To Rule the Universe, or UK comic strips, 37th story arc, was the last weekly story arc in the UK comic strips series. It was released in 12 parts in 1973 within issues of Valiant and TV21.

In this story, Plixeans conspired to assassinate the Federation Council and take control of the Federation.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Teaser summary, 3 November, 1973
Lured to the hitherto unknown planet, Plixes, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock had been taken prisoner while the planetary leaders, Gokron and Chekra, had — by means of advanced science — assumed their bodies and minds! Beamed back to the starship Enterprise, Gokron and Chekra were indistinguishable from the real commander and first lieutenant of the starship…


On Earth, Federation Councillors gathered for a month-long conference. In System 330, the USS Enterprise initiated first contact with the leaders of Plixes, who asked to beam aboard as honored guests. Spock was suspicious: how did they know the ship had transporters? As they toured the ship, Gokron and Chekra explained that they had long-range scanners, so they knew about the Federation. They asked if they could be beamed to the conference to ask for Federation membership. Kirk asked first to learn more about Plixes.

Gokron invited Kirk and Spock to visit the planet. Once they spoke with a few Plixeans, however, they realized Gokron was a tyrant. They were then apprehended. Their bodies and memories were imprinted onto Gokron and Chekra, turning them into facsimiles of Kirk and Spock. Gokron and Chekra beamed back to the Enterprise. Admiral Voysey agreed to let "Kirk" plead Plixes' case to the council. Using a long distance transporter setting, "Kirk" and "Spock" beamed directly to Earth, where they set up a sonic stunner and gas generator to kill all of the councillors.

Meanwhile, a jail break interrupted the execution of Kirk and Spock. They allied with escaping prisoners, then fought their way to a communications center. Long-range frequencies were jammed, so they could not warn Earth or be beamed there. To expose the Plixeans, they had to shut off the identity transference equipment. Kirk and Spock aided rebels by using armed shuttlecraft to knock out city defenses. Unfortunately, the identity transference building seemed impregnable. Kirk risked beaming himself to Earth despite the jamming. As he fought the tyrants in the council chambers, rebels finally were able to blow up the Plixes building. Gokron and Chekra reverted to their normal appearance and fled. Before the gas generator detonated, Kirk destroyed it and saved the councillors.

Gokron and Chekra hijacked the Vulcan ambassador's transport and headed at maximum speed to the Klingon border. Kirk suited up to follow in an interceptor craft, but Spock was able to use the long range transporter to beam the Plixeans out of the transport and back to the Enterprise. The tyrants would be handed back to the rebels and their new democratic government.



BradChekraGokronJames T. KirkMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraVoysey • unnamed Federation Councillors (Councillors of the Andorian Empire, United Planets of Tellar, and Confederacy of Vulcan) • unnamed Federation Security Agency officersunnamed Plixeans
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Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Columbus (class F shuttlecraft) • shuttlecraftNemesisVulcan Ambassador's transport
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Klingon starships


Border of the Klingon EmpireEarth (Federation Council ChambersSpaceportSupreme Headquarters of the Federation) • PlixesSystem 330
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Romulan Neutral Zone (Border Sector Six)

Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

Andorian EmpireConfederacy of VulcanCouncil of the United Federation of PlanetsFederationFederation Security AgencyKlingon EmpirePlixes Democratic UnionPlixes Department of ScienceRomulan EmpireUnited Planets of Tellar

Science and technologyEdit

anti-aircraft batterybrain-implantation machinebrain patterncommunicatorcomputercoordinatesdeep space transmitterforcefieldgas generatoridentity transferenceinterceptorlaboratorylaser cannonlong distance transportermetabolic alteration machinerymissilePADDphaserpistolray-probereconnaissance proberiflerocketscannersciencetape recordertransporterType 2 phaser

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralambassadorcaptaincitizencommanderCommanding Officer, Starfleet CommanddelegatedictatorFederation CouncillorFederation Starfleet ranks (2270s)first lieutenantfirst officerguardgunnerhelmsmanlieutenantmayorofficerprime ministerprisonerranksrebelscientistsentryskippersupreme commander

Other referencesEdit

75th Annual Federation ConferencearrestatmospherebeveragebluffbrainbridgecarboncenturycitycivilizationconferenceDark Agesdemocracydictatorshipdogdungeonempireespionageexecutionexecution yardFederation conferencefirst contactfleetfreedomgasgovernmenthospitality centerhousehypnotismjaillifelionlogicminutemonthparking orbitplanetpoliceprisonprobescannersecondsewersoundspaceStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)starshipstar systemstatuesteelstonetelepathytransporter roomtroopsuniversevideoviewscreenVulcan neck pinch




Related storiesEdit




UK comic strips
Weekly story arcs 12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334353637
Annual stories 12Captives in SpacePlanet of RejectsGateway to the Future67Planet of the DeadWhat Is This Thing Called Spock?The Gods Have Come!11

Production historyEdit

Published Order
Previous comic:
"Shell Game"
TOS comics
UK comic strips
Next comic:
"The Gods Have Come!"
  • This story was published over 12 weekly issues, two pages at a time.
October 1973
November 1973
  • 3 November: Pages 7-8 published in Valiant and TV21 #110
  • 10 November: Pages 9-10 published in Valiant and TV21 #111
  • 17 November: Pages 11-12 published in Valiant and TV21 #112
  • 24 November: Pages 13-14 published in Valiant and TV21 #113
December 1973
  • 1 December: Pages 15-16 published in Valiant and TV21 #114
  • 8 December: Pages 17-18 published in Valiant and TV21 #115
  • 15 December: Pages 19-20 published in Valiant and TV21 #116
  • 22 December: Pages 21-22 published in Valiant and TV21 #117
  • 29 December: Pages 23-24 published in Valiant and TV21 #118

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