"Slaves of the Frogmen" was a 12-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip. It was the 20th weekly story arc in the UK comic strips series, published in four installments in TV21 Weekly in 1971. This was the second of six stories drawn by Vicente Alcázar and Carlos Pino. In this story, James T. Kirk and Spock aid a slave rebellion.
- 1 Description
- 2 Summary
- 3 References
- 4 Appendices
- Teaser, March 27, 1971
- A freak effect on the transporter beam from the starship Enterprise landed Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock on an unknown planet. There was nothing they could do but wait for nightfall and try to plot their position from the stars…
Arriving in orbit of Santar, Kirk and Spock prepare to beam down to meet with the colonial governor. During transport, the planet's binary stars flare into a spectacle of radiation which redirects the transporter beam to Muton in a neighboring star system. The two camp out, but as night falls, they are attacked by several large creatures.
Suddenly, a whistle blows in the distance, and the creatures retreat. They are controlled by a group of frogmen from a nearby hover-saucer. With a translator communicator, Kirk explains how they had accidentally materialized on the world, but the frogmen don't believe him. Before Kirk and Spock can be shot down, they are snared by jungle vines and the frogmen hit by arrows – they are being rescued by a group of indigenous humanoids, a group of freedom fighters.
Frogmen had overtaken their planet, slaughtering most of the native population except for slave laborers. This group had been off-world, but can't do much to stop the frogmen because their patrol cruiser was damaged. As Spock works to repair their computer systems, the ship is spotted by one of the frogmen, who manages to escape in a hover-saucer. By the time a larger vessel approaches, however, Spock manages to complete repairs and they are able to destroy it.
The rebels' ship assaults the capital city. Frogmen flee to the countryside, with the rebels succeeding in their first step to free their world from oppression. They give Kirk and Spock a transport ship to fly back to the Enterprise.
Starships and vehicles
- Ortadd galaxy (Muton) • Salgorax-Neptor system (Frogmen's planet • Neptor • Salgorax • Santar)
- Referenced only
- Earth • Jupiter
Races and cultures
States and organizations
Science and technology
- armament • arrow • bomb • bow • communicator • computer • engine • force field • hatchway • magnetic field • missile • pistol • radio • scanner • sonic probe • translator communicator • transporter
Ranks and titles
- astronaut • captain • chief • Federation Starfleet ranks (2260s) • governor • guard • rank • rebel • skipper • slave • spy • Starfleet ranks • technician
- assignment patch • atmosphere • beam • capital city • city • corona • duck • fire • jungle • month • radiation • rock • slavery • snake • solar flare • Starfleet uniform • Starfleet uniform (2265-2270) • stars • star system • tree • universe • watchdog
- TOS novel: Serpents in the Garden, TOS comic: "The Animal People" – Additional stories where Kirk aids slave revolts.
- TOS episode: "Mirror, Mirror" – In 2267, due to a transporter malfunction, a landing party from the USS Enterprise rematerializes in the mirror universe.
- TOS - Star Trek Video Communicator comic: "Time. And Time. And Time Again." – In 2273, due to a transporter malfunction, Nyota Uhura pops up in different time periods.
- Star Trek: Phase II episode: "Tomorrow and the Stars" – In 2273, due to a transporter malfunction, Kirk rematerializes near Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
- TOS comic: "The Perithees Alliance" – Montgomery Scott redirects Kirk and Spock's transporter beam at the last minute to avoid rematerialization inside a volcano.
- The story was not printed with a title, but it was given one ("Slaves of the Frogmen") for its reprinting in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 2. Each segment began on the cover and continued onto two interior pages of TV21 Weekly magazine.
- Although Dalbar says their planet Muton was in the Ortadd galaxy, it is likely that "galaxy" describes some type of region within the Milky Way Galaxy rather than a separate galaxy.
- Images of frogmen, a Muton native and the dinosaur-like rock creatures were featured on the cover of the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 2.
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- 20 March 1971: Pages 1-3 published in TV21 Weekly #78.
- 27 March 1971: Pages 4-6 published in TV21 Weekly #79.
- 3 April 1971: Pages 7-9 published in TV21 Weekly #80.
- 10 April 1971: Pages 10-12 published in TV21 Weekly #81.
- December 2016
- Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 2 (IDW Publishing)
- 28 September 2017
- Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection, Volume 20. (Eaglemoss Collections)