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Magazine Number: 19
Publication Date: June 26, 1971
Artists: Gerry Haylock
Synopsis:
SHADO technician Dennis Skipton has developed an invisible force-field, and demonstrates it to Straker and Freeman by setting up in the control room where they walk into it! Before Straker can take any further action, six UFOs enter the solar system, change course and disappear! While trying to determine their position, six more UFOs are tracked, and their course is taking them to Mars. The second flight of UFOs also disappear from tracking beams near Mars, as though something is blocking all laser and microwave signals. Their target, though, must be the Martian Survey Team and lone astronaut Jack Lewis - out on the surface in a survey vehicle - can only watch in horror as the UFOs destroy the complex. Straker despatches Paul Foster in a Lunar Module to Mars to find out what is going on, but on approaching the red planet, electrical activity peaks and the craft is deflected by an invisible barrier...
Categories: Countdown

5 Comments

admin · 10th October 2017 at 8:39 pm

Another one that you’ll have to drag left and right to read. Shrinking a two pager like this down would mean the text would be too small.

Chris Gibbings · 1st November 2018 at 9:21 pm

Epic scope involving Aliens on Mars, great fun. Downside once you’re a bit older than 9 when you first read the comic is that, like the TV episode Close Up, there’s no sense the writer is aware of the enormous distances involved for SHADO to the places concerned. Foster heads off to Mars and gets there and back in a matter of days each way. It’s different for the Aliens as they have faster-than-light travel. I like The Force Field except for that reservation so I’ll give it three stars out of five.

Gary Hawkins · 1st November 2018 at 9:22 pm

I loved the design of the Mars base though….and thought it was a great idea that they used a mobile there….and it made me think….IF the mobiles were electric and not diesel, then there’s no reason they could be used on the Moon…( take the windscreen wipers off , of course …lol )

Leo Cudder · 1st November 2018 at 9:24 pm

The idea is fine, but the Martian Survey part is thrown at the reader without any warning and is something of a ??!!! moment. At first I thought they were nothing to do with SHADO, but then it seems they are, so why a ‘survey’ team and not a defence base?

Foster (in a lunar shuttle) gets to Mars remarkably quickly and returns even more rapidly! (even in 1971 I had a good idea how long it would take to travel to Mars!)

Lewis is the hero in this story and the artist does a great job of drawing spacesuits, martian rovers etc – there are even some rock formations that look like martian snakes! But as with an earlier strip, the portraits of the main characters are somewhat lacking in detail and I felt there was something ‘thin’ about the story.

This story is action-packed and tense enough to keep readers entertained, and the art work is good on the whole, but its not one I would choose to re-read. Rating? Three stars overall. Its good, but its not THAT good.

Lightcudder · 17th November 2018 at 3:46 pm

The idea is fine, but the Martian Survey part is thrown at the reader without any warning and is something of a ??!!! moment. At first I thought they were nothing to do with SHADO, but then it seems they are, so why a ‘survey’ team and not a defence base?
Foster (in a lunar shuttle) gets to Mars remarkably quickly and returns even more rapidly! (even in 1971 I had a good idea how long it would take to travel to Mars!)
Lewis is the hero in this story and the artist does a great job of drawing spacesuits, martian rovers etc – there are even some rock formations that look like martian snakes! But as with an earlier strip, the portraits of the main characters are somewhat lacking in detail and I felt there was something ‘thin’ about the story.
This story is action-packed and tense enough to keep readers entertained, and the art work is good on the whole, but its not one I would choose to re-read. Rating? Three stars overall. Its good, but its not THAT good. 😉

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