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For other uses, see Trial by Fire.

"Trial by Fire!" was the unpublished comic that would have been #62 in the Gold Key Comics TOS series. "Trial By Fire" was to be written by John Warner but the series was cancelled before the comic's completion. The script and draft artwork for this story did eventually find its way into print, in volume 124 of the Eaglemoss Collections Graphic Novel Collection.

A script and more information can be found at the bottom of this page at the Star Trek Comics Checklist.


Script teaser
The drama of the galaxy is played out by a diverse cast, some of whom regard themselves a superior to all others, losing sight of the essential universal truth — that the whole is enriched by its many parts...


The Enterprise was rushing to save a planet from a huge fireball.

Log entries

Captain's log, stardate 3708.2.
The Enterprise has just completed its yearly inspection at Hub Station Six... We were completing some test maneuvers for the Hub engineers...
Ship's log, supplemental, Spock in command.
Captain Kirk, Varrik and the landing party are on Orgone! We have lost radio contact! My plan to utilize an anti-matter implant seems to have failed! We are left with a sharply reduced power level!
Captain's log, Stardate 3708.2.
The Enterprise has been met by the Federation Starship Exeter! We were beamed up off of Orgone and preparations are being made to tow the Enterprise with the Exeter's tractor system.



ByrneCockrumPy'nath CyrgethJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockTalonTerakVarrik TrineNyota Uhuraunnamed USS Exeter personnel (CO)

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS Exeter (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


OrgoneOrion (corporate energy research platform)
Referenced only
EarthHub Station Six

Races and cultures


States and organizations

Consolidated Galactic Shares, Inc.FederationStarfleet Command

Science and classification

chemistryclass Mcommunicatorimpulse powerknifelife supportmathematicsmedscannerphaserphoton torpedosedativeshieldsspearspectrographtractor beamviewscreen

Ranks and titles

captaincrew memberdoctorengineerexecutorguardlieutenantpresidentpriestsecurity officershaman

Other references

antimatterbeambridgecitycomadilithiumengineeringfeverfirefireballfirst contactfuelgalaxygodlanding partymagicminutemoonorbitoxygenpeaceplanetreligionspacespacelanestonesubspacevacuumwarp factor warp sixweaponwood


Related media


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"
Games "Voyage of Discovery" • "The Tunnel of Death" • "... Wild Goose Chase!" • "A Hint of Life" • "Space Chase" • "Escape from the Clinging Dags"
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 "The Exile" • "The Red Hour" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "The Menace of the Mechanitrons" • "Trial by Fire!"

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