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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 rescues 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 is treated to an enthusiastic welcome and a feast during his diplomatic visit to Stai, until controllers from the Galactic Union arrive to shoo him off the planet. Officer Ruf threatens Stai representative Da Nek, reminding him that the Union controls this planet. Da Nek acquiesces to protect his son and other children schooled on neighboring Union planet Vrex. Angered by Ruf's bullying tactics, Kirk promises Da Nek that he will 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 land on Vrex. Vrex teachers apprehend the crews, who are under orders not to use military force. Kirk beams down with three security officers to help, but the school children unexpectedly attack them all. The Starfleet teams are eventually caught under a huge net and put in a dungeon. Ruf arrives and placed Kirk in a brainwashing machine, converting him to the side of the Union.

As a test, Ruf orders Kirk to kill his landing party. Before he can fire, however, Spock beams down an armed team who are able to overwhelm the Union officers. Spock reverses the brainwashing process on Kirk. They return the students to Da Nek, who says it is the happiest day of his life. Da Nek announces 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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