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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.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

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"…

SummaryEdit

Professors Richard Spellman and Jean Ravel led a small expedition to the unexplored class M planet Selkye to determine its potential for colonization. A shuttlecraft from the USS Enterprise descended to the surface, bringing the team along with its supplies and equipment. They landed within a city built by a lost civilization. Although they heard no animal life on the surface, exploring the ruins resulted in finding some affectionate, hand-sized furry animals and eight large husks of dessicated amphibians. When the shuttle left, Leonard McCoy kept one of the furry animals as a pet, calling it a beavo, and also shipped back one of the amphibian corpses for examination.

The Enterprise proceeded towards its next assignment. McCoy awoke the next morning exhausted rather than refreshed. Uhura took care of his pet, Kirk and Spock brought McCoy to sickbay, but as they were leaving, they heard noises from a storage compartment — the amphibian burst free, seemingly come back to life. Kirk retrieved a phaser and shot it, apparently killing it. Kirk turned the starship around and headed back to Selkye.

Kirk, Spock and McCoy returned to the city in a shuttle, landing near the scientists' base camp. There they found the entire expedition locked within their shelter, debilitated as if by an illness, hiding from a group of the amphibians. When Montgomery Scott reported that the creature on the ship had to be stunned again and that Uhura was now showing the same symptoms as McCoy, Kirk realized what was happening. They locked all of the beavos overnight in a metal box, as did Scott with Uhura's beavo. By dawn, the amphibians became dormant and the humans felt more energetic. Kirk conjectured that the beavos absorbed life energy for the creatures, and were probably responsible for wiping out all animal life on Selkye, including the ancient civilization. The expedition abandoned the planet, grateful to be alive.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

James T. KirkLeonard McCoyJean RavelMontgomery ScottRichard SpellmanSpockNyota Uhura

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • shuttlecraft

LocationsEdit

Zeta Stantor star system (Selkye)
Referenced only 
Earth

Races and culturesEdit

HumanVulcan

Science and technologyEdit

cityphaserpyramidtongs

Ranks and titlesEdit

doctorengineerFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)guardpilotprofessorscientistStarfleet rankstechnician

Other referencesEdit

beavobridgecivilizationcolonykittenlifeformlife energymummificationorbitpetplanetSelkye toad creatureshuttle baysleepStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)starshiptheorytoadvirus

TimelineEdit

ChronologyEdit

Published Order
Previous comic:
"Smoke and Mirrors"
TOS comics
UK comic strips Annuals
Next comic:
"What Is This Thing Called Spock?"

Production historyEdit

24 August 1972 
Published in TV21 Annual 1973
September 2017 
Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 3 (IDW Publishing)

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • 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 (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.)

Related storiesEdit

ConnectionsEdit

UK comic strips
Weekly story arcs 12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637
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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