A Bomb In Time was the 36th issue of Gold Key Comics' 1967 series of Star Trek comics.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Cover blurb
A scientist escapes into time with a doomsday bomb!


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AndresBovrilleCarlosBilly ClanceyJames T. KirkLaxNjamSmithMontgomery ScottSpockStecklerWacoZoltanunnamed humans (movie actors, movie production assistant, satellite staff, stagecoach riders, wagon train riders, two of Clancey's gang, Carlos' fiancée)
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Carlos' sister

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • automobilecamperchariotcovered wagonstagecoachtruck


Research Satellite-5California (Old West), United States
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Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

StarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsFederated Planets Weapons Committee

Sciene and technologyEdit

antigravity interruptercataractconsumptionelixirfire-spiderlumbagomedical kitmovie cameraN-cycle bombpistolrocketseizuresigma raysix-shootersnake-oiltapetime traveltime travel cabinetx-ray

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Other referencesEdit

18551955AAA priority dispatcharmybankcreditdollarsgoldhorseMexican silvermoviephaserranchstuntmanwagon train



published order
Previous comic:
#35: The Peril of Planet Quick Change
TOS comics
(Gold Key)
Next comic:
#37: The Ghost Planet
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Dwarf Planet
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Furlough to Fury



  • Time travel to 1955 was revisited in TOS - The New Voyages short story: "Mind-Sifter". Time travel to Hollywood was revisited in TOS short story: "Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited".
  • ”A Bomb In Time" was collected in Dynabrite, Issue 11358, along with "The PsychoCrystals". It was also collected in The Key Collection, Volume 5.
  • The location of the story was clearly not Hollywood. Kirk assumed that he was in Hollywood because Spock said their time travel destination was southern California and Kirk had materialized in the middle of a movie production. But Hollywood was not a desert, it was an area of Los Angeles, a city with a population of nearly 2 million in 1955 and a village with a population of 1,600 in 1855. (L.A. Almanac)
  • The movie production assistant assumed that Kirk was a stuntman dressed for a science fiction film “they’re shooting in Yuma.” Logistically, if a film were being shot in the state of Arizona, a stuntman would not be sent to a shooting location in the state of California. But a mistake like that could happen if such a film were set in Yuma while being filmed at a nearby shooting location in California that looked like Yuma. Such was the case with the 1955 science fiction film Tarantula, shot in locations exactly like those seen in this story, Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley in the Mojave Desert. This story could have been set in one of these valleys.
  • No ancient Roman Hollywood movies were in production in April 1955. But the musical comedy Jupiter's Darling, starring Howard Keel and Ester Williams, was released in February 1955. Set in 210 B.C., the movie poster featured the two actors on a chariot. Similar to the comic story, the movie did contain a risky stunt scene involving a chariot falling off the edge of a cliff. The stunt was so dangerous that the stuntman broke his back during the scene.
  • The scene in this story of chariots racing and fighting along a California highway was suggestive of the epic chariot race seen in the 1959 classic film Ben-Hur starring Charlton Heston, which was set during the first century C.E. Professor Andres even resembled Heston. But pre-production for that film did not begin until 1957, and, while a few scenes were shot in California, most of the film was shot on location, including the famous chariot race.
  • The design of the control panel on the time travel cabinet was reminiscent of the control circuits of the DeLorean in the “Back to the Future” trilogy, which similarly involved seated time travel to southern California in the years 1885 and 1955. Being on a space station, though, the cabinet had an additional dial to set the destination.
  • The Clancey Gang in this story was an example of dozens of such gangs known to have operated between 1855 and 1903 in the wild west.
  • Smith’s patent medicine was representative of medicine at that time, when a variety of potions such as his “Dr. Dunsaney’s magic elixir” could be sold without prescription or evidence to substantiate their health claims.
  • Don Carlos said his wedding was interrupted by news of the attack on the wagon train. April 3, 1955 was a Sunday, an uncommon day for a wedding.
  • It was unknown what happened to the footage shot of Kirk and Andres battling while threading their chariots between automobiles on a California thruway in 1955. James T. Kirk may have winded up being the uncredited star of a movie shot by a cameraman named Zoltan and released by a director named Bovrille in the late 1950s.
  • The time travel technology depicted in the story was highly advanced. The inner workings of the technology were not explained, but it might have employed something similar to the formula for transwarp beaming, along with a way of adjusting the arrival time at the destination. (TOS movie & novelization: Star Trek)
  • Though Lax and Steckler worked on the time travel project, the exact origin of the time travel cabinet itself was not spelled out. The device, its components, or its operating principles could have been discovered elsewhere and adapted by the scientists.
  • It was unclear how Scott, Kirk and Andres were returned to the satellite at the end of the story.
  • Incidents of time travel such as these prompted the formation of the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations in the year 2270. (DTI novel: Watching the Clock)

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