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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

UFO: Alien Espionage UFO
"Alien Espionage"
Countdown #45, December 25, 1971
Writer: Unknown (The former Technodelic website suggests it may be Richard O'Neill)
Art: Jon Davis


Somehow the aliens have uncovered and destroyed four recent SHADO projects and Straker is determined to make them pay.


Read the Technodelic story summary at the Internet Archive




It's implied in this story that SHADO knows the location of the aliens' planet, suggesting it takes place after the events of "Close Up".




This is a 6-page, self-contained story in Countdown #45, December 25, 1971.




This story introduces the prototype of a new SHADO assault plane called the X1. Unfortunately, it is immediately destroyed by a UFO during its first test flight.


On page 1 of the story, Straker remarks that this is the fourth project the aliens have destroyed this year.


Page 2 of the story introduces a fairly cool-looking SHADO security chopper.

SHADO security chopper


The aliens go without helmets on pages 2 and 3, yet when they take on Straker later, they are wearing helmets again. If they have found a means of breathing Earth's atmosphere without significant damage, why bother to put the helmets on again?


Page 4 of the story reveals that the aliens have their own version of amnesia induction (like the amnesia drug used by SHADO), which they inflict on Straker and Freeman before setting them free. 




What were the aliens holding over Owen to make him betray SHADO? It's never revealed.


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