Sport of Knaves was a comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1978. It was the 14th of 22 stories drawn by Alden McWilliams and the 6th of 10 stories written by George Kashdan.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Teaser summary
It was the strangest cosmic heist of all time… for the ‘loot’ seemed worthless… yet the robbers risked their very lives for it! Why? To three officers of the starship USS Enterprise, the answer was to remain a mystery until they themselves were ensnared in the criminals’ web of treachery!


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Kirk, Spock, and Scotty go undercover to track down stolen endangered birds.


Axel CarruthersJames T. KirkMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota UhuraZarcun-5

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • Galileo (II) (class F shuttlecraft) • Grotus transportsurvey planeD-1 transport spacecraft


Salvum (game preserve) • asteroid Grotus
Referenced only 
Aridia IIIEarth (Glasgow, Loch Ness) • Ghar

Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit


Science and technologyEdit

atmosphereatmosphere lockchemicalcommunicatorgalaxygravity control suitphaser rifleradiosleeping gasspacesuittractor-webtransportertype-1 phaserwarp

Ranks and titlesEdit

bookmakercaptainchief zoologistcuratorlieutenantlieutenant commandermerchantmanscientistzookeeper

Other referencesEdit

animalsarenaAridan sandwormasteroidbetting poolbirdcenturycircuscockfightingcolonycourtcriminalearthmangamblingGharian wedding birdhuntingmurdermuseumoutpostpatrolPlutonian snow-beaverpoacherrobberysectorsportstrialuniformzoo





  • The tractor-web was sprayed to form a chemical web-like seal. It was similar in name only to the Tholian web tractor beam-like energy field seen in TOS episode: "The Tholian Web".
  • No explanation was given as to why a planet’s atmosphere would dissipate within hours without a container to hold it in. The gravity of a planet pulls its atmosphere toward its surface. It was stated, though, that Salvum’s atmosphere was carefully controlled. Given that various sectors of the planet had wildly different ecologies and conditions, perhaps some sort of atmospheric separation or moderation was provided for or controlled by the shield. Alternatively the planet originally might have had a light gravity and thin atmosphere similar to that of Mars, but had been terraformed with a much denser atmosphere that might escape into space without the shield, balancing back to its previous density and pressure.
  • The name of the shuttlecraft with registry NCC-1701/7 was not visible. Canon registry and a setting in 2267 identified the shuttle as the Galileo (II). It was possible that it could be Leonardo (II), a shuttle introduced two issues prior that had the same registry.
  • While referred to as an asteroid, Grotus was a dwarf planet, although that classification did not exist when the story was written in 1978. It was spherical, had its own atmosphere, had a significant amount of gravity, and was Class M, none of which were properties of asteroids. The unlogged asteroid from two issues prior, TOS comic: "And a Child Shall Lead Them", similarly was a misidentified dwarf planet.
  • Given that the Grotus transport and the D-1 spacecraft appeared to have rocket-propelled engines, Grotus was most likely in the same star system as Salvum.
  • Carruthers must have misspoken when describing the environment for the Plutonian snow-beavers as -1043 degrees Fahrenheit, since absolute zero is -459.67 degrees. Leafy wooden trees could not grow in an environment close to absolute zero, nor would there be liquids to form rivers that could be dammed.
  • The Aridan sandworms required a temperature above 732 degrees Fahrenheit (389 degrees Celsius). Lead melts at 327 degrees C.
  • Despite being called a survey plane, the aircraft would more accurately be described as a helicopter.

Related storiesEdit


Connections Edit

published order
Previous comic:
What Fools These Mortals Be
TOS comics
(Gold Key)
Next comic:
A World Against Itself
chronological order

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