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"The Children of Stai" was an 8-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip published in 1969. It was the fifth story arc in the UK comic strips series. It was released in four parts in issues of Joe 90: Top Secret. In this story, James T. Kirk rescued a group of children from a hostile interstellar state.


Teaser, 31 May 1969
Unable to forget the tumultuous welcome the aliens of Stai gave him, Captain Kirk is determined to rescue their children from Galactic Union control…


Kirk was treated to an enthusiastic welcome and a feast during his diplomatic visit to Stai, until controllers from the Galactic Union arrived to shoo him off the planet. Officer Ruf threatened Stai representative Da Nek, reminding him that the Union controlled this planet. Da Nek acquiesced to protect his son and other children schooled on neighboring Union planet Vrex. Angered by Ruf's bullying tactics, Kirk promised Da Nek that he would bring back their children.

Captain's log, stardate 25:11.3... Approaching Vrex. Have alerted landing party to rescue school boys belonging to Stai…

Four space bugs landed on Vrex. Vrex teachers apprehended the crews, who were under orders not to use military force. Kirk beamed down with three security officers to help, but the school children unexpectedly attacked them all. The Starfleet teams were eventually caught under a huge net and put in a dungeon. Ruf arrived and placed Kirk in a brainwashing machine, converting him to the side of the Union.

As a test, Ruf ordered Kirk to kill his landing party. Before he could fire, however, Spock beamed down an armed team who were able to overwhelm the Union officers. Spock reversed the brainwashing process on Kirk. They returned the students to Da Nek, who said it was the happiest day of his life. Da Nek announced to Ruf that Stai quit the Union.



David BaileyDa NekDa Nek's sonJames T. KirkRufSpockHikaru Suluunnamed USS Enterprise personnel (2260s)

Starships and vehicles[]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Galactic Union starshiphovercraftspace bugsVrex military ships
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school bus


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Races and cultures[]

HumanStaianVulcanunnamed races and cultures (Vrex teachers)

States and organizations[]

Galactic UnionGalactic Union Patrol

Science and technology[]

brain-scrambling unitbrainwashingcommunicatorgunrifletransporter

Ranks and titles[]

captainEarthlingFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)Starfleet ranksteacher

Other references[]

alert status (battle stationsred alert) • captain's logdecadedungeonlanding partymonkorbitpeaceschoolstardateStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)starshiptigertransporter roomwarfare


The presence of Bailey on the Enterprise places this story early in the year 2266, before the events of "The Corbomite Maneuver".


Related media[]




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:
The Third Party
TOS comics (UK comic strips) Next story:
Skin Deep
Previous story:
The Third Party
Stories by:
Angus Allan
Next story:
Skin Deep
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
The Third Party
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Skin Deep
Production history[]
  • This story was published in two-page sections over four consecutive weeks in Joe 90: Top Secret magazine.
May 1969
June 1969
  • 7 June, pages 5-6 published in Joe 90: Top Secret #21.
  • 14 June, pages 7-8 published in Joe 90: Top Secret #22.
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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