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To Swiftly Go...

"To Swiftly Go..." was an 18-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip. It was the 30th weekly story arc in the UK comic strips series, published in nine installments in Valiant and TV21 in 1972. In this story, a landing party visits a planet of giant humanoids.

Description

Omnibus teaser
The Enterprise crew visits Kwettir, whose natives are ten times normal human size. Shot down by a hunter, the officers are captured by a giant child and nearly consumed by a massive spider.

Summary

Leaving Pavel Chekov in command, James T. Kirk, Spock, Leonard McCoy, Montgomery Scott and a pilot head to a diplomatic mission to meet Governor Antar of Kwettir. While traveling via shuttlecraft, an enormous bird swipes at the ship. Scott is forced to shoot it with the ship's phasers, but it lands next to a hunter who thinks the shuttle might be a hawk and fires at it with his rifle. The back third of the shuttle is instantly shredded, but luckily the shuttle crash-lands in water. Although the pilot dies, the others make it to shore, realizing that everything on the planet is on a huge scale relative to them, with the Kwettirian humanoids being more than 100 feet tall.

They ignite a fire so jetcopters will notice them, but instead a boy named Togor stuffs them in his pocket, then leaves them in a jar in his bedroom. As Spock tries to repair his communicator, a curious spider climbs onto the jar. The landing party is able to roll the jar over and shatter it against the floor. Returning, the boy hears the noise and swats the spider. He puts Kirk, Scott and McCoy onto a toy train, but Spock remains hidden. Realizing his shipmates could be killed by the relatively high speed of the train on the oval track, Spock fires a toy cannon at the boy to draw his attention. It works, allowing Kirk to disable the train engine with a well-aimed phaser blast, and they all manage to slip away under the bedroom door.

By this time, Antar's aide Clorac has figured out the size differential. Antar updates Chekov, then makes a public broadcast on television asking citizens to look for the visitors. Togor overhears and tells his parents the tiny people had been in his room, but had escaped. Meanwhile, the officers have made it outside, but are cornered by a group of ants. Spock's translator communicator at last begins to work, and by using its amplification circuits the boy hears them and saves them from the ants.

Later, the landing party attends a reception and conference, with Kwettir expected to sign a friendship treaty with the Federation.

References

Characters

AntarPavel ChekovCloracGordaJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMornicMontgomery ScottSpockTogorNyota Uhuraunnamed USS Enterprise personnel (2260s) (pilot)

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • jetcopterrockettrainunnamed shuttlecraft

Locations

Kwettir
Referenced only
EarthJupiter

Races and cultures

HumanKwettirianVulcan

States and organizations

Earth ControlFederation

Science and technology

communicationscommunicatorcomputerengineintercomphaserprobeprojectile weaponradioriflescannertelevisiontranslator communicatortransporteruniversal translatorvideoviewscreen

Ranks and titles

aidecaptainensignfarmerFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)governorhunterpilotpolicemanranksenior officerskipperStarfleet ranks

Other references

antassignment patchatmospherebeambirdbookbridgebuttoncannoncarpetcivilizationcricketdeskdress uniformelectricityfairy taleflyfurnitureglassgrasshawkhistoryhourinsectluteminnekmistle thrushmotororbitplanetrodentreplicasecondsickbayslaveryspacespiderspider webstarStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)star systemteddy beartransporter roomtreatytreeuniversevolleyballwaterwheel

Appendices

Related media

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Connections

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"

Timeline

Published Order
Previous comic:
The Collector
TOS comics
UK comic strips
Next comic:
The Mindless Ones

Production history

  • This story was serialized in two-page sections over nine consecutive weeks in Valiant and TV21 magazine. All issues were 36 pages, with the Star Trek segment printed in color on pages 18-19, except for issue 37, which was 40 pages with the segment printed on pages 20-21.
May 1972
June 1972
  • 3 June 1972: Pages 5-6 published in Valiant and TV21 #36.
  • 10 June 1972: Pages 7-8 published in Valiant and TV21 #37.
  • 17 June 1972: Pages 9-10 published in Valiant and TV21 #38.
  • 24 June 1972: Pages 11-12 published in Valiant and TV21 #39.
July 1972
  • 1 July 1972: Pages 13-14 published in Valiant and TV21 #40.
  • 8 July 1972: Pages 15-16 published in Valiant and TV21 #41.
  • 15 July 1972: Pages 17-18 published in Valiant and TV21 #42.
December 2016
Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 2 (IDW Publishing)
1 February 2018
Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #29 (Eaglemoss)

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