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Gold Key Comics, part of Whitman Publishing, were the first publishers of Star Trek comics. Their series ran for 61 issues between July 1967 until March 1979. At least one more issue was planned, titled Trial By Fire!.

From 2004 to 2006, Titan Books released five volumes of reprints in The Key Collection. In 2014, IDW remastered many of the stories, producing five high-quality volumes for the Gold Key Archives.

Main CharactersEdit

Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock appeared in all of the stories. Doctor Leonard McCoy appeared in 49 stories (not in # 3, 26, 27, 36, 41, 44, 54, 57). Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott appeared in 49 stories (not in #1, 4, 5, 7, 17, 20, 31, 48), though he was not drawn to resemble James Doohan until #12. Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu appeared in 35 stories, with stints commanding the ship (#12, 28) and serving on landing party missions (#9, 11, 19, 23, 26). Lieutenant Nyota Uhura appeared in 34 stories and was featured in seven landing parties (#9, 22, 25, 26, 27, 30, and 31). Ensign Pavel Chekov was featured in two stories (#16, 31) and appeared in ten others (#11, 26, 33, 38, 47, 48, 49, 51, 53, 60). Nurse Christine Chapel was featured in three stories (#23, 26, 30) and appeared in five others (#31, 38, 46, 52, 58). Yeoman Janice Rand appeared twice, in #1 and in a one-panel cameo in #24.

Recurring charactersEdit

Security officer Manning appeared in three stories (#21, 26, 31). McCoy’s daughter Barbara McCoy appeared in two stories (#40, 43) as well as senior scientist Doctor Krisp (#19, 27). Four characters recurred in the two stories about "The Evictors" (#41, 50): Sanoora Councilor Inoduku, Njaka Councilor Dvor, Dvor’s daughter Rava and religious leader Zotar.

Returning series charactersEdit

Zephram Cochrane, Nancy Hedford and The Companion appeared (#49), as well as the Guardian of Forever (#56) and Harry Mudd (#61). In additional Gold Key short stories printed only in omnibus publications, Cochrane appeared again in "From Sputnik to Warp Drive" and T'Pau, T'Pring, Amanda Grayson, and Sarek appeared in "Lt. Commdr. Spock: Psycho-File". Only Harry Mudd was drawn to resemble the original actor. T'Pau was seen only from the back.

SequelsEdit

Comic CreatorsEdit

List of ComicsEdit

Issue Title Writer Artist Cover Artist Published Image
1 The Planet of No Return Dick Wood Nevio Zaccara October 1967 Planet of No Return
2 The Devil's Isle of Space Dick Wood Nevio Zaccara June 1968 The Devil's Isle of Space
3 Invasion of the City Builders Dick Wood Alberto Giolitti December 1968 Invasion of the City Builders
4 The Peril of Planet Quick Change Dick Wood Alberto Giolitti June 1969 The Peril of Planet Quick Change
5 The Ghost Planet Dick Wood Alberto Giolitti September 1969 Gold Key 05
6 When Planets Collide Dick Wood Alberto Giolitti December 1969 Gold Key 06
7 The Voodoo Planet Dick Wood Alberto Giolitti March 1970 Gold Key 07
8 The Youth Trap Dick Wood Alberto Giolitti September 1970 Gold Key 08
9 The Legacy of Lazarus Len Wein Alberto Giolitti February 1971 Gold Key 09
10 Sceptre of the Sun Len Wein Alberto Giolitti George Wilson May 1971 Gold Key 10
11 The Brain Shockers Len Wein Alberto Giolitti August 1971 Gold Key 11
12 The Flight of the Buccaneer Len Wein Alberto Giolitti George Wilson November 1971 Gold Key 12
13 Dark Traveler Len Wein Alberto Giolitti George Wilson February 1972 Gold Key 13
14 The Enterprise Mutiny Len Wein Alberto Giolitti George Wilson May 1972 Gold Key 14
15 Museum at the End of Time Len Wein Alberto Giolitti George Wilson August 1972 Gold Key 15
16 Day of the Inquisitors Len Wein Alberto Giolitti and Angelo Todaro November 1972 Gold Key 16
17 The Cosmic Cavemen Arnold Drake Alberto Giolitti and Giovanni Ticci George Wilson February 1973 Cosmic Cavemen
18 The Hijacked Planet Arnold Drake Alberto Giolitti and Giovanni Ticci George Wilson May 1973 Gold Key 18
19 The Haunted Asteroid Arnold Drake Alberto Giolitti and Sal Trapani George Wilson July 1973 Gold Key 19
20 A World Gone Mad Arnold Drake Alberto Giolitti George Wilson September 1973 Gold Key 20
21 The Mummies of Heitius VII John David Warner Alberto Giolitti November 1973 Gold Key 21
22 Siege in Superspace Gerry Boudreau Alberto Giolitti George Wilson January 1974 Gold Key 22
23 Child's Play Gerry Boudreau Alberto Giolitti George Wilson March 1974 Gold Key 23
24 The Trial of Captain Kirk Arnold Drake Alberto Giolitti George Wilson May 1974 Gold Key 24
25 Dwarf Planet Arnold Drake Alberto Giolitti George Wilson July 1974 Gold Key 25
26 The Perfect Dream John David Warner Alberto Giolitti George Wilson September 1974 Gold Key 26
27 Ice Journey John David Warner Alberto Giolitti George Wilson November 1974 Gold Key 27
28 The Mimicking Menace George Kashdan Alberto Giolitti George Wilson January 1975 Gold Key 28
29 The Planet of No Return

(Reprint of Issue 1)
Dick Wood Nevio Zaccara George Wilson March 1975 Gold Key 29
30 Death of a Star Allan Moniz Alberto Giolitti May 1975 Gold Key 30
31 The Final Truth John David Warner Alberto Giolitti July 1975 Gold Key 31
32 The Animal People Arnold Drake Alberto Giolitti August 1975 Gold Key 32
33 The Choice Allan Moniz Alberto Giolitti September 1975 Gold Key 33
34 The Psychocrystals Arnold Drake Alberto Giolitti George Wilson October 1975 Gold Key 34
35 The Peril of Planet Quick Change

(Reprint of Issue 4)
Dick Wood Alberto Giolitti November 1975 Gold Key 35
36 A Bomb in Time Arnold Drake Alberto Giolitti and Angelo Todaro George Wilson March 1976 Gold Key 36
37 The Ghost Planet

(Reprint of Issue 5)
Dick Wood Alberto Giolitti May 1976 Gold Key 37
38 One of Our Captains is Missing! Arnold Drake Alden McWilliams July 1976 Gold Key 38
39 Prophet of Peace Arnold Drake Alberto Giolitti and José Delbo George Wilson August 1976 Gold Key 39
40 Furlough to Fury Arnold Drake Alden McWilliams George Wilson September 1976 Gold Key 40
41 The Evictors Arnold Drake Alden McWilliams November 1976 Gold Key 41
42 World Against Time Arnold Drake Alden McWilliams January 1977 Gold Key 42
43 World Beneath the Waves Arnold Drake Alden McWilliams George Wilson February 1977 Gold Key 43
44 Prince Traitor Arnold Drake Alden McWilliams George Wilson May 1977 Gold Key 44
45 The Voodoo Planet

(Reprint of Issue 7)
Dick Wood Alberto Giolitti July 1977 Gold Key 07
46 Mr. Oracle Arnold Drake Alden McWilliams August 1977 Gold Key 46
47 This Tree Bears Bitter Fruit George Kashdan & Doug Drexler Alden McWilliams September 1977 Gold Key 47
48 Sweet Smell of Evil Arnold Drake & Doug Drexler Alden McWilliams October 1977 Gold Key 48
49 A Warp in Space George Kashdan Alden McWilliams November 1977 Gold Key 49
50 The Planet of No Life Arnold Drake Alden McWilliams January 1978 Gold Key 50
51 Destination Annihilation George Kashdan Alden McWilliams George Wilson March 1978 Gold Key 51
52 And a Child Shall Lead Them George Kashdan Alden McWilliams May 1978 Gold Key 52
53 What Fools These Mortals Be George Kashdan Alden McWilliams George Wilson July 1978 Gold Key 53
54 Sport of Knaves George Kashdan Alden McWilliams August 1978 Gold Key 54
55 A World Against Itself Arnold Drake Alden McWilliams September 1978 Gold Key 55
56 No Time Like the Past George Kashdan Alden McWilliams October 1978 Gold Key 56
57 Spore of the Devil Arnold Drake Alden McWilliams November 1978 Gold Key 57
58 Brain-Damaged Planet George Kashdan Alden McWilliams December 1978 Gold Key 58
59 To Err is Vulcan Arnold Drake Alden McWilliams January 1979 Gold Key 59
60 The Empire Man John David Warner Alden McWilliams Frank Bolle February 1979 Empire Man cover
61 Operation Con Game George Kashdan Alden McWilliams Frank Bolle March 1979 Operation Con Game

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