Spore of the Devil was a comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1978. It was the 18th of 22 stories drawn by Alden McWilliams and the 19th of 20 stories written by Arnold Drake.


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Kirk, Scotty and Spock discover an alien directing the development of a medieval world. The alien does not know where he is from.



James T. KirkLedoyMixodarRolanoMontgomery ScottSpockSylvaVrunonWobine
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King ArthurSir GalahadSaint GeorgeHikaru SuluUnnamed USS Enterprise personnel (2260s) (transporter operator)

Starships and vehiclesEdit

emergency capsuleUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • imperial bargerowboatVrunon's ship


JodarrShrine at Dafu
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Earth (Medieval Europe, Spain)

Races and culturesEdit

HumanVrunon's speciesVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

FederationKuderian Guards

Science and technologyEdit

bio-energybraincloningelectric generatorelectricityholographyorientation tapephaserprinting pressradarradioradio energyrifleseizuretricordervideo tape

Ranks and titlesEdit


Other referencesEdit

arenaarmorbearbull ringcastlecavechivalrycoronationcrystaldancerdaydragonempirefeudalismgoldgonggordoonhelmetHomeric shiphorseironjoustlizardmagicmarriagemedievalmeteoritemoatmountainoarpennyplanetriverscienceshieldshrinestandardswordtoreadortrumpetvolcanowarwaterwinged kurgoyear



  • The gordoon and winged kurgo were strikingly similar animals. When McCoy heard the name gordoon, he thought it was the kurgo, as if its name had been unintentionally changed by the writer. Both were blue hawk-faced dragons, but they did have different tails, wing textures, tongues, and number of back ridges.
  • No reason was given why Starfleet officers would mingle with a feudal society. However, the locals hailed them as “visitors from space,” so this was not a first contact mission.

Related StoriesEdit



published order
Previous comic:
No Time Like the Past
TOS comics
(Gold Key)
Next comic:
Brain-Damaged Planet
chronological order

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