Magazine Number: 122
Publication Date: June 16, 1973
Artists: John M. Burns
Synopsis:Nestling in the picturesque Netherdale Valley in England's Lake District, is the newly established 'Supasports Centre', birthplace of the 'super' athlete... Using a secret combination of special diets, electro-muscular therapy and tough, rigorous training schedules, the centre guarantees to produce the fastest, most powerful athletes in the world... Veteran sprinter and Olympic gold medallist Alf Kidd is creator of the 'Super Athlete, and sends long distance runner Peter Sharpe over Haw Gable to see if he can cut five minutes off his previous time. On his run, Sharpe spots a helicopter - and a gun fires a dart at him. Trying to find cover, the athlete plummets to his death over a drop. Straker reads the report in the newspaper and ties it to the disappearance of a UFO in the same area a month ago. Kidd is sceptical about 'flying saucers' when Straker and Foster arrive to investigate, but while he agrees to suspend runs over the moors, he is actually in league with the Aliens. Straker takes a Mobile out while Foster retraces Sharpe's last run, and finds a dart. The helicopter appears, and Foster takes a plunge over a cliff into lake to evade them before Straker returns fire from the Mobile. The Aliens retreat, and Foster is retrieved by Straker to show him the dart. Sharpe's death was an accident, and as Kidd was denied sponsorship by governments and athletic association, it appears he is tuning his pupils to physical perfection for the Aliens to use. Straker decides to flush the Aliens out, and gets Foster to evacuate the centre without Kidd's knowledge. Panicking, Kidd tires to contact the Aliens, only to be jammed by SHADO, and he unwittingly leads Straker and Foster in a SHADO Mobile to their mountain hideout. The UFO is destroyed by a SHADAir jet and, trapped, the Aliens destroy themselves. Trying to evade capture, Kidd plunges to his death as well.