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"The Zodian Sacrifice" was a four-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip published in 1971. It was the sixth of 11 annual stories in the UK comic strips series and first appeared in the publication TV21 Annual 1972.


Omnibus teaser
A Zodian vessel attacks the Enterprise and immediately surrenders, its crew hoping to gain passage from the planet Korak, a dinosaur-inhabited world on which they had been trapped.


The USS Enterprise arrives at Korak to check out Starfleet Intelligence reports of recent activity by the hostile Zodian Empire. A Zodian vessel launches from the surface and fires on the Enterprise. Hikaru Sulu returns fire, and the Zodians signal their surrender.

Once aboard the starship, they confess to James T. Kirk that huge dinosaurs killed most of their expedition and wrecked their base. They don't even have enough fuel to leave the planet. Kirk and two crewmembers conduct a fly-by in the Galileo, confirming that the base is destroyed and spotting a wrecked Zodian spacecraft. Suddenly a paw from an immense armor-plated dinosaur swipes at the shuttle, hurling it into the trees and knocking Kirk unconscious.

The creature lumbers toward the shuttle to try to eat it. By the time Kirk comes to, a second shuttlecraft has arrived and is distracting the dinosaur. The second ship self-destructs against the side of the creature, giving Galileo time to escape. Spock later explains that the Zodian crew volunteered to save Kirk to regain their honor. Kirk hopes their sacrifice will lead to improved relations with the Zodians.



James T. KirkSpockNyota Uhuraunnamed Zodians
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Hikaru Sulu

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Galileo (NCC-1701/B) (class F shuttlecraft) • NCC-1701/C (class F shuttlecraft) • Zodian starship


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Races and cultures


States and organizations

FederationStarfleet IntelligenceZodian Empire

Science and technology

force fieldfuelenginescannerweapon

Ranks and titles

captainFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)gunnery officerStarfleet ranks

Other references

atmospherebattle stationsbrigdinosaurempirehonorhurricaneorbitplanetspacestarStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)starshipsuicidetree


Related media


  • The story was not printed with a title, but it was given one ("The Zodian Sacrifice") for its reprinting in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 3.
  • This story was printed on pages 4-7 of TV21 Annual 1972, followed by 17 non-Star Trek stories. A side view of the Enterprise appeared among the illustrations on the inside covers.
  • Publication release date was April 1971. (TV21 Annual 1972 article at the Star Trek Reading Order website)
  • The Galileo shuttlecraft in this story bore the registry number NCC-1701/B. The unnamed shuttle piloted by Zodians had the registry NCC-1701/C.
  • At the end of the story, Kirk referred to the Zodian Empire and the Federation as "two empires".
  • The presence of warp nacelle spikes on the Enterprise suggests a placement for this story in 2265 following the death of Gary Mitchell.


UK comic strips
Weekly story arcs "Life Form Nonexistent" • "The Crucial Element" • "Beware the Beast" • "The Third Party" • "The Children of Stai" • "Skin Deep" • "The Eagles Have Landed" • "Spectre of the Zond" • "Nor Any Drop to Drink" • "Menace of the Moloth" • "The Klingon Ultimatum" • "The Marshall Plan" • "Mutiny on the Dorado" • "The Ageless One" • "Thorpex" • "Under the Sea" • "Revolt on Dak-Alpha" • "Where Giants Tread" • "I, Emperor" • "Slaves of the Frogmen" • "Key Witness" • "Nova-Thirteen" • "Prison Break" • "Vibrations in Time" • "The Aging World" • "By Order of the Empire" • "Creeping Death" • "Ground Zero" • "The Collector" • "To Swiftly Go..." • "The Mindless Ones" • "The Perithees Alliance" • "The Saboteur Within" • "The Void of Storms" • "Spheres of War" • "Shell Game" • "To Rule the Universe"
Annual stories "Target: Zargot" • "A Bite of the Apple" • "Captives in Space" • "Planet of Rejects" • "Gateway to the Future" • "The Zodian Sacrifice" • "Smoke and Mirrors" • "Planet of the Dead" • "What Is This Thing Called Spock?" • "The Gods Have Come!" • "Rock and a Hard Place"


Published Order
Previous comic:
Gateway to the Future
TOS comics (UK comic strips Annuals) Next comic:
Smoke and Mirrors
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Vibrations in Time
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Dark Traveler
Previous comic:
Vibrations in Time
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), Year One Next comic:
Dark Traveler
Production history
April 1971
First printed in TV21 Annual 1972 (World Distributors)
September 2017
Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 3. (IDW Publishing)
16 July 2020
Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection, Volume 121. (Eaglemoss Collections)

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