Memory Beta, non-canon Star Trek Wiki

A friendly reminder regarding spoilers! At present the expanded Trek universe is in a period of major upheaval with the finale of Year Five, the Coda miniseries and the continuations of Discovery, Picard and Lower Decks; and the premieres of Prodigy and Strange New Worlds, the advent of new eras in Star Trek Online gaming, as well as other post-55th Anniversary publications. Therefore, please be courteous to other users who may not be aware of current developments by using the {{spoiler}}, {{spoilers}} or {{majorspoiler}} tags when adding new information from sources less than six months old. Also, please do not include details in the summary bar when editing pages and do not anticipate making additions relating to sources not yet in release. 'Thank You


Memory Beta, non-canon Star Trek Wiki

Voodoo from across space it makes its deadly mark on Earth! — "The Voodoo Planet" was the seventh issue of the Gold Key Comics TOS series. Published in March 1970, the story was the seventh written by Dick Wood and the fifth drawn by Alberto Giolitti. It was reprinted as issue 45 in July 1977 using the same cover imagery.


In all the explorations of space, the star ship Enterprise has never encountered such an incredible sight! It staggered the minds of the most seasoned voyagers ... for they had rocketed into the most terrifying world of the universe — on ... The Voodoo Planet!


Captain's log, stardate 24:17.9 - This day in our exploration of deep space, something of significance was detected..."

The Enterprise discovers a planet which looks exactly like Earth. Kirk and Spock beam down near the Eiffel Tower, where they discover that the city is apparently uninhabited and the tower is made of papier-mâché. A laser ray strikes the tower, causing it to topple onto nearby buildings, and a voice welcomes them to its private world. Back on the Enterprise, Sulu reports that the real Eiffel Tower on the real Earth has also collapsed... at the exact same time that the fake one did. McCoy and Spock note the similarities to voodoo, and Kirk realizes that Earth is in danger.

After the Colosseum is also destroyed, the Enterprise tracks the source of the laser to a planet behind a cloud of space trash. They discover humanoid natives throwing spears into Human dolls, and a man wearing a robe and hood who is destroying the Sphinx. Kirk and Spock try to catch him, but are stopped by natives sticking pins into voodoo dolls resembling them. They are caged by the hooded man, who is revealed as Count Dressler, the mad ruler of a tiny kingdom on Earth who fled after his plan to take over the world was defeated. After learning the secrets of the people of the "voodoo planet," he now intends to hold the Starfleet officers hostage and use voodoo to wreak destruction on Earth unless his demand for amnesty is met.

McCoy frees Kirk and Spock, and they return to the Enterprise. The voodoo dolls are used on them again, but McCoy injects them with painkillers. Kirk and Spock research Vulcan occult history and learn of the Pain Casters, a clan who used rituals similar to voodoo. They undergo the ritual, becoming immune to Dressler's voodoo. They return to the planet, destroy the laser ray and capture Dressler, intending to punish him by leaving him on an uninhabited planet (implied to be the imitation Earth he created).



DresslerJames T. KirkLeonard McCoySpockHikaru SuluUnnamed Voodooites
Referenced only

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Dressler's space cruiser


a papier-mâché copy of Earthvoodoo planet
Referenced only
Earth (ColosseumEgyptEiffel TowerGreat SphinxLeaning Tower of PisaParisRome)

Races and cultures


States and organizations

Pain CastersUnited Federation of Planets

Other references

counthydrogen bomblasermonoclepapier-mâchéproton bombspearvoodoo



  • This story has been released ten times in English and has been translated 15 times into other languages: German (3x), Italian (3x), Portuguese (3x), French (2x), Dutch (2x), Serbian and Spanish.
  • This story was published in issue #7 as a 26-page story. It was cut to 23 pages for its reprinting in issue #45, excluding original pages 6, 12, and 24.



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:
#6: When Planets Collide
TOS comics (Gold Key) Next comic:
#8: The Youth Trap
Previous comic:
#44: Prince Traitor
TOS comics (Gold Key) Next comic:
#46: Mr. Oracle
Previous story:
When Planets Collide
Stories by:
Dick Wood
Next story:
The Youth Trap
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Mr. Oracle
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
A Page From Scotty's Diary
Previous comic:
Mr. Oracle
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year Two Next comic:
A Page From Scotty's Diary
Production history
March 1970
First published by Gold Key Comics
Printed in hardcover in Star Trek Annual 1972 (World Distributors Limited)
Printed in b/w in Star Trek Comic Album (1974) (World Distributors Limited)
August 1976
Printed in the omnibus The Enterprise Logs, Volume 1 (Golden Press)
July 1977
Reprinted by Gold Key Comics as issue #45 (excluding pages 6, 12 and 24)
1 October 1977 - 24 December 1977
Serialized in Mighty TV Comic #1346 - 1358
2004 June
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 #7 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 2 (IDW)
30 March 2017
Remastered in hardcover in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #7 (Eaglemoss)
May 1972
Portuguese: As "O Planeta Enfeitiçado" in b/w in Jornada Nas Estrelas #6 (1st series) (Ebal)
November 1972
Italian: As "Il Pianeta Voodoo" in Star Trek Albi Spada #7 (Edizioni Fratelli Spada)
December 1972
French: As "La Planète Vaudou" in Star Trek #1 (1st series) (Remparts)
1972 or 1973
French: In the omnibus Star Trek Album #2 (Remparts)
26 May 1973
Spanish: As "El Planeta Vudú" in TV Mundial #249 Viaje a las Estrellas (Editorial Novaro)
German: Serialized over four issues as "Planet der Zauberer" in Zack 1973 #6-9 (Koralle)
11 November 1974
In Serbian in TV 3AБABHИK
Dutch: As "De Voedoeplaneet" in b/w in Star Trek #2 (De Vrijbuiter)
Italian: As "Il Pianeta Voodoo" in Raccolta Superspada #4 (Edizioni Fratelli Spada)
1978 March
Portuguese: As "O Planeta Enfeitiçado" in the omnibus Jornada Nas Estrelas Special (Abril)
2 May 1978
Portuguese: In b/w in O Caminho das Estrelas #7 (Aguiar)
Dutch: In the omnibus Ruimteschip Enterprise Classics Strip-Paperback #2 (De Vrijbuiter)
German: As "Der Voodoo-Planet" in the omnibus Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Taschenbuch #2 (Condor)
German: As "Der Voodoo-Planet" in some editions of Condor Superheiden #1: Star Trek Jahrbuch (Condor-Verlag)
Italian: In the omnibus The Gold Key Collection, Volume 2 (Free Books)

External links