At the beginning of the story, Straker flies to Sao Paulo,
Brazil for an overdue inspection of the SHADO setup there,
followed by Foster.
Paulo is a state in the South American country of
Brazil. Foster had an earlier adventure in Brazil in
On page 1, Straker remarks to Lt. Gomez that UFO landings
are not being properly intercepted in the region.
When Straker is attacked by a tribesman with a blowgun, Lt.
Gomez exclaims, "Santa Maria!" This is a Spanish phrase
referring to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
On page 2, panel 3, the headline of the newspaper being read
by Foster can just be made out as "Movie Tycoon
Assassinated", with a photo of Straker beside it.
Major Enchada tells Foster the Indian who shot Straker with
the poison dart was a Curura. As far as I've been able to
determine, this is a fictional tribe.
In this story, a SHADO mobile is depicted as able to travel
on water. This capacity was mentioned in the
"SHADO Defence: SHADO Mobiles" article in the 1970 UFO
ANNUAL published by Polystyle Publications (the same
publisher as Countdown/TV Action). This capability
is also demonstrated in
"Recordbreakers". We also see here
that the mobiles have an access hatch on the rooftop of the
The actual name of the Brazilian river in this story is not
specified. Enchada's reference to it as the Rio del Muerte
(River of Death) is likely just a euphemism for it. There is
no river with that name officially.
Foster is forced to wrestle what Enchada describes as an
alligator, when it menaces an Indian boy. But there are no
alligators in South America! It must be a crocodile.
The end of the story depicts Straker using the mobile's
roof-top gun to kill two of the three aliens holding
the village hostage and destroying all three landed UFOs
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