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The Marshall Plan was a Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip published in 1970. It was the 12th story arc in the UK comic strips series, released in eight parts within issues of TV21 & Joe 90. This was the first of two stories illustrated by Jim Baikie. In this story, a Federation Councillor took the USS Enterprise on a diplomatic mission.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Teaser summary, 28 March 1970
Under orders from the haughty, arrogant Courtenay Marshall, Captain Kirk, Spock, Sulu and Chekov had escorted him to the planet Tondus, where he was to act as ambassador for the space Federation. While Marshall talked with the Tondusian premier, Kirk and his officers were shown round the capital city…

SummaryEdit

Federation Councilor Courtenay Marshall beamed aboard the USS Enterprise hoping to sign a defensive alliance with Tondus against the Romulan Empire. On the way, Kirk prepared Pavel Chekov, Hikaru Sulu and Spock to join him as Marshall's ambassadorial honor guard. As the starship approached the planet, however, it was met with radio silence and an attack by a Tondusian strike craft. Stating that these actions must have been a mistake, Marshall insisted on beaming down with his honor guard unarmed as a show of peace. They materialized in the capital city and met the Tondusian prime minister, who promised to investigate the strike craft's action.

While the officials talked, Kirk's team were given a tour, then led to a prison cell occupied by an elderly man in tattered clothes: the real Courtenay Marshall. His transporter beam had been intercepted, with an imposter taking his place — Romulus had already occupied Tondus, imprisoning families of its leadership to keep them in line. The prime minister and fake Marshall were Romulans. Their grand plan was to replace Kirk's team with doubles through the use of identity transference equipment. The fake officers would return to the Enterprise and lead a fleet of Tondusian strike craft on a purported peace mission to Earth.

Meanwhile, Montgomery Scott received an alert from Earth about the fake Marshall. Nyota Uhura tried hailing Kirk. Although the captain was strapped down and couldn't speak into his communicator, enough background conversation was overheard to expose the Romulan plot. Scott launched the Galileo and three other shuttlecraft toward the surface. Tondusian ships intercepted them and a fierce battle ensued. With effort, Kirk was able to open his communicator and tell Scott where the Tondusian families were being held. Although one shuttle was shot down, the other three made it past ground defenses. Scott's rescue party freed the imprisoned families, then aided Kirk's team. The prime minister and fake Marshall were captured, ending the Romulan plot.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Pavel ChekovJames T. KirkCourtenay MarshallCourtenay Marshall's imposterSpockMontgomery ScottHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed Romulansunnamed Starfleet personnelunnamed USS Enterprise personnel (2260s)

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Galileo (NCC-1701/1)Galileo (II) (class F shuttlecraft) • unnamed class F shuttlecraftTondusian strike craft

LocationsEdit

Tondus
Referenced only 
Earth (Federation Headquarters) • Jupiter

Races and culturesEdit

HumanTondusianVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

FederationFederation CouncilRomulan EmpireStarfleet Intelligence

Science and technologyEdit

cannoncommunicatorescalatorforcefieldmissilephaser rifleradioscannerspacecrafttransporter

Ranks and titlesEdit

ambassadorcaptainchamberlainchief of staffcommanderconsulFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)engineerensignexecutionerFederation Councillorguardlieutenantofficerpresidentpremierprime ministerskipperStarfleet ranksyour excellency

Other referencesEdit

armoryarmybrainwashingbridgecall signDark Agesdestruct systemdevildiplomacyfleetforms of identificationgodhonor guardhostagehouridentity transferencelionmeteor showermeteoritepoliceprisonquartersStarfleet General Orders and RegulationsStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)starshipstratospherethree-dimensional chesstransporter room

TimelineEdit

ChronologyEdit

Published Order
Previous comic:
"The Klingon Ultimatum"
TOS comics
UK comic strips
Next comic:
"Mutiny on the Dorado"

Production historyEdit

  • This story was published in two-page sections over eight consecutive weeks in TV21 & Joe 90 magazine.
March 1970
April 1970
  • 4 April, pages 9-10 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #28
  • 11 April, pages 11-12 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #29
  • 18 April, pages 13-14 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #30
  • 25 April, pages 15-16 published in TV21 & Joe 90 #31
April 2016 
Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 1 (IDW Publishing)
11 May 2017 
Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #10 (Eaglemoss)

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • The story was not printed with a title, but it was given one ("The Marshall Plan") for its reprinting in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 1. The title was a nod to the name of an American plan to help Western Europe recover after World War II.
  • This was the first original Star Trek comic strip printed entirely in black-and-white. (The first original b/w stories were in A Book to Color, a coloring book anthology published in 1967.) It was also the first story in the UK comic strip series which was not printed with panels crossing the magazine's center spread. The final week of "The Klingon Ultimatum" had also been printed b/w. Color returned for the next story arc, "Mutiny on the Dorado".
  • The April 11, 1970 edition featured the cover debut of shuttlecraft and the Galileo. Over at Gold Key Comics, Galileo's hatch appeared on the cover in January 1975's "The Mimicking Menace", but the complete vessel wasn't seen on a cover until September 1978's "A World Against Itself".
  • Tondusian strike craft appeared on covers for issues dated March 14 and April 18, 1970.
  • Perhaps because the creative team lacked appropriate onscreen reference material, the Romulan soldiers were drawn with clothing similar to those of Earth's ancient Roman Empire. While these Romulans did not have exposed ears to tell whether they were pointed, they did exhibit Human eyebrows, implying that they could have been surgically altered, were from a conquered Romulan race that looked human-like, or were doubles of Tondusian citizens.
  • Nyota Uhura took command of the Enterprise when Montgomery Scott led the strike force aboard Galileo. When Scott was unsure how to act, it was Uhura who advised attacking Tondus.
  • It was not explained why a Tondusian strike craft initially attacked the Enterprise. The Romulan plot hinged on using an undamaged Enterprise to escort the Tondusian fleet.
  • Plixeans were more successful when they attempted a similar strategy in "To Rule the Universe".
  • The fake Marshall appeared human, though he did not resemble the real Marshall. Because the substitution was made at the last minute, apparently by intercepting Marshall's transporter beam en route to the Enterprise, it meant that there was not enough time to use the Tondusian identity transference equipment to create an identical double for Marshall. However, he could be an identical double for some other captured human.
  • In the middle of the story, the Tondusian prime minister was addressed as president.
  • Uhura's name was misspelled Uhuru.

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Related storiesEdit

ConnectionsEdit

UK comic strips
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Annual stories 12Captives in SpacePlanet of RejectsGateway to the Future67Planet of the DeadWhat Is This Thing Called Spock?The Gods Have Come!11

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