The Black Hole was a 13-panel Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip, the second of two released by Larami Corporation in 1979. The story was printed on a narrow spool of paper and read by loading it into a Star Trek Space Viewer toy. In this story, the USS Enterprise intercepts a black hole.
- Omnibus teaser
- When a "runaway black hole" threatens the entire galaxy, the Enterprise crew flies around it at warp 12 to create a vacuum, drags away the singularity and fires photon missiles to destroy it.
The USS Enterprise is assigned to divert the course of a rogue black hole currently traveling between a star and its planet. James T. Kirk orders the ship to warp past it at an extremely high speed, which will shift its direction. After the maneuver is successful, Hikaru Sulu annihilates the phenomenon with missiles.
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- Unnamed star system
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- black hole • bridge • galaxy • helm • planet • red alert • star • star system • vacuum • warp drive • warp 12
- The comic strip's packaging was branded for TOS movie: The Motion Picture. While crew uniforms were colored using the palette from the Starfleet uniform (early 2270s), the detailing on the uniforms was that of the older style Starfleet uniform (2265-2270). The USS Enterprise, both inside and out, was depicted in its pre-refit configuration, suggesting a placement in the late 2260s.
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- Although the science described in the story was over-simplified for children, the events were plausible if the black hole was a microsingularity and its course diverted using the ship's warp field.
- Hikaru Sulu is referred to as "Zulu".
- "The Black Hole" was also the name of a Disney movie released two weeks after TOS movie: The Motion Picture in December 1979.
- TOS comic: "When Planets Collide" – In 2266, the USS Enterprise uses electromagnetic fields to tow the star remnant Doona.
- TOS comic: "War in Space" – In the 2270s, the Enterprise uses antimatter to destroy a gravitational field weapon consisting of extremely dense matter.