Little-known sci-fi fact: Sulu was black, and Uhura white, in some 1970s Star Trek comics

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Jul 29, 2016, 12:37 PM EDT (Updated)

There’s been a lot of debate surrounding the decision to make Sulu gay in the latest Star Trek film, but it’s not the first time a character has undergone some interesting changes.

Back in the late 1970’s, the Original Series crew went on some side adventures recounted in a series of audio stories via Peter Pan Records. Several of the stories were written by Alan Dean Foster (The Force Awakens novelization), who wrote more than a few Star Trek novelizations. But it’s the comic books that came bundled with some of the records that were really interesting.

In the companion comics, it seems the artist didn’t have a very good grasp of what the characters actually looked like. Kirk and Spock looked fairly screen-accurate, but missed the mark when it came to Sulu and Uhura. Sulu (played by Asian actor George Takei) was portrayed as black in the comics, while Uhura (played by the black actress Nichelle Nichols) was drawn as white. 


Comic Book Resources assembled some art from one of the stories, “Passage to Moauv,” which you can check out below:

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