The Evictors was a Star Trek comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1976, the 41st issue of their TOS series. It was the 13th of 21 stories written by Arnold Drake and the third of 22 drawn by Alden McWilliams.

In this story, a religious and historical icon from 500,000 years ago returns in the year 2266 to oust the current inhabitants of the planet.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Title of part 2
The Evictors: The war that Captain Kirk made


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DvorInodukuJames T. KirkRavaMontgomery ScottSja-YoSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraZotar
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Paul BunyanJulius CaesarAlbert EinsteinMoses

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Nrakan shipSanoora world ship


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Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit


Science and technologyEdit

alphabetamoebaatmospherebio-sensorcarbon-14communicatordeco-blazerfireworksgeneticslasermathematicsmusicmutationorbitphaserradiationrelicrogue starshieldtelescope

Ranks and titlesEdit

generalsupreme councilor

Other referencesEdit

AvaraldbeefcavecraterdogfreedomneutralityoathpageantpiratepopcornwritingShield of ZotarstatuesquadrontatimoroThe Black 23rdtoastwarehousewhale



500,000 years ago 
Sanoora evacuated the planet Nraka in city-sized ships to avoid deadly radiation from a rogue star, leaving some people behind
10,000 years ago 
First recorded history of Nrakan civilization



  • The events of this story were recounted by Kirk in its sequel, TOS comic: "The Planet of No Life". Inoduku and the Sanoora returned in the sequel, while Zara and Dvor appeared in flashback.
  • Spock hypothesized that the Nrakans might be descendants of the Sanoora, with stellar radiation 500,000 years earlier resulting in genetic mutation that made the races look different. Genetic mutation as a result of a planet-wide radioactive catastrophe also happened on Bjuwa in TOS comic: "World Beneath the Waves".
  • Hikaru Sulu was in command of the Enterprise during the Sanoora attack, taking battle instructions from planet-bound Kirk as Sulu did in TOS episode: "Arena".
  • Nyota Uhura was seen in one panel but did not have dialogue.
  • When Scott asked when Nrakan’s celebrated historical and religious figure Zotar had time to rest while inventing their language, music, and mathematics, Spock said “perhaps on the seventh day,” a reference to the Bible, Genesis 2:1-3.
  • Inoduku did not explain his remarkable resemblance to Zotar, who lived 500,000 years prior.
  • Regarding the size of a Sanoora ship, Inoduku said “each ship was six square miles” and Sja-Yo estimated it to be “several miles in diameter.” Inoduku may have used square mileage to describe the surface area of the interior of the spherical ship, but he also might have meant to say six cubic miles, as the inside of a sphere is described by its volume, not its area. The vessel's interior had a core section running through the middle plus a fully-developed city-scape built on the interior surface of the sphere. If the vessel's volume were six cubic miles, then it would have had 16 square miles of spherical surface area and a diameter of 2.25 miles. That would make the ship about twice the size of the Fesarius. (If it had six square miles of spherical surface area, its diameter would only be 1.38 miles, too small for Sja-Ya’s estimate.) Sphere calculator
  • The Nrakan ships operated only near their planet and seemed to be propelled chemically. They did not appear to have warp technology.
  • It was unclear how many Sanoora ships were built, or what happened to the rest of them. Inoduku’s description implied there were many, but only one was seen. In the recounting of these events in The Planet of No Life, it was stated that the World-Without-a-World ship left Nraka to rejoin its sister ships.
  • The Sanoora ships were placed in a 500,000 year orbit around Nraka, suggesting no attempt to migrate to a different star system, and it also suggested sub-light propulsion. Yet at least Inoduku’s ship must have had warp drive, at least by 2266. It wasn’t detected until it approached the Enterprise, and it would have been hard to miss at sublight unless it were mistaken for a moon. In the sequel to this story, the Sanoora had settled on a different planet – one where Kirk didn’t expect to find them, so most likely that would be in a different system. Also, Inoduku was in both stories, on both planets.

Related mediaEdit




Published Order
Previous comic:
#40: "Furlough to Fury"
TOS comics
(Gold Key)
Next comic:
#42: "World Against Time"
Previous story:
"Furlough to Fury"
Stories by:
Arnold Drake
Next story:
"World Against Time"
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
The Trial of Captain Kirk
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
The PsychoCrystals

Production historyEdit

November 1976 
First published by Gold Key Comics.
December 1978 
Printed in Dynabrite, Issue 11357 (Western Publishing)
June 2004 
Printed in the omnibus The Key Collection, Volume 5 (Checker Book Publishing Group)
September 2008 
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD (Graphic Imaging Technologies)


Dutch: In the omnibus Ruimteschip Enterprise Classics Strip-Paperback #2 (De Vrijbuiter)
German: As “Der große Zotar” in the omnibus Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Taschenbuch #2 (Condor)
German: As “Der große Zotar” in some editions of Condor Superheiden #1: Star Trek Jahrbuch (Condor-Verlag)

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