There are hints in the first few panels of the story that
the spacewalk seen is being staged on a movie set: panels 1
and 3 have partial lines drawn in to represent the wires
holding the actors in "space" (possibly a subtle comment on
the occasionally visible wires on spacewalkers and ships in
the actual UFO TV series!); the alien craft in
panel 2 does not exactly match the UFOs used by the aliens
being fought by SHADO; the alien in panel 4 looks a bit
non-human and his spacesuit does not match those seen in the
In the later panels of page 1, it is seen that the "alien"
spacesuit worn by actor Buzz Peters does have some
similarities to the spacesuits of the actual UFO pilots.
Buzz thinks his alien make-up is crummy and asks if he can't
have three eyes or four arms or even a green face.
Ironically, the real aliens do have green faces due to the
green-liquid environment of their spacesuits!
Most likely the name "Buzz" for the actor playing the alien
astronaut in the movie was named by the author for real
world U.S. astronaut, and second man to walk on the Moon,
The alien pilot hijacks a car on Highway 14, about 40 miles
from Los Angeles. This is an actual highway, called State
Route 14, which runs through the southern California desert
from approximately Los Angeles to Highway 395 near Inyokern
in the Mojave Desert.
The car hijacked by the alien appears to be a Plymouth
Barracuda of the 1967-69 body style. On the last panel of
page 2 of the story, the cursive Barracuda emblem can just
barely be made out, though it would not be legible if one
did not already know what it said.
Page 3, panel 4 of the story implies that Colonel Foster was
already in Los Angeles, at a secret SHADO base there, when
the UFO shenanigans in the southern California desert went
The police car that intercepts the
Barracuda-driving alien on the
studio lot looks similar to the one
seen in Britain that chases Straker
"The New Boss". And
the one here looks even more like a
DeLorean than the one in that
previous story...still several years
before the DeLorean was designed!
The towering land formation in the background of page 4,
panel 9 of the story looks more like something from Utah's
Monument Valley than the relatively unspectacular
landscape of the southern California desert.
Page 4 of the story reveals the L.A. film studio depicted to
be called Futura Film Studios. This appears to be a fictional
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