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"Under the Sea" was an 18-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip published in 1970. It was the 16th story arc in the UK comic strips series, released in six parts within issues of TV21 Weekly. This was the last of four stories drawn by Mike Noble. In this story, Galileo searched underwater for a missing survey ship.

Publisher's description[]

Omnibus teaser
Kirk's crew investigates the disappearance of a Federation survey expedition to Tekkor, whose population moved beneath the sea nine centuries prior when a storm flooded all surface land.


Aboard the Galileo, James T. Kirk, Pavel Chekov, Smith and three other crewmen searched the water world Tekkor for wreckage of Survey II, which vanished two months earlier. When Galileo reached the site of the surveyor's final transmission, a massive red octopus monster emerged from the ocean and grabbed the shuttlecraft in mid-air. Kirk electrified the hull, shocking the animal into releasing them, but Galileo plummeted wildly into the sea.

After they regained control of the ship, they headed for the sea floor to search for wreckage, traveling deep enough that the sea blocked communications with the USS Enterprise. They suddenly spotted more octopus monsters. But as they evaded them, ice formed around the Galileo. It was dragged through an airlock into a hangar next to the missing survey ship. Kirk's crew disembarked and located the survey team nearby in stasis chambers. Armed Tekkorians approached, and, thinking one of them was about to shoot, Chekov instinctively fired at them. Eventually Kirk's group were captured.

Early the next day, Spock took shuttle NCC-1701/8 alone on a rescue mission. He came upon an underwater battle between octopus monsters and several Tekkorian sea-snakes. One of the sea-snakes wrecked a nearby mounted cannon and stunned the two Tekkorians manning it. Spock quickly acted to rescue the humanoids, who explained that they'd rescued the human surveyor crew after their ship was damaged by sea-snakes, and they were recovering in a hospital. Unfortunately, Kirk's team thought the Tekkorians were hostile and had no universal translators to clear up the misunderstanding. Spock quickly took his shuttle underwater.

Meanwhile, Kirk's team had escaped and was engaged in a firefight. One of the Survey II crewmen awoke from stasis and interceded in the battle, telling Kirk that the Tekkorians were friendly. When Spock arrived, Kirk borrowed his translator and established friendly relations. As the two shuttles returned to the Enterprise, he hoped the way was paved for a future alliance with the Federation.



Pavel ChekovJames T. KirkLeonard McCoySandorMontgomery ScottSmithSpockNyota Uhuraunnamed Tekkoriansred octopus monstersTekkorian sea-snakes

Starships and vehicles[]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Galileo (II) (class F shuttlecraft) • NCC-1701/8submarineSurvey II (surveyor)


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Races and cultures[]

Humanred octopus monsterTekkorianVulcan

States and organizations[]


Science and technology[]

airlockcannoncommunicatorengineintercommachinemissilephaserphaser rifleradiostabilizerstasis podtranslator communicatorviewscreen

Ranks and titles[]

captainengineering officerensignFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)officerrankskipperStarfleet ranks

Other references[]

assignment patchbellcenturycitycivilizationcontinentfishgovernmenthospitalhourhullicelifemonthoceanorbitsectorstarStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)suicidewateryear




  • Artist Mike Noble depicted the intelligent cephalopods with four tentacles, making them Quadrapods, whereas dialogue indicated that they had eight tentacles. On the September 26, 1970 cover, the one which grabbed Galileo either had five tentacles, or a second creature's tentacle was visible.

Related media[]



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"

Production history[]

Published Order
Previous comic:
TOS comics
UK comic strips
Next comic:
"Revolt on Dak-Alpha"
  • This story was serialized over six weekly issues:
September 1970
October 1970
  • 3 October: Pages 7-9 published in TV21 Weekly #54.
  • 10 October: Pages 10-12 published in TV21 Weekly #55.
  • 17 October: Pages 13-15 published in TV21 Weekly #56.
  • 24 October: Pages 16-18 published in TV21 Weekly #57.
April 2016 
Reprinted in the omnibus The Classic UK Comics, Volume 1 (IDW Publishing)
28 September 2017 
Reprinted in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #20 (Eaglemoss)

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