Real World article
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"Uhura's Story"

While the Excelsior orbits a planet on the verge of breaking up, Uhura recounts an early mission aboard the Enterprise.

Background informationEdit

  • Framing sequence takes place between the events of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
  • Flashback sequence takes place around stardate 1297.80, preceding "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (TOS).
  • This issue is replete with art department gaffes:
    • Sulu mans the Excelsior's navigator's position in this issue, while Sanderson mans the helm.
    • Saavik, like Sanderson, is shown wearing commander or lieutenant commander's rank insignia, despite her rank of lieutenant. (The artwork makes it difficult to be certain.) Therefore, Sanderson may hold any one of these ranks.
    • The shuttlecraft named "Keppler" in this issue features the call-letters of the Galileo (NCC-1701/7).
    • In the flashback, Enterprise officers wear branch-specific department colors, although it is no later than 2265.
    • Uniforms from both eras show up in some of the same panels.
  • The Klingon commander bears a seemingly "type-2" (Human-like) appearance, except with pointed ears.
  • The sentries on Tally wear thick armored suits unlike anything seen elsewhere in any Trek episode, movie or comic.
  • Kirk and Spock discuss a "treaty" which led to a "cessation of hostilities many years ago." This could not have been the Organian Peace Treaty (2267).



Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in DC TOS volume 1 characters.
James T. Kirk
Leonard McCoy
Montgomery Scott
Hikaru Sulu
Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell 
Enterprise navigator, second officer
Lieutenant Lee Kelso 
Enterprise helmsman
Excelsior helm officer (rank: Commander or Lt.-Commander--see notes)
Ensign Nelson 
Enterprise crew-member
Enterprise communications officer
Unnamed Klingon commander
Kentak and other unnamed Klingon sentries on Tally


USS Enterprise, TOS opening credits

USS Enterprise

USS Excelsior

USS Excelsior

Galileo on Taurus II

Class F shuttlecraft

Culinary establishment on Deneb V
Cryblon System
Deneb V
USS Enterprise 
Constitution-class starship
USS Excelsior 
Federation starship
Class F shuttlecraft assigned to Enterprise. Most likely a misspelling of "Kepler".
Cryblon IV, fourth planet in the Cryblon system
USS Wilson 
Federation survey ship

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