Spectre of the Zond was a Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip published in 1969. It was the eighth story arc in the UK comic strips series, released in six parts within issues of TV21 & Joe 90. This was the eighth of 11 stories illustrated by Harry Lindfield.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Teaser summary, 4 October 1969
Something strange was happening aboard the Starship 'Enterprise'. Crew members had reported unmistakable physical contact… when there had been nobody else near! Now, in his quarters, Captain James T. Kirk had had his bedclothes ripped off by unseen hands… and watched his uniform flung across the room by some invisible force!


During a routine exterior maintenance check, crewmen felt invisible hands poking at them. That evening, Kirk awoke to see his uniform shirt levitate. In the briefing room, Leonard McCoy suggested trying to contact any invisible beings on the ship. A communicator floated and opened by itself. Over its speaker spoke a disembodied Zond, who said he was from the nearby planet Vartax and asked for their help. Montgomery Scott and Hikaru Sulu accompanied Kirk to the surface, where they found a Zond corpse. The communicator voice explained that primitives had invaded their cities and slaughtered them, but that their personalities survived in a non-corporeal state. It begged Kirk to locate restoration machinery within Vartican caves to rejuvenate their bodies.

Kirk beamed down a security squad. Leaving crewman Tremayne to guard a cavern entrance, the rest explored underground tunnels. Shortly they came upon a group of Varticans, but these beings were terrified, not threatening. Sulu ran back to the cave entrance to retrieve a universal translator, but was surprised to find Tremayne dead. After returning with the device, the landing party was able to communicate with the Varticans – who revealed that the crew had been duped. Zonds were an invading extra-planetary force with invisibility powers who'd captured Vartican cities. At that moment, armed Zond forces turned visible on the bridge and forced Spock to surrender. Using the ship's transporters, Zonds marooned the entire crew.

However, Spock had been able to hide aboard the Enterprise. He surreptitiously began gassing and incapacitating the now visible intruders. In an abandoned city, Kirk located a long-range beam weapon capable of destroying his starship. Uncomfortable with killing Spock without a warning, Kirk hailed him, just as Spock was sneaking onto the bridge through a secondary entrance. Zonds overheard the hail, and Spock was forced to dive at them, then quickly capture the Zond leader. At gunpoint, Spock forced them all into a space bug and off the ship. The Zonds destroyed themselves rather than face an intergalactic court of law.



EdJoeJames T. KirkLeonard McCoySamSpockMontgomery ScottHikaru SuluTremayneNyota Uhuraunnamed Zondsunnamed Varticans
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Pavel Chekov

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • space bug


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Races and culturesEdit


Science and technologyEdit

airlockcommunicatordisintegratorenvironmental suitfreedomgas grenadegunhammerphaserplane of existenceradiorifleself destructtranslator communicatortransporteruniversal translatorweapon

Ranks and titlesEdit

armaments officercaptaincrewcrewmandoctorduty officerenvoyguardlieutenantorderlysenior officerskipperweapons officer

Other referencesEdit

atmospherebriefing roomcaverncenturycitycudgelghosthourintelligenceintergalactic lawinvisibilitymagic wandmaintenancemonkeyparking orbitplanetquarterssciencesecurity squadshuttlecraftsickbayspacespace jittersstarstarshipswampwarwatchzoo



Published Order
Previous comic:
"The Eagles Have Landed"
TOS comics
UK comic strips
Next comic:
"Nor Any Drop to Drink"

Production historyEdit

September 1969
October 1969
  • 4 October, pages 3-4 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #2
  • 11 October, pages 5-6 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #3
  • 18 October, pages 7-8 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #4
  • 25 October, pages 9-10 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #5
November 1969
  • 1 November, pages 11-12 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #6
April 2016 
Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 1 (IDW Publishing)
11 May 2017 
Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #10 (Eaglemoss)



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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