Can Dr. McCoy cure the Brain-Damaged Planet?The Brain-Damaged Planet was a Star Trek comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1978, the 58th issue of their TOS series. It was the 19th issue drawn by Alden McWilliams and the ninth written by George Kashdan.

In this story, McCoy must help a planet fend off huge parasites, or its inhabitants will all be driven mad.


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In one moment, there was peace and tranquility… in another, havoc reigned! And behind it was a force as insidious as a cosmic plague, more explosive than a super-nova!


Captain's log, star date 3313.5: On exploratory mission to a little known sector of the galaxy, sensor readings indicate an asteroid with life forms

Having found an inhabited, ringed, class M asteroid, Captain James T. Kirk, Spock, McCoy and geologist Freyer beamed down. Strangely, peaceful-looking towns coexisted with devastated portions. Kirk introduced his landing party to the indigenous humanoid population, showing them how McCoy took readings with his medical tricorder and how Freyer took soil samples. When Freyer tasted one of the samples, one of the locals panicked. Suddenly, everyone in the town went insane and started to attack the landing party. The Starfleet officers fled into a cavern on a hillside. McCoy wanted to analyze the erratic brainwave patterns he'd detected in the humanoids. Freyer himself then went insane and threatened to kill them with his phaser. Spock was able to knock him out with a Vulcan nerve pinch. In sickbay, McCoy diagnosed Freyer with Akwood's syndrome, a curable viral infection that causes temporary insanity. However, the antidote wasn't working.

Captain's log, star date 3315.9: Mr. Spock has summoned us to the bridge, where an even stranger sight has been projected onto the main view screen!

Spock discovered that a Giant Brain organism lived within the core of the asteroid, one which generated large quantities of life energy into the lifeforms on the surface. This brain entity had been infected by Akwood's syndrome 100 millennia ago. Since then, the viral agent had mutated into a huge strain. As the senior officers discussed how or whether the Prime Directive applied, Freyer experienced a second spell of insanity, requiring a tranquilizer to calm him. Kirk decided to try to cure Freyer and the Giant Brain. Freyer's infection allowed him to sense the location of the viruses, so he accompanied Kirk and McCoy as they materialized within the brain entity. Huge antibodies pursued them. Freyer led Kirk and McCoy toward a crevasse containing a large concentration of the viruses. Freyer leapt into the crevasse and lured the remaining viruses into one spot. At Freyer's urging, and with antibodies surrounding them, McCoy sprayed the antidote all through the crevasse. All of the viruses collapsed and died, but not before they'd killed Freyer.



Christine ChapelFreyerGiant BrainJames T. KirkLeonard McCoySpockMontgomery ScottHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class)


Unnamed class M asteroid

Races and culturesEdit

HumanVulcanUnnamed races and cultures

States and organizationsEdit


Science and technologyEdit

Akwood's syndromeantibodybrainwaveclass Mcomputerevolutionflame throwergeologygermlife forcemedical tricorderphaserphysiologypoisonradioscienceserumspray-cylinderstuntranquilizertransportertricordervirus

Ranks and titlesEdit

captaindoctorgeologistlieutenantmedical officernurseofficerorderlyscience officershort order cook

Other referencesEdit

asteroidatmospherebloodbrainbridgecavecenturycivilizationcolonycommunicationsHumaninsanitylogicorbitorganismparasiteplanetPrime DirectivesickbaysoilStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)universeVulcan neck pinch



107,600 years ago 
Giant Brain first became infected with Akwood's syndrome
Enterprise crew discovered the Giant Brain within a class M asteroid



Related storiesEdit



Published Order
Previous comic:
#57 "Spore of the Devil"
TOS comics (Gold Key) Next comic:
#59 "To Err Is Vulcan"
Previous story:
"No Time Like the Past"
Stories by:
George Kashdan
Next story:
"Operation Con Game"
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
"No Time Like the Past"
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
"Death of a Star"

Production history Edit

December 1978 
First published by Gold Key Comics.
September 2008 
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD (Graphic Imaging Technologies)


Dutch: In the omnibus Ruimteschip Enterprise Classics Strip-Paperback #3 (De Vrijbuiter)
German: As "Das Gehirn des Asteroiden" in the omnibus Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Taschenbuch #3 (Condor)
German: As "Das Gehirn des Asteroiden" in some editions of Condor Superheiden #1: Star Trek Jahrbuch (Condor-Verlag)

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