The story opens at the Lofthaussen Metaphysical Institute in
Lofthaussen Metaphysical Institute is a fictional
institution. And Leignitz, though a German city from
1871-1945, became part of Poland after WWII and was renamed
On page 1 of the story, Dr. Frestein says guten morgen.
This is German for "good morning".
Also on page 1, Walter says jawohl and Got(t)
im himmel. These are German for "yes" and
"God in heaven", respectively. And Horscht also says ja,
which is a shorthand way of saying jawohl.
The scientists at the metaphysical institute discover that
their new x-ray device can cause a person's spirit to leave
their body when Walter accidentally walks into the path of
the experimental beam. Before he walked into the beam, it had
been trained on what appears to be a chimpanzee in a cage.
Did the beam also make the chimp's spirit leave its body
(assuming animals have a similar spirit or soul)?
Panel 8 of page 1 of the story describes three UFOs heading towards Earth
from "a far-off galaxy". It seems extremely unlikely the
aliens are targeting Earth from another galaxy! Especially
since SHADO's rather primitive probe was able to follow a
UFO back to the alien homeworld in
In this story, the aliens communicate with the humans via
telepathy (although it's referred to as "programmed
On page 2 of the story, the alien is clearly intending to
kill Walter when he shoots the man with his ray gun as the
human walks in on the aliens and Horscht at the laboratory.
So, why does Walter wake up later on page 3 with little more
than a headache?
On page 3 of the story, SHADO has seemingly captured a UFO
intact! This would be the first time a UFO did not
self-destruct after being left unattended by the aliens for
an extended period.
Apparently, the aliens have military ranks similar to those
of Earth nations, as Horscht refers to the leader as
In panels 1 and 2 of page 4 of the story, the word balloons
of Walter and Schnell have been transposed.
Realizing the spirits of the vandalizing aliens at
headquarters emit an amount of coldness (as much as 30
degrees difference), a SHADO scientist adapts a ray gun's
sighting sensors to respond to variations in temperature and
programs the weapon to shoot antimatter. The problem with
antimatter (at least in the real world) is that it causes
mutual annihilation of any matter with which it comes into
contact, making it extremely dangerous to use, even if a way
could be found to contain it in a weapon!
Apparently, Straker and Frestein were exactly right in
guessing there is a "controller" in the spirit world who
would object to still-living spirits invading its realm and
it chases the two aliens out of it and back into their
At the end of the story, SHADO has captured two live,
The spirit-separation device is destroyed by Dr. Frestein so
it cannot be used again.
Is the UFO captured by SHADO still intact? Or did it
Do the two captured aliens remain alive for study and
interrogation by SHADO?
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