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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

"The Alien Revolution"
Countdown #57, March 18, 1972
Writer: Unknown
Art: Malcolm Stokes


The aliens target a new SHADO base under construction in the Gulf of Mexico.


Read the Technodelic story summary at the Internet Archive




This is a 6-page, self-contained story in Countdown #57, March 18, 1972.


The story depicts what seems to be a violent guerilla movement against the government of Mexico, possibly centered in the state of Veracruz. I am aware of no such movement in the real world during the early 1970s when this story was written, and not in the 1980s when this story would take place. In the UFO universe, it may be a different situation entirely.




On page 1 of the story, SHADO is said to be constructing a new base under the guise of a new oil-drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Galveston, Texas. It includes buildings under the ocean floor.


Also on page 1 of the story, some Mexican revolutionaries are said to be gathering in the foothills near Veracruz. This is the most populous city (formally Heroica Veracruz) in the Mexican state of Veracruz. One of the revolutionaries remarks that their army is massing in Tampico; this is a city on the gulf in the state of Tamaulipas.


On page 2 of the story, Commander Straker is said to be in Wichita. This is a city in the U.S. state of Kansas.


On page 3 of the story, the remaining revolutionaries at the port flee along the Cordoba road, hoping to lose the Federales in the hills. Cordoba is a city in Mexico, about 70 miles from Heroica Veracruz. 


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