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This article is about the TOS comic. You may be looking for DTI novel: The Collectors.

"The Collector" was a 22-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip. It was the 29th weekly story arc in the UK comic strips series, published in 11 installments in Valiant and TV21 in 1972. This was the fifth of 14 stories drawn by John Stokes. In this story, a museum collector aimed to make an exhibit out of the USS Enterprise.

Publisher's description[]

Omnibus teaser
Attacked by a "flying saucer" at Beton Three, Kirk's crew finds that it contains missing vessels from around the galaxy, including a prototype Earth plane. The abductor: An elderly being called the Collector (no relation to Palnak), who plans to add the Enterprise to his display.


Wallace Hawkins was test piloting an experimental rocket plane in Earth orbit when his vessel was hijacked by a flying saucer. The saucer departed for the Beton star system, where it approached and fired at the USS Enterprise. Enterprise personnel disabled the saucer and found the plane in the cargo hold. Admiral Voysey reported that similar saucers had been abducting vehicles for centuries. Nyota Uhura detected radio signals from nearby Beton III, so Kirk cautiously took Spock and an armed team to the surface in a shuttlecraft.

Although they were invited to land near a large complex, a cannon suddenly blasted at the shuttle, crashing it onto the roof of a geodesic dome. The shuttle crew spotted several flying saucers inside the dome, confirming their origin. The crew carefully climbed down and peered inside a second dome containing a vast museum of airplanes and automobiles. Spock mysteriously disappeared — to limit casualties, Kirk beamed up his landing party, then carefully entered the museum. An armed android Spock confronted him. After a brief firefight, an elderly humanoid appeared, destroyed the duplicate Spock, then brought Kirk to the real Spock. The humanoid was called the Collector, and he intended to use Kirk and Spock duplicates to bring the Enterprise to the surface, where it would be added to his museum.

Robots took the two Starfleet officers to a prison cell, but Kirk and Spock broke free and fled into a hangar full of flight-ready and fueled World War II aircraft. Spock suggested they escape in a Vickers Wellington bomber. When it took off, the Collector sent android British airmen to pursue in three Supermarine Spitfire fighters. A dogfight ensued, with Kirk manning the machine gun turrets while Spock carefully maneuvered two of the Spitfires to crash into each other.

Aboard the Enterprise, Montgomery Scott obeyed orders from Kirk and Spock androids to bring the starship low into the atmosphere. Uhura spotted the dogfight and put it on the viewscreen, then picked up a hail from Spock in the bomber, who verified his identity with a code word. The android duplicates raised their phasers. Suddenly the helmsman veered the ship off-course, making the androids stagger, and during the momentary confusion he shot the Kirk android while Scott shot the Spock android.

The dogfight ended when Kirk shot down the third Spitfire, but the Wellington ran out of fuel, and the Enterprise quickly beamed them up. Annoyed by the failure of his androids, the Collector launched a rocket at the Wellington. However, the Wellington was near the museum, and as it struck the bomber, the explosion also blew up the museum dome.



CollectorJames T. KirkWallace HawkinsJansenMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraVoyseyunnamed USS Enterprise personnel (2260s) (helmsman, crewmen)

Starships and vehicles[]


USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • flying saucerG-50X rocket planeSaturn V rocketShuttlecraft NCC-1701/8 (class F shuttlecraft)
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Avro LancasterGloster GladiatorSupermarine SpitfireVickers Wellington
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B-36 Peacemaker

Ground vehicles[]

Jaguar XK120Strategic hovercraft


BetonBeton III (Collector's museum) • Earth (Maribou FlatsNorth AmericaFederation Headquarters)
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Races and cultures[]


States and organizations[]

FederationTrans-Global Aeronautics Research Corporation

Science and technology[]

androidcameracannoncommunicationscommunicatorcomputerengineenvironmental suitforce fieldgunmachine gunnavigation computerphaser rifleradiorobotscannertractor beamtransporterturbolifttype-1 phasertype-2 phaseruniversal translatorvideoviewscreen

Ranks and titles[]

admiralarmaments officerastronautcaptainchief engineercommandercommanding officerFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerhelmsmanpilotprofessorrankskipperStarfleet rankssteersmantest pilot

Other references[]

September 19721984airfieldassignment patchatmospherebeambridgebulletcargo holdcenturycodecombcondition greenemergency standbyfuelgovernmenthangarhumanoidleadmetalmeteormileminutemountainoceanorbitpetrolphotographplaneprison cellsecondspaceStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)stonestratospheretransporter roomuniversewaterWorld War IIyear



Related stories[]




Production history[]

Published Order
Previous comic:
Ground Zero
TOS comics
UK comic strips
Next comic:
To Swiftly Go...
  • This story was serialized in two-page sections over 11 consecutive weeks in Valiant and TV21 magazine. Issues 25, 27, 29, 30, 32, and 33 were 36 pages, with the Star Trek segment printed in color on pages 18-19. Issues 26, 28, and 31 were 40 pages with the segment printed on pages 20-21.
March 1972
April 1972
  • 1 April 1972: Pages 9-10 published in Valiant and TV21 #27.
  • 8 April 1972: Pages 11-12 published in Valiant and TV21 #28.
  • 15 April 1972: Pages 13-14 published in Valiant and TV21 #29.
  • 22 April 1972: Pages 15-16 published in Valiant and TV21 #30.
  • 29 April 1972: Pages 17-18 published in Valiant and TV21 #31.
May 1972
  • 6 May 1972: Pages 19-20 published in Valiant and TV21 #32.
  • 13 May 1972: Pages 21-22 published in Valiant and TV21 #33.
December 2016 
Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 2 (IDW Publishing)
1 February 2018 
Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #29 (Eaglemoss)


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"

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