Listed on the cover as "A Countdown Tie-In". This issue went on sale 3 weeks late from the solicited shipping date of this issue.
Subtitled "a COUNTDOWN Dossier Special". "Fort Bridwell" is an homage to former Superman writer/editor E. Nelson Bridwell. "Kurtiswana" is an homage to former Superman penciller Curt Swan.
Nick discusses the production department, and gives a list of the top 20 things that have the ability to spoil his day. Ads for Superman #666, Amazons Attack #4, Countdown #41, and All Flash #1. Appears on page 42 in this issue.
House ads for: 52 Aftermath (Booster Gold, Black Adam: The Dark Age, 52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen, 52 Aftermath: Crime Bible, Infinity Inc.), Metal Men, Action Comics, Batman/Lobo: Deadly Serious, Countdown to Adventure, Superman: Doomsday action figures. Appear in various places in the issue.
This and the following named Ad sequences are an 8 page advertising insert, stapled separately but bound into the issue. It has an indicia title of "The MAD Magazine BallPark Franks Special Issue", and is done by the talent of MAD Magazine.
Ad for BallPark franks, which sponsored this 8-page insert.
Total of 4 one-page and 1 two-page ads for: Comic Collector Live (collection software, Midten Media), Get The Glass (online game, California Milk Processor Board), Above the Influence (Partnership for a Drug-free America, 2 pages), Alien Syndrome (video game, Sega), and Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer (video game, Take-Two Interactive). Appear in various places in the issue.