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 met with the president of the peaceful planet Fornia during a diplomatic visit. Suddenly a Klingon battle cruiser bombarded their cities from orbit. Klingon Commander Tharrk appeared, declaring himself military governor of Fornia, now part of the Klingon Empire. Should there be any resistance, orbital attacks would resume. The forward section of Tharrk's battle cruiser contained a new Klingon weapon: an energetic light beam.

After a fight, Kirk and Spock escaped. Kirk ordered the USS Enterprise to leave orbit and assume they were dead if he didn't contact them within 12 hours. To get a better look at Tharrk's ship, they visited an observatory run by Professor Markan. Spock studied the battle cruiser and developed a plan. That night, while Markan spread rumors, Kirk and Spock stole two crates of bombs from a munitions storage area. Tharrk concluded that the Federation men would use the bombs against his ship.

That morning, Kirk and Spock launched a weather satellite covered with solar panels, but drew attention. Tharrk brought the president and some Klingon guards to the observatory. He ordered everyone to watch as the satellite approached his cruiser. But when the cruiser fired its weapon at the satellite, the beam reflected off its solar panels and hit the cruiser, heavily damaging it. Kirk and Spock disabled the Klingons and handed them over to the president. Kirk promised that the Federation would 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

Fornia nativeHumanKlingonVulcan

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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