"Planet of the Dead" was a seven-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip published in 1972. It was the eighth of 11 annual stories from the UK comic strips series and was printed in the United Kingdom along with "What Is This Thing Called Spock?" in TV21 Annual 1973. In this story, Kirk and Spock brought an expedition to a new planet.
- 1 Publisher's description
- 2 Summary
- 3 References
- 4 Timeline
- 5 Appendices
Publisher's description[edit | edit source]
- Omnibus teaser
- The Enterprise ferries a scientific team, led by Kirk's friend Richard Spellman, to colonize the planet Selkye. There, the crew finds the mummified remains of toad-like aliens, as well as cute little critters that McCoy dubs "beavos"…
Summary[edit | edit source]
Professors Richard Spellman and Jean Ravel lead a small expedition to the unexplored class M planet Selkye to determine its potential for colonization. A shuttlecraft from the USS Enterprise descends to the surface, bringing the team along with its supplies and equipment. They land within a city built by a lost civilization. Although they hear no animal life on the surface, exploring the ruins results in finding some affectionate, hand-sized furry animals and eight large husks of desiccated amphibians. When the shuttle leaves, Leonard McCoy keeps one of the furry animals as a pet, calling it a beavo, and also ships back one of the amphibian corpses for examination.
The Enterprise proceeds towards its next assignment. McCoy wakes up the next morning exhausted rather than refreshed. Uhura takes care of his pet while Kirk and Spock bring McCoy to sickbay, but as they are leaving, they hear noises from a storage compartment — the amphibian bursts free, seemingly come back to life. Kirk retrieves a phaser and shoots it, apparently killing it. Kirk turns the starship around and head back to Selkye.
Kirk, Spock and McCoy return to the city in a shuttle, landing near the scientists' base camp. There they find the entire expedition locked within their shelter, debilitated as if by an illness, hiding from a group of the amphibians. When Montgomery Scott reports that the creature on the ship had to be stunned again and that Uhura is now showing the same symptoms as McCoy, Kirk realizes what is happening. They lock all of the beavos overnight in a metal box, as does Scott with Uhura's beavo. By dawn, the amphibians become dormant and the humans feel more energetic. Kirk conjectures that the beavos absorb life energy for the creatures, and were probably responsible for wiping out all animal life on Selkye, including the ancient civilization. The expedition abandons the planet, grateful to be alive.
References[edit | edit source]
Characters[edit | edit source]
- James T. Kirk • Leonard McCoy • Jean Ravel • Montgomery Scott • Richard Spellman • Spock • Nyota Uhura
Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]
Locations[edit | edit source]
Races and cultures[edit | edit source]
Science and technology[edit | edit source]
Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]
- doctor • engineer • Federation Starfleet ranks (2260s) • guard • pilot • professor • scientist • Starfleet ranks • technician
Other references[edit | edit source]
- beavo • bridge • civilization • colony • kitten • lifeform • life energy • mummification • orbit • pet • planet • shuttle bay • sleep • Starfleet uniform • Starfleet uniform (2265-2270) • starship • theory • toad • virus
Timeline[edit | edit source]
Chronology[edit | edit source]
"Smoke and Mirrors"
UK comic strips Annuals
"What Is This Thing Called Spock?"
What Is This Thing Called Spock?
Production history[edit | edit source]
- 24 August 1972
- Published in TV21 Annual 1973
- September 2017
- Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 3 (IDW Publishing)
Appendices[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
- The expedition's domed building was erected within a few hours, suggesting it had prefabricated components. It was similar to the prefabricated dome base camp of the scientific expedition to Abaris in 2270, in TOS comic: "Aberration on Abaris". No construction materials were evident when the shuttle brought down the scientific team, suggesting that their supplies, equipment and construction materials were transported down or brought in additional shuttles.
- Beavos were reminiscent of tribbles: cute, furry, affectionate, and seemingly harmless.
- Artist Jim Baikie signed the last panel of the story.
- Publication date was August 24, 1972. (Amazon.com.)
- The slipcover of the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 3 featured Baikie's artwork of Kirk and the red shuttlecraft from this story.
Related stories[edit | edit source]
- TOS episode & Star Trek 3 novelization: The Trouble with Tribbles – In 2267, Nyota Uhura's pet tribble reproduces by the thousands aboard the Enterprise.
- TOS - Star Trek: The Manga - Uchu comic: "Bandi" – In 2268, Lieutenant Altman keeps a Bandi-bear from Wokkle III as a pet, unaware that the teddy-bear-like animal is empathically telepathic.
- TOS audiobook: Passage to Moauv – In 2268, a panicked pet waul named Ewass disrupts the Enterprise crew.
- TOS episode: "The Man Trap", TOS - Star Trek 1 novelization: The Unreal McCoy – An archeological expedition to M-113 discovers that salt vampires had killed all animal life on the planet.
- TOS episode & Star Trek 11 novelization: What Are Little Girls Made Of? – In 2261, a scientific expedition to Exo III discovers remains of an ancient civilization, all of whom were killed by androids.
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Connections[edit | edit source]
|UK comic strips|
|Weekly story arcs||1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 • 26 • 27 • 28 • 29 • 30 • 31 • 32 • 33 • 34 • 35 • 36 • 37|
|Annual stories||1 • 2 • Captives in Space • Planet of Rejects • Gateway to the Future • 6 • 7 • Planet of the Dead • What Is This Thing Called Spock? • The Gods Have Come! • 11|