvement. Luckily, the Enterprise receives a message that Kirk is in trouble, diverts to Mobia, and chases away the battlecruiser.

Days later, Mwipi and Aado reconcile, and peace returns to the planet.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

AadoChristine ChapelPavel ChekovEerodJames T. KirkMwipiNdarpoMontgomery ScottSironeSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraZarlounnamed Starfleet personnelunnamed Klingons

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Klingon D7 battlecruiserMobian plane

LocationsEdit

Mobia sectorMobita (Togo)
Referenced only 
Earth (London) • KafriSaturn

Races and culturesEdit

HumanKafrianKlingonMobianTogotaVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

Starfleet CommandFederationMobian police

Science and technologyEdit

airplanebombcameracudgelcommunicatorengineknifepistolray cannonriflesectorspearstungunsubspace communicationswordSzonka knifemini-transceiverviewscreenweaponzeta-12 (zeta bomb)

Ranks and titlesEdit

advisorartistcaptainchiefcommandercopperdoctorexecutionerFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)guardjudgejustice of the peacejurykingmagistratemutineerprime ministerranksculptorspyStarfleet rankstribesmanwarrior

Other referencesEdit

animalaspirinassignment patchbarbloodbridgecaptain's logcaptain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2266captain's personal log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)) • chickendaydevildogdoveemotionfirst contactgymhonorhourillusionjailjunglelizardminuteMobian creditmonkeymonthmuseummutinyplantNon-Interference Directivepeacepersonal logpolicerebellionsectorshore leaveslangspaceStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)statueTnoory tobaccotreetrial by combatwineyearYula wine

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • This story has been released six times in English, and translated into Dutch, German, and Italian.
  • Leonard McCoy quoted, "H.Q. works in mysterious ways, its wonders to perform," which referred to a Christian hymn written by William Cowper in 1773. (God Moves in a Mysterious Way article at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)
  • Pavel Chekov and Christine Chapel appeared in one panel without dialogue, as Kirk gave his final orders before departure.
  • Kirk, Spock, Scott and Zarlo were drawn wearing lieutenant stripes.
  • Although the planet's name was spelled out as Mobita, Zarlo and Sulu referred to it as "Mobia", perhaps because of its Mobian civilization.
  • McCoy referred to Zarlo as "Zorla" in the final panel of the story.
  • The art style was that of Alden McWilliams, making this his first of 22 issues as series' artist. His first printed credit appears in issue 47, "This Tree Bears Bitter Fruit".

Related storiesEdit

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TimelineEdit

ConnectionsEdit

Published Order
Previous comic:
#37: The Ghost Planet
TOS comics
(Gold Key)
Next comic:
#39: Prophet of Peace
Previous story:
A Bomb in Time
Stories by:
Arnold Drake
Next story:
Prophet of Peace
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
World Against Time
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Spore of the Devil

Production historyEdit

July 1976 
First published by Gold Key Comics
1976 August 
Printed in the omnibus The Enterprise Logs, Volume 4 (Golden Press)
1977 
Printed in hardcover in Star Trek Annual 1978 (World Distributors Limited)
2004 June 
Printed in the omnibus The Key Collection, Volume 5 (Checker Book Publishing Group)
September 2008 
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD (Graphic Imaging Technologies)
2018, 19 July 
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #41 (Eaglemoss)

TranslationsEdit

1977 
Dutch: As "Captain vermist" in the omnibus Ruimteschip Enterprise Classics Strip-Paperback #1 (De Vrijbuiter)
1978 
German: As "Der Krieg der Klingonier" in the omnibus Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Taschenbuch #1 (Condor)
2007 
Italian: As "Uno dei nostri capitani è scomparso" in the omnibus The Gold Key Collection, Volume 9 (Free Books)

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