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When COUNTDOWN comic came out in 1971, I gave the first issue a cursory browse-through on my local newsagent's counter, but wasn't particularly impressed by it. Consequently, I didn't start buying it until later, when it began reprinting some FIREBALL XL5, STINGRAY, and CAPTAIN SCARLET strips from TV CENTURY 21. (I think they reprinted some THUNDERBIRDS ones too, but that may have been later - can't quite recall offhand.) Only six or so years had elapsed since I'd first read the Fireball and Stingray strips, but that was half my life away at that point and therefore seemed a much longer period of time.