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July Books 28) The Countdown Annual 1972

Picked this up at a bookshop in Broadstairs recommended by drasecretcampus; a TV annual featuring various sfnal kids' TV shows of the early 70s, including Joe 90, Thunderbirds , UFO, a couple I hadn't heard of (Countdown and The Secret Service) and of course Dr Who [sic]. Who fans are well served with a Pertwee cartoon strip whose storyline is surprisingly close to Seeds of Doom, and also two pages reporting from Aldbourne on the filming of The Dæmons (will scan and post these in due course). There are also two cartoon stories about Dastardly and Muttley - I had forgotten that the Vulture Squadron were quite so obviously Comic Germans. I guess this must have done rather well in the Christmas 1971 sales.


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Jul. 30th, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
Excellent find. Looking forward to the Aldbourne reports. (I've read that one later Countdown or TV Action Dr Who strip used images from that Aldbourne visit as photographic reference, complete with Countdown editor/Polystyle editorial director Dennis Hooper, I think being attacked by a paralysing ray.)

The first Tom Baker strip in TV Comic had similarities to The Seeds of Doom too - evidently no one was looking after the plants at the Polystyle office.

ETA: I think that Countdown the comic strip was not an adaptation, but original material; Polystyle always liked to include non-derivative material in their television-led comics, presumably for budget reasons.

Edited at 2012-07-30 01:31 pm (UTC)
Jul. 30th, 2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
I vaguely recall a Dalek annual in the same price, but I have no idea of what the going price for such things should be - it seems a randomly priced shop.

Next time you're in the area you probably ought to try Manston Nature Reserve for its bookshop - although I don't recall annuals there... I'm unclear as to its opening hours.
Jul. 30th, 2012 07:43 pm (UTC)
The Secret Service was amazing - Gerry Anderson AND the inimitable Stanley Unwin; what's not to like? Well worth picking up the dvd.

I remember nothing of Countdown though I suspect it did not feature Richard Whiteley and Carol Vorderman in space.
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