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"The Ageless One" was a 15-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip published in 1970. It was the 14th story arc in the UK comic strips series, released in six parts within issues of TV21 Weekly. This was the second of four stories drawn by Mike Noble.

In this story, James T. Kirk and Spock become trapped in the 33rd century.


Teaser, 11 July 1970
Beaming down to investigate the surface of an unknown planet in the Omega galaxy, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock found themselves kidnapped in an utterly incredible way. Through the genius of Palnak, the sinister "Collector" whose museum housed all manner of plant and life form, they were transported a thousand years forward in time!


Discovering an unexplored planet, the USS Enterprise launches a probe into orbit, only to have it vibrate and mysteriously disappear. James T. Kirk and Spock beam down to investigate, only to encounter sonic vibrations which knock them to the ground. When the air calms and they recover, a large domed structure stands before them. Unable to contact the ship, they approach the entrance of the building, only to be seized by grappler arms and tossed into an enormous hall full of biological specimens, museum exhibits. A blue squid-like being approaches on a hovering disc. Suspecting that they might become the newest additions to the museum, Kirk activates his translator communicator and diplomatically introduces himself.

Kirk and Spock have time-traveled into the 33rd century. The non-humanoid being, Palnak, claims to be ageless, having built the museum five hundred years earlier on the planet. The Enterprise is visible on a monitor screen, and Palnak says that if the ship remains in orbit for a thousand years they will receive Kirk's communicator signal. With a small control device, Palnak paralyzes Kirk and Spock, then carries them further into the museum.

Aboard the Enterprise, Nyota Uhura picks up a ghostly signal, an image from inside the museum, which the computer identifies as coming from the 33rd century. Hikaru Sulu realizes that the landing party has time-traveled, and Montgomery Scott prepares a rescue operation.

Palnak begins processing Kirk and Spock, compelling the paralyzed officers to provide information on their life histories. Palnak initiates a process to numb them before killing and preserving them, but is distracted when a monitor shows two shuttlecraft approaching the surface in the 23rd century. Realizing he'd left his screen on, allowing two-way transmission into the past which can be traced, Palnak becomes excited at the prospect of adding the shuttles and their crews to his collection. He moves off to control the time-slip effect, leaving Kirk and Spock unattended. Their paralysis wears off, and they sneak into the control room behind Palnak, able to watch as he manipulates the equipment to bring the shuttles forward in time.

As soon as Scott arrives in the 33rd century, he hails Kirk, but Kirk's communicator unfortunately alerts Palnak to their presence. Kirk and Spock retreat into the museum gallery and spots a showcase containing a pair of bipedal armored soldiers. They break the exhibit glass and steal the rifles. Defensive rays shoot out near them. Palnak orders them to stop or they will be killed. Kirk warns Scott about the grapplers by the museum entrance, and Scott's rescue party blows the entrance apart with phaser rifles. Kirk shoots and destroys Palnak's control device, and it flees into the museum, claiming it'd rather blow up the museum than be defeated. The Starfleet officers flee, but first Spock runs to the time-slip mechanism and activates it, triggering the sonic vibration effect that returns the shuttles and officers to the 23rd century.



James T. KirkPalnakMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Galileo • unnamed Class F shuttlecraft


Omega Galaxy (Palnak's planetPalnak's museum)
Referenced only
Sol System (EarthJupiter)

Races and cultures

HumanPalnak's speciesVulcan

States and organizations

Starfleet Command

Science and technology

communicationscommunicatorcomputerdetectorgrapplerhover platforminvisibilityPalnak's weaponphaserphaser rifleprobequesting missileradiorifletime traveltime-slip mechanismtranslator communicatortransporterviewscreen

Ranks and titles

captainchief engineerFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)skipperStarfleet ranks

Other references

animalarmadilloatmospherebeambirdbluffbraincenturycephalopodcitydinosaurghostglassgravityhelmetinsectlanguagelifemetalminutemoonmuseumorbitplanetplantred alertreptileStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)tentacletombyear


Kirk and Spock beam down to Palnak's planet.
28th century
Palnak's museum is first built.
33rd century
Palnak brings Kirk, Spock, two shuttlecraft and a rescue party forward in time.


Related media


  • The story was not printed with a title, but it was given one ("The Ageless One") for its reprinting in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 1.
  • On July 11, 1970, beginning with the fourth segment, Star Trek segments would begin on the cover itself, then continue onto pages 6-7. This arrangement would continue for the next 11 stories, ending with "Vibrations in Time" in issue #105, the last issue of TV21 Weekly.
  • Sixteen rescue officers, counting Scott, disembark from two shuttlecraft, using exits on the starboard side. Another officer emerges from a roof hatch.
  • A stegosaurus is among the preserved life in the museum.
  • Kirk and Uhura wear operations division red shirts. Spock, Scott, Sulu and the rescue squad all wear sciences division blue shirts.
  • Kirk's communicator transmits Scott's voice without first beeping and being opened, a story conceit so that Scott can accidentally give away Kirk's position.
  • The disruptive vibrational effect produced by Palnak's time travel equipment is also shown in arc 24, "Vibrations in Time". In that story, the Enterprise visits the 15th century.



UK comic strips
Weekly story arcs "Life Form Nonexistent" • "The Crucial Element" • "Beware the Beast" • "The Third Party" • "The Children of Stai" • "Skin Deep" • "The Eagles Have Landed" • "Spectre of the Zond" • "Nor Any Drop to Drink" • "Menace of the Moloth" • "The Klingon Ultimatum" • "The Marshall Plan" • "Mutiny on the Dorado" • "The Ageless One" • "Thorpex" • "Under the Sea" • "Revolt on Dak-Alpha" • "Where Giants Tread" • "I, Emperor" • "Slaves of the Frogmen" • "Key Witness" • "Nova-Thirteen" • "Prison Break" • "Vibrations in Time" • "The Aging World" • "By Order of the Empire" • "Creeping Death" • "Ground Zero" • "The Collector" • "To Swiftly Go..." • "The Mindless Ones" • "The Perithees Alliance" • "The Saboteur Within" • "The Void of Storms" • "Spheres of War" • "Shell Game" • "To Rule the Universe"
Annual stories "Target: Zargot" • "A Bite of the Apple" • "Captives in Space" • "Planet of Rejects" • "Gateway to the Future" • "The Zodian Sacrifice" • "Smoke and Mirrors" • "Planet of the Dead" • "What Is This Thing Called Spock?" • "The Gods Have Come!" • "Rock and a Hard Place"


Published Order
Previous story:
Mutiny on the Dorado
TOS comics (UK comic strips) Next story:
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Mutiny on the Dorado
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Slaves of the Frogmen
Previous comic:
Mutiny on the Dorado
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year One Next comic:
Slaves of the Frogmen

Production history

  • The magazine TV21 & Joe 90 was renamed TV21 Weekly, a.k.a. TV21, as of issue #39. This was the first Star Trek story printed in that publication, and was serialized over six weekly issues.
June 1970
July 1970
  • 4 July: Pages 5-6 published in TV21 Weekly #41.
  • 11 July: Pages 7-9 published in TV21 Weekly #42.
  • 18 July: Pages 10-12 published in TV21 Weekly #43.
  • 25 July: Pages 13-15 published in TV21 Weekly #44.
April 2016
Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 1. (IDW Publishing)
11 May 2017
Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection, Volume 10. (Eaglemoss)

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