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Death of a Star was a comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1975. It was the first of two stories written by Allan Moniz and the 27th out of 36 drawn by Alberto Giolitti. In this story, the USS Enterprise expected to watch a star go nova, but instead discovered a mysterious old woman on the star’s third planet.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Cover blurb:
The last gasp of a dying star!

SummaryEdit

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ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Christine ChapelIsisJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class)

LocationsEdit

Isis (star)Isis III

Races and culturesEdit

HumanIsisianVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

Federation

Science and technologyEdit

atmospherecityclass Mnovaphaserprobesensor scansolar flaresunsunstrokestartransporter

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainlieutenantnurse

Other referencesEdit

eyemind meldtemple

TimelineEdit

ChronologyEdit

  • 25 million years ago – Isisian society died off
  • Stardate 3333.3 – Star Isis becomes a nova

ConnectionsEdit

previous comic:
#29: The Planet of No Return
Star Trek: The Original Series
(Gold Key)
next comic:
#31: The Final Truth

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • The story was released during a period of worldwide interest in ancient Egyptian culture. Artifacts from King Tutankhamun's tomb were on display throughout the world in the 1970s, particularly in Britain from 1972-1979 and in New York from 1976-1979.
  • The story was published four months prior to the debut of “The Secrets of Isis” TV series in September, 1975.
  • Kirk, Spock and McCoy visited the Great Pyramid at Giza in TOS comic: "Prophet of Peace".
  • The ancient Egyptian goddess Isis was goddess of the afterlife, the elements and the sky. Her powers were said to be the strongest of all the Egyptian gods.
  • The sacred star of Isis was Sirius, considered to be a physical manifestation of the goddess.
  • It was unclear whether the entity Isis was the actual Earth goddess from Egyptian mythology. While Uhura and Spock seemed to think she was, Kirk did not. She said she was the god of the sun, but only appeared connected to the star Isis. She did not describe any interaction with Earth’s past. Neither her temple, manifestations, nor the Isisian city appeared Egyptian. The headpiece she wore was not that of the Egyptian Isis. Sirius, the star associated with Egyptian Isis, was a binary star, whereas the star which went nova was a lone star. And that moment for her which encompassed the last 25 million years would have included all of recorded human history, including the time of ancient Egypt. If she was the Egyptian Isis, then she was an entity capable of living within or traveling between multiple stars and possibly experienced time in some non-linear way.
  • The Isisian’s temple resembled the stepped pyramids of ancient Mayan Earth culture, rather than those of ancient Egypt, particularly as influenced by Kukulkan in TAS episode: "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth".
  • It was unclear whether the star itself was alive. Sensors observed the star for 24 hours, but no mention was made of life readings within the star or other evidence that it was alive. The only life readings within the system came from the temple on the surface of Isis III.
  • Spock’s mind meld with the cosmic entity, in which he saw wonderment and “inconceivable things,” presaged similar wonder from his meld with V'Ger in TOS movie: The Motion Picture.

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