Magazine Number: 26
Publication Date: August 13, 1971
Artists: Gerry Haylock
Over the Arctic Sky 1, with Peter Carlin aboard, is crippled by a UFO. He is forced to warn another craft, a U.S. Army plane piloted by Lieutenant Braydon and Sergeant Lucas, out of the area before hitting the UFO and causing it to crash. The Army plane, which observes the attack, has also encountered difficulties in the worsening blizzard and crashed nearby, observed by the Alien survivor...



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admin · 18th September 2017 at 12:40 pm

I’ve split this strip vertically rather than try to reduce a big landscape down to one page. You’ll have to scroll back and forth to read it, but the details are much better in my opinion.

Andy · 2nd October 2017 at 7:40 pm

Thanks for posting these strips, my gran used to buy me the comic each week….great memories….I lived in Bracknell….not far from Bray/Pinewood/slough….where all the great Anderson shows were filmed….recently joined Fanderson …UFO is my favourite show….once again many thanks!….get in touch?

    admin · 2nd October 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Hi Andy,

    Great to hear from you. Am so glad these brought back happy memories, they do for me also. Am so jealous you lived so close to the studios! We can keep in touch on here if you like, or join the SHADO Facebook group? Once again, thanks for you getting in touch.

Leo Cudder · 1st November 2018 at 9:26 pm

This is another cracking good strip drawn by Haylock. As with his previous strips, the attention to detail is outstanding. The story itself is good enough to be an episode and its great to see Peter Carlin getting some action! After the first episode, he was relegated to a minor role which was a shame and he features in very few fanfic stories. I’d have enjoyed watching an episode based on this story but I do have one minor niggle 😉 There is one drawing where Straker looks rather like a Vulcan (as he also did once in Subsmash ;)) It makes you wonder …… Anyway -Ratings: ????? all round.

Chris Gibbings · 1st November 2018 at 9:27 pm

Again, one of my personal Golden Age of UFO strips, the first half-year or so of Countdown. And again, I can envisage this story as fitting into a second series of UFO on TV. Of course, Peter Gordeno would presumably not have been available so it would have to be another actor as Carlin or another character taking centre stage.

The Arctic Affair ran in the summer which is when UFO began on Granada (north-west England’s independent TV region).

Chris Gibbings · 1st November 2018 at 9:27 pm

Countdown, with UFO, started in I think February 1971 and Granada started showing the series just towards the end of that school year around late June/early July (goodbye Nozzie Nolan, hello Dick Smith). So thanks to the comic strips I was well eager to get stuck in to the series, even in black and white! It didn’t disappoint.

Site Admin · 1st November 2018 at 9:28 pm

I enjoyed the story overall, it would have made a good episode (expensive though I guess with all the snow scenes). But, the alien speaking ? I don’t know what to make of that really, more interesting? Can’t decide.

Liked the idea of the snow slowing down the ageing process, and seeing the UFO in the snow was good too.

Overall for me 4 stars ✴️✴️✴️✴️(alien speaking knocked a star off)

Xenon Tobias · 1st November 2018 at 9:30 pm

Smashing comic Countdown and Gerry drew some great Who strips too…Id forgotten how good the UFO strip could be….

joe · 10th October 2021 at 3:39 pm

When will the next story be available?
The one starting in issue No. 32.

    Site Admin · 10th October 2021 at 9:39 pm

    I don’t have that one as yet Joe

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