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Magazine Number: 2
Publication Date: February 27, 1971
Artists: Gerry Haylock
Synopsis:
SHADO Control Clerk Warren Spencer has leaked information about the organisation to a reporter called Mason for The Clarion newspaper. While Alec Freeman runs a security check, Straker tries to persuade the paper not to pursue the story. A UFO manages to evade interception by Moonbase to be shot down by Sky 1 over the sea. Fisherman Robin Johns, out in his one-man launch in the mist, sees the crash and tying it to the reported story in The Clarion, is startled to see a red space-suited body floating nearby. Johns brings the Alien aboard, and believes Mason will pay a fortune for the information. Sky 1 sees the launch in the mist, and orders Johns to report to the harbour for questioning. En route though, Johns detours past Robbicombe Cave and leaves the unconscious Alien there. Back at the harbour, Johns is questioned by Paul Foster, and states he only saw the distant crash, but once alone the fisherman contacts Mason. Together, the two men return to the cave - but the Alien has gone...
Categories: Countdown

7 Comments

admin · 9th October 2017 at 9:23 am

The second story without a title, hence “Story 2”. Also, one of the few that spread out over two pages. To recreate this, you’ll need to drag back and forth to read the strip. Shrinking both pages down to fit the browser makes the text too hard to read anyway.

Moreno · 17th October 2017 at 9:10 pm

For my opinion this is absolutely the best UFO comic
Congratulations on this site

    admin · 19th October 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Thanks very much indeed. I really like the work of the artist.

      LawrieM · 10th December 2017 at 10:38 am

      Wow, i can’t believe these comics of the UFO TV Series are now online on this site. I bought and read all the issues of Countdown magazine when they came out here in Australia back in the early 70’s. The UFO TV Series was my favorite (I also have the the whole series on DVD) but i have not seen the Countdown comics for decades. This is fantastic to be able to read them online like this, really brings back lots of memories. I found out about this site from an article on the UFOSeries.com site run by Marc Martin, which i read regularly. UFO was ahead of it’s time. A big thank you to all concerned for their work in bringing all these UFO episodes from so long ago into an easy to view online form. Thank you from a long time fan of the series.

        admin · 10th December 2017 at 7:28 pm

        Hi,

        Great to hear from you, and thanks very much for the compliments. So glad it brought back all those happy memories for you, like yourself I too watched it in the 1970’s. If you can, try and get the Blu Ray versions of it, I just recently bought them, and the quality is outstanding. Makes it all worthwhile to hear you say thank you, the site was a tricky one to set up, but so glad I did it.

          LawrieM · 17th December 2017 at 12:17 pm

          Hi,
          Thanks, I will look for the Blu-Ray set. I’m glad you have set up this site too, looking forward to reading through the rest of the issues. Thanks again and Merry Christmas.

Lightcudder · 17th November 2018 at 3:41 pm

Story Two
Colour! First impressions are – great art work! The colour on the first double page is fairly muted – nothing garish or vivid, though Foster’s cerise suit appears. Love the little details – Straker talking into the videophone, complete with interference lines on the screen. Skydiver and Sky 1 look gorgeous and accurate, and the image with the UFO glowing red as it crashes into the sea is outstanding. There is a real sense of movement in that image.

Interesting how the colour ‘palette’ changes for the next two pages (next issue) and the next. I wonder if there was a particular reason for those changes. And there is some innovative and ‘exciting’ art work that goes beyond the usual comic strip work. Little touches are not forgotten: a pink car parked by the fisherman’s hut, a really different picture with the sole of the alien’s boot as the central focus. It demonstrates the ingenuity and skill of the artist. Lovely depiction of clothing as well.

The story is worthy of an episode – if a little short. There’s enough tension to keep me reading and the dialogue works well. I can hear the characters’ voices as I read.

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