The Aging World was a four-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip. It was the 25th weekly story arc in the UK comic strips series, published in two installments in Valiant and TV21 in 1971. This was the first of 14 stories drawn by John Stokes, who illustrated the final 13 stories of the regular series as well as one of the annual stories, contributing a total of 240 pages. In this story, the USS Enterprise tracked the distress signal from a missing Federation ship.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Teaser, 9 October 1971
Investigating the disappearance of a survey ship, the USS Enterprise lay in orbit above the planet Taunus, from which a continuous S.O.S. signal was being received. Captain Kirk, Chief Engineering Officer Scott, and two crewmen took a shuttlecraft down to the surface … but although the signal was stronger than ever, there was no sign of the survey vessel! It was technician Chalmers who first realized that something terrible and sinister was happening!


Nyota Uhura tracked the call sign of a missing survey ship to Taunus. Kirk took a rescue team with him in the Galileo, but extremely dense foliage slowed their search. Chalmers felt a tingling sensation in his skin, then realized with horror that he was rapidly aging. In a panic, he ran back to the shuttlecraft and took off. But in his despair, he crashed the Galileo into the side of a mountain.

Scott realized that they were all aging rapidly. A crewman wondered if the aging would reverse when they left they area. Kirk wouldn't give up until they'd rescued the ship's crew, so they kept searching, eventually locating the vessel buried deeply under plants.

But it was too late. The crew had aged into skeletons, with one person's hand left permanently on the distress call button. Kirk turned off the signal, then asked Scott to beam them up. They rematerialized back to normal in the transporter room. Kirk remarked that Taunus would remain unexplored forever.



ChalmersPavel ChekovJames T. KirkMontgomery ScottSpockNyota UhuraUSS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel (unnamed USS Enterprise personnel (2260s))

Starships and vehiclesEdit

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


Certax Alpha system (Taunus)
Referenced only 

Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit


Science and technologyEdit

communicationscommunicatordistress signalMorse coderadioS.O.S. signaltransporter

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchief engineercrewmanFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)officerStarfleet rankstechnician

Other referencesEdit

assignment patchatmospherebeambridgefoliagegravityhelmmountainparking orbitplanetrapid agingskeletonStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)transporter roomuniverse



Production historyEdit

Published Order
Previous comic:
Vibrations in Time
TOS comics
UK comic strips
Next comic:
By Order of the Empire
October 1971
December 2016 
Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 2 (IDW Publishing)
1 February 2018 
Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #29 (Eaglemoss)



Related storiesEdit



UK comic strips
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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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