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LA Times Syndicate Newspaper Strips

This series of comic strips ran from 2nd December 1979 until 3rd December 1983. 20 stories comprising 1,406 daily strips were published over those four years. The first 14 stories were published seven days of the week with the Sunday strips being in colour and the reminder in black-and-white. Stories 15-20 were only published from Mondays to Saturdays and all are in black-and-white. These were published in a range of US newspapers in at least 21 states, and also in Canada, the UK and Argentina. There were also a series of audition strips reprinted in the IDW Newspaper Strips volumes 1 and 2. I will add further details of these at a later date, as well as more sample strip images.

A fascinating account of the missing Sunday panels can be found at startrekcomics.info.

The following paragraph and the short story synopses are reproduced courtesy of Rich Handley.

Most stories were published without titles, though #3, 7-10, 17 and 19 did have titles printed. The titles to #1, 2 and 4-6 were provided by Rosemary Warkentin from her husband's scripts. The title to #12 was revealed in Larry Niven's "Playgrounds of the Mind", which discussed the storyline's history. According to that book, Niven and DiVono considered penning a novelization featuring the ending originally planned before Ron Harris quit the strip, but it never materialized. The titles of the remaining seven tales (#11, 13-16, 18 and 20) have been lost to time, so Rich Handley chose new titles for IDW's reprint books while writing an introduction and lexicon for the set.

Story 1 - "Called Home"
Aliens asleep for nine centuries awaken to discover that their world has been devastated by nuclear war.

42 Strips Published Between:
2 December 1979 and 12 January 1980

Writer: Thomas Warkentin
Artist: Thomas Warkentin

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 1 Sample #1
Story 2 - "Dilithium Dilemma"
Klingons attack Enterprise to compete for a depleted dilithium mine after both ships run out of the vital mineral

56 Strips Published Between:
13 January 1980 and 8 March 1980

Writer: Thomas Warkentin
Artist: Thomas Warkentin

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 2 Sample
Story 3 - "The Real McCoy"
Anton Zuber, aided by McCoy's ex-wife, alters his apperance to replace Bones and steal his medical patents

56 Strips Published Between:
9 March 1980 and 3 May 1980

Writer: Thomas Warkentin
Artist: Thomas Warkentin

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 3 Sample #1
Story 4 - "Double Bluff"
Kirk grants asylum to Morg and Chetar, renegade Klingons facing execution for criticizing their government

56 Strips Published Between:
4 May 1980 and 28 June 1980

Writers: Thomas Warkentin, Tom Durkin
Artist: Thomas Warkentin

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 4 Sample #1
Story 5 - "Aberration on Abaris"
The Hoffs find a 5,000-year old carving of Enterprise on Abaris, home to a pre-cognitive race of mushroom people

70 Strips Published Between:
29 June 1980 and 6 September 1980

Writer: Thomas Warkentin
Artist: Thomas Warkentin

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 5 Sample #1
Story 6 - "Husian Gambit"
Rebels on Hus-24 enslave the Enterprise and Venture crews to protest Federation exploitation of their dull world

133 Strips Published Between:
7 September 1980 and 17 January 1981

Writers: Thomas Warkentin, Tom Durkin
Artist: Thomas Warkentin

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 6 Sample #1

Story 7 - "Heads of State"
Ordered to find out why Zeta-Atez is leaving the Federation, Kirk learns that its leader, Dykranus, has a big secret

63 Strips Published Between:
18 January 1981 and 21 March 1981

Writers: Thomas Warkentin, Peter Jacoby
Artist: Thomas Warkentin

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 7 Sample #1
Story 8 - "It's a Living"
Journalist Jo Williams travels with the Enterprise crew to Argus IV, a mining world owned by Harry Mudd

35 Strips Published Between:
22 March 1981 and 25 April 1980

Writer: Thomas Warkentin
Artist: Thomas Warkentin

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 8 Sample #1
Story 9 - "The Savage Within"
Kirk must save a derelict generational ship from deadly neutron star radiation and stop a 300-year clan war

87 Strips Published Between:
26 April 1981 and 21 July 1981

Writer: Sharman DiVono
Artist: Ron Harris

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 9 Sample #1
Story 10 - "Quarantine"
On the planet Sarsithia, Chapel contracts a plague and becomes dangerously insane, nearly inciting a Klingon war

98 Strips Published Between:
22 July 1981 and 27 October 1981

Writer: Sharman DiVono
Artist: Ron Harris

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 10 Sample #1
Story 11 - "Restructuring Is Futile"
Kirk finds a Klingon crew cyborged by a machine intelligence called the Omnimind

124 Strips Published Between:
28 October 1981 and 28 February 1982

Writer: Sharman DiVono
Artist: Ron Harris

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 11 Sample #1
Story 12 - "The Wristwatch Plantation"
Investigating the fate of a Bebebebeque colony on Mimit, the Enterprise faces Kzinti invaders

139 Strips Published Between:
1 March 1982 and 17 July 1982

Writers: Sharman DiVono, Larry Niven
Artist: Ron Harris

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 12 Sample #1
Story 13 - "The Nogura Regatta"
Kyoshi Nogura plans a starship race to honor his grandfather, Admiral Nogura, but pirates abduct several entrants

49 Strips Published Between:
18 July 1982 and 4 September 1982

Writer: Sharman DiVono
Artists: Ron Harris, Thomas Warkentin

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 13 Sample #1
Story 14 - "A Merchant's Loyalty"
Merchant fleets from the Deltan 330 Graveyard Sector stage a deadly rivalry to lure the Enterprise into their grasp

139 Strips Published Between:
5 September 1982 and 30 October 1982

Writer: Padraic Shigetani
Artist: Padraic Shigetani

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 14 Sample #1
Story 15 - "Taking Shape"
The Enterprise crew is replaced by shape-shifters from Manark V, resulting in a showdown with Romulans

90 Strips Published Between:
1 November 1982 and 12 February 1983

Writer: Martin Pasko
Artist: Padraic Shigetani

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 15 Sample #1
Story 16 - "Send in the Clones"
To end a war with the Sangdor, Kirk receives help from Courier Clones—one of whom Scotty is accused of murdering

72 Strips Published Between:
14 February 1983 and 7 May 1983

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Bob Myers

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 16 Sample #1
Story 17 - "Goodbye to Spock"
Stranded in the Fortenue System, Spock suffers amnesia and falls in love with a woman from a feudal society

48 Strips Published Between:
9 May 1983 and 2 July 1983

Writer: Martin Pasko
Artists: Ernie Colón, Serc Soc, Alfredo Alcala

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 17 Sample #1
Story 18 - "Terminally Yours"
Contracting a plague, McCoy grows paranoid and steals a shuttlecraft so he can die alone

36 Strips Published Between:
4 July 1983 and 13 August 1983

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Dick Kulpa

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 18 Sample #1
Story 19 - "The Retirement of Admiral Kirk"
Assigned to a desk job, Kirk resigns to pursue privateer work, but discovers he has signed aboard a slave-ship

54 Strips Published Between:
15 August 1983 and 15 October 1983

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Dick Kulpa

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 19 Sample #1
Story 20 - "Getting Real"
Kirk and company enter a parallel universe in which they are characters on a tv show called Star Trek

42 Strips Published Between:
17 October 1983 and 3 December 1983

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artist: Dick Kulpa

Star Trek Newspaper Strips Story 20 Sample #1
 
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