For other uses, see Mirrors and Smoke.

Smoke and Mirrors was an eight-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip published in 1972. It was the seventh of 11 annual stories in the UK comic strips series, and appeared in Valiant and TV21 Summer Special 1972 in black and white.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Omnibus teaser
When a Klingon commander named Tharrk attempts to enslave the planet Fornia, Kirk and Spock work to sabotage the Klingons' destructive new weapon and free the planet's population.


Kirk and Spock meet with the president of the peaceful planet Fornia during a diplomatic visit. Suddenly a Klingon battle cruiser bombards their cities from orbit. Klingon Commander Tharrk appears, declaring himself military governor of Fornia, now part of the Klingon Empire. Should there be any resistance, orbital attacks will resume. The forward section of Tharrk's battle cruiser contains a new Klingon weapon: an energetic light beam.

After a fight, Kirk and Spock escape. Kirk orders the USS Enterprise to leave orbit and assume they are dead if he doesn't contact them within 12 hours. To get a better look at Tharrk's ship, they visit an observatory run by Professor Markan. Spock studies the battle cruiser and develops a plan. That night, while Markan spreads rumors, Kirk and Spock steal two crates of bombs from a munitions storage area. Tharrk concludes that the Federation men will use the bombs against his ship.

That morning, Kirk and Spock launch a weather satellite covered with solar panels, but draw attention. Tharrk brings Markan and two Klingon guards to the observatory. He orders everyone to watch as the satellite approaches his cruiser. But when the cruiser fires its weapon at the satellite, the beam reflects off its mirrored solar panels and hits the cruiser, heavily damaging it. Kirk and Spock disable the Klingons and hand them over to Markan. Kirk promises that the Federation will defend Fornia against future attacks.



James T. KirkMarkanSpockTharrkunnamed Fornia natives

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Tharrk's battle cruiser
Referenced only 
USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)



Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

FederationKlingon Empire

Science and technologyEdit

armorbombcommunicatordamexplosiveobservatoryproberocketsolar panelsweather satellite

Ranks and titlesEdit

ambassadorcaptaincommanderFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerguardintelligence officermilitary governorpresidentprofessorspyStarfleet ranks

Other referencesEdit

atmospherebeamcitydiplomacydoggalaxygovernmenthostagehourlightmirrororbitpeaceplanetsecondslaverysnakespaceStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)starshipsunVulcan nerve pinch



Published Order
Previous comic:
"The Zodian Sacrifice"
TOS comics
UK comic strips Annuals
Next comic:
"Planet of the Dead"

Production historyEdit

July 1972 
First printed in Valiant and TV21 Summer Special 1972 (IPC Magazines)
September 2017 
Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 3 (IDW Publishing)



Related storiesEdit



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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