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An expedition team discovers its secret—too late… K-G, planet of death!
K-2, planet of death, where cannibal plants stalk animal prey!


Captain's log, stardate 18:09.2 
Enterprise carrying out exploration mission through Galaxy Alpha. So far we've seen no indication of life anywhere in the galaxy.

The Enterprise's space scope detects a fertile green planet. Scotty comments that it looks "Kelly Green" and Captain Kirk orders a landing party to be assembled. While approaching the planet, the Enterprise passes through a mist, within which float plant spores which fasten themselves to the hull and quickly penetrate the ship. The spores cause the laboratory guinea pigs to transform into tree-like plants which attack Spock and Dr. McCoy, but are soon destroyed by security guards.

While Spock investigates how the transformation occurred, Kirk leads the landing party to the planet, which has been named K-G. While exploring, Crewman Hunt is exposed to spores and transforms into a giant plant. The rest of the landing party are nearly devoured by a carnivorous plant, but the transformed Hunt sacrifices himself to save them. After a brief funeral, the party discovers that K-G is inhabited by intelligent plants. They escape from attacking trees and take shelter in a nearby cave, but Rand is grabbed by a vine and dragged away. The others chase after the plant, which deposits her inside a large enclosure where animals are grazing.

The landing party uses their phasers on the wall of thorns which surrounds the enclosure, but the thorns regenerate as fast as they are destroyed. Kirk sees the plants herding the animals away, and after gaining a vantage point from a rock pinnacle, they see that the plants consume the animals for food. Kirk calls the Enterprise and has Spock fire a pinpoint phaser beam at the thorn wall, destroying it and allowing them to rescue Rand from being eaten. Kirk orders Spock to beam them back up to the ship just before the plants can infect them with more plant spores.

On the Enterprise, Spock tells Kirk that the spores pose a threat to life on all other planets in the galaxy. They therefore use the ship's weaponry to destroy all life on K-G.

Captain's log, stardate 18:10 
We are orbiting the planet Kelly Green, performing what will be our last duty here… Total destruction—a mission that must be fulfilled before we can continue our tour of research through the vast reaches of the universe



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Starships and vehicles[]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Shipboard locations[]

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Planets and planetoids[]


Stellar regions[]

the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants (Galaxy Alpha)

Races and cultures[]

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Technology and weapons[]

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States and organizations[]

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Ranks and titles[]

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Other references[]

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  • This is Janice Rand's sole Gold Key Comics appearance, aside from a one-panel cameo in issue #24, TOS comic: "The Trial of Captain Kirk", and the first of her very few appearances in any Star Trek comic.
  • A new cover painting created for the reprint edition depicts the attack on the landing party by a K-G running vine plant. It showed Dean's arm and leg mutating into tree branches. In the story, this transformation actually happened to Hunt during a prior attack by a K-G giant cannibal plant.
  • In 1975, Gold Key began augmenting its Star Trek run by reprinting occasional issues. This was the first issue to be reprinted.
  • This story has been released 32 times. In English, it was printed 14 times, scanned for a DVD and reproduced on filmstrips. In other languages, it was printed 16 times: French (3x), German (3x), Portuguese (3x), Dutch (2x), Italian (2x), Finnish, Serbian and Spanish.
  • As the first Star Trek comic story, produced while the series was still brand-new and on TV, the story contains several notable departures from established canon. Spock, for example, is depicted as fully emotional, even exclaiming in relief when the landing party returns. His resolution to the dilemma - decimating all life on the planet - is also out of character. The Enterprise also has some notable differences, with her warp engines depicted as standard rockets - with a third rocket motor expelling flame from what should be the shuttle bay. The transporter is also depicted differently, with the beam emitters at the sides rather than above. Such deviations from the TV show would continue through the early issues of the comic.




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#2: The Devil's Isle of Space
Previous comic:
#28: The Mimicking Menace
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#30: Death of a Star
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Prophet of Peace
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Shadow Lord
Production history[]
July 1967 
First published by Gold Key Comics
Reproduced on b/w filmstrips for Star Trek Movie Viewer (Chemtoy Corporation)
Printed in hardcover in Star Trek Annual 1969 (World Distributors Limited)
Printed in oversized hardcover in Star Trek Television Picture Story Book (PBS Limited)
Printed b/w in Australia in Star Trek #22063 (Rosnock Publications)
Printed b/w in Hong Kong and the Philippines in Star Trek #22063 (South Pacific Publications)
March 1975 
Reprinted with a new cover image by Gold Key Comics as issue #29
August 1976 
Printed in the omnibus The Enterprise Logs, Volume 1 (Golden Press)
18 September 1976 - 4 December 1976 
Serialized weekly in Mighty TV Comic #1292 - 1303
Printed b/w in Australia in Star Trek #28004 (Rosnock Publications)
Printed b/w in Hong Kong and the Philippines in Star Trek #28004 (South Pacific Publications)
June 2004 
Printed in the omnibus The Key Collection, Volume 1 (Checker Book Publishing Group)
The cover, two images and a quote were reprinted on Gold Key Chase Card #1 in the card set Quotable Star Trek (Rittenhouse Archives)
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 1 (IDW)
5 January 2017 
Remastered in hardcover in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #1 (Eaglemoss)
February 2017 
Remastered in Gold Key 100-Page Spectacular (IDW)
December 1971 
Portuguese: As "O Planeta da Morte" in b/w in Jornada Nas Estrelas #1 (1st series) (Ebal)
18 March 1972 
Spanish: As "El Planeta de la Muerte" in TV Mundial #218 Viaje a las Estrellas (Editorial Novaro)
April 1972 
Italian: As "KG, Pianeta della Morte" in Star Trek Albi Spada #1 (Edizioni Fratelli Spada)
11 June 1972 
French: As "Planète de la Mort" in Les Héros de L'aventure #2 (Remparts)
French: In the omnibus Star Trek Album #1 (Remparts)
German: As "Der Staat der Mörderischen Pflanzen" in Zak Comic Box #8: Neue Adbenteuer De Enterprise (Koralle)
Dutch: As "De Staat van de Bloeddorstige Planten" in Star Trek #A1 (De Vrijbuiter)
Finnish: As "Kasviolennot" in Avaruusmatka Star Trek #9 (Apulehti)
14 June 1975 
Serbian: in TV 3AБABHИK
August 1975 
Portuguese: As "Os Monstros Vegetais" in Diversões Juvenis Presents Jornada Nas Estrelas #1 (Abril)
15 March 1978 
Portuguese: In b/w in O Caminho das Estrelas #1 (Aguiar)
August 1978 
French: As "La Planète sans Retour" in Rin Tin Tin et Rusty #103 (Sagédition)
Dutch: In the omnibus Ruimteschip Enterprise Classics Strip-Paperback #3 (De Vrijbuiter)
German: As "Der Staat der Mörderischen Pflanzen" in the omnibus Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Taschenbuch #3 (Condor)
German: As "Der Staat der Mörderischen Pflanzen" in some editions of Condor Superheiden #1: Star Trek Jahrbuch (Condor-Verlag)
Italian: In the omnibus The Gold Key Collection, Volume 1 (Free Books)

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