Kirk and Spock invade a Klingon warship in—Operation Con Game."Operation Con Game" was the sixty-first and final issue of Gold Key Comics' 1970s series of Star Trek comics. The issue was written by George Kashdan and drawn by Alden McWilliams.


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Captain's log, stardate 3504.7. 
While exploring a neutral sector near the Klingon Empire, sensors have picked up rare but familiar emanations.

Harry Mudd's dilithium con could ignite a war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. Kirk and Spock transport aboard a Klingon warship while Mudd kidnaps McCoy.

Captain's log, stardate 3504.5. 
We have suddenly found ourselves enmeshed in one of the biggest swindle-schemes in the history of the galaxy.



James T. KirkSpockLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottNyota UhuraHarry Muddunnamed Klingonsunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • IKS Ectacus (D7-class warship) • space buggy


Shipboard locationsEdit

USS Enterprise 

Planets and planetoidsEdit


Stellar locationsEdit

the galaxy

Races and culturesEdit

Eulus nativesHumanKlingonVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

FederationKlingon EmpireKlingon Defense ForceStarfleet

Technology and weaponsEdit

command chaircommunicatordeflector shieldsforce fieldimpulse enginephaserstarshiptractor beamtransportertricorderviewscreenwarp drive

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerengineerexecutive officerGrand Qaallieutenantlieutenant commanderscience officer

Materials and substancesEdit

dilithiumgoldsynthetic dilithium

Other referencesEdit

captain's logenergyFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2266-2270)gasgovernmenthumanoidinsignialawlog entrymatternation-stateplanetraces and culturesrankrank insigniasciencescientistspacestarstardateStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)systemtechnologytitleuniformwarweapon



  • This was the final issue of the Gold Key Comics run of TOS comics. While the series had generally been monthly, there were several bouts of irregular releases and hiatus periods. After 12 years of publication, the run only yielded 61 issues. The price of an issue rose from 12 cents to 35 cents over the run of publication. Monthly production of a Star Trek comic would resume later in 1979 with Marvel's ongoing series that premiered with "The Motion Picture".
  • The stardates of the captain's log entries progress backward in the story.
  • Pavel Chekov and Hikaru Sulu do not appear in this story.
  • This issue was slated to be collected in The Key Collection, Volume 7, but that volume was never released after Checker Book Publishing Group ended The Key Collection series with Volume 5.



Published Order
Previous comic:
#60: The Empire Man
TOS (Gold Key) Next comic:
final issue
Previous story:
The Brain-Damaged Planet
Stories by:
George Kashdan
Next story:
last story
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
The Changeling
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Siege in Superspace

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