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.

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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!

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Nyota Uhura tracks the call sign of a missing survey ship to Taunus. Kirk takes a rescue team with him in the Galileo, but extremely dense foliage slows their search. Chalmers feels a tingling sensation in his skin, then realizes with horror that he is rapidly aging. In a panic, he runs back to the shuttlecraft and takes off. But in his despair, he crashes the Galileo into the side of a mountain.

Scott realizes that they are all aging rapidly. A crewman wonders if the aging will reverse when they leave they area. Kirk won't give up until they've rescued the ship's crew, so they keep searching, eventually locating the vessel buried deeply under plants.

But it is too late. The crew had aged into skeletons, with one person's hand left permanently on the distress call button. Kirk turns off the signal, then asks Scott to beam them up. They rematerialize back to normal in the transporter room. Kirk remarks that Taunus will remain unexplored forever.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

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

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

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

Locations[edit | edit source]

Certax Alpha system (Taunus)
Referenced only 
EarthJupiter

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

HumanVulcan

States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Federation

Science and technology[edit | edit source]

communicationscommunicatordistress signalMorse coderadioS.O.S. signaltransporter

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

captainchief engineercrewmanFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)officerStarfleet rankstechnician

Other references[edit | edit source]

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

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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)

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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"

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