At the beginning of the story, a UFO descends to the Rocky
Mountains. The Rocky Mountains are a
major mountain range in the western portion of North
The Mobile in this story was carrying seven SHADO personnel!
In the TV series we saw only two people in one at any time,
in the cab. It's possible that besides the large, mounted
weapons kept under the ceiling in the bed of the Mobile, it may be capable
of holding a number of personnel as well.
The aliens hide out in an old mine in Hamer's Gorge. This
appears to be a fictional location in the Rockies.
On page 6, one of the gold miners declares that the old mine
cave-in has uncovered the richest quartz he's ever seen.
Gold is often found in veins of quartz.
After Foster is rescued from the mine cave-in, his thoughts
reveal that the miners who rescued him in exchange for a
claim of the new gold strike won't discover the buried
aliens inside the mine because the deposits are all higher
up the mountain. But how does he, or the miners, know that?
It seems quite possible the miners might try to dig up that
old mine tunnel as well!
Notice that in the bottom right corner of page 8 of the
story are the initials M.A., most likely indicating this
strip was drawn by occasional UFO artist Martin
What were the aliens doing in the Rocky Mountains? What was
the signaling computer they had set up in the mine? We are
given no answers.
What was Foster doing in the Rockies with a Mobile crew in
the first place? SHADO must have had some inkling already
that there was UFO activity there in the first place, but
we're not told.
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