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Issue 1, 1971

Countdown (later retitled TV Action + Countdown and then simply TV Action) was a weekly comic put out by Polystyle Publications from 1971 to 1973. Edited by Dennis Hooper, it featured strips based largely on science fiction TV series, and was intended to ride a contemporary wave of interest in the genre. Features on technological advances were also included.

In 1972, following a perceived decline of interest in science fiction, the comic was renamed TV Action + Countdown, signifying a general swerve towards the action genre. In January 1973 TV Action no longer contained references to its old Countdown name. The following September it merged into TV Comic.

Strips included:

  • "Alias Smith and Jones"
  • "Cannon"
  • "Captain Scarlet"
  • "Dad's Army"
  • "Dastardly and Muttley"
  • "Doctor Who"
  • "Droopy"
  • "Fireball XL5" (reprinted from TV21)
  • "Hawaii Five-O"
  • "Joe 90"
  • "Mission: Impossible"
  • "Motormouse and Autocat"
  • "The Secret Service"
  • "Stingray"
  • "Tightrope"
  • "The Persuaders"
  • "Thunderbirds"
  • "UFO"


  • Kibble-White, Graham (2005). Ultimate Book of British Comics. London: Alison & Busby. pp. 85, 253-4. ISBN 0-74908-211-9