Saturday, 16 August 2014

CLASSIC COMICS: COUNTDOWN #1 - PART ONE...



COUNTDOWN was TV CENTURY 21's natural successor.  Not
only did it feature GERRY ANDERSON related strips (in some cases
reprints from its forerunner), it was also edited by DENNIS HOOPER,
who had been the art editor on TV21 itself.  However, successor it may
have been, but it wasn't exactly a success, and after about a year, changed
identity by becoming TV ACTION.  It managed to survive for another
year and a half or so, and with its demise, DOCTOR WHO returned
to his previous publication, TV COMIC.

For all those who weren't around at the time, here's the first half
of the first issue to give you a taste of it.  If it was one of the comics of
your youth, then say hello to an old friend.  The second half will follow
in a subsequent post.  Countdown starts now!










10 comments:

Colin Jones said...

I see there's a UFO strip - that's one show I could never get into when I first saw it (1974) and I've seen it repeated over the years but it still does nothing for me, why on earth did the women wear those daft purple wigs ? That Dastardly and Muttley strip is actually Stop The Pidgeon.

Kid said...

Or 'Stop The Pigeon' to be pedantic. Actually, CJ, I was never really into UFO either, but I did like watching the women who wore those daft purple wigs.

Philip Crawley said...

This one was certainly part of my youth - I would look forward to getting home from school of a Friday (even on top of it being the end of the week!) to see a new issue on the table, purchased by my Mum during the day. Loved the Science as well as the strips, especially Mr Burns'
work on Countdown and Dr Who, first by Harry Linfield then Gerry Haylock. And the artists actually received a credit, albeit squeezed in the panel gaps. I still have my copy of the first issue and a handful of others, including some TV Action - only wish I'd been able to hang on to more, though I did download the entire run in digital form a couple of years ago. But, as we've mentioned before - not the same as having the actual paper copy. Great to be reminded of this one again, may pull out the survivors for a browse later from my 'collection'.

Kid said...

Strange to think that Countdown lasted only 58 issues, PC, with TV Action only lasting 74 (132 in all). It came out just over a year before I moved to another house in another neighbourhood, thus counting down the end of one phase of my life and heralding the start of another.

DeadSpiderEye said...

I loved UFO, countdown was a bit iffy though, enjoyed the reprints and a couple of the artists. Gerry Haylock, John Bryn (I think that was his name, the countdown strip guy). The colour was always a bit odd, Haylock preferred to use body colour in place of tints and the countdown guy's colours were wild. There was also a nice swansong from an artist whose name I don't recall but he did a bloody brilliant UFO strip, I think it was in one of the specials. Incidentally a -facinating fact- regarding countdown, is the typeface used for the title was called Countdown in the Letraset catalogue, which I'm sure you probably knew already.

Kid said...

If I ever knew that, DSE, I'd forgotten, so thanks for reminding me. In fact, I must've known, because I've got the Letraset catalogue. Brian Lewis is the artist you're thinking of, I think, but he drew a few things after Countdown for Dez Skinn. He was the artist who drew Charlie's Choice in Smash! back in the '60s.

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

Brian Lewis did some great stuff (as you note) for Dez Skinn for House of Hammer that are well worth looking out - I think I have a HoH special on Brain Lewis somewhere - and a few Dan Dares - did he also do a cartoon strip at Odhams called "Space Jinx" (or similar title) the style looks similar to Charlie's Choice"?

Kid said...

Yup, he also drew Space Jinx for Smash!, and apparently also Pest of the West and Georgie's Germs for Wham! Interestingly, he also drew Tomboy for Cor!!, and I used to resize some of his strips for either the Buster or W&C comic libraries back in the mid-'80s. He was only 49 when he died, alas. A fine talent, ended far too early.

DeadSpiderEye said...

Hey Kid, that was pretty impressive, you pulled the guy's name out of the air with no hesitation from my very brief and slightly inaccurate description.

Kid said...

Don't be too impressed, DSE - I'll probably disappoint you next time.

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