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KIRK VS. KIRK! A duel to save the Universe from OBLIVION! – "The Choice" was a Star Trek comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1975. It was the last story written by Allan Moniz and the 30th drawn by Alberto Giolitti. In this story, while exploring an intersection between two universes, the USS Enterprise encountered a second Captain Kirk.


You've all heard the story of the Lady and the Tiger! Well, just suppose, for a moment, that instead of the lady or the tiger, behind those doors were the divergent courses of infinite universes! And, that one man has been placed in front of these doors to decide which path the universe shall follow! Then, imagine that your exact twin shows up and tells you to stop supposing because this is exactly what is going to happen! Now you have an idea how Captain Kirk feels in… The Choice!


Captain's log, star date 17:01.02. After a rather hectic two-week leave on the resort planet Lado, the Enterprise crew was immediately assigned a new high-priority destination! Our orders are to proceed to the vast and little known quadrant Mark 1, in the capacity of scientific exploration! Recent developments in para-astronomy have pinpointed a hotbed of telltale radiation there! Scientists now believe this area to be the site of the Big Bang! Or, in other words, the birthplace of the universe!

When they entered the region, sensors read blank and the ship's dilithium crystals went cold. Spock speculated that they might have entered a subspace parallel universe, perhaps within the primordial atom itself. A small capsule was discovered which contained James T. Kirk (alternate), a Kirk not from their universe but from the universe which existed before it.

Captain's log, star date 17:02.??: Trapped in a timeless, placeless void, inside the one piece of matter that exists from universe to universe, I have been confronted by my own double! He claims to come from the previous universe, come here to warn the one being, somewhere in the cosmos, whose life is not predetermined, to make the right choice! Who that being is, where he is, and what it the right choice, all remain a mystery! But all that matters now is the universe isn't big enough for both of us! One has to be left behind if any are to survive!

Since only one Kirk could exist in the normal universe, the two Kirks agreed to a duel to decide who would stay. They fenced with épées, phasers and their starships. The alternate Kirk mentally controlled a duplicate USS Enterprise decoy. By suddenly cutting shields, a hit from the decoy rocked the Enterprise, giving Kirk the upper hand in their fight. The alternate Kirk demanded that Kirk kill him, but he didn't. The alternate Kirk and his ship then faded away. A ghostly alternate Kirk then appeared, revealing that not killing him was the pivotal moment of free will.

Captain's log, star date 17:02.03… A week has passed since our escape from the primal atom and we still make our way back to starbase! This morning I had the following conversation with Mr. Spock…

Kirk wondered whether everything they did had happened before and would happen again. After Kirk asked why bother to do anything, Spock rhetorically answered whether they had a choice.



Pavel ChekovJames T. KirkJames T. Kirk (alternate)Leonard McCoyNovaSpockMontgomery ScottHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS Enterprise decoyrepair pod
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Mark 1 quadrant
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Science and technology

astronomyBig Bang Theorybridgecapsulecomputercybernetic helmetfree will theoremmagnetic lines of forceenvironmental suitguidance systemhelmhyperspaceintercomlaser torchmultiverse corollaryparallel universephaserpower packquantum physicsscannersensorshieldstunsubspacesuspended animationtricorder

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Other references

20 billion yearsatombridgecode of honorcometcosmosdilithium crystalduelenergyengine roomépéefencinggasgoosehangar deckheavenhumanoidLady and the Tigerlightmattermoonplanetquasarradiationrabbitred alertsick baysingularityspacestarsubatomic particletimeuniverseyear


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Gold Key Comics stories and publications
Issues "The Planet of No Return" • "The Devil's Isle of Space" • "Invasion of the City Builders" • "The Peril of Planet Quick Change" • "The Ghost Planet" • "When Planets Collide" • "The Voodoo Planet" • "The Youth Trap" • "The Legacy of Lazarus" • "Sceptre of the Sun" • "The Brain Shockers" • "The Flight of the Buccaneer" • "Dark Traveler" • "The Enterprise Mutiny" • "Museum at the End of Time" • "Day of the Inquisitors" • "The Cosmic Cavemen" • "The Hijacked Planet" • "The Haunted Asteroid" • "A World Gone Mad" • "The Mummies of Heitius VII" • "Siege in Superspace" • "Child's Play" • "The Trial of Captain Kirk" • "Dwarf Planet" • "The Perfect Dream" • "Ice Journey" • "The Mimicking Menace" • "Death of a Star" • "The Final Truth" • "The Animal People" • "The Choice" • "The PsychoCrystals" • "A Bomb in Time" • "One of Our Captains Is Missing!" • "Prophet of Peace" • "Furlough to Fury" • "The Evictors" • "World Against Time" • "The World Beneath the Waves" • "Prince Traitor" • "Mr. Oracle" • "This Tree Bears Bitter Fruit" • "Murder on the Enterprise" • "A Warp in Space" • "Planet of No Life" • "Destination... Annihilation!" • "And a Child Shall Lead Them" • "What Fools These Mortals Be.." • “Sport of Knaves” • "A World Against Itself" • "No Time Like the Past" • "Spore of the Devil" • "The Brain-Damaged Planet" • "To Err Is Vulcan" • "The Empire Man!" • "Operation Con Game"
Additional stories "James T. Kirk: Psycho-File" • "A Page From Scotty's Diary" • "Spock: Psycho-File" • "From Sputnik to Warp Drive"
Collections Star Trek Annuals (1969197019721973197419751976197719781979198019831986) • The Enterprise Logs (Volumes 1234) • The Key Collection (Volumes 12345) • Gold Key Archives (Volumes 12345) • Gold Key 100-Page Spectacular
Related media "Voyage of Discovery" • "The Exile" • "The Red Hour" • "The Tunnel of Death" • "... Wild Goose Chase!" • "A Hint of Life" • "Space Chase" • "Escape from the Clinging Dags" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "The Menace of the Mechanitrons" • "Trial by Fire!"


Published Order
Previous comic:
#32: The Animal People
TOS comics
(Gold Key)
Next comic:
#34: The PsychoCrystals
Previous story:
Death of a Star
Stories by:
Allan Moniz
Next story:
last story
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
The First Artifact
The Brave and the Bold
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Burning Dreams
Chapters 20 & 21
Previous comic:
The First Artifact
The Brave and the Bold
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year Two Next comic:
Balance of Terror
Production history
September 1975
First published by Gold Key Comics
August 1976
Printed in the omnibus The Enterprise Logs, Volume 4 (Golden Press)
December 1978
Printed in Dynabrite, Issue 11357 (Western Publishing)
June 2004
Printed in the omnibus The Key Collection, Volume 4 (Checker Book Publishing Group)
September 2008
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD (Graphic Imaging Technologies)
Cover art reproduced as a 9x13 embossed tin wall sign (Open Road Brands)
7 June 2018
Reprinted in Graphic Novel Collection #38 (Eaglemoss)
German: As "Kirk Gegen Kirk" in Zack 1976 #25 (Koralle)
Dutch: As "De Keuze" in the omnibus Ruimteschip Enterprise Classics Strip-Paperback #1 (De Vrijbuiter)
German: As "Der Doppelgänger" in the omnibus Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Taschenbuch #1 (Condor)
Italian: As "La Scelta" in the omnibus The Gold Key Collection, Volume 8 (Free Books)

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