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Vibrations in Time was a 15-page Star Trek: The Original Series comic strip. It was the 24th weekly story arc in the UK comic strips series, published in five installments in TV21 Weekly in 1971. This was the last of six stories drawn by Vicente Alcázar and Carlos Pino. In this story, a temporal disruption sent the USS Enterprise into the past.

Publisher's description[]

Teaser, September 11, 1971
The starship Enterprise passed through a strange time warp and found itself eight hundred years in the past, in orbit above the planet Zeltok. Knowing from historical records that the planet was shortly doomed to explode, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and two crewmen went down to see if Zelkot was inhabited…


During the night shift, the USS Enterprise travels through an astral storm that knocks out the crew and sends the starship a great distance through space. As the ship approaches a planet known to have self-destructed, they are stunned to discover that they have time traveled. The planet will be dead in two weeks, so Kirk takes a landing party with him aboard the Galileo to explore the world.

After narrowly avoiding gigantic ants and walking through an abandoned humanoid city, the crew spots a herd of gorillas that are beckoning them. Kirk lands the shuttlecraft near a fortress and meets Karn, the last surviving Zeltok humanoid. Armies of intelligent Zeltok ants had destroyed his people's civilization, but the sentient gorillas had protected him, and he intends to die in their company. Kirk tells him about the planet's impending destruction and offers to take him to safety. Karn prefers to stay with the gorillas. As the ants begin an assault on the fortress, missiles from the shuttle repel some of the ants, though the onslaught seems to be unstoppable. Karn steals a phaser and insists that the Galileo leave without him.

The shuttle returns to the Enterprise. As the starship leaves orbit, it is caught in another astral storm, which returns it to the 2260s. The transit erases the crew's memories of their travel into the past, leaving only a minor mystery: a missing phaser.



KarnJames T. KirkSankeyMontgomery ScottSpockNyota UhuraJoe Wellsant-monstersgorilla-creatures

Starships and vehicles[]

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Galileo (NCC-1701/1) (class F shuttlecraft)


Perseant Alpha systemZeltok
Referenced only 

Races and cultures[]

HumanVulcanZeltokZeltok antZeltok gorilla

States and organizations[]


Science and technology[]

communicationsprobemissilephasertranslator communicatorviewscreen

Ranks and titles[]

captainchief engineercrewmanFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)ranksentryskipperStarfleet ranks

Other references[]

15th centuryassignment patchastral stormatmospherebeardboulderbridgecityduty shiftgorillagravityholocausthourhumanoidmileminuteorbitquartersStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)time warpuniverseyear



Related stories[]




The USS Enterprise arrived 800 years and two weeks into the past.
After time travel, the Enterprise crew had no memory or evidence of their adventure, except that a phaser was missing.

Production history[]

Published Order
Previous comic:
Prison Break
TOS comics
UK comic strips
Next comic:
The Aging World
  • None of the UK weekly installments were printed with titles.
  • Each segment began on the cover and continued onto two interior pages of TV21 Weekly magazine.
August 1971
September 1971
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)


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"

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