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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, drawn by Alden McWilliams and featured the return of Harry Mudd.

Description[]

It began as a petty, almost laughable crime... but behind it was a foe whose cunning and treachery would swiftly lead the galaxy to the brink of war!

Summary[]

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

Detecting dilithium crystals on a class M planetoid in neutral territory near the Klingon Empire, James T. Kirk, Spock and Leonard McCoy beam to the surface to investigate. Quickly they are ambushed and stunned by three Klingons, but the landing party overcomes them and follows a path toward a gathering. They arrive just after natives sign a mining treaty with a Klingon warship commander. The Klingons pay in gold bars and then transport to the IKS Ectacus with a case of sample dilithium. But Spock's tricorder reports that the material is in a state of flux, indicative of unstable synthetic dilithium, and nearby is an Earth human reading. Pulling the hood from the native's Grand Qaal exposes swindler Harry Mudd.

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.

Mudd confesses that he acquired the fake dilithium cheaply from a scientist who knew it had no value, then set himself up as the leader of Eulus expecting Klingon patrol ships to visit. He tosses a keepsake crystal near Kirk, and it blows up. Mudd is shocked — unaware that manufactured crystals are explosive. The case of sample crystals are capable of destroying the Klingon battlecruiser, which could spark a war. Spock uses his communicator to warn the Klingons, but they don't believe him.

With Mudd under McCoy's supervision, Kirk and Spock hope to retrieve the samples, so Montgomery Scott beams them into a hold aboard the Ectacus. But Mudd manages to warn the Klingons, and the commander apprehends Kirk and Spock. Before they can be interrogated, however, Spock explodes a crystal against the hull, and in the ensuing confusion, the two officers escape back to the Enterprise.

Meanwhile, Scott has lost contact with McCoy. The natives subdued him, and now he's a prisoner aboard Mudd's transport. Mudd hopes to abandon McCoy on an uncharted asteroid, but the Enterprise tracks and seizes the ship with a tractor beam.

Later, Scott uses the transporter to return Mudd's gold to the Ectacus, and the commander admits that he's disposed of the dangerous crystals. Mudd denies that conning Klingons is a Federation crime, but Kirk cites kidnapping and jeopardizing starship personnel as charges worthy of placing him in the brig.

References[]

Characters[]

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

Starships and vehicles[]

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

Locations[]

Shipboard locations[]

USS Enterprise 
bridgebrigtransporter room
IKS Ectacus 
corridorquarters

Planets and planetoids[]

Eulus
Referenced only 
Earth

Stellar locations[]

the galaxy

Races and cultures[]

Eulus nativesHuman (Scottish) • KlingonVulcan

States and organizations[]

FederationKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireStarfleet

Science and classification[]

class Mcommand chaircommunicatorcoordinatesdeflector shieldsforce fieldhyposprayimpulse enginemedkitphasersciencesectorstar chartstarshiptechnologytractor beamtransmittertransportertricorderviewscreenwarp driveweapon

Ranks and titles[]

captainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerdoctorengineerfirst officerGrand Qaallieutenantlieutenant commanderscience officerscientistsentry

Materials and substances[]

gasglassdilithiumgoldmattersynthetic dilithium

Other references[]

alert status (invasion alert) • asteroidatmospherecactuscaptain's logcrewdayenergyfarthingFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2266-2270)governmentheartholdhumanoidinsignialawlifeformlog entrylogicminingminutemountainnation-stateOrganian Peace Treatypeanutsplanetplanetoidraces and culturesrankrank insigniasign languagesnakespacestarstardateStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)systemtitletreatyuniformVulcan nerve pinchwarworship

Timeline[]

Production history[]

March 1979 
First published by Gold Key Comics.
1982 
Printed in hardcover in Star Trek Annual 1983. (Stafford Pemberton)
September 2008 
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD. (Graphic Imaging Technologies)
23 May 2019 
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #63. (Eaglemoss)

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Background[]

Images[]

Connections[]

Media featuring Harry Mudd
Episodes "Mudd's Women" • "I, Mudd" • "Mudd's Passion" • "Choose Your Pain" • "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" • "The Escape Artist"
Miniseries The Return of MuddThe Return of Harry Mudd
Novels and collections Mudd's AngelsMudd's EnterpriseMudd in Your EyeThe Light Fantastic
Short stories The Business, As Usual, During AltercationsA Sucker Born
RPGs and Video games 25th Anniversary25th Anniversary (NES)Starfleet Academy (game)Through a Glass, Darkly mTrexelsStar Trek TimelinesFleet Command
Comics "Operation Con Game" • "It's a Living" • "When You Wish Upon a Star...!" • "Mudd's Magic!" • "Mission: Muddled" • "The Sky Above...The Mudd Below" • "Target: Mudd!" • "Made Out of Mudd" • "The Survival Equation" • Discovery - Succession, Issue 1 mYear Five, Issue 15Year Five, Issue 16
m : Mirror universe
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
Previous story:
Mudd's Women
The adventures of Harcourt Fenton Mudd Next story:
I, Mudd

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