Child's Play was a comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1974. In this story, a plague on the planet Argylus kills anyone over 13 years of age, infecting a landing party from the USS Enterprise and giving them five days to live.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Cover blurb:
A planetful of doomed children - playing their deadliest game!


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Christine ChapelPavel ChekovJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyRoyMontgomery ScottSimonSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraYago

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class)


Zeta Centauri system (Argylus) • Ominnus
Referenced only 

Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit


Science and technologyEdit

antidoteatmospherebeakerrobot chessmenclass Mcommunicatorcomputerdeflectordistress signalflaskgenitum larsindustrial scalemeteorphaserplagueplanetserumriflevirus

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchief engineerdoctorkinglieutenantnavigatornursesquirewarlord

Other referencesEdit

Babes in Toyland” • castlechessdesertdungeonhorseinsurance premiumlanceknightnon-interference directiveshieldshish-kabobtaboo


Chronology Edit

  • Stardate 1723.4 – This story took place over a span of five days, during a period when Pavel Chekov was the ship’s navigator.


published order
Previous comic:
#22: Siege in Superspace
TOS comics
(Gold Key)
Next comic:
#24: The Trial of Captain Kirk
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Hollow Crown, Issue 1
Pages 1-12
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Prophet of Peace
Previous Adventure:
Balance of Terror
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
Prophet of Peace

Appendices Edit


  • The plague was very similar to the one seen in TOS episode: "Miri". Given that the cure for the plague was in the ship's medical database, and that this story occurred after Miri (since Chekov was navigator), it's possible that this was a variant of the same plague seen in Miri.
  • The title of the story, which Kirk stated in dialogue, was from line 318 of "The Merchant’s Tale", one of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.
  • King Simon was a dead ringer for Prince Raviki of Nukolee in TOS comic: "A World Gone Mad".
  • While riding to King Simon's castle on horseback, Kirk remarked that he felt "like a character out of Babes in Toyland." "Babes in Toyland" was an operetta written by Victor Herbert and Glen MacDonough which melded Mother Goose rhymes into a Christmas story. It was first performed in Chicago in 1903, then adapted several times for film and TV.
  • Chapel quoted a verse, "Backward, turn backward, O time in your flight … make me a child again just for tonight." That was the first couplet from a poem by Elizabeth Anne Chase called "Rock Me to Sleep, Mother", written in 1859.
  • Spock correctly stated that warp 8 was 512 times the speed of light and warp 6 was 216 times the speed of light. Since the story was so specific, it raised questions about McCoy’s statement that Ominnus was "on the other edge of the galaxy," which was "a two-day journey each way." Nonetheless, the landing party would be dead in five days, during which, at warp 8, the Enterprise would be able to travel a distance of 7.01 light-years. It seemed that Ominnus was about 3.5 light years from Argylus and McCoy’s dialogue was hyperbole.
  • When Kirk cited titles and positions for those in his landing party, he referred to Sulu as a navigator.
  • The ship was reportedly headed for a collision with an meteoroid while traveling at warp 8. That sort of obstacle could have been handled by the deflectors, or by a minor course correction, should physical objects pose a danger during warp travel. Possibly it was too massive, or detected too late, for these simple solutions to work, requiring the ship instead to slow to warp 6 to avoid the collision.

Related storiesEdit

  • TOS episode: "Miri" – A plague killed anyone who was not a child and significantly prolonged the lifespan of those who were children.
  • TOS comic: "World Against Time" – A temporal anomaly produced a de-aging phenomena on the planet Oordon, leaving its only survivors as children.


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