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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!

SummaryEdit

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...

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

DeanHuntJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyJanice RandSpockK-G giant cannibal plantK-G running vine plantK-G cattle beastsK-G tumbleweed plantsUSS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnelunnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)

LocationsEdit

Shipboard locationsEdit

USS Enterprise 
bridgeteleportation chamberlaboratorybriefing room

Planets and planetoidsEdit

K-G

Stellar regionsEdit

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

Races and culturesEdit

HumanVulcanplant species

Materials and substancesEdit

atmospherebloodgasoxygen

Technology and weaponsEdit

binocularsidentification braceletphaserspace scopestarshipteleporterTV radioTV scanner

States and organizationsEdit

StarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Ranks and titlesEdit

captaincommandercommanding officerFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerlieutenant commanderofficerscientistscience officer

Other referencesEdit

anatomyanimalbootcaptain's logcattleclothingcobracrewmanfingerfive-year missionfoggalaxygovernmentguinea pighomeworldhumanoidlanguagelifeformlog entrymatternation-stateorbitpantsplanetplantquadrantraces and culturesranksecurityspacesporestarstardateStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2260s)technologytitletunicuniformuniverseweapon

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • 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.
  • 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.

ImagesEdit

ConnectionsEdit

published order
Previous comic:
First issue
TOS comics
Gold Key Star Trek
Next comic:
#2: The Devil's Isle of Space
Previous comic:
#28: The Mimicking Menace
TOS comics
Gold Key Star Trek
Next comic:
#30: Death of a Star
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Prophet of Peace
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Shadow Lord

Production history Edit

July 1967 
First published by Gold Key Comics
1967 
Reproduced on b/w filmstrips for Star Trek Movie Viewer (Chemtoy Corporation)
1969 
Printed in hardcover in Star Trek Annual (1969) (World Distributors Limited)
1971 
Printed in oversized hardcover in Star Trek Television Picture Story Book (PBS Limited)
1972 
Printed b/w in Australia in Star Trek #22063 (Rosnock Publications)
1972 
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
1978 
Printed b/w in Australia in Star Trek #28004 (Rosnock Publications)
1978 
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)
2004 
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 Star Trek 100-page Spectacular #5 (IDW)

Translations Edit

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)
1972 
French: In the omnibus Star Trek Album #1 (Remparts)
1973 
German: As "Der Staat der Mörderischen Pflanzen" in Zak Comic Box #8: Neue Adbenteuer De Enterprise (Koralle)
1974 
Dutch: As "De Staat van de Bloeddorstige Planten" in Star Trek #A1 (De Vrijbuiter)
1974 
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)
1979 
Dutch: In the omnibus Ruimteschip Enterprise Classics Strip-Paperback #3 (De Vrijbuiter)
1979 
German: As "Der Staat der Mörderischen Pflanzen" in the omnibus Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Taschenbuch #3 (Condor)
1980 
German: As "Der Staat der Mörderischen Pflanzen" in some editions of Condor Superheiden #1: Star Trek Jahrbuch (Condor-Verlag)
2005 
Italian: In the omnibus The Gold Key Collection, Volume 1 (Free Books)

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