The Children of Stai, or UK comic strips, fifth story arc, 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.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Teaser summary, 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 vehiclesEdit

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


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Races and culturesEdit

HumanStaianVulcanunnamed races and cultures (Vrex teachers)

States and organizationsEdit

Galactic UnionGalactic Union Patrol

Science and technologyEdit

brain-scrambling unitbrainwashingcommunicatorgunrifletransporter

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainEarthlingFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)Starfleet ranksteacher

Other referencesEdit

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".

Published Order
Previous comic:
"The Third Party"
TOS comics
UK comic strips
Next comic:
"Skin Deep"

Production historyEdit

  • 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.



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