Well, it was the comics! For 61 issues from cover dates July, 1967 to March, 1979, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scott, Sulu, Uhura, Chekov, Rand and Chapel were there in the funny pages for you to read, brought to you from the folks at Gold Key.
Space...the Final Frontier
Even though Gold Key had access to all the characters, Uhura, Chekov, Rand and Chapel weren’t used much, and they only used Harry Mudd and Zefram Cochrane from the guest stars (once each, #49 for Cochrane, and #61 for Mudd), though they had McCoy’s daughter in a few issues (which the TV show was going to do, but never got around to), and had issues with Klingons, Romulans and the Guardian of Forever.
Though, a few comics looked like they belonged more to Irwin Allen’s Lost In Space than to Gene Rodenberry’s Star Trek…
Still, some of the stories were good, and they were all preserved in the Star Trek: The Key Collection, seven volumes that reprinted the new stories from Star Trek #1-61 (#29, 35, 37 and 45 were reprints!).
These issues are in interesting look at our future…from the past! Then, Star Trek went on…to Marvel Comics!
These Are The Voyages
Star Trek: the Key Collection Volume 1 – issues 1-8 by Dick Wood, Nevio Zeccara, and Alberto Giolitti from July, 1967 to September, 1970
Star Trek: the Key Collection Volume 2 – issues 9-17 by Len Wein, Arnold Drake and Alberto Giolitti from February, 1971 to February, 1973
Star Trek: the Key Collection Volume 3 – issues 18-25 by Arnold Drake, John David Warner, Gerry Boudreau and Alberto Giolitti from May, 1973 to July, 1974
Star Trek: the Key Collection Volume 4 – issues 26-33 by John David Warner, George Kashdan, Allan Moniz, Arnold Drake and Albert Giolitti from September, 1974 to September, 1975
Star Trek: the Key Collection Volume 5 – issues 34, 36, 38-43 by Arnold Drake and Albert Giolitti and Alden McWilliams from October, 1975 to February, 1977
Star Trek: the Key Collection Volume 6 – issues 44, 46-52 by Arnold Drake, George Kashdan, Doug Drexler and Alden McWilliams from May, 1977 to May, 1978
Star Trek: the Key Collection Volume 7 – issues 53-61 by George Kashdan, Arnold Drake, John Warner and Alden McWilliams from July, 1978 to March, 1979