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  1. Seems to be a combination of ‘Mr X is my father’, Spock Speak, and what TV Tropes calls Sophisticated as Hell (high-class or academic speech mixed with vulgar or highly colloquial speech). (Spock Speak is also the name of the trope, but since this is the trope namer…)

    It’s not a great gag, since the SaH aspect doesn’t flow logically (…sorry), but…

  2. Except *no-one* ever did or ever would called Sarek of Vulcan “Mr. Spock”.

    It doesn’t work at all as Mr. Spock is about the last person who would think sounding stuffy belongs to his fathers generation, find that unflattering, or assume it was obvious it shouldn’t apply to *him*.

  3. Spock is second in command, Kirk is the only one on the ship that could actually say “who’s your daddy”?

  4. The other problem is that “Who’s your daddy?” shows dominance. One would not want someone else to ask you that.

  5. I hadn’t realized until now that I had always assumed that because of his scientific and technical expertise, he was a Warrant Officer, therefore properly addressed as “Mister”.

  6. The one time the colorists had complete artistic license to fill the panel with three massively garish colors, and they forgot to do it.

  7. The art makes me think this is supposed to be the new series – Enterprise, I mean, rather than Star Trek. Spock doesn’t look like Nimoy or Kirk like Shatner, they both look like teenagers. I vaguely connected that with “Who’s your daddy”, snorted and passed on when I originally read this.

  8. I thought Spock was his name, singular. So if it was his surname, what is his “christian” name: Mister?

  9. terrencefeenstra — because I’m uncontrollably curious, I looked it up. Apparently, all sources which give Vulcans separate family names and personal names are non-canonical; if Vulcans have family names, they don’t appear to refer to themselves with them. Someone might be “So-and-so of house Such-and-Such”, but wouldn’t be called “So-and-So Such-and-Such” — they wouldn’t use their house name as anything other than, y’know, background information in a biography, rather than part of their identity

    So Spock’s name is just “Spock”. I don’t know how he would be distinguished from anybody else with a similar name. There’s a suggestion, maybe, that there are a lot more sound variations that humans can’t pick up, so it’s possible that names that sound similar to humans don’t sound similar to Vulcans, so there are a lot more possible one-word names than we might think.

  10. @ ianosmond – In the book “The Making of Star Trek“, Roddenberry described an internal studio memo, in which he (or his staff) decided to create a standard list of alternative names for other Vulcan characters (possibly as a response to viewer’s questions). I don’t think it was intended to be 100% serious. As I recall, all the names were supposed to start with “S” and end with “K”, and the list (as shown in the book) had some pretty funny entries in it. On the other hand, “Sarek” would fit that pattern, but the same could also be said for “Spork”.

  11. This would work better is Spock was the only Mr. ___ on the show, or even the only character called Mr. ___ 100% of the time, but Kirk calls nearly all of the male officers on the Enterprise “Mr.” and often addresses them without that formality (Spock included) when the situation allows for it.

  12. In “This Side of Paradise” Spock tells Jill Ireland that she couldn’t pronounce his first name.

    Pardon My Planet always seems like the cartoonist thought “Hey, Star Trek is popular, I’ll draw something with that.” Weeks later, his agent called him, “Look, the syndicate needs a cartoon today, right now, you need to come up with a caption” and the cartoonist just panics and comes up with something that fits the word-balloon.

  13. “I hadn’t realized until now that I had always assumed that because of his scientific and technical expertise, he was a Warrant Officer”

    Spock is a Commander, except when he’s a Captain.

    As for “Mister”, Lieutenant Saavik is called “Mister Saavik”. It is apparently the practice in the Federation to use “Mister” when addressing a person of lower Starfleet rank. Except they didn’t decide that this also applied to female officers until between the original series and the movies. They also preserved an old-timey rule… a ship has only one captain on board; if another officer of rank “captain” is on board, he gets a temporary boost to “commodore”

    It’s hard to say with Star Trek, because they treated consistent continuity as optional and not particularly desirable.

  14. I seem to remember early Spock saying “humans can’t pronounce my full name” — and then this was forgotten about, with even Vulcans calling him just “Spock.”

  15. Another angle to this could be William Shatner’s ego. There was subtle to open feuding going on over top billing and script/screen time all during the run of the show and the movies. Leonard Nimoy mentioned it in his last book before he passed.

  16. “So I guess Shatner won, eh?”

    Who got more screen time in the last few Star Trek films… Shatner, or Nimoy?

    Also, keep in mind… being dead in Star Trek is only a temporary impediment. Kirk was dead in “Amok Time”, McCoy was dead in “Shore Leave”, and Spock was dead in “Spock’s Brain”.

  17. Bill: Well, mostly when we hear Vulcans talking to each other, it sounds like they’re talking in English. So probably the Universal Translator is turning the unprounouncable sounds into “Spock” for us. Or the Vulcans are calling him “Spock” for the benefit of the human listeners.

    This book claimed that his full name was “S’chn T’gai Spock.” ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishmael_(Star_Trek) )

  18. Back in the 1970s there were outtakes from the filming of the original series – in one bit they are in a the middle of a scene and a little boy with “Spock ears” comes running in yelling “daddy, daddy” at Spock – and I sort of figured that was the joke to this strip.

    By the way – both Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner are very nice people – and both are much shorter than they looked on the show/movies.

  19. “I find this comic to be highly illogical.”

    Nomad didn’t get it, either. It just kept saying “error…error…error…”

  20. If “Mister” Spock’s first name really IS “Mister,” I’d assume that his human mother chose it as homage to that mid-20th century Earth advertising icon, “Mister Clean.”

    If so, she clearly didn’t realize that “Mister Clean” DID have a real first name, which was “Squeaky.” This knowledge was suppressed because the Bald One was embarassed by rumors of a relationship with Squeaky Fromme.

    Not a lot of people know that.

  21. According to Futurama, all of Star Trek was suppressed because people kept arguing over it, and nobody needs that kind of discord.

  22. @ Meryl A – To be precise, while one of them may be a nice person, the other one at most was one.
    P.S. Getting reliable data for Nimoy’s height turned out to be much more difficult than I expected. A plurality of sources indicates that he was probably 6’1″ (185cm). That’s not short, but I can’t say that I have much faith in the data either way.

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