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Spirit Of Fear Issue 110

Doctor Kurt Frestein and his team at the Lofthaussen Metaphysical Research Centre in Leignitz, Germany, are working on a new x-ray technology. However, Walter’s’spirit’ is split from his body when he is trapped in an active beam. Frestein can only hear Walter’s cries to switch off the machine because he is invisible and ethereal, and then his spirit returns. The astonishing discovery fascinates Frestein, as does Horscht, a young technician who believes the Aliens will compensate him for the knowledge. Four UFOs are found hours later, and all but one are destroyed, landing in Germany. When Walter gets in, Horscht has smuggled the two aliens into the centre and is showing them the device.

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Project Of Doom Issue 114

Greg Masterson, a brilliant engineer and self-made billionaire, is the brains behind Earthport One, with the space station serving as the first stop for commercial space tourism. Straker and Foster are given a tour by Masterson under the guise of a film studio, but the fact that some places are restricted and off-limits raises concerns. Straker calls the military, who confirms their involvement in the scheme by their evasiveness. Interceptors detect three UFOs, two of which are destroyed. Before the Interceptors do the job, the third makes his way to Earthport One and is shot at by hidden missiles from the station.

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The Assassin Issue 118

After a failed mission owing to a meteroite shower, a manned Venus space probe splashes down in the ocean. Colonel Butler is a hero for making improvised repairs in orbit to ensure the astronauts’ safe return. Straker was opposed to the mission from the outset since it would take the probe across space where Aliens were operating. Alec Freeman is startled when Straker agrees to take a few days off after losing touch for a few hours due to the meteors. Butler is presented with the Presidential Medal of Honor a day later on the lawns of the White House in Washington, D.C.Guards scream as Ed Straker rushes across the lawn, hurling an object and screams, ‘You’ll all die!’ Then there’s a massive explosion…

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RecordBreakers Issue 122

The newly constructed ‘Supasports Centre’, birthplace of the’super’ athlete, is nestled in the scenic Netherdale Valley in England’s Lake District… The centre pledges to generate the world’s fastest, most powerful athletes by combining a secret blend of special diets, electro-muscular therapy, and difficult, rigorous training schedules…

The ‘Super Athlete’ is established by veteran sprinter and Olympic gold medalist Alf Kidd, who sends long distance runner Peter Sharpe over Haw Gable to see if he can beat his previous time by five minutes. Sharpe spies a helicopter while on the run, and a rifle launches a dart at him. In an attempt to find cover, the athlete falls to his death over a ledge. Straker examines the newspaper account and connects it to a month ago’s disappearance of a UFO in the same location.

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They Walk In Darkness Issue 125

Ivor Jones is on trial at London’s Old Bailey law courts, accused of murdering his uncle during a pot-holing excursion and then fabricating a tale about a “ghost with a green face” to explain the “accident.” This has made national news, and Jones is being driven away from the courthouse in a police car to await a decision. However, another motorist swerves towards it, forcing the cops off the road. Jones is yanked from the automobile by a masked man, and they flee at maximum speed in the other vehicle. Paul Foster, the saviour, informs Jones that Straker is allowing him to prove his innocence…

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Return Of The Pharoah Issue 129

Sky 1 is briefly swallowed by a sandstorm, which causes the instruments to go insane and nearly causes Carlin to crash into a pyramid. He doesn’t appear to have pursued the UFO all the way to Cairo, but the Giza pyramids just outside the city are the only ones huge enough to pose a threat to low-flying aircraft. I’m guessing they are made-up pyramids that only exist in the UFO realm.

Omar believes the aliens are servants of Isis and Osiris, two of ancient Egypt’s most powerful gods.

Telepathically, the aliens converse with Omar. They assure him that he will ascend to the throne of Egypt. From roughly 3100 to 330 BC, ancient Egypt was controlled by a line of pharaohs.

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Smash And Grab Countdown Annual 1973

Countdown Annual 1973

After destroying a UFO, Freeman and another passenger in a Mobile are travelling down a country road when they come across a tree that has fallen over the road. When they get out and try to move it, two men appear from behind a hedge and knock them unconscious with iron bars before tying them up. They notice that the Mobile has a cannon from the dashboard. They drove it to a location where they planned to ambush a security van transporting over £100,000 in payroll. One of them was aware of the existence of SHADO and had been listening to a SHADO wavelength in order to determine when the Mobile would pass. (Wouldn’t SHADO radio be scrambled?) Straker gets in his car to investigate after receiving no signal from the Mobile. The bonds of the freeman are gnawing at him. The Mobile hits the security van as it emerges from a cart track entrance. Both guards in the van are knocked out by the impact. The back doors of the van are stuck, so the two men use the Mobile’s cannon to blow them open, collect the paycheck, and drive back to the ambush spot to transfer to their own vehicle. When Straker arrives and picks them up, Freeman and the other have just liberated themselves. At a crossroads, their automobile and the stolen Mobile collide. When the robbers notice Freeman and the other passengers in the car, they plan to ram it, but a UFO intervenes. The UFO blasts one of the robbers with a heavily mounted raygun as he flees. Straker dashes over to the Mobile, pushes the other thief aside, and causes the Mobile to duck just as the UFO fires a shot at the location where it had been. The UFO returns for a second pass. To preserve his life, Straker orders “Fire!” and the other thief must obey, destroying the UFO. Straker and his men return to SHADO headquarters after delivering the surviving thief to the local police.

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The Haunted Mine Countdown Annual 1973

Countdown Annual 1972

A haunted coal mine in England is supposed to exist. Some old blocked-off workings make noises, which Davy (one of the miners) hears. The others laugh at him. Davy leaves to investigate the source of the noise. On the surface, Foster and Murray in a Mobile rush by to investigate the 4th UFO landing that week, but this UFO, like the others, crashed into a neighbouring moor and vanished. The Mobile ventures onto the moor but discovers nothing. It descends through a thin cover of branches over an old mineshaft as it returns to the road. Foster leaps to the edge of the hole, but Murray is knocked out by the Mobile. Foster descends the mineshaft and discovers that the Mobile is a total wreck, and Murray is on his way out. When he enters the old workings, he notices at least three UFOs in a corridor. Three miners travel in search of Davy. Some of the timbers seem loose, as if the old workings have been uncovered. They walk into the ancient workings and find Foster, whom they suspect of harming Davy as a suspicious outsider. Foster tries to explain aliens and UFOs, but no one believes him. Dave reappears, Murray leaning on him, and informs them that the two have being pursued by men with green skin. The miners make the decision to depart. Then at least four armed aliens arrive and appear to ‘have them cold,’ but Foster orders a struggle to get out of the trap, or else the humans will be taken away in a UFO.The remainder of the miners, on the other hand, arrive with picks and shovels, mistaking the commotion from the old workings for a roof collapse. They see what’s going on and use their picks and shovels to assault the invaders. One of the aliens manages to get away. Foster is perplexed and pursues the alien, grabbing him as he is ready to manipulate a small control panel, assuming it is a self-destruct mechanism. He orders the miners to stop fighting and return to the new workings. They all flee, but the aliens don’t pursue them. Behind them, the old workings erupt. Davy owns a motorcycle, as well as a sidecar: With it, he transports Foster and some explosive to the old shaft’s top. Foster detonates the bomb just as the first of the UFOs approaches the shaft’s top, attempting to flee. Rather than being captured, the alien base and the UFOs burst, self-destructing.