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Countdown/TV Action   (1971)
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Publisher: TV Publications, Ltd.

Publication Date: February 1971 - August 1973

Country: United Kingdom

Language: English

Notes:
A now fairly rare British comic series that tended to focus on adapting TV heroes in fairly conventional action stories. It's appropriate that Doctor Who stories starring the Third Doctor appeared in this comic, because his stories were largely earthbound.

Warning: Creator info is likely to be scarce on these issues without help from our British users.

This title underwent a number of different, sometimes subtle, name changes as it morphed from Countdown to TV Action. These changes have been noted in the titles of the individual issues where changes occurred.

However, it should be pointed out that the changes noted merely represent transition in the cover title. What was going on in the indicia was really very much more complicated. In the brief life of this title, TV Publications, Ltd. was infamously combining and recombining its several titles. At issue #7 Countdown was, largely unbeknownst to the reader, merged with Rocket, a title that had carried more "grown up" comic strips than, say, TV Comic. Thus the indicia read, Countdown and Rocket. Rocket remained in the indicia of this title throughout the rest of the run. At the height of this "combinative titling", the magazine was officially, but in no way commonly, known as TV Action/Countdown and Rocket.

Rocket, a magazine that had only run for 32 issues in the mid-1950s, thus persisted in various TV Publications indicia all the way to the final issue of this title. It was only dropped when TV Action was merged with TV Comic in 1973.

Page-numbering
A part of Countdown's format was that page numbering is "backward". That is, the front cover page is deemed to be the last page of the book, while the back cover is usually numbered "page 1". In other words, the book literally "counts down". This practice was abandoned at issue #59, soon after the word "Countdown" was de-emphasized in favor of "TV Action".

Number of issues cataloged: 132



Issue   Title   Story Arc   Cover Date
132
 
 
  August 25 1973
131
 
  The Unheard Voice
  August 18 1973
130
 
 
  August 11 1973
129
 
  The Vortex
  August 4 1973
128
 
  The Vortex
  July 28 1973
127
 
  The Vortex
  July 21 1973
126
 
  The Vortex
  July 14 1973
125
 
  The Vortex
  July 7 1973
124
 
 
  June 30 1973
123
 
  The Spoilers
  June 23 1973
122
 
 
  June 16 1973
121
 
 
  June 9 1973
120
 
  The Labyrinth
  June 2 1973
119
 
  kcaB to the Sun
  May 26 1973
118
 
 
  May 19 1973
117
 
 
  May 12 1973
116
 
  kcaB to the Sun
  May 5 1973
115
 
 
  April 28 1973
114
 
 
  April 21 1973
113
 
 
  April 14 1973
112
 
  The Threat from Beneath
  April 7 1973
111
 
  The Glen of Sleeping
  March 31 1973
110
 
 
  March 24 1973
109
 
 
  March 17 1973
108
 
 
  March 10 1973
107
 
  The Glen of Sleeping
  March 3 1973
106
 
 
  February 24 1973
105
 
 
  February 17 1973
104
 
  Who Is the Stranger?
  February 10 1973
103
 
  Deadly Choice
  February 3 1973
102
 
  Deadly Choice
  January 27 1973
101
  TV Action
  Deadly Choice
  January 20 1973
100
 
  Zeron Invasion
  January 13 1973
99
 
 
  January 6 1973
98
 
 
  December 30 1972
97
 
 
  December 23 1972
96
 
 
  December 16 1972
95
 
 
  December 9 1972
94
 
  Zeron Invasion
  December 2 1972
93
 
  Steelfist
  November 25 1972
92
 
 
  November 18 1972
91
 
 
  November 11 1972
90
 
 
  November 4 1972
89
 
  Steelfist
  October 28 1972
88
 
  The Ugrakks
  October 21 1972
87
 
 
  October 14 1972
86
 
 
  October 7 1972
85
 
 
  September 30 1972
84
 
 
  September 23 1972
83
 
 
  September 16 1972
82
 
 
  September 9 1972
81
 
 
  September 2 1972
80
 
 
  August 26 1972
79
 
  The Ugrakks
  August 19 1972
78
 
  The Enemy from Nowhere
  August 12 1972
77
 
 
  August 5 1972
76
 
 
  July 29 1972
75
 
 
  July 22 1972
74
 
 
  July 15 1972
73
 
 
  July 8 1972
72
 
 
  July 1 1972
71
 
  The Enemy from Nowhere
  June 24 1972
70
 
  A Stitch in Time
  June 17 1972
69
 
  A Stitch in Time
  June 10 1972
68
 
  A Stitch in Time
  June 3 1972
67
 
  A Stitch in Time
  May 27 1972
66
 
  A Stitch in Time
  May 20 1972
65
 
  A Stitch in Time
  May 13 1972
64
 
  A Stitch in Time
  May 6 1972
63
 
  A Stitch in Time
  April 29 1972
62
 
  Planet of the Daleks
  April 22 1972
61
 
  Planet of the Daleks
  April 15 1972
60
 
  Planet of the Daleks
  April 8 1972
59
  TV Action & Countdown
  Planet of the Daleks
  April 1 1972
58
 
  Planet of the Daleks
  March 25 1972
57
  TV Action in Countdown
  Planet of the Daleks
  March 18 1972
56
 
  Planet of the Daleks
  March 11 1972
55
 
  Planet of the Daleks
  March 4 1972
54
 
  *Sub Zero
  February 26 1972
53
 
  *Sub Zero
  February 19 1972
52
 
  *Sub Zero
  February 12 1972
51
 
  *Sub Zero
  February 5 1972
50
 
  *Sub Zero
  January 29 1972
49
 
  *Sub Zero
  January 22 1972
48
 
  *Sub Zero
  January 15 1972
47
 
  *Sub Zero
  January 8 1972
46
  Countdown to TV Action
  The Eternal Present
  January 1 1972
45
 
  The Eternal Present
  December 25 1971
44
 
  The Eternal Present
  December 18 1971
43
 
  The Eternal Present
  December 11 1971
42
 
  The Eternal Present
  December 4 1971
41
 
  The Eternal Present
  November 27 1971
40
 
  The Eternal Present
  November 20 1971
39
 
  Backtime
  November 13 1971
38
 
  Backtime
  November 6 1971
37
 
  Backtime
  October 30 1971
36
 
  Backtime
  October 23 1971
35
 
  Backtime
  October 16 1971
34
 
  Backtime
  October 9 1971
33
 
  Backtime
  October 2 1971
32
 
  The Celluloid Midas
  September 25 1971
31
 
 
  September 18 1971
30
 
 
  September 11 1971
29
 
 
  September 4 1971
28
 
 
  August 28 1971
27
 
 
  August 21 1971
26
 
 
  August 14 1971
25
 
 
  August 7 1971
24
 
 
  July 31 1971
23
 
  The Celluloid Midas
  July 24 1971
22
 
  The Vogan Slaves
  July 17 1971
21
 
  The Vogan Slaves
  July 10 1971
20
 
  The Vogan Slaves
  July 3 1971
19
 
  The Vogan Slaves
  June 26 1971
18
 
  The Vogan Slaves
  June 19 1971
17
 
  The Vogan Slaves
  June 12 1971
16
 
  The Vogan Slaves
  June 5 1971
15
 
  The Vogan Slaves
  May 29 1971
14
 
 
  May 22 1971
13
 
  Timebenders
  May 15 1971
12
 
  Timebenders
  May 8 1971
11
 
  Timebenders
  May 1 1971
10
 
  Timebenders
  April 24 1971
9
 
  Timebenders
  April 17 1971
8
 
  Timebenders
  April 10 1971
7
 
  Timebenders
  April 3 1971
6
 
  Timebenders
  March 27 1971
5
 
  Gemini Plan
  March 20 1971
4
 
  Gemini Plan
  March 13 1971
3
 
  Gemini Plan
  March 6 1971
2
 
  Gemini Plan
  February 27 1971
1
  Countdown
  Gemini Plan
  February 20 1971







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