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Bio-magnetic tape—lifeblood of a dying planet—is hijacked!

"The Hijacked Planet" was a Star Trek comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1973, the 18th issue of their TOS series. It was the 16th story drawn by Alberto Giolitti and the second written by Arnold Drake.

In this story, the Federation Science Council devises an ingenious way to save a planet threatened by its star.

Description

One man, without military might or even the economic power of a nation behind him, is about to take possession of an entire world! Only Mr. Spock, second-in-command of the starship Enterprise, can stop him! But, incredibly, the cool and emotionless Mr. Spock will be betrayed by something he never knew he possessed — his own emotions!

Summary

Captain's log, supplemental
It was early in the 23rd century that the first erratic eruptions of the third largest star of star system 83 Beta were recorded. The air was thick with conflicting theories at the Science Council of the Federated Planets!
Captain's log, stardate 3248.6
Under Triple-A (highest priority) orders of the Supreme Council of the United Federation of Planets, we are proceeding at maximum speed to the planet Styra.

Demonstrating the safety of new Project Atlas technology, Montgomery Scott uses a transmutation beam to rematerialize a schnauzer whose biomagnetic recording had been stored in a crystal. Shortly afterward, the Enterprise comes across a disabled flivver. Spock boards it in a spacesuit and rescues an unconscious woman. In sickbay, she introduces herself as Allura, an entertainer who'd fled from her performing partner Anzar, but her craft had run out of fuel. Spock appears to be enamored with her.

The Enterprise enters Styra orbit. Senior officers witness the conversion to biomagnetic recordings of the last of the Styrans and then the planet itself. The recordings are compiled into a small spherical filing case. Later, as the Enterprise is en route to Styra's new star system, an unidentified vessel approaches and temporarily blinds the starship's sensors. After it departs, it is discovered that Allura had escaped through an airlock with Styra's recordings.

Captain's log, stardate 3248.9
We were entrusted with the lives of an entire planet and we dishonored that trust! Only now has the enormity of our failure begun to reveal itself!

Anzar contacts the Enterprise, demanding 100 million in credits for Styra. The Council secretly votes to refuse any ransom payment. Anzar agrees to meet and negotiate with Kirk and Spock in a cave on Lurota. Kirk thinks he can stun Anzar with a phaser, but Anzar has hired armed men for protection, forcing the Starfleet officers to retreat. Kirk escapes, but Spock is captured and put into a holding cell. Spock asks Allura to convince Anzar to return Styra unharmed. She tries, but he refuses.

Spock then appeals to Anzar's greed, pointing out that rich Styrans would pay the ransom. Anzar agrees, and Spock leaves to retrieve the transmutation beam machine from the Enterprise. But rather than restore the Styrans, he rematerializes Kirk, Scott and a team of security officers, forcing Anzar's guards to surrender. Anzar demands to see the rich Styrans, aiming his weapon at Styra. Scott agrees to operate the transmutation machine, but instead rematerializes the schnauzer, which immediately jumps on Anzar. Terrified, Anzar surrenders, raving about future criminal schemes. Spock tells Allura that Anzar will be treated with chemotherapy, psychoprofiles, or reconditioning. She realizes that he was never really in love with her, but Spock replies that she made it very easy for him to pretend he was.

References

Characters

AlluraAnzarJames T. KirkKleegLanuguLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru Sulu • (USS Enterprise personnel (unnamed USS Enterprise personnel (2260s))
Referenced only
KixoNagatyuZindflo

Starships and vehicles

Anzar's spacecraftUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • flivver

Locations

sector 18J (83 BetaLurotaStyra (Styra space station))
Referenced only
Uranus

Races and cultures

HumanStyranVulcan

States and organizations

Federation CouncilFederation Science Council

Science and classification

biomagnetic recordingbrainchemotherapyidentity discphaserpsychoprofilespace stationspacesuitstarshiptransmissiontransmutation beamvacuum tunnelvideo tape

Ranks and titles

captainlieutenanttechnician

Other references

23rd centurybudupaphonecreditdoghatchkissplanetProject AtlasschnauzerTriple-ATrojan horsevaultzap ball

Chronology

Early 23rd century
Erratic solar eruptions of a star in the 83 Beta system were first detected.
23rd century
The Federation Science Council launched Project Atlas.
2267
The planet Styra and its population were dematerialized and saved on data modules.

Appendices

Related media

Background

  • The Enterprise helped migrate other planetary populations, including those on Vultra and the Riza homeworld in 2266. (TOS comics: "The Crucial Element", "Mr. Oracle")
  • One member of the Federation Science Council is a humanoid with a fin on his head, seen on pages 2 and 15. A representative of a similar species, but also with fin-shaped ears, was seen aboard the Museum of Missing Ships in 2266.
  • Though Spock seemed to fawn over Allura (while secretly knowing she is a liar and monitoring her every move), his behavior and tactics are not entirely dissimilar to those seen in TOS episode: "The Enterprise Incident". However, it is unusual for Spock to suspect Allura will steal the Styra data modules and then rig the airlock as a trap to catch her, all without informing Kirk.
  • Kirk makes several sarcastic comments about Spock's mistakes. It is rare behavior, but Kirk reacted similarly in TOS episode: "The Deadly Years" after losing his command.
  • Once Spock leaves Anzar to retrieve the transmutation machine, there is no reason for him to sneak around on the Enterprise, let alone knock out a crewman to remain unseen. Off-panel, he is seen by Kirk and Scott when the three officers set up their Trojan horse trap.
  • The schnauzer, whose actions led to the rescue of Styra, is brought to the bridge at the end of the story. Kirk remarks that pets aren't allowed on the ship, then makes a poor joke about having it served for dinner.

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Connections

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!"

Timeline

Published Order
Previous comic:
#17: The Cosmic Cavemen
TOS comics (Gold Key) Next comic:
#19: The Haunted Asteroid
Previous story:
The Cosmic Cavemen
Stories by:
Arnold Drake
Next story:
The Haunted Asteroid
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
A World Gone Mad
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
No Time Like the Past
Previous comic:
A World Gone Mad
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year Two Next comic:
No Time Like the Past

Production history

May 1973
First published by Gold Key Comics.
August 1976
Printed in the omnibus The Enterprise Logs, Volume 3 (Golden Press).
June 2004
Printed in the omnibus The Key Collection, Volume 3 (Checker Book Publishing Group).
September 2008
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD (Graphic Imaging Technologies).
August 2014
Remastered in hardcover in the omnibus Gold Key Archives, Volume 3 (IDW).
2015
Cover reproduced as a 9x13 embossed tin wall sign (Open Road Brands).
12 October 2017
Remastered in hardcover in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #21 (Eaglemoss).

Translations

15 February 1975
Italian: As “Il Planeta Rubato” in Albi Spada #10 (Edizioni Fratelli Spada).
December 1975
French: As “La Planète Volée” in Star Trek #12 (Remparts).
1970s
French: In the omnibus Star Trek Album #5 (Remparts).
1 April and 15 April 1974
Serbian: In TV 3AБABHИK.
1974
Finnish: As “Kaapattu Planeetta” in Avaruusmatka Star Trek #13 (Apulehti).
1975
Dutch: As “De Gekaapte Planeet” in b/w in Star Trek #8 (De Vrijbuiter).
1975
German: As “Ein Planet Wird Entführt” in Enterprise #3 (Koralle).
March 1978
Portuguese: As “O Planeta Miniaturizado” in Jornada Nas Estrelas Special (Abril).
3 July 1978
Portuguese: In b/w in O Caminho das Estrelas #16 (Aguiar).
3 October 1978
Spanish: In Domingos Alegres #1255: Viaje a las Estrellas (Editorial Novaro).
March 1983
French: In the omnibus Présence de L'avenir #3: Les Mutinés de L'espace (Sagédition).
2006
Italian: In the omnibus The Gold Key Collection, Volume 5 (Free Books).

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