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TV Action was the final name of a weekly Polystyle comics magazine that began its run under the name, Countdown. Published in Britain from 1971 to 1973, the magazine contained comic adaptations of television programmes, but targeted a slightly older audience than its sister publication, TV Comic. The Doctor Who strip moved to Countdown from the very first appearance of the comic Third Doctor.

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Overview

In the late 1960s, Polystyle was eager to start a magazine that appealed to a slightly older audience than its de facto television adaptation flagship, TV Comic. Whereas that publication had debuted with "funny animal" comics and adaptations of young childrens' shows like Muffin the Mule, they wanted something to compete with TV Century 21, which had been replete with comics based on Gerry Anderson properties. When that magazine folded, the license to print Gerry Anderson comics thus became available. Polystyle seized on it, buying not just the right to do new comics, but to reprint what had come before in TV21. SInce shows like Stingray, Thunderbirds, UFO and Fireball XLV all had a kind of space-age theme, a natural title was Countdown. To reinforce the theme, Polystyle unusually numbered the pages backward, so that readers were "counting down" to 1 as they read.

But public enthusiasm for Anderson properties was drying up. All these shows, except for UFO, had in fact been cancelled by the time Countdown debuted. Dwindling sales figures quickly reflected the market's lack of appetite for a comic based mostly on programming that was no longer on the air. Thus, the publisher had to move to re-orient the publication. Polystyle sought licenses to produce wholly original comics based on popular action shows that were still in production. As the Gerry Anderson material gradually faded, so too did the Countdown name. At issue 59, they started numbering the pages in normal order. By the time the magazine became TV Action it had little to do with science fiction and much more to do with shows like Hawaii 5-0, Tightrope, Mission: Impossible and The Pretenders. Unfortunately, the changes never put the magazine on solid financial footing, and it folded after only a little over 2 years.

In the end, Doctor Who proved the longest-running strip of the magazine, having been left out of about five issues along the way. Although it failed to make the final issue of TV Action, it survived by returning to the pages of TV Comic.

Title

The oft-changing title of this publication has created confusion amongst fans of Doctor Who, who are generally uninterested in the broader contents of the magazine. Some have mistakenly believed that TV Action and Countdown were two separate magazines. In fact, the change was too gradual to produce a bright dividing line between what was Countdown and what was TV Action. The plurality of issues were actually published under both names. Moreover, the numbering system was preserved throughout the transformation.

Cover titles

Although the title on the cover fluctuated once every few months, it was stylistically similar throughout the first 100 issues. While the word Countdown appeared on the cover, the title was always placed in a red banner across the top sixth of the page. After the title became just TV Action, this practice was abandoned. On the final 32 issues, TV Action became merely a logo at the top of a full page of art..

  • 1-18 Countdown
  • 19-45 Countdown The Space-age Comic!
  • 46-56 Countdown for TV Action!
  • 57-58 TV Action in Countdown
  • 59-100 TV Action + Countdown
  • 101-132 TV Action

Indicia titles

The situation is even more confusing if one looks at the indicia, or legal, title:

  • 1-45 Countdown
  • 46-56 Countdown to TV Action
  • 57-58 TV Action incorporating Countdown
  • 59-100 TV Action & Countdown
  • 101-132 TV Action

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Countdown is the name of a multi-day series of inter-related events, culminating in something referred to as Final Crisis. It involves the confluence of dissent among the Monitors' ranks, Jimmy Olsen developing super-powers, Mary Marvel being tempted by Eclipso, and Darkseid manipulating events behind the scenes.

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Countdown is a fifty-two issue limited series published by DC Comics from May of 2007 to May of 2008.

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Countdown to Final Crisis, Countdown: Arena, Countdown: Lord Havok and the Extremists, Countdown: The Search for Ray Palmer, Countdown to Adventure, Countdown to Mystery, Salvation Run, Death of the New Gods


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Countdown #1

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History

Darkseid orchestrated events to his liking, observing what was happening across the universe as the death of the Fourth World drew near, plotting to remake the universe in his own image. As New Gods were killed across the galaxy, Darkseid marshaled his forces on Apokolips, even resurrecting Virman Vundabar despite his earlier attempt to assassinate Darkseid--notably putting his forces in defensive deployments. In conversation with Metron, he then indicated that he knew more than his fellow New Gods about what was transpiring with the mysterious God-killer, which he refused to share, content in knowing more than Metron for once. It has since been revealed that Darkseid appears to be manipulating almost all the key characters in Countdown to Final Crisis on a giant cosmic chess board. He has given his protection to Jimmy Olsen, vaporizing a parademon for attacking him, and he has ensured that Karate Kid, carrier of the Morticoccus virus, survives. His reasons for both these are unknown. Later he attempts to recruit Mary Marvel as his sorceress using his pawn Eclipso, but she turns on him and escapes. He has also assigned Desaad to ensure the "Great Disaster" comes about, and assigned Granny Goodness to recruit new Female Furies from Earth in the guise of Athena. It has been indicated Darkseid seeks the rise of the "Fifth World", possibly on Earth, and is harnessing the Great Disaster and the Death of the New Gods to bring this about. Additionally, Darkseid has been manipulating the monitor Solomon to bring about a war between the Monitors and Monarch for the fate of the Multiverse.

It is later revealed that Darkseid had turned Jimmy Olsen into a container for the powers of the New Gods. He sends Mary Marvel, whom he had coerced into taking back her dark powers, to capture him. Superman comes to Jimmy's aid, only for Darkseid to take control of Jimmy's powers, making him radiate Kryptonite. Ray Palmer manages to shut off Darkseid's control, and the villain is confronted by a gigantic turtle-like Jimmy. After battling Jimmy across the Metropolis landscape, Darkseid moves in for the kill only to witness The Atom emerge from Jimmy's head. Palmer quickly destroys the vessel of the New Gods' powers freeing them into the void. Enraged, Darkseid is taken by surprise when a Boom Tube opens above the skies of Metropolis. His scion and son Orion emerges from the tube, having managed to escape being murdered by the Infinity Man. Orion and Darkseid battle, and after a furious exchange, at the end of it all, Darkseid realizes it was not meant to be and his heart is ripped from his chest by his own son.

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Look To The Skies

It is revealed that a group of Monitors are responsible for safeguarding the Multiverse when one of them kills Duela Dent in front of Jason Todd. Mary Marvel discovers she is alone and without her powers. The Flash's Rogues assemble. The Source Wall reveals that Ray Palmer is the solution to the "Great Disaster".

Last Laugh

Jimmy Olsen begins investigating the death of Duela Dent by interviewing Jason Todd and the Joker. Mary Marvel consults Madame Xanadu, who says she will soon be tested. The Rogues require a test of loyalty from Pied Piper and Trickster.

Stretching The Truth

Attacked by Killer Croc while in Arkham, Jimmy manifests the ability to stretch. The Monitors consider Dent's killer a rogue. Pied Piper and Trickster fake their loyalty to the Rogues. Wandering into an old building, Mary encounters Black Adam (and a pile of dead bodies).

Death From Above

Mary speaks with Black Adam. Jason Todd attends Duela Dent's funeral. Starman mentions a female Dr. Impossible to the imprisoned Karate Kid. Jimmy witnesses the apparent death of New God, Lightray in Metropolis -- his last word "Infinite".

Bricks In The Wall

Jimmy Olsen wakes up from a dream where he is trapped in The Source Wall, along with Lightray. Holly Robinson arrives in Metropolis, attempting to find a fresh start for herself. Mary Marvel and Black Adam finish their conversation, with Black Adam giving Mary his powers (his magic word once more is "Shazam"). The Monitors vote to continue to hunt down those that are universe jumpers. The Trickster and The Pied Piper bond as they reveal their intentions behind rejoining the Flash's Rogues Gallery. The issue ends as Amazons Attack.

Weapon of War

Jimmy investigates a tenement in Suicide Slum, finding Apokoliptian refugee, Sleez who tells Jimmy he wants revenge on Darkseid - just before being struck down by a blast from above. Mary battles and defeats a demon - Pharyngula, Harvester of Stillborn Souls. The Rogues bicker. The Red Hood and Donna Troy are attacked by Forerunner, an agent of the Monitors.

Monitor Duty

Donna Troy and Jason Todd fight Forerunner at the National Mall. A monitor intervenes and takes Donna and Jason out of the fight. He brings them away with him for a special mission. Jimmy continues to work on his story in Suicide Slum - a story that has become even stranger with the apparent death of the Apokoliptian refugee Sleez. Holly Robinson meets a mysterious stranger on the streets of Metropolis, and Doctor Mid-Nite interviews the time-lost Legion of Super-Heroes on board the Justice League satellite.

Change of Address

Mary Marvel goes to the Rock of Eterntiy and finds that Billy Batson is now the resevoir for the Power of Shazam. Forerunner meets Monarch who offers her a chance for redemption. Jimmy Olsen is assaulted by a group of street thugs and manages to repel them when he spontaneously generates sharpened projectiles. Holly Robinson meets Athena who invites her to stay at a halfway house patterned after an ancient Greek temple.

The Funeral

Funeral services are held for Bart Allen, the Flash, who had been murdered by the Rogues Gallery. Wonder Girl vows to hunt down his killers. Pied Piper and the Trickster are captured by Deadshot and Multiplex and taken away. Holly Robinson makes herself comfortable at Athena's shelter and meets Harleen Quinzel. Monarch makes Forerunner the commander of his armies.

Shock to the System

Mary Marvel patrols Gotham City and enters into a temporary alliance with the Riddler. Together they face and defeat Clayface. Donna Troy, Jason Todd and a Monitor go to Ivy Town on their quest to find Ray Palmer. They meet Palmer's successor Ryan Choi who uses the Bio-Belt to transport them to the Palmerverse. The Trickster and the Pied Piper manage to escape from Deadshot. Meanwhile, Holly Robinson bonds with Harley Quinn.

Another Fine Mess

The Pied Piper and Trickster escape from Deadshot and fall into Gotham Harbor. Jimmy Olsen becomes the costumed adventurer known as Mr. Action. Jason Todd, Donna Troy, the Atom and a Monitor explore the Nanoverse in search of Ray Palmer. Eclipso keeps his eye on Mary Marvel. Harleen Quinzel tries to break up a group of protestors in front of the Athenian Women's shelter. Karate Kid is reunited with Triplicate Girl.

Small Wonders

The Atom, Donna Troy, Jason Todd and the Monitor arrive in the Palmerverse and begin fighting up against a tribe of ape-men. The ape-men know of Ray Palmer and reveal that he has been seen recently. Mr. Action debuts as Metropolis' newest hero. Jimmy Olsen struggles to maintain his secret identity. Mary Marvel, seeking a mentor, turns to Zatanna. Darkseid creates a new legion of Parademons. The Trickster and the Pied Piper seek shelter in the Penguin's Iceberg Lounge.

Do Not Pass Go

Karate Kid and Una break into Dalten Towers to find Oracle. The Challengers from Beyond continue to explore the Multiverse. Jimmy Olsen saves a young woman from a mugger as Mr. Action. Holly Robinson questions Athena about how she runs the shelter. The Penguin offers Trickster and Piper shelter at the Iceberg Lounge, then calls the Suicide Squad on them. While fleeing, they run into Batwoman and the Question.

All Hell!

Mary Marvel and Zatanna battle Deep Six at sea, while Eclipso watches Mary with interest. Karate Kid finds Oracle. The Question and Batwoman decide not to arrest the Trickster and Pied Piper. Jimmy is rejected as a Teen Titan. Darkseid schemes to create his own Multiversal destiny.

Forbidden Fruit

Oracle is unable to determine the source of Karate Kid's illness and refers him to a specialist. Zatanna invites Mary Marvel to her home at Shadowcrest and offers to teach her the ways of magic. Donna Troy, the Atom, Jason Todd and Bob the Monitor continue to travel the Nanoverse in the search for Ray Palmer. They encounter a mystic coven called the Sacred Wizards of the Arionite Temple. Pied Piper and Trickster try to hide out in a greenhouse, but run afoul of Poison Ivy. Holly Robinson and Harleen Quinzel continue to bond. Jimmy Olsen discovers that Clark Kent is Superman.

Magical Mystery Tour

The Atom, Donna, Bob and Jason continue their tour of the Palmerverse and run afoul of a colony of aggressive insectoid aliens. Mary Marvel begins training under the tutelage of Zatanna, but loses her temper and rebels against her teacher. Mr. Action applies for membership in the Justice League of America. Karate Kid and Una try to find Elias Orr, but end up encountering a monster named Equus instead. Poison Ivy interrogates the Trickster and Pied Piper and Deathstroke arrives in Gotham City.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

The Atom, Donna, Bob and Jason continue their tour of the Palmerverse and are captured by Queen Belthera. Belthera mind controls Bob the Monitor and captures the others. Zatanna kicks Mary Marvel out of her home, and Mary falls deeper under Eclipso's influence. Jimmy Olsen's membership application to the JLA is turned down. Harley Quinn and Holly Robinson partake in a purification ceremony that involves gladiatorial combat. Karate Kid and Una fight Equus and meet Elias Orr.

Searching for Answers

Deathstroke hangs the Trickster and Piper out to dry, but the Flash finds them and interogates them as to the death of Bart Allen. Jimmy Olsen goes to the Steelworks to have John Henry Irons run him through a series of tests. Jimmy's body reacts unpredictably to the examinations. Donna and Jason Todd break free of their shackles and fight against Queen Belthera and the mind-controlled Bob the Monitor. Mary Marvel goes to China where she meets Klarion the Witch Boy. After defeating Equus, Karate Kid and Una finally get an audience with Elias Orr. He tells them that the Karate Kid's illness is somehow related to the OMAC project. Orr is secretly working for DeSaad.

Let's Make a Deal

Pied Piper and Trickster make a deal with the Flash, and Flash agrees to protect them. Donna and Jason free the Atom and Bob the Monitor and defeat Belthera. Kyle Rayner arrives in the Palmerverse to give them a hand. They continue to track the missing Ray Palmer. Mary Marvel barters with Klarion the Witch Boy. Klarion wants a portion of Mary's power. Jimmy Olsen meets with agents of Cadmus Labs and agrees to go with them. Piper and Trickster encounter a mummy.

Girls Gone Wild

Klarion tries to steal Mary Marvel's power and the two fight. Zatanna's pet mummy keeps Piper and Trickster under safe protection. The staff of Project Cadmus run Jimmy Olsen through a battery of tests. Piper and Trickster sneak away and crash Black Canary's bachelorette party. Donna, Jason, Bob and Kyle make pit-stops at Earth-30 and Earth-3. Mary Marvel goes to Turkey where she finds Eclipso.

New Frontiers

On Earth-3, Donna, Jason and Kyle team-up with the Jokester to fight the Crime Society. Harley Quinn and Holly Robinson embark upon a pilgrimage to Paradise Island for special training. Mister Mxyzptlk disappears from the 5th dimension. Mary Marvel falls deeper under Eclipso's influence and murders some soldiers. Karate Kid and Una meet Buddy Blank and ask him about Brother Eye. Jimmy Olsen continues his tests at Cadmus Labs and his body begins transforming into a hideous monster. Monarch comes to Earth-3 and recruits the Crime Society to his cause.

Family Feud

Buddy Blank brings the Karate Kid to see Brother Eye. A massive group of villains crash the wedding of Green Arrow and Black Canary. The Challengers from Beyond go to Earth-15 where they meet that world's version of the Justice League. Athena brings Holly and Harley on a cruise to Themyscira, but first they must fight through an ocean of sea monsters.

Another Country Heard From

The Earth-hopping team of Donna Troy, Kyle Rayner, Jason Todd and "Bob" continue to explore the new Multiverse finding out who they really are and what it is that they want to do. Back on New Earth, Jimmy Olsen with the help of the New Newsboy Legion, finds out what it is that he can do, as Mary Marvel with the help of Eclipso finds out what it is that she can do.

Now, Forager!

Forager comes to Earth to see Jimmy Olsen. The Suicide Squad track Piper and Trickster to Rhode Island, but they manage to elude capture. Mary Marvel becomes even more malevolent and begins exacting justice across the globe. The Challengers from Beyond fight Lord Havok's Extremists as well as the Crime Society of Earth-3.

Disasters Great & Otherwise

On Earth-8, the Challengers from Beyond fight the Crime Society as well as Lord Havok's Extremists. Jason Todd kills Barracuda. He decides to join Monarch and betrays the Challengers by shooting Donna Troy. Jimmy Olsen agrees to help Forager find the lost souls of the deceased New Gods. Mary Marvel and Eclipso fight the Shadowpact at the Oblivion Bar. On Themyscira, Holly and Harley are attacked by packs of wild dogs. Piper and Trickster sneak into a Checkmate facility and enlist the aid of Two-Face.

Halfway to Hell

Monitor Solomon addresses a council of his fellow Monitors and indicates all of the bullet points of things that threaten to destabilize the Multiverse. On Earth-8, the Challengers from Beyond bicker amongst themselves and Jason Todd reveals that he is not actually a traitor. On Earth-15, Superboy-Prime accosts Lex Luthor.

Bedlam Below!

Trickster and Piper narrowly escape from Deadshot. On Apokolips Jimmy is captured and made a slave, and Eclipso offers Mary Marvel up to Darkseid. On Earth, Karate Kid et al break into an underground bunker in Bludhaven after defeating the Atomic Knights. After Karate Kid's group broke through a portal, they discover Desaad torturing Professor Stein.

Prime Example

Superboy Prime continued his psychotic search for his "perfect Earth" after killing many of Earth-15's heroes and subsequently the planet itself. Underneath Bludhaven, Desaad possessed and control Firestorm in attacking Karate Kid and his companions before being stopped by the Atomic Knights. On Apokolips, Mary Marvel declined Darkseid's offer and leaves.

The Bottled Imp

Superboy Prime traveled back to the Source and tortures Mister Mxyztplk and Annataz Arataz in finding/creating his "perfect Earth". Eclipso finds Mary Marvel and again to convince her into trusting only to Eclipso.

Miracle Mile

After surviving a conflict between an alien fleet and Monarch's minions, Mary Marvel realized that she has been manipulated by Eclipso and fights her. Jimmy Olsen is freed by Mister Miracle who later helps him in searching for Forager. Mxyztplk arrives back to the fifth dimension and seals it off from the coming "end". Piper and Trickster travels by train and are founded by Deadshot. After escaping from Deadshot, Trickster is fatally killed.

Down and Out... And Beyond

Loneliest Number

Brother Eye sends an OMAC army down to Bludhaven. The Challengers from Beyond continue their search for Ray Palmer. Jimmy Olsen escapes from a Fire Pit on Apokolips and finds Forager who attempts to kill him. The Pied Piper escapes to the Mexican border carrying the dead body of the Trickster along with him. Mary Marvel has an inconclusive battle against Eclipso.

Season's Beatings

The Pied Piper continues to trek across the Mexican desert with Trickster's corpse as he starts to hallucinate that he is alive. Meanwhile, the Challengers are in the peaceful and idealistic world of Earth-51 in which the team believe that Ray Palmer is on this world. In the New Earth reality, Harley Quinn and Holly Robinson discovers Amazon queen, Hippolyta, who has been hiding from fellow Amazons and they learns that Athena is an impostor. On Apokolips, Jimmy Olsen snaps Forager from her survival instinct, and both of them escape from Apokolips and travels back to New Earth in Metropolis via Boomtube.

Safe House

In outer space, Eclipso attempts to forcefully usurp Mary Marvel's power but is overwhelmed by her, forcing Eclipso to retreat. On Earth-51, Ray Palmer has been living the life of his counterpart and have married that reality's Jean Loring. Ray's perfect life is discovered by the Challengers, but in a twist of fate Monitor Bob reveals his plans of murdering Ray.

This Means War

In the New Earth reality, Mary Marvel and Eclipso furiously battle. Mary succeeds in defeating Elcipso, sending all her powers into her and changing both of them back into their normal forms. Mary is washed up to the shores of Paradise Island. The Challengers from Beyond attempt to stop Bob, who succeeds in killing the alternate versions of Barry Allen, Ralph Dibny and Jean Loring, but Ray and the Challengers escape. Bob is discovered by the Monitors and is killed by Solomon, which he himself alienates his brethren and are then confronted by Monarch and his inter-dimensional army, who wages total war on the Monitors and Earth-51.

What Price Paradise

Monarch's army wages total war on the Monitors and the world of Earth-51. Solomon is saddened and blamed by his brethren for the cause of the growing crisis. Solomon is then confronted by Superboy Prime. The Challengers along with Ray Palmer are caught in the crossfire on Earth-51. Jason Todd is saved and imprisoned by that reality's Batman as he demands him of who is at gunpoint, as his Jason Todd was already dead. On New Earth, Jimmy Olsen is fully informed by Forager that the reason he have his powers is that he is a "soulcatcher".

Splitting the Atom

On Paradise Island, Mary is brought to Queen Hippolyta by Harley Quinn and Holly Robinson, and joins their cause in overthrowing the impostor Athena. Monitor Solomon is beaten up by Superboy Prime who demands him in finding his "perfect Earth". Ray Palmer and Kyle Rayner escapes members of the Injustice Society. Ray then explains to Kyle on the reason he is involved in the Great Crisis is that he possess knowledge of a cure to the deadly Morticoccus virus. Jason Todd explains and resolve with Earth-51 Batman of his identity and the situations that is happening. In Blüdhaven, Brother Eye assimilates the remains of the city along with Firestorm and the Atomic Knights by incorporating their technologies and as it's power source.

Choke On It

Solomon managed to trick Superboy Prime into stopping Monarch in which that Earth-51 was his perfect universe and it is being destroyed by Monarch. Donna Troy defeats Belthera again and takes controls of her myrmidon swarm. Jason, who dons the identity of Red Robin, joins in the war with Earth-51 Batman, and are then saved by Donna Troy and her myrmidons. Monarch is then confronted by an enraged Superboy Prime.

Abandon All Hope

Monarch and Supberboy Prime furiously battle. The Challengers are reunited and are stunned by writing from the Source, which states in directing their destination to Apokolips. The Challengers are then sent to Apokolips by Earth-51's Monitor Nix Uotan before Superboy Prime cause the destruction of Earth-51's reality by tearing open Monarch's armor, releasing his anti-matter energy.

Come Together

The Challengers find themselves on Apokolips, but are confused as to what they are supposed to do. In Paradise Island Holly, Harley and Mary Marvel exposed Athena as Granny Goodness and chased her back to Apokolips. Meanwhile Pied Piper is then transported to Apokolips via Boom Tube. And in Blüdhaven Brother Eye travels to Apokolips along with Una and Karate Kid via Boom Tube, leaving Buddy Blank and his grandson behind.

Eye of the Beholder

On Apokolips Monitor Solomon addresses to Darseid that his time as a New God is come to a close as they observe Brother Eye begins his invasion of the planet. Elsewhere Piper is approached by a lone figure. Jason Todd has had enough of what he been through and leaves the Challengers to find a way back to Earth. Holly, Harley and Mary fights the Granny Goodness' Female Furies and Mary hears voices of the Olympian Gods. Karate Kid and Una are escaping Brother Eye's assimilation but Una is then transform into a OMAC. On Earth, Jimmy Olsen and Forager enlist the Hairies in their return to Apokolips.

The Gods Must Be Crazy!

Pay the Piper

Homeward Bound

Gone Tomorrow

Outbreak

End Times

The Beginning of The End

Owned

Darkseid Equals Death

Loose Ends



Paraphernalia

Items: None known.

Notes

  • Countdown is a fifty-two issue limited series published by DC Comics from May of 2007 to May of 2008. The series is shipped on a weekly publishing schedule and is numbered in reverse order, beginning with issue #51, and counting backwards to issue #0.
  • In early 2007, DC Comics began promoting the Countdown event with this double-page teaser spread that ran through many DC Comics.

The spread revealed a gathering of heroes standing amidst the ruins of New York City. The severed head of the Statue of Liberty is displayed prominently in the foreground. At the feet of the heroes lie the bodies of noteworthy characters who had died in the previous year (included are Maxwell Lord, Blue Beetle, Jade and the Question). An analysis of the teaser by Dan Didio is presented here.

  • DC also promoted the title with a series of one-page ads, spotlighting different characters wearing pins. The pins read, "Jimmy Olsen Must Die!", "Darkseid Rules!", "WWMMD?" (What Would Mary Marvel Do?) and "I Found Ray Palmer".
  • A second teaser image for the series was also released, showing Luthor on the ground in front of large head of a Darkseid statue.

Introductions

Bob the Monitor, Crime Society (Earth-3), Forager II, Forerunner, Jokester, Monitor Solomon

Deaths

Harlequin (Duela Dent), Jokester, Lightray, Monitor Bob, Sleez

Trivia

  • Countdown is the fifth DC Comics series published on a weekly shipping schedule. The first was Action Comics, which changed to a weekly format from issues #601-647 before resuming it's regular publishing schedule. The second was Millennium, an eight-issue limited series. The third was Final Night, a four-issue limited series, and the fourth was 52.

Recommended Reading

Links and References

  • Countdown article at Wikipedia
  • Countdown series index at Comicbookdb.com
  • Countdown series index at the Grand Comics Database
  • Countdown article at Newsarama
  • Silverbullet Comics's Countdown Counselling

References

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Final Fantasy

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Countdown as seen in Final Fantasy IX.

Countdown is a recurring ability in the series. It usually inflicts the status Doom.

Appearances

Final Fantasy IX

Countdown first appears as a Flair ability for Amarant Coral. It inflicts the Doom status on one enemy, and can be used at the cost of 16 MP. It can be learned for 40 AP from the Kaiser Knuckles.

Final Fantasy XII

Countdown is a Time Magick 6 License first available for purchase at Mt. Bur-Omisace. When successful, it will cause the status ailment Doom.

In the International Zodiac Job System version, Countdown can only be obtained from a chest in the Stilshrine of Miriam's Ward of Velitation. It is a spell that can only be used by the Time Mage Job class.


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Guild Wars

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Skill details
Countdown
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Campaign: Core Monster
Profession: Monster
Attribute: Unlinked
Type: Skill
            15 Recharge

Full: Starts charging sequence for the N.O.X.ion Buster

Concise: Starts charging sequence for the N.O.X.ion Buster

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  • While this skill is active, N.O.X.ion Buster is uninterruptible.
  • A chat bubble will appear over N.O.X.'s head, showing how many seconds are left in the countdown.
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eWrestling

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From the eWrestling Encyclopedia.

Countdown
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Statistics
Real name Glenn Williams
Ring Names {{{names}}}
Height 6"4
Weight 245lbs
Date of birth 26/5/79
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Date of death
Place of death
Resides Alberta, Canada
Billed from Sydney, Australia
Trainer Gordon "The Enforcer" Williams
Current
federation(s)
ECWF
Previous
federation(s)
AWA, IWA, XWA, WNC, ICZ
Handled by
Win/Loss Record {{{winloss_record}}}
Debut October 1998
Retired {{{retired}}}

Glenn Williams, also known as Countdown, is an Australian professional wrestler. Countdown is currently under contract with the Elite Championship Wrestling Federation

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Childhood

Coundown was your typical Australian child. He was born into a normal blue-collered family. His grandfather, Gordon "The Enforcer" Williams was a popular Australian wrestler in the 1950s and 60s gaining many heavyweight titles. Growing up in Australia, Countdown was quite a popular child excelling at both sports and accedemics. He was also known as the ladies man within his school, using his charm and good looks, it was almost impossible for a girl to say no to him. During his high school days he made some friends who would stick by him throughout his wrestling career. One of these men was Carl Johnson, also known as Thrilla.

As a child his father and grandfather regulary took him to wrestling events, there was one match in particular in which his father participated in a steel cage match helped him decide that he wanted to be a wrestler. His grand father soon retired from being a wrestler and became a booker for the Australian Wrestling Alliance. It was during this time he was trained by his father and developed his skill quite quickly. He was only 11. By the time he turned 15 he dabbled in amatuer wrestling where he gathered a great deal in technical skill. He once again excelled in wrestling but soon grew bored.When he turned 17 he was offered a contract to play for the Sydney Roosters for the National Rugby League competiton , which he declined to further his hobbie in wrestling.

Career

AWA

At 18, he decided to finally apply for the Australian Wrestling Alliance. Being as his grandfather was a booker you would think that he would be biased towards his grandson, but it was further from the truth. Instead he made Countdown work his ass off to make his way to the top. At that time Countdown was known as The Enforcer, named after his grand fathers nick name. He quickly gained popularity with his unique style of fast, high impact, technical wrestling. A year after joining the AWA his grand father sadly passed away. As an honour, Countdown retired the Enforcer name and became the man we know today. In an AWA event in memory of his grand father, Countdown was in the main event for the AWA Heavyweight Championship. An emotional Countdown dedicated his match to his late grand father and ended up winning the match and the title making him the youngest AWA Heavyweight Champion in history. He was only 19. It was his first, but certainly not his last heavyweight title. A few months later he gathered some more gold, this time the AWA tagteam championship with his best friend and fellow wrestler, Thrilla. They held onto the titles for a record breaking 7 months. That wasn't the only record that Countdown broke as he also held the heavyweight title for a whole year! During their time as a tag team, Thrilla's and Countdown's relationship started to break down. Their partnership finally ended when Countdown turned on his partner and procedeed to beat him down leaving him in a pool of his own blood. That also marked the end of his tag title reign losing the titles to Jone and Baxter Connection. Countdown's turned led him to a long and bitter feud with his best friend Thrilla, resulting in some of his best matches of that time. The feud culminated in a Heavyweight Title Ladder match. As an added stipulation, the loser has to also leave the AWA. Countdown and Thrilla put on the match of their lives to which some people still talk of to this day. In the end, Thrilla was able to beat his former friend winning the title and kicking Countdown out of the AWA.

IWA

He soon joined the Impact Wrestling Association who an old friend, Vazquill, was the heavyweight champion of. The two instantly engaged in a bitter feud that lasted over two years, switching the heavyweight title back and forth. Some of their more memorable matches include a ladder match in which the majority of the locker room came out half way through the match to help either Countdown or Vazquill. Another match was a first in IWA's history in which it was a "Burnt Down House" match in which Countdown and Vazquill fought inside a previously burnt down house using what ever they could find as weapons. Countdown would go on later to claim that this match was one of the most brutal matches he has ever been in, and thats saying something. He would also have a sepearte feud with a wrestler named Willow. Their matches wowed the audience as Countdown's quick, powerfull technical wrestling worked perfect with Willow's high flying, lucha libre, martial arts wrestling. In 2004, Countdown was voted in Pro E-Wrestling Illustrated, Indy Wrestler of the year, Indy Match of the year with Willow and Feud of the Year with Vazquill. These acheivment didn't go un-noticed as many companies such as WWE, TNA, NBWF all sought for Countdown's signature. But one company stood out from the rest.

ECWF

Countdown joined the ECWF when his contract with IWA expired. He was fairly nervous about finally being in the "big time" but soon made many friends in there. His ECWF debut match was against Jimmy Lee. Even though he lost, he put on a great showing impressing ECWF officials. He quickly feuded with a man who joined around the same time he did, Scottman. Over the course of the month Countdown constantly got the upperhand over Scottman, even defeating him in Countdown's specialty match, the ladder match. Their feud culminated at the next PPV in a last man standing match. Countdown and Scottman put on a great effort and almost stole the show if it wasn't for the Ultimate X match in the main-event. Scottman finally upped Countdown at the PPV, but this wasn't the end of these two. The following week, Countdown and Scottman placed their differences aside and teamed upped becomming one of the most well known and popular tagteams in the ECWF, The New Experience. They instantly found gold defeating Total Elite Destruction and The Charasmatic Engimas in a TLC match. Their feud with TED and The Charasmatic Engimas would have to be one of the biggest tag team feuds of that year. Countdown's longtime friend Thrilla also joined The New Experience. But soon after debuting Thrilla suffered a career ending injury ending his time in the ECWF. Even so, The New Experience started to dominate the tag team division and it was only naturally for them to end up feuding with the biggest stable of that time, The Street Sweepers. For the next few weeks, West Coast Wonder and Hardcore Fool constantly got the better of Countdown and Scottman, but come PPV time the dug deep and eventually got the better of The Street Sweepers, with some help of Kenua. Their feud with the Street Sweepers didn't end there with now Sean Gotti getting involved. This time, Countdown and Scottman didn't get as lucky and ended up losing to Gotti and WCW. Soon after The New Experience split and Countdown went back to his old ways and Scottman disappeared for a while. Countdown's vendetta with The Street Sweepers didn't end there and focused on Hardcore Fool. Their feud lasted a couple of months with both men getting the upper hand from time to time. In the semi-finals of the Road To Glory tournament Countdown squared up against Shane Warner. During the match Hardcore Fool came out and distracted Countdown and ended up helping him lose, screwing him out of a world title opportunity. As a payback, Countdown eliminated Hardore Fool in the second chance battle royal the next week and ended up winning the match giving him a Heavyweight title shot anytime he wants! Their feud finally culminated in a hardcore cage match for Hardcore Fool's KOTD Title, in which an extremely bloodied, battered and bruised Countdown beat Hardcore Fool, and at the same time ending Hardcore Fools title record.

Within April of 2006, Countdown was suspended indefinatly, but little did the ECWF fans know, this was actually a "work" as Countdown was offered a movie deal in the next Alien vs Predator movie. He came back a month later for what would be known as the infamous Chamber of Death Match for his KOTD Title. Even though he was eliminated by X-pac, he put on a great showing and this match would be known as one of the most entertaining matches of the year. Countdown would soon be embrolled in the Claire Arnette/ Steve Partain feud. Countdown took the side of Mr. Partain's who also had Shane Warner. Needless to say, friction was an understatement between the two as they constantly bickered. The match between Partain and Arnette eventually headlined the PPV Survival Of The Fittest. The match was one of the most intense and important in the ECWF as GM whose team won, would become the fulltime general manager. The last on each team came down to Countdown and "The Iron Man" Jimmy Ice. They shared some back and forth action and just when Countdown was about to defeat Jimmy, Jimmy some how fought his way back and defeated Countdown and winning it for his team. Countdown soon banked in his garunteed title shot for the next PPV but not without Matt " No Nickname Needed" Ackerman getting involved after winning a number one contendership. It ended up being a triple threat match between Countdown, NNN and Shane Warner in which Shane ended up coming out the victor. Not soon after, a close family friend and celebrity, Mike Luther tradgically died. Countdown took some time off to tend with Luther's family. No one knew it but Countdown would unexpectantly shock the crowd and win the ECWF Heavyweight Championship. The match was between Captain Charisma and Shane Warner. Shane eventually ended up winning by cheating Charisma out of the title, but Miss. Arnette unhappy with the result restarted the match, this time Countdown being the challenger. At the time, most people were shocked as they thought he was down in Austrlia. Needless to say, Countdown beat Shane Warner and finally won his dream of becoming the ECWF Heavyweight Champion. Not long after, Countdown fell into a rutt thanks to his injuries catching up with him. After losing his title a month later, he took some time off to heal some nagging injuries. In March of 2007, Countdown has made a unexpected comeback. He has promised everyone that the new and improved Countdown will not stop until regaining his title back. So far to date he has a current feud with X-pac.

WNC

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XWA

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ICZ

Needs updating

Wrestling Facts

Finishers and Signature Moves

The TimeFreeze ( Solo Spanish-Fly)
Walls Of William ( Elevated Boston Crab )
• Magnum Driver
• Counterstrike ( Double Underhooked Piledriver )
• Side Effect

Championships and accomplishments

ECWF

• ECWF Heavyweight Champion ( 1 Time)
• ECWF Tag Team Champion (1 Time) - With Scottman
• ECWF King Of The Death Match Champion (1 Time)
• ECWF Tagteam Hall Of Fame W/ Scottman
• ECWF Hall Of Fame

XWA

• XWA Heavyweight Champion (1 Time )

ICZ

• ICZ International Champion (1 Time)

WNC

• WNC Pure Weight Champion (1 Time)

Pro E-Wrestling Illustrated

• PEWI Match of the Year 2004
• PEWI Indy Wrestler of the Year 2004
• PEWI Indy Match of the Year 2004

External Link

http://http://z13.invisionfree.com/ECWF_HQ/index.php?act=idx



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Lostpedia

Up to date as of February 07, 2010
(Redirected to Countdown timer article)

From Lostpedia

The countdown timer

Before its implosion in "Live Together, Die Alone", the Swan contained a 108-minute countdown timer. The timer was reset by entering the Numbers into the station's computer and pressing Execute. Failure to enter the Numbers within the last four minutes of the countdown cycle triggered an alarm, which lasted until the timer reached zero. On completing the countdown, the timer's numbers were replaced by red and black Egyptian hieroglyphics while simultaneously a recorded voice repeated "system failure" continuously over the station's speaker system.

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The countdown function

Countdown resetting described in the Swan Orientation Film

The procedure to reset the countdown timer was first described by Dr. Marvin Candle in the Swan Orientation Film. As decribed by Dr. Candle, the protocol was established after the incident - although he does not reveal exactly what happened. ("Orientation") Kelvin later described the incident as a leak although he may not have been aware of the particulars of what happened in 1977. Kelvin describes the electromagnetic energy as continually building up - and that the act of pushing the button "discharges it". Hence, the countdown represent the maximum time limit for a "safe" build-up of the charge.

Normal operation

The countdown timer reaching zero count

The countdown timer was regularly reset every 108 minutes, before and after the crash, a routine known as "pushing the button." As revealed by Locke, the timer could not be reset any time before the 104-minute mark, since that was the only time where the computer accepts typing ("What Kate Did"). Thus, the last 4 minutes in countdown, after the sounding of the alarm, was the normal interval used in resetting the button.

The 108 count

The 108 count actually holds a number of relations to many other themes in Lost. For instance, 108 is the sum of the Numbers, which are also used as a code in resetting the counter.

See more details about the significance of this count in: 108.

Failure sequence

Locke, attempting to force in the Numbers code into the computer, to break the first failure sequence witnessed by the survivors

Failing to execute the button sequence before the last 4 minutes of countdown pass, resulted in the sequence of actions described below:

  • At the 4 minute mark, a steady alarm beep signaled, and continued for the next 3 minutes.
  • At the 1-minute mark, an intense alarm signaled, and continued for the next 50 seconds.
  • At the 10-second mark, for 20 seconds, the same alarm signaled at a much faster rate.
  • During the last 10 seconds, Egyptian hieroglyphs flip in position of the timer numbers.
  • At the end of the 10 seconds, the alarm stopped and all the hieroglyphs are locked in.
  • The alarm signal is immediately replaced by a recorded voice repeating: "System Failure".
  • The sound of a power build-up is immediately heard, which lead to the rest of the system failure effects.

Apparently, the timer could be reset during all of this sequence. However, as soon as the system failure starts, the counter soon becomes of no use due to the strong electromagnetism effect.

The first occurrence of the failure sequence was revealed in Desmond's flashback, where it lead to the first system failure. After their entering of the Hatch, the survivors have encountered this sequence in 2 more incidents, before the last incident ending with the second system failure and the implosion of the Swan. ("Live Together, Die Alone")

The Hieroglyphs

The red and black hieroglyphs from the failure sequence were translated by Damon Lindelof to mean "underworld", although Carlton Cuse noted that they are "subject to interpretation". (Official 'Lost' Podcast/July 31, 2006) Other hieroglyphs are also momentarily visible on the countdown timer as it flips to the 5 final symbols:

S29 Z7 U29 G1 Z6

See more details about the significance of these symbols in: Hieroglyphs.

First incident (flashback)

Locked hieroglyphs, as seen by Desmond

In "Live Together, Die Alone", Desmond reveals in his flashbacks an early incident where the hieroglyphs were all locked for a long period. At that point, the hieroglyphs were accompanied by a high power-build up, rising through time and causing the whole computer room to shake rapidly, while a system failure alarm signal kept playing. As Desmond frantically managed to enter the Numbers while facing a monitor flooded with Failure notifications, the build-up broke and things went back to normal. However, when he later analyzed the Pearl's log of that period, Desmond came to the conclusion that his system failure was the apparent cause of the Flight 815 crash ("Live Together, Die Alone").

Second incident

Hieroglyphs flipping in the countdown timer

Locke was withheld by Jack from pushing the button before the timer reached the zero count. At the zero count, five Hieroglyphs started to roll in; three black figures appearing in position of the minutes count, and two red figures in the seconds count position. The figures lock in consecutively, separated by almost a second, and accompanied by loud mechanical noises. Eventually, Locke managed to use this little time in executing the button routine, before all five figures were locked in place. At pushing the button, the timer was immediately reset to the 108:00 count, after only four of the five glyphs were seen. ("One of Them")

Third incident

Locke, looking at the reset countdown timer, after lockdown

As a result of Locke's entrapment under the blast door in he asked Ben, who was then captured at the Swan by the survivors, to execute the button routine. While trapped, Locke heard the 1-minute alarm followed by the flipping sound of the glyphs. As time passed, a power-build up noise is heard. After the blast door is lifted, Locke saw the timer count at 107.00.

Later, in a conversation with Locke, Ben confirmed that he viewed flipping red pictures that "looked like Hieroglyphics". However, he denied pushing the button; a claim that can now be easily refuted, when compared with the magnitude of the system failure incidents that was later revealed. ("Lockdown")

Final incident

The bunker timer crumpled before the Swan's implosion

Locke's determination to test the Button's effect resulted in the second and final system failure in the Swan. This incident included the longest locking period for the hieroglyphs. The timer, along with the glyphs, are crushed under the metal that implodes, moments before Desmond activated the fail-safe leading to the entire implosion of the Swan. ("Live Together, Die Alone")

Trivia

  • The beeping sound of the four minute alarm is the sound of a supermarket checkout scanner. The sound editors went to several stores before finding the right sample to use.

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
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More details...
For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: Countdown timer/Theories
  • What would happen if the fail safe key wasn't activated?
  • What was the purpose of the hieroglyphs on the countdown timer that were not part of the failure sequence?

See also


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Transformers

Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From Teletraan I: The Transformers Wiki

Countdown is an Autobot Micromaster from the Generation One continuity family.
Hero of a thousand worlds, champion of the oppressed, and destroyer of thousands of Decepticons, but no . . . let's tell more stories about stupid Bumblebee. Not that he's bitter.

Countdown's mission is to roam the universe, find planets threatened by Decepticon activity, and meddle to the Autobots' benefit. He looks forward to the day when the Decepticons are defeated, and he can start toppling other tyrannical regimes.[1]


He possesses an interstellar rocket and a command base. The base is used to launch the rocket, but also fits inside the rocket.

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Fiction

Generation One

Countdown (right) argues with Skystalker over which movie they're going to watch.

Dreamwave Micromasters comics


Toys

Generation One

  • Countdown (Micromaster Autobot Rocket Base, 1989)
Countdown transforms into a fanciful moon rover. He was sold with mobile launch base, which can transform into a command center and connect with other Micromaster bases via modular ramps.
Japanese ID number: C-330
The Japanese release included the Micromaster Rescue Patrol Team, consisting of Victory regulars Holi, Fire, Pīpō, and Boater

Footnotes

  1. More Than Meets The Eye #2

External links

  • Countdown at TFU.info

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