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Death grazes the Enterprise crew when 10,000-year-old mummies come to life! — "The Mummies of Heitius VII" was a Star Trek comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1973, the 21st issue of their TOS series. It was the 19th comic drawn by Alberto Giolitti and the first of five written by John Warner.


Space — a great, dark canopy draped silently across the universe, veiling its mysteries! The crew of the starship Enterprise search out these mysteries — but none they'd encountered before was as fearful as the secret of Heitius VII!


Captain's log, stardate 30:26.5. The Enterprise has been ordered to Heitius VII to transport an alien mummy from the archeological diggings to a Federation Alien Life Studies Institute! Spock, McCoy and security personnel have taken the shuttlecraft Galileo down, since transporting might prove harmful to the mummy!

The mummy had been a king, and after it is safely stored in stasis, Doctor Moria Starr and a security detachment bring it aboard the Galileo and up to the Enterprise.

Captain's log, supplementary! Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy and two security personnel are being conducted about the ancient city on Heitius VII! This planet is a class MZ... depleted, stripped of its resources, it is now only an arid desert!

After the mummy is stowed, it opens its eyes, knocks out two security guards and sneaks briefly into the computer core before returning to its electronic sarcophagus. They assume someone aboard must have been responsible, and Kirk doubles the guard. Suddenly the ship breaks orbit and leaves the star system at high warp, on a course for the Romulan Neutral Zone.

Captain's log, stardate 30:26.6. Somehow the Enterprise has come under the control of a 10,000-year-old mummy! Its purpose is unknown, but it is plunging the ship into deadly enemy space! Thankfully, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy are safe on Heitius VII!

Back on the planet, an archeologist shows Doctor Stephen Mohr, Spock, Jennings and Williams a new discovery: three more mummies found in a buried research laboratory. These mummies contaid cybernetic components. Williams accidentally leans on a button which reactivates the three mummies. They menacingly approach the team — phasers are ineffective, deflected by personal force fields. Spock tries hailing the ship and realizes it has left orbit. The mummies knock them all unconscious, then splay Jennings on a table to begin converting him into a cyborg.

On the Enterprise, their mummy commandeers engineering. A Romulan patrol ship awaits the starship at the border, its torpedoes fully armed. Starr goes through planetary records and determines that the cyborg king is obeying ancient programming to save his people by taking them to another world, unaware that 10,000 years have passed. Starr interferes with Kirk's efforts to save the ship, protecting the mummy as an invaluable artifact, but Montgomery Scott is able to send a power feedback into the mummy and short-circuit it. He reprograms the cyborg to restore the helm, and at the last moment the ship is diverted from Romulan space.

On Heitius VII, Spock realizes that the three mummies cannot have much energy left in their power cells. He, McCoy, and Williams resume firing their phasers as them. Their force fields begin to drain, they run out of power, and then they deactivate, saving Jennings.

Captain's log: supplementary! We returned to Heitius VII to pick up Spock, McCoy and the rest, where we learned of their adventures with three other mummies! The mummies were all secured and we finally transported them to the Federation Alien Life Studies Institute!



James T. KirkSpockLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottHikaru SuluManningMoria StarrStephen MohrAshermanLevitzWilliamsJenningsRomulan commander with eyepatchunnamed Romulansunnamed USS Enterprise personnelunnamed Heitians
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Pavel Chekov

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Galileo (class F shuttlecraft) • Romulan scout ship


Federation Alien Life Studies InstituteHeitius VIIRomulan Neutral Zone
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Centaurus VEarth

Races and cultures


States and organizations

United Federation of Planets
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Klingon EmpireScience Ministry

Science and technology

communicatorcomputercomputer corecyberneticscyborgdrugelectronic sarcophagusforce fieldlaboratorymachinemicrofilmphaserphoton torpedopower cellrobotsciencesectortechnologytricorder

Ranks and titles

archeologistcaptaindoctorengineerFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)guardkinglieutenantscience ministerscience officersecurity officerStarfleet ranks

Other references

antimatterarcheologybridgebriefing roomcityClass MZcommunicationscosmic raycrewdesertecologyeggemotionengineeringguinea pighangar deckhelmheresyhullhyperspeedimpulselibrarylogicminutemummyorbitpalacepyramidrevoltsecurityskeletonsolar systemstarStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)starshipstatuesuicidesurgeryuniversewarp factorwarp sixyear


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  • The mummies in this particular story are, in a number of ways, similar to the Borg.
  • Spock appears on the cover of this issue inexplicably wearing an operations division redshirt, rather than his normal blue sciences division shirt.
  • Chekov is referred to as "security officer" in this story, foreshadowing a role he would later assume in canon productions. Although paged by name to the briefing room, he neither appears nor has any dialogue in this issue.
  • The crewman shown being attacked on the cover is wearing a red shirt, however, the only person in the story to be attacked in that manner was Jennings, who wore a command division yellow shirt.
  • An identical Romulan vessel drifted across the path of the Enterprise in the UK comic strips story "The Perithees Alliance". Kirk didn't recognize it, implying that the other story might have taken place prior to this one. That ship brought Pavel Chekov and Ambassador Sork to the nearest Romulan-occupied planet.
  • The reprint in Star Trek Annual 1975 omitted the teaser page, adding the story's title to the first panel of page 2.
  • This story has been released seven times in English and has been translated into Dutch, Finnish, German and Italian.



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!"


Published Order
Previous comic:
#20: A World Gone Mad
TOS comics (Gold Key) Next comic:
#22: Siege in Superspace
Previous story:
first Star Trek story
Stories by:
John Warner
Next story:
The Perfect Dream
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Shore Leave
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Heart of the Sun
Previous comic:
Shore Leave
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year Two Next comic:
Heart of the Sun
Production history
November 1973
First published by Gold Key Comics
1974 August
Printed in hardcover in Star Trek Annual 1975 (World Distributors Limited)
1976 August
Printed in the omnibus The Enterprise Logs, Volume 3 (Golden Press)
2004 June
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)
2014 August
Remastered in hardcover in the omnibus Gold Key Archives, Volume 4 (IDW)
7 December 2017
Remastered in hardcover in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #25 (Eaglemoss)
Finnish: As "n Muumiot" in Avaruusmatka Star Trek #5 (Apulehti)
Dutch: As "De Mummies van Heitus VII" in b/w in Star Trek #9 (De Vrijbuiter)
German: Abridged as "Das Geheimnis der Fremden Planeten" in the omnibus Zack Comic Box #21: Enterprise (Koralle-Verlag)
Italian: In the omnibus The Gold Key Collection, Volume 6 (Free Books)

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