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"The Eagles Have Landed" was an 8-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip published in 1969. It was the seventh story arc in the UK comic strips series, released in four parts within issues of Joe 90: Top Secret. This was the seventh of 11 stories illustrated by Harry Lindfield. In this story, Kirk's compassion leads him to rescue a group of prisoners.


Teaser, 23 August 1969
When a disobedient crew member blasts at a gigantic "eagle" out in space, Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise discovers that the bird is really a strange space ship. He goes to its rescue in a space bug


While exploring a new region of space, Spock spots what looks like a huge living eagle, which suddenly dive-bombs the USS Enterprise. Ship's phasers disable the unusual vessel. Kirk, David Bailey and at least four others pilot Space Rescue Bug 5 through a gap in the damaged hull to offer assistance, but their ship is seized by grapplers operated by Agonites. The Enterprise fires at the space eagle to keep the Agonites busy while Kirk's team detach the grapplers. Bailey spots a crowd of humanoid refugees. As the space bug carries a full load of them back to the Enterprise, grateful Takku from Womata explains how they'd been taken by evil Agonites — who soon return with reinforcements. Spock launchs three armed space bugs to help fight off the Agonites and rescue everyone else. The refugees are brought to a nearby class M planet and provided with provisions and weapons.

Captain's log, stardate 24.12.17
Orbiting planetary body. Establishing a home for Agonite prisoners...

As the Enterprise orbits the planet, a dozen space eagles arrives in formation. Hopelessly outnumbered, Kirk signals for a truce to confer and meet with Roggaf of Agoni. Kirk soon learns that Agoni was a galactic police base, and these prisoners were actually convicted criminals. To make up for his interference, Kirk offers to recapture the criminals. Although Takku resists and is killed, the rest are rounded up peacefully.



David BaileyHurstJames T. KirkRoggafSpockHikaru SuluTakkuWillis

Starships and vehicles

Agonite space eaglesUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Pursuit 1Pursuit 4Pursuit 7Space Rescue Bug 5 (space bugs)
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Pursuit 3


Galaxy T-21unnamed planet
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Races and cultures

AgoniteHumanVulcanunnamed races and cultures (prisoners)

States and organizations

Agoni police force

Science and classification

computerdrillenvironmental suitgrapplergunlaser-raymagnetismphaserrifleweapon

Ranks and titles

captaincrewmancriminalFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)guardgunnerhelmsmannavigatorpolicemanprisonerradiomanscoutskipperslaveStarfleet ranks

Other references

birdbridgecall signdiplomacydevileaglegalaxynovaorbitpeaceplanetpoliceprisonshuttle bayslaveryspaceStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)starshiptrucewar


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:
Skin Deep
TOS comics (UK comic strips) Next story:
Spectre of the Zond
Previous story:
Skin Deep
Stories by:
Angus Allan
Next story:
latest story
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Life Form Nonexistent
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Beware the Beast
Previous comic:
Life Form Nonexistent
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year Two Next comic:
Beware the Beast
Production history
  • This story was published in two-page sections over four consecutive weeks in Joe 90: Top Secret magazine.
August 1969
September 1969
  • 6 September, pages 7-8 published in Joe 90: Top Secret #34.
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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