Friday, 10 October 2014

Judge Dredd: The Mega-Rackets, Crime File: 1 - The Body Sharks, Part 1

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Mega-Rackets, Crime File: 1 - The Body Sharks, Part 1

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 209

DATELINE
25 Apr 81

This prog also featured Tharg's Future Shocks, Meltdown Man, Return To Armageddon and Tharg The Mighty.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Best of 2000AD 31, The Complete Judge Dredd 20, Judge Dredd's Crime Files 3, Judge Dredd Mega City Vice Book 1 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 05.

SYNOPSIS
A examination of the victims and perpetrators of body sharking.

FIRSTS & LASTS
The first of The Mega-Rackets, a collection of two-parters highlighting different facets of organised crime in Mega-City One. The first mention of bodShampaine (not yet Shampagne) and the first Judge Dredd by Colin Wilson.

INFORMATION
Mega-City One's Pellmell Street has a Ratner body outlet. There is a Xyklobs factory in the Mega-City. Sedgewick, Hedgewick, Fuster & Frome is a Mega-City One law firm.

Homes for the semi-dead place the dying in suspended animation so their last few hours can become years. The patient is injected with cryogenic drugs and quick frozen with liquid nitrogen. Cut-price homes for the semi-dead, such a Ratner's Rest Home, offer this service on a budget and often have a sideline in body sharking.

Body sharking is the illegal dealing in the bodies of living humans. In 2103, it has the highest growth rate among Mega-City One's organised crime rackets. Statistically one in four of Mega-City One's citizens will have dealings with a body shark during their lifetime. Body sharks will lend money take a living person as security and charge astronomical interest rates.

Shampaine is a beverage often drunk in celebration. A flying forklift is a heavy lifting apparatus that flies.


JUDGE DREDD
He catches the Mungo brothers attempting to rob a bullion van.

OTHER CHARACTERS
MR HEINZ
He wants a job at the Xyklobs Factory and is willing to have his wife frozen in exchange for 5000 credits to bribe the foreman into giving him the job. He is later mugged by another unsuccessful job applicant.

REMINGTON RATNER
He controls most of Mega-City One's body outlets. He lends the Mungo brothers 100,000 credits to finance a heist, but wants them to pay back double by the end of the week. He is represented by Sedgewick, Hedgewick, Fuster & Frome.

THE MUNGO BROTHERS
Three brothers. They borrow 100,000 credits from Ratner offering their elderly widow mother as security. They buy a case of Shampaine to celebrate and hire a flying forklift to do the job. The bullion van they intend to steal is heavier than expected and the forks gets jammed. They are unable to escape and are caught by Judge Dredd. He kills one, Vince, and arrests the other two.

ARRESTS
Two. The two surviving Mungo brothers are arrested by Dredd and sentenced to twenty years.

DEATHS
Two. Dredd shoots Vince Mungo dead during the heist. Ma Mumgo's body is later found on the Mega-Way.

BEST LINES
Heinz: "When I get the job I'll work like mad, Hilda! I'll have you back home in a year - three at most. It'll all be for the best, you'll see."
Hilda: "You've explained it all to me before, dear. Don't forget to water the plants."

WORST LINES
Job applicant: "Bash their thieving heads in!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Colin Wilson
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
This is fantastic. The artwork is great and the narrative balances the plight of Citizen Heinz, the greed of Ratner and the stupidity of the Mumbo brothers brilliantly.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

The ABC Warriors: 'Mongrol', Part 2

NAME
The ABC Warriors: 'Mongrol', Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 122

DATELINE
21 Jul 79

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
A.B.C. Warriors Book 1, A.B.C. Warriors Mek-nificent Seven and A.B.C. Warriors The Meknificent Seven

SYNOPSIS
Hammer-Stein attempts to recruit Mongrol, fights with Mongrol, fights Volgs with Mongrol, then recruits Mongrol.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of 'Monkey' Bombs and Lara from beyond the grave, as well as the first mention of Deadlock.

INFORMATION
Volg Kommandos are sometimes armed with Atom-Mek 'Monkey' Bombs, so named because once they land on individuals and "you never get them off" before they explode. Volg Deathdozers are large vehicles

Allied forces use Battle Cannons, Cry Baby Mortars and Moleks.

HAMMER-STEIN
He has heard of Deadlock. Hammer-Stein finds Mongrol breaking out of an allied supply dump. When Hammer-Stein mentions Lara, Mongrol attacks him, but when a group of Volg Kommandos attack they fight them together. He saves Mongrol from a pair of Volgan deathdozers. The Volgan forces flee and the weapons dump is saved. Mongrol is not grateful, but Hammer-Stein convinces him that he must join the ABC Warriors to pay off his debt.

HAPPY SHRAPNEL
He and Joe Pineapples initially don't fight as Hammer-Stein takes on Mongrol, but they join in when the Volgs attack.

JOE PINEAPPLES
He and Happy Shrapnel initially don't fight as Hammer-Stein takes on Mongrol, but they join in when the Volgs attack.

OTHER CHARACTERS
MONGROL
He feels no pain and can smash through walls. He breaks into an allied supply dump to steal weapons for his one-man war against the Volgans. He mounts the guns upon his body. When Hammer-Stein mentions Lara, Mongrol attacks him, but when a group of Volg Kommandos attack they fight them together. Hammer-Stein saves him from a pair of Volgan deathdozers. He is not grateful, but Hammer-Stein convinces him that he must join the ABC Warriors to pay off his debt.

HAMMER-STEIN'S SUPERIOR
The mysterious human officer contacts Hammer-Stein after he has successfully recruited Mongrol. He orders that the fifth member of the team is to be Deadlock

DEADLOCK
The Grand Wizard of the Order of Knights Martial.

DEATHS
At least six. An MP is killed by a 'Monkey' bomb. Mongrol smushes a Volgan and the two deathdozer drivers are killed when their vehicles crash. There are at east two more bodies on the ground.

BEST LINES
Happy Shrapnel (indicating his gun): "C'mon Volgs, this'll bring tears to your eyes!"

WORST LINES
Volg Deathdozer driver: "Ha! We have some sport with this animal!"

CATCHPHRASES
"Mongrol smush" twice, "Bzzzz!" once.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
Here we see that that Lara has made an even larger impact on Mongrol than Part 1 implied.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: P. Mills
Artist: M. McMahon
Letters: Pete Knight

REVIEW
Part 2 achieves a huge amount in just six pages and the battle sequences are great.

Next Prog:- Meet Deadlock!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The ABC Warriors: 'Mongrol', Part 1

NAME
The ABC Warriors: 'Mongrol', Part 1

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 121

DATELINE
14 July 79

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
A.B.C. Warriors Book 1, A.B.C. Warriors Mek-nificent Seven and A.B.C. Warriors The Meknificent Seven.

SYNOPSIS
Hammer-Stein reads up on Mongrol.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Mongrol and Lara.

INFORMATION
Zarnhem is a Volgan settlement. During the war it was subject to an airborne assault by robo-paratroopers.

Military Police, abbreviated to MP, have been nicknamed 'bogies by robots, and drive flying vehicles accordingly dubbed 'Bogey Buggies'.

Robo-Paratroopers' heads have special armour plating to protect them.

The Volg Secret Police use electro-raks to torture robots.

SERGEANT HAMMER-STEIN
He has been provided with a file on Mongrol and ordered to recruit him. He is determined to recruit Mongrol alone.

HAPPY SHRAPNEL
He listens to Hammer-Stein reading Mongrol's file.

JOE PINEAPPLES
He drives Hammer-stein and Happy Shrapnel toward Mongrol's location.

OTHER CHARACTERS
MONGROL
A Robo-Paratrooper. He participated in the airborne assault on Zarnhem. His plane was destroyed and he fell to Earth. His parachutes failed to open and his body was destroyed by the fall. His head remained functional and he lay in agony for a week. Lara rebuilds him using robot remains, but his electric motor won't start. Unable to move he is discovered by the Volg Secret Police and tortured on the electro-rak. The rak starts his motor and he kills the Volg police. When he discovers that they killed Lara, he buries her and set on a course of action: to kil Volgs and avenge her. The allies were afraid of Mongrol and tried to kill him.

He escapes, but is captured by Military Police. Mongrol destroys the police vehicle and allows the MPs to flee.

LARA
Her mother and father were shot by the Volgans for resisting. During the Volgan War she was a Battle-Comber. She and her aunt discover Mongrol's head following the airborne assault on Zarnhem and her aunt hopes to sell it to the Volgans. She rebuilds him from robot remains.



DEATHS
Six. The Volg Secret Police are all presumably killed by Mongrol, after they themselves killed Lara and her aunt.

BEST LINES
Happy Shrapnel: "Now lt's get this- Bzzz! - right, Sarge... Our new human officer wants you to form a special squad of ABC Warriors for a highly dangerous mission..."
Hammer-Stein: "That's right..."

WORST LINES
Ally (off): "Kill the metal freak! It's too dangerous to live!

CATCHPHRASES
Happy Shrapnel says "Bzzz!" and "Bzzzz!", while Mongrol says "Mongrol smush!" twice.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
A drogue parachute is designed to be deployed from a rapidly moving object in order to slow its descent, to provide control and stability, or as a pilot parachute to deploy a larger parachute. It was invented by Gleb Kotelnikov in Russia (1872-1944) in 1912.

CREDITS
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Mike McMahon
Letters: Peter Knight

REVIEW
The art is mostly stunning, particularly Lara in death, but the story feels somewhat rushed.

See The Taming Of The Beast Next Prog!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Judge Dredd: The Problem With Sonny Bono

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Problem With Sonny Bono

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 208

DATELINE
18 Apr 81

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Complete Judge Dredd 20, Judge Dredd's Crime Files 3, Judge Dredd Paperbacks Monkey Business & Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 05.

SYNOPSIS
Sonno Bono Block declares independence and Dredd puts down their rebellion.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Mega-City One designates certain citiblocks as Problem Blocks and moves in problem families, ex-criminals, rent dodgers and known troublemakers.

Sonny Bono Block and Patsy Ann Noble Block are neighbours. Mega-Vit Synthi Foods have a store nearby.

Two weeks after it was designated a problem block, Sonny Bono Block was vandalised and covered in wallscrawl. Two months after it was designated a problem block, Sonny Bono Block was designated a slum. Three months after it was designated a problem block, Sonny Bono Block declares independence from Mega-City One. It transpire that the Citi-Def from neighbouring Patsy Ann Noble Block turned a sonic wave gun on Sonny Bono Block in the hope it would crumble and be condemned. The sonic frequencies at work are blamed for affecting the behaviour of the residents of Sonny Bono Block.

Synthi-Pie is synthetic pie.

A scanalysis is a combined scan and analysis.

JUDGE DREDD
He attempts to rescue Mayor Grubb from Sonny Bono and put down the rebellion. He discovers that they didn't have the Mayor hostage. He oversees the arrests of the entire block and their release when it transpires that the neighbouring Patsy Ann Noble Block's Citi-Def are responsible. Dredd sees that the relevant housing officer is fired.

OTHER CHARACTERS
MAYOR GRUBB
Sonny Bono Block claims to have him hostage, but instead he was at his club having a Skwidge bath and they were holding a pizza deliverer.

PRESIDENT DOG-EAR FITCH
Leader of Sonny Bono Block's campaign for independence. He is arrested by Dredd and later released.

ARRESTS
One entire block and another's Citi-Def. Sonny Bono Block are arrested for their attempt coup and kidnapping, the charges are later dropped.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
'Gard': "You here to negotiate, Judge?"
Dredd (as he lands on them): "Negotiate that, creeps!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
Dredd says "Drokk" twice.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Sonny Bono Block was previously mentioned in Unamerican Graffiti, which also saw the most recent appearance of Mayor Grubb. Some graffiti in Sonny Bono reads "Don Uggie Lives", a reference to Don Uggie Apelino who first appeared in 'The Ape Gang'.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Patsy Ann Noble Block is named after Patsy Ann Noble, an Australian singer and actress who appeared in Columbo, Buck Rogers In The 25th Century and Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith. A piece of graffiti in Sonny Bono Block reads "Cher and Cher alike", a reference to Sonny Bono's wife, singer and actress, Cher.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T B Grover
Artist: Emberton
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
A nice mix of comedy and social commentary, which sees Dredd being surprisingly forgiving.

The Body Sharks Are Looking For You - Next Prog!

Monday, 6 October 2014

The A.B.C. Warriors: Retreat From Volgow

NAME
The A.B.C. Warriors: Retreat From Volgow

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. & Starlord Prog 120

DATELINE
7 July 79

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
A.B.C. Warriors Book 1, A.B.C. Warriors: Mek-nificent Seven & A.B.C. Warriors: The Meknificent Seven.

SYNOPSIS
Hammer-Stein must defend Chateau Volgski against the Volgans.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First contact between Hammer-Stein and his new superior. First mention of Mongrol.

INFORMATION
Chateau Volgski is two miles north of Volgow. The Old Guard are Volgan robots that were deemed too brutal and switched off by their own generals. They have since been reactivated. The Volgans use Kossack Hell-Bikes.

HAMMER-STEIN
His Hammer-arm is being serviced. He is forced to defend Chateau Volgski without the benefit of tanks and without his Hammer arm. He fights Old Horney. He is appointed by his new human superior officer to lead a new team. His next task is to tame Mongrol.

JOE PINEAPPLES
He is in the bath when the Old Guard attack Chateau Volgski. He is still armed.

HAPPY SHRAPNEL
He dresses up in drag.

OTHER CHARACTERS
OLD HORNEY
The first Volgan war robot. He is programmed to enjoy killing. It leads the attack of Chateau Volgski. He fights Hammer-Stein, who ultimately kills him.

HAMMER-STEIN'S SUPERIOR
Human officer that cancels the tanks defending Chateau Volgski. He is impressed by Hammer-Stein and appoints him to lead a team and tame Mongrol.

DEATHS
Three. Joe Pineapples kills a Volgan robot that interrupts his bath. Old Horney kills one of Hammer-Stein's robots. Hammer-Stein stabs Old Horney with a sword.

BEST LINES
Old Horney: "I was putting ABC Warriors to the zabre while you were still in wrapping paper, child!"

WORST LINES
Hammer-Stein: "He's knocked the sword out of my hand!"

CATCHPHRASES
Happy Shrapnel Bzzz's three times.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Happy Shrapnel sings 'Happy Feet' by Cab Calloway.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: P. Mills
Artist: Brendan McCarthy
Letters: Pete Knight

REVIEW
This strip ups the ante and the violence. We learn nothing about the motives of Hammer-Stein's new superior officer, but his actions paint a picture. So far the team has three members, but only one of them has any real personality. It doesn't seem that there is any room for further members.

Imagine A Robot Ten Times More Horrifying Than Old Horney And You're Getting Close To Mongrol! Meet him Next Prog!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Judge Dredd: Unamerican Graffiti, Part 2

NAME
Judge Dredd: Unamerican Graffiti, Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 207

DATELINE
11 Apr 81

This appeared alongside Tharg's Future Shocks, Meltdown Man, Return To Armageddon and Tharg the Mighty with a Tharg cover by Dave Gibbons.

PAGE COUNT
7

REPRINTS
The Best of 2000AD 15, The Complete Judge Dredd 20, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 5, Judge Dredd 27, Judge Dredd Paperbacks vs The Midnight Surfer, Judge Dredd (Volume 2) 23 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 04.

SYNOPSIS
Chopper meets his match.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
The White Cliffs of Dover have been imported to Mega-City One from abroad. It costs 50 creds to view them and 150 creds for a cliff walk.

A victim of graffiti can be charged under the public nuisance act unless they clean up the graffiti. Y.P. is an acronym for Young Perp. Named Judges: Judge Lord.

JUDGE DREDD
He is present at the Statue of Judgement when Marlon Shakespeare is arrested.

OTHER CHARACTERS
MARLON 'CHOPPER' SHAKESPEARE
He scrawls his tag on the White Cliffs of Dover and the underside of a Judges' hover wagon. Chopper accepts the Phantom's challenge to scrawl the Statue of Judgement. They meet on the side of the statue and are caught together. He sprayed the Statue of Judgement's badge with heat-sensitive paint that reveals a smiley face as the sun warms it the next day.

'THE PHANTOM'
A city painting droid who challenges Chopper to scrawling the Statue of Judgement. They meet on the side of the statue and the Judges' searchlights reflect off its metallic casing and they are both caught. It commits suicide leaping off the statue rather than be reprogrammed.

ARRESTS
One. Chopper is arrested.

DEATHS
One. The Phantom commits suicide when caught.

BEST LINES
Churchill: "You've got to admire their cheek in a way. They're kids with a lot of determination and guts-"
Dredd: "They're lawbreakers, Churchill - don't forget it! They're issuing a direct challenge to us. They must be stamped on hard!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
A Judge says "Drokk!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
Not necessarily a mistake, but the importer of the White Cliffs of Dover says he got them from England, not Brit-Cit or the Brit-Territories.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Ron Smith
Letters: Chopper Mk II

REVIEW
Even if Part 2 were awful, Part 1 would still be an absolute classic. Thankfully, the second part builds beautifully on the first. The White Cliffs of Dover make for a brilliantly barmy blank canvas, the revelation that the Phantom is a robot is very nicely handled and the parallel that Chopper sees with his own life are great, but the heat-sensitive paint gives us a fantastic image that means Unamerican Graffiti can have its cake and eat it. One thing is for certain, the reader is invited to root for Chopper and the strip would never be the same again.

The End

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Judge Dredd: Unamerican Graffiti, Part 1

NAME
Judge Dredd: Unamerican Graffiti, Part 1

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 206

DATELINE
4 Apr 81

This appeared alongside Tharg's Future Shocks, Meltdown Man, Return To Armageddon and Strontium Dog with a Judge Dredd cover by Mike McMahon.

PAGE COUNT
7

REPRINTS
The Best of 2000AD 15, The Complete Judge Dredd 20, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 5, Judge Dredd 27, Judge Dredd Paperbacks vs The Midnight Surfer, Judge Dredd (Volume 2) 23 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 04.

SYNOPSIS
Mega-City One is plagued by a wallscrawl craze and Chopper is determined to be King Scrawler.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Marlon 'Chopper' Shakespeare.

INFORMATION
Mega-City One Cityblocks include Sonny Bono Block, Huck Widney Block. 87% of the population is unemployed, in preparation unemployment is a compulsory subject in Mega-City One schools. Wallscrawl has become a competitive endeavour in Mega-City One as Scrawlers attempt to get their name most prominently featured. The Atlantic Wall is popular with Scrawlers.

The minimum penalty for juvenile offenders caught wallscrawling is six-months in a juve-cube. Judges perform gatesearches at the entrance and exit to schools. Named Judges: Judge Churchill

JUDGE DREDD
He has been put in charge of the wallscrawl clean-up campaign by the Chief Judge.

OTHER CHARACTERS
MAYOR GRUBB
He appeals to the Chief Judge to sort out the city's wallscrawl problem.

MARLON 'CHOPPER' SHAKESPEARE
The son of Bert and Ruby Shakespeare. He got an F in Unemployment. He is a prolific wallscrawler, his tag is Chopper with a smiley face in the 'O'. He sprays it along the full height of Huck Widney Block.

BERT SHAKESPEARE
Ruby's husband and Marlon's father. He claims to be the only man in Mega-City One to head egg into a bucket.

RUBY SHAKESPEARE
Bert's wife and Marlon's mother. She washes up, she dirties the dishes and washes up again, continuously.

SATCHMO
Nickname for a wallscrawler.

'THE PHANTOM'
Wallscrawler. Sprays "Chopper is a ninco signed The Phantom" above Chopper's name on Huck Widney Block.

ARRESTS
At least eight. We see at least eight Juve

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Ruby Shakespeare: "Washing-up is so worthwhile, Marlon. I have a box of dirt here, and when the dishes are clean - why I just dirty them all over again!...Then I was them, and dirty them. Wash them and dirty them. Life can be so boring if you don't have an interest, Marlon..."

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
The graffiti in a opening splash references Judge Cal first seen in Crime And Punishment, The Fear That Made Milwaukee Famous, Ratty in The Fink , Judge Death, Who Killed Pug Ugly?. Mayor Grubb returns, first seen in The Day The Law Died.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
The title is obviously a play on American Graffiti (1973). Sonny Bono Block is named for Salvatore Phillip 'Sonny' Bono (1935–1998) the American recording artist and producer, who came to fame in partnership with his second wife Cher. Satchmo's nickname was shared by jazz musician Louis Armstrong (1901-1971). Shakespeare was a writer.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
At this point, it's impossible to anticipate the impact that Chopper will have on Judge Dredd and the wider Dreddverse via his own strip.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: John Wagner
Artist: Ron Smith
Letters:

REVIEW
This is fantastic. Almost Dreddless, but expertly invites readers to want to Chopper to succeed and question their previous loyalty to the Judges. The artwork and the script are wonderful. A classic in the making.

Next Prog: Scrawl War!

Friday, 3 October 2014

The A.B.C. Warriors: 'The A.B.C. Warriors'

NAME
The A.B.C. Warriors: 'The A.B.C. Warriors'

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 119

DATELINE
30 June 79

PAGE COUNT
7

REPRINTS
A.B.C. Warriors Book 1, The Best of 2000AD, A.B.C. Warriors Mek-nificent Seven and A.B.C. Warriors The Meknificent Seven.

SYNOPSIS
Hammer-Stein, Joe Pineapples and Happy Shrapnel capture a Volg HQ.

FIRSTS & LASTS
The first The A.B.C. Warriors features the first appearances of Joe Pineapples, Happy Shrapnel and an as-yet-unnamed Colonel Lash.

INFORMATION
Volgow is a Volg city.

In the 21st Century, the ABC War is fought by robots able to withstand Atomic, Bacterial and Chemical weapons with their human officers some fifty miles behind the front line in underground bunkers.

A 'Sin' gun is a standard robot weapon. A 'Scrambled egg' grenade (S.E.G.s) scrambles a robot's brains and then they can attack their own side. Torc tube is a ground to air unit. A Lazer dagger can cut through armour. 'Cry baby' mortar fires cryogenic shells which create freezing flames. 'Balls' bazooka fires implosion shells, which suck their targets into balls of debris. Koroda gas is fatal to robots.

Synthi-Champagne is synthetic champagne.

HAMMER-STEIN
He has a sensor organ that provides him with a sense of smell. Sergeant of the A.B.C. Warriors. He is known to the Volg robots as Old Red Eyes. The rest of his squad are rookie robots. Hammer-Stein leads a mission to capture a Volg HQ. He puts a disabled robot out of his misery and in doing so transfers his pain to Rodney.

JOE PINEAPPLES
He doesn't talk much. He is armed with a 'Balls' Bazooka.

HAPPY SHRAPNEL
He has a sense of smell. He is armed with a pair of Kolt 45's he 'borrowed' from a Volg general.

OTHER CHARACTERS
RODNEY
Lieutenant. Hammer-Stein's superior officer. When Hammer-Stein puts a rookie robot out of his misery, the pain kills Rodney. He will be decorated with a medal posthumously.


DEATHS
At least twenty-four. Joe Pineapples kills two Volg robots with his 'Balls' bazooka. Fifteen rookies are killed by the gas and five more in mid-air. Hammer-Stein finishes off a robot in pain and in doing kills Rodney as well.

BEST LINES
Officer: "I say, Rodney...steady on with the old champers!"

WORST LINES
Volg Robot: "Smashing through the roof - Aaaah!"

CATCHPHRASES
Happy Shrapnel says "Bzzz!" (or variations thereupon) four times.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Hammer-Stein first appeared in Ro-Busters and was seen to fight the Volgans in Hammer-Stein's War Memoirs, while Invasion! saw the Volgans invade Britain.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script Robot: Pat Mills
Art Robot: Kevin O'Neill
Lettering Robot: Pete Knight

REVIEW
This intends to introduce three of The A.B.C. Warriors, but it's really only about Hammer-Stein. As a vehicle for him it works quite well. The art is wonderful and Rodney's death is well-earned, but the eclectic charm of Ro-Busters is sadly lacking here.

Next Prog: Retreat From Volgow!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Judge Dredd: Alone In A Crowd!

NAME
Judge Dredd: Alone In A Crowd!

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 205

DATELINE
28 Mar 81

PAGE COUNT
6

This Prog also featured Tharg's Future Shocks, Meltdown Man, Return To Armageddon and Strontium Dog, some more of Tharg's Futureworlds Poster and a Meltdown Man cover by Dave Gibbons.

REPRINTS
The Best of 2000AD 6, The Complete Judge Dredd 19, Judge Dredd 19, Judge Dredd (Volume 2) 23, Judge Dredd Mega City Vice Book 2 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 04.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd investigates a tap gang.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First Judge Dredd art by Steve Dillon. First Judge Dredd to portray law-abiding citizens as fearing the Judges.

INFORMATION
In Mega-City One, walkways get very busy and rush hour. The Vernon Cleaver Walkway is near Cleaver Street and the Rathole Eatery.

JUDGE DREDD
He attends the crime scene at Vernon Cleaver Walkway. He arrests Earl, who informs him of the rest of the gang. Dredd rides to the site of, and into, the Rathole.

OTHER CHARACTERS
EARL
Lookout for the Wessel Brothers' tap gang. Dredd shoots him in the shoulder and sentences him to seven years.

SLOPEY CHARLIE
Member of the Wessel Brothers' tap gang. Dredd arrests him after a chase.


ARRESTS
Presumably four. Dredd sentences Earl, a member of the tap gang to seven years. He gives the Rathole's chef five years for aiding and abetting. He arrests Slopey Charlie and presumably the surviving Wessel Brother.

DEATHS
At least one. Dredd shoots one of the Wessel Brothers dead.

BEST LINES
Unknown: "Don't get involved, nothing you can do!"

The repetition of this line is really effective.

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
A Wessel Brother screams "Aaeeeeee!", Slopey says "Drok"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Steve Dillon
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
The SYNOPSIS above doesn't do this story justice. This is masterpiece which invites us to despise a member of the Mega-City One public who doesn't help a victim of crime for fear that he will be next, on the first page. Then following Dredd's efforts to arrest the tap gang, the same anonymous member of the public attempt to avoid catching the Judge's attention, equally fearful of our hero.

Next Prog: Graffiti!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 21

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 21

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 139

DATELINE
17 Nov 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 332

SYNOPSIS
Savage takes on the Legion's trio of leaders.

FIRSTS & LASTS
The last Disaster 1990! is also the last appearance of the Squire, his sons, Razor, Martin, Sinclair and Smith.

INFORMATION
The great flood of 1990 was eventually frozen in a blizzard.

By 1993, Britain was back to normal.

BILL SAVAGE
He gets another shotgun. Savage and Archer lead an attack of Buckingham Palace. He discovers the attempt to bomb Squire Archer's victory party. He shoots a wine barrel above the fuse dousing it. He helps to bury the Squire before dawn.

OTHER CHARACTERS
SQUIRE
He and Savage lead an attack of Buckingham Palace. When it snow, he convinces Savage to halt the attack and round up the leader of the Greater London Legion tomorrow. He throws himself in the path of the knife Razor throws at Savage. He dies with his sons around him. He is buried before dawn.

RAZOR
He kills two men for their food. He, Martin and Sinclair attempt to bomb Squire Archer's victory party. He throws his knife at Savage, but hits Archer instead. He freezes to death in frozen floodwater.

MARTIN
He has styled himself as The Great Martin. He, Razor and Sinclair attempt to bomb Squire Archer's victory party. He freezes to death in frozen floodwater.

DR. SINCLAIR
He, Martin and Razor attempt to bomb Squire Archer's victory party. He freezes to death in frozen floodwater.

DR. SMITH
He apparently had no idea about Sinclair's membership of the Greater London Legion.

DEATHS
Two. Razor slits the throats of two men and steals their food.

BEST LINES
Savage: "Ice, eh? Doctor Smith...What's this going to mean for Britain?"
Smith: "Well, it's extremely interesting! The North Pole must be reclaiming its lost ice and I estimate that in a few years -"
Someone else: "Savage - look!"

WORST LINES
Archer: "Good shooting, Savage. Sure you were never a farmer?"
Savage: "No, Squire. I made my livin' drivin' and there's just one thing drivin' me now - my hatred for the Legion's leaders!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Savage will return in Invasion! (and Armoured Gideon and Savage).

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
Finlay-Day.

RETROSPECT
There are no signs of any of the flooding by Invasion! in 1999.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Gerry Finlay-Day
Artist: Mike White
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
Disaster 1990! comes to a better than expected if welcome end. Why was it a prequel? Why did it feel the need to repeat so many beats from Invasion!?, how did Britain rebuild? All these questions and more go unanswered. The final part deals with the Legion's trio of leaders well, features some unnecessary showboating from Savage and heroism from another character who pays the ultimate price before being forgotten. It's business as usual.

The End.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 20

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 20

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 138

DATELINE
10 Nov 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 332

SYNOPSIS
Savage is due to be executed, unless someone saves him.

FIRSTS & LASTS
Last appearance of the DUKW.

INFORMATION
None.

BILL SAVAGE
He has been beaten. Savage is doused with water to bring him around. He is bound to a chair and sat in his DUKW while it is filled with concrete. The Greater London Legion plan to watch him drown. He is saved by the arrival of Squire Archer and his hill farmers.

OTHER CHARACTERS
SQUIRE ARCHER
He and his hill farmers arrive to save Savage.

DEATHS
Seven. Five rebels are executed by firing squad. Two members of the Legion are shot dead by hill farmers.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
Everything Savage says is dreadful.

CATCHPHRASES
A dying rebel screams "Aieeeee!" during his execution, while member of the Legion only manages a "Aiee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
Skin contact with wet concrete causes skin chemical burns. Savage and his saviours are unaffected. Also, why would they waste the DUKW like that? It's the most useful thing in London.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finlay-Day
Artist: M. White
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
This is ridiculous. Savage is saved in the nick of time by someone that had a convenient change of heart between panels and the only non-animal Savage saw as his life flashed before his eyes. No mention of Bamber either.

Next Prog: Palace Under Attack!

Monday, 29 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 19

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 19

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 137

DATELINE
3 Nov 79

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 332

SYNOPSIS
Savage and Bamber attack the Greater London Legion.

FIRSTS & LASTS
Last four page instalment. First art by Mike White. Last appearance of Bamber.

INFORMATION
None.

BILL SAVAGE
He uses a floating tree for a camouflage attack to liberate several of the Greater London Legion's slaves. After Bamber is killed Razor throws Savage's shotgun out of the window.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BAMBER
He drives the DUKW for Savage's floating tree camouflage attack. Bamber believes he is freeing Sinclair, but the doctor turns on him and kills him.

RAZOR
A leader of the Greater London Legion. He throws Savage's shotgun out of the window.

MARTIN
A leader of the Greater London Legion.

DR. SINCLAIR
A leader of the Greater London Legion. He shoots Bamber dead.

DEATHS
Six. Savage shoots two slavedrivers dead and one of Martin and Razor's guards. Two sentries are stabbed underwater. Dr. Sinclair shoots Bamber dead.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
Dying Slavedriver: "Camouflage attack - Ahh!"

CATCHPHRASES
A dying guard screams an "Aieeeeee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
G. Finlay-Day again.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finlay-Day
Artist: Mike White
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
This is great. The highest death of the strip so far, Sinclair's betrayal, Bamber's death and Savage delivered into the belly of the beast all in just four pages.

Next Prog: Concrete Overcoat!

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 18

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 18

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 136

DATELINE
27 Oct 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 332

SYNOPSIS
Savage and Bamber discover what happened to Oxford and return to London.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
The floodwaters have dropped considerably.

The Greater London Legion is hundreds strong. They have taken over Buckingham Palace. They attack Oxford and take survivors back to London as a slave.

BILL SAVAGE
He kills Ted and takes Bamber to London.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BAMBER
Doctor Sims dies in his arms.

DOCTOR SIMS
He survives the attack on Oxford by the Greater London Legion. Sims tells Savage and Bamber about the attack by the Greater London Legion and then dies of his wounds.

DOCTOR SMITH
He survives the attack on Oxford and is held as a special category prisoner.

DOCTOR SINCLAIR
He survives the attack on Oxford and is held as a special category prisoner.

TED
Member of the Greater London Legion left behind in Oxford as a rearguard. He shoots at Savage, who kills him in return.

RAZOR
He and Martin lead the Greater London Legion.

MARTIN
He and Razor lead the Greater London Legion.

DEATHS
Two. Ted is shot dead by Savage, and Doctor Sims dies of his wounds.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
How does Savage know that the dons are special category prisoners just by looking through his binoculars.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finlay-Day
Artist: Carlos Pino
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
Disaster 1990! finally seems to be onto something here as the cast of characters comes together.

Next Prog: Freedom Fighters!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 17

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 17

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 135

DATELINE
20 Oct 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 332

SYNOPSIS
Savage and Bamber cause a stampede.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
The northern community is in the Pennines.

BILL SAVAGE
He returns to the Pennine community and startles their cattle and sheep, causing them to stampede. They return to Oxford to find it on fire.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BAMBER
He returns to the Pennine community and watches as Savage causes a stampede. They return to Oxford to find it on fire.

ARCHER
He flees from the stampede on horseback and jumps into the floodwater.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finlay-Day
Artist: Carlos Pino
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
One of the Squire's men mistakes Savage's legs for those of Orlando the bull, presumably believing Savage to have cloven feet. Again only the cliffhanger ending impresses here.

Next Prog: Flashback!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 16

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 16

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 134

DATELINE
13 Oct 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 332

SYNOPSIS
Savage and Bamber make contact with the community.

FIRSTS & LASTS
Bamber gets first name.

INFORMATION
'Wetbacks' is nickname given to those living in flooded areas.

The Northern survivor community has access to cattle and is fortified like a stronghold.

BILL SAVAGE
He and Bamber arrive at another community of survivors. They eat with the Squire. When they disagree with him they are expelled from his community. His DUKW's windscreen is smashed and its tyres are punctured. Savage has no intention of leaving.

OTHER CHARACTERS
PROFESSOR STEVE BAMBER
His instruments are destroyed by Mike.

ARCHER
The Squire of the northern community. He was the biggest local landowner. Archer has no interest in rebuilding Britain. When they disagree, he has Savage and Bamber expelled.

MIKE
Son of the Squire. He destroys Bamber's instruments. Savage fights back. Mike and his brother smash the windscreen of Savage's DUKW.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
Archer: "It's every man or community for themselves!"

CATCHPHRASES
Savage's stab victim screams an "Aiee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finlay-Day
Artist: Carlos Pino
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
The sinister nature of the other community is intriguing. The artwork is great and the reveal of the roast beef dinner in particular is brilliant.

Next Prog: Stampede!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 15

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 15

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 133

DATELINE
6 Oct 79

PAGE COUNT
5 (or 4 and a 1/2)

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 332

SYNOPSIS
Savage and Bamber go in search of civilisation and sheep.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First Disaster 1990! that is less than five pages.

INFORMATION
Since the flood water snakes have grown.

BILL SAVAGE
He is attacked by a group of students on a punt, he shoots a hole in their punt. He has found freshly shorn wool floating in the floodwater and presumes that someone else has organised themselves on some dry land. Savage heads off to find them.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BAMBER
He speaks to Savage on behalf of the Dons. Bamber suggests that Savage go in search of the other community. Dr. Sinclair will not allow him to go. He stows away aboard Savage's DUKW and saves him form a water snake.

DR SINCLAIR
Oxford don. He puts a group of his student up to attacking Savage. Sinclair is resistant to Savage representing Oxford to the other community.

SIMS
Oxford don. He is in favour of Savage representing Oxford to the other community.

SMITH
Oxford don. He is in favour of Savage representing Oxford to the other community.

DEATHS
One. Bamber shoots a water snake dead.

BEST LINES
Shepherd: "Better tell the squire. See if he wants them killed now, or when they get here!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
The cliffhanger has a distinct Survivors (1975-1977) feel to it.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finlay-Day
Artist: Carlos Pino
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
The artwork is great and the story gets moving again, but it's the cliffhanger that raises this above recent efforts.

Next Prog: The Stronghold!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 14

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 14

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 132

DATELINE
29 Sept 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 332

SYNOPSIS
Pike's birds chase Savage and Bamber, who turn the tables on him.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First part not to open with a caption about the nuclear explosion that caused the flood.

INFORMATION
None.

BILL SAVAGE
He and Bamber run from Pike's birds. They take refuge in a swan's nest. Savage empties some shotguns cartridges and lays a trail of gunpowder. When Pike crosses the path, Savage lights it and Pike is startled. When Pike drops his bird call, his birds attack.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BAMBER
He and Savage run from Pike's birds. They take refuge in a swan's nest.

DOCTOR PIKE BSc
He is a Bachelor sets his birds on Savage and Bamber. Pike crosses a gunpowder path laid by Savage. When Savage lights it, Pike is startled and drops his duckcall. His birds attack and kill him.

DEATHS
One. Pike is pecked to death by his birds.

BEST LINES
Pike: "Drop the gun, Savage - unless you want my beauties to rip the flesh from your bones!"

WORST LINES
Pike: "No Gunpowder all around me!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
Pyke has become Pike.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finlay-Day
Artist: Carlos Pino
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
This is a nice conclusion to Pyke/Pike's story and the frenzied bird attack is well-realised.

Next Prog: Travelling Man!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 13

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 13

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 131

DATELINE
22 Sept 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 332

SYNOPSIS
Savage tracks the birds back to the nest and confronts Pyke.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Pyke.

INFORMATION
There are flooded swamps ten miles to the west of Oxford, which were the site a bird sanctuary.

BILL SAVAGE
He scares off the birds with his shotgun. Savage takes a group of higher chemistry undergraduate to the flooded swamps to poison the attacking birds. When the undergraduates fail to return, he goes in search of them and discovers Doctor Pyke.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BAMBER
He accompanies Savage to the former bird sanctuary.

DOCTOR PYKE
He worked for Oxford University. Pyke had controversial ideas about bird communication and led a team that set up a bird sanctuary. He survived the floods and remained in the bird sanctuary, eating insects. Pyke commanded the birds to attack Oxford.

DEATHS
Four. The undergraduates are pecked to death by the birds.

BEST LINES
Savage: "Sometimes bullets are more useful than brains!"

WORST LINES
Oxford Don under attack by bird: "Birds! Hundreds of birds attacking us!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finley-Day
Artist: Carlos Pino
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
With this part, Disaster 1990! takes a bizarre turn, but one that could well be the making of it. The rigid stuffiness of the Oxford dons is overplayed and Pyke could well be the shot-in-the-arm required to get the strip back on track.

Next Prog: The Chase!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 12

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 12

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 130

DATELINE
15 Sept 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 331

SYNOPSIS
Savage and Bamber explore the community at Oxford, but Savage must prove his worth and then the birds attack.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Oxford University has used its chemistry labs to make a nerve gas, which they release at the approaches to the city. They grow food using wet rice farming. They also have a radar workshop. The university is attacked by a flock of birds.

BILL SAVAGE
He didn't get much of an education. Savage holds a Class 1 Heavy Goods Vehicle licence. The Oxford University community hold an enquiry into whether Savage has a special skill or qualification that will contribute. When the birds attack, he takes back his shotgun.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BAMBER
He recognises waterfowl.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Savage (on shotguns): "It'll kill people before they kill you!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
An attacked Oxfordian screams an "Aieee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Savage calls Magnus is presumably a reference to Magnus Magnusson (1929-2007), presenter of TV quiz show MasterMind from 1972 to 1997. The attack of the birds recalls the 1952 story The Birds by Daphne du Maurier and the 1963 horror thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock of the same name which is loosely based on upon it.

MISTAKES
Finlay-Day is back.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finlay-Day
Artist: Pino
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
This is a real change of pace and it's refreshing to see Savage out of his comfort zone, but the cliffhanger bird attack offers him an obvious opportunity to get straight back into it.

Next Prog: All You Need Is Lead!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 11

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 11

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 129

DATELINE
8 Sept 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 331

SYNOPSIS
Savage and Bamber get to Oxford.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Oxford.

INFORMATION
Radio Oxford is broadcasting the claim that Oxford is "the town where organised survival goes on".

BILL SAVAGE
They travel through some woods and are attacked by locals with bow and arrows. They aim for a village on higher ground, but Savage narrowly avoids being speared with a pitchfork. He and Bamber near Oxford and are gassed and Savage wakes up in a room in Oxford.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BAMBER
He went to university in Oxford. Bamber recognises the difference between mist and gas. He and Savage are gassed near Oxford and taken to a room in Oxford.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Falling Yokel: "Me branch!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finley-Day
Artist: Alan Willow
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
Disaster 1990! has seen Savage repeatedly lose either his shotgun or his DUKW and now here he is deprived of both. This part is a series of escalating vignettes in which Savage and Bamber are threatened, culminating in an intriguing cliffhanger that sees them losing everything without a fight.

Next Prog: Nightmare With Wings!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 10

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 10

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 128

DATELINE
1 Sept 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 331

SYNOPSIS
Savage escapes the Wembley whirlpool.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
A whirlpool a hundred yards wide destroys Wembley stadium.

The DUKW's top speed in water is sixty miles per hour.

BILL SAVAGE
When Sam Slick's customers decide to lynch him, Savage shoots the rope and frees him. He plans to jump the whirlpool in his DUKW.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BAMBER
He can calculate the trajectory required for the DUKW to jump the whirlpool.

SLICK SAM
When threatened by a whirlpool, his customers decide to lynch him, but Savage shoots the rope and frees him. He replaced himself on the DUKW with a tailor's dummy, so that it would be lighter and make it's jump easier.

DEATHS
One. Slick Sam is crushed by the collapsing walls of Wembley Stadium.

BEST LINES
Bamber: "Whirlpool! The most terrifying occurrence in water!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None, although maybe there ought to be (see MISTAKES).

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Whirlpools have been known to grow to a size of 250 feet.

MISTAKES
Wembley Stadium exists in its original design nine years later in Invasion!

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finley-Day
Artist: Pino
Letters: Jack Potter

REVIEW
This is great, the lynching, the jump, the dummy and the destruction of Wembley Stadium are all great. THe dialogue has picked as well. It's just a shame that Wembley featured so prominently in Invasion! unharmed.

Next Prog: Ambush!

Friday, 19 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 9

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 9

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 127

DATELINE
25 Aug 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 331

SYNOPSIS
Savage trades with a black marketer and then steals from him to teach him a lesson.

FIRSTS & LASTS
Last Disaster 1990 credited to Finlay-Day.

INFORMATION
The floodwaters in London are experiencing strange undercurrents and whirlpools.

BILL SAVAGE
A strange undercurrent throws the DUKW around and it blows a gasket. He trades his shotgun with Slick Sam for replacement part. He deduces that the turf on the box came from Wembley stadium and heads there with some of Sam's other customers. They divide up Sam's spoils until an whirlpool forms and threatens to destroy the stadium.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BAMBER
He finds turf on the bottom of the box Slick Sam gives him.

SLICK SAM
He was a ticket tout before the flood. Now, he trades tea, coffee, tobacco, bread, meat, vegetables, ham, whisky, chocolate and vehicle components for gold or silver. He uses Wembley Stadium to store him stockpile.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Savage will return to Wembley nine years from now.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
The Scotch House was a famous central London woollen retailer. Wembley Stadium was opened in 1923.

MISTAKES
Finlay-Day again. Why would there be turf on the bottom of the gasket box? Sam couldn't have been storing goods on the pitch before the flood.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finlay-Day
Artist: Carlos Pino
Letters: Jack Potter

REVIEW
This is a nice slice of post-flood survivor culture, but it's tinged with post-war language like spiv and flat caps in London that don't gel with the futuristic 1990 AD that 2000 AD readers would want to read about.

Next Prog: The Big Leap!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 8

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 8

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 126

DATELINE
18 Aug 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 331

SYNOPSIS
Savage takes on alligator and piranhas.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First time Savage has slept since the flood.

INFORMATION
None.

BILL SAVAGE
He lets Bamber drive the DUKW. When he wakes, he discovers Bamber has landed them on a piece of land that used to be part of West London's zoo.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BAMBER
He drives the DUKW while Savage sleeps. He decides land on .

DEATHS
Dozens or more. Savage shoots an alligator dead. He then sets a shoal of piranha on another and then electrocutes the shoal (and presumably the other alligators).

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None. Although "Frying tonight" probably qualifies.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
More from Finlay-Day.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
Piranhas can live in freshwater, but die at around 10-12 degrees Celcius. It's more likely that the shock of the cold floodwaters would kill them before the electricity got a chance.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finlay-Day
Artist: Alan Willow
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
This is a bit of fun, but the script still feels stilted and awkward.

Next Prog: Whirlpool!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 7

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 7

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 125

DATELINE
11 Aug 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 331

SYNOPSIS
Savage saves the Harrods crowd and the convicts all die.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Radio Oxford is still broadcasting.

BILL SAVAGE
Fleeing from convicts, Bill Savage orders his passengers to throw their supplies overboard to escape. It works. He instructs two of the Harrods crowd to still down to an underwater garage and open up the petrol pumps. When the convicts return, he shoots the petrol with his shotgun. The convicts are trapped and killed in the ensuing inferno. Razor survives and Savage convinces the others to be magnanimous and allow him aboard the DUKW, but Razor attacks. Savage knocks him out and leaves him to drown.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BAMBER
He discovers a car radio and tunes it into Radio Oxford.

RAZOR
He survives the petrol fire.

DEATHS
At least eleven. Ten or so convicts are killed in the inferno.

BEST LINES
Savage: "You'll do nothin' mate - except burn in hell!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
A burning convict screams an "Aieeeeee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
Another appearance by Finlay-Day.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
One of the boxes thrown overboard is labelled Champagne Vintage '79. The underwater garage has a sign reading: '£3 per gallon special offer', which would have seemed extortionate to a 1979 audience used to paying on average 98p per gallon. In 1990, the average price of petrol per gallon was 213.5p.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finlay-Day
Artist: Pino
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
It's a shame that the Harrods crowd, which splits neatly into toffs and cockneys, aren't better represented. The fact that they need to work together is well illustrated, but we are given next to no reason to care about them. The petrol trap is great, Razor's death scene is a nice exit, the waterproof radio is convenient, but welcome as a means of moving away from Harrods.

Next Prog: Frying Tonight!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 6

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 6

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 124

DATELINE
4 Aug 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 331

SYNOPSIS
Savage helps liberate Harrods.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
None.

BILL SAVAGE
He barges the convicts' dinghy in his DUKW and shouts to the Harrods crowd for his shotgun. He kills a convict planning to throw a grenade at him, who then drops it and it explodes. Savage drives the DUKW through Harrods' window and takes refuge inside. After dark he leads an escape attempt with the Harrods customers and Bamber rowing. An underwater flare rigged by the convicts announces them and Savage fires up the engine and flees as the convicts give chase in their power boats.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BAMBER
He rows during Savage's Harrods escape attempt.

RAZOR
Leader of the convicts masquerading as Royal marines.

DEATHS
Two. A pair of convicts killed by an exploding grenade they planned to throw at Savage, but dropped when he shot one of them.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
Almost every line is awful.

CATCHPHRASES
A dying convict screams "Aieeeee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
Finley-Day is misspelled Finlay-Day.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finlay-Day
Artist: Pino
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
The script is turgid and the action sequence are stilted.

Next Prog: Some Like It Hot!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 5

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 5

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 123

DATELINE
28 July 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 331

SYNOPSIS
Savage visits Harrod's and finds himself in the middle of a jailbreak.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
North London has a Security Prison.

BILL SAVAGE
He visits Harrods and intercedes during an altercation. He has his shotgun seized by a group of Royal Marine Commandos. He later discovers their bodies floating in the water. Savage realises that the prisoners they were due to check on had killed, stripped and replaced them.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BAMBER
He plans to stay with Savage, because the DUKW is useful to his studies. He disagrees with Savage about intervening at Harrods. He shoplifts a hamper.

DEATHS
At least four. The Royal Marine commandos are killed are stripped by the prisoners they were checking on.

BEST LINES
Harrods thief: "Muvver!"

WORST LINES
Savage (concerning a man he just hit with his shotgun): "He'll be on soft baby food for a while now, won't you matie?"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
New Scotland Yard is the name of the various headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service since 1890. Harrods is an upmarket department store in Knightsbridge, which has been in its present location since 1849

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finley-Day
Artist: Alan Willow
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
This is all set up, but really the only thing of interest that happens here is Bamber's shoplifting.

Next Prog: Bloodbath!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 4

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 4

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 122

DATELINE
21 July 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 331

SYNOPSIS
Savage rescues Bamber from armed men.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
The Bank of England is flooded.

BILL SAVAGE
He pulls out the spear and searches for his Duck. Savage finds it outside the Bank of England. He enters and discovers Bamber breaking into a bank vault. He confronts him, but is threatened by two armed men, one of whom shot him with the harpoon. Savage is forced to help open the vault, which was full of rats who attack the armed men. Savage and Bamber take refuge underwater. Savage gives Bamber a lift in his Duck.

OTHER CHARACTERS
BAMBER
He is forced to burn his way into a vault at the Bank of England at gunpoint, which turns out to be full of rats who attack the armed men. Bamber and Savage take refuge underwater. Savage gives him a lift in his Duck.

DEATHS
Three. A swarm of rats kills the two men holding Savage and Bamber at gunpoint. Savage then kills the King Rat.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
Savage: "Huh? Two hoods behinds me!"

CATCHPHRASES
Man being killed by rats: "Aaaiiiieeeee!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
The Bank of England was established in 1694. It is the second oldest central bank in the world. It has been located in the City of London, on Threadneedle Street, since 1734.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finley-Day
Artist: Pino
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
So Bamber wasn't a villain and those that were have been foiled by rats. Disaster 1990!'s problem is that neither squabbling Brits nor giant rats are as interesting or endearing as the jackboot of the Volgans of Invasion!

Next Prog: The Battle Of Harrods!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 3

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 3

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 121

DATELINE
14 July 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 331

SYNOPSIS
Savage fights rats, gets harpooned and loses his DUKW.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Savage's shotgun.

INFORMATION
The flood has apparently caused an immediate evolutionary change in rats, making them larger and fiercer.

BILL SAVAGE
When he sees rats threatening Bamber, he scares them off with his DUKW. He takes Bamber to a diving shop and leaves. Savage encounters looters who try to steal his DUKW. He returns to where he left Bamber and someone harpoons him and steals the DUKW. He awakes and finds a shotgun and goes after the DUKW.

OTHER CHARACTERS
PROFESSOR BAMBER
He is a student of hydrology. He is being menaced by giant rats when Savage scares them off in his DUKW

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
Savage (whilst speared with a harpoon): "Aargh! Harpoon un! It's speared me!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
Professor Bamber's bag is labelled Proffessor Bamber. Also, immediate evolutionary change? That's not even close to how evolution works. Savage sees the harpoons gun in someone's hands but not the harpoonist.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Gerry Finley-Day
Artist: Alan Willow
Letters: Steve Potter

REVIEW
Savage loses his DUKW, but gains a shotgun. If Bamber didn't shoot the harpoon gun, this is a great set up for something. If he did, then it's alarming that Disaster 1990! is treading water so early in its run.

There's More Than Money In The Vaults Of The Bank Of England! Don't Miss Savage's Revenge, Next Prog!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 2

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 120

DATELINE
7 July 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 331

SYNOPSIS
Savage hinders a robbery at the Imperial War Museum and steals an amphibious vehicle.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Martin and the D.U.K.W.

INFORMATION
Most of the exhibits in the Imperial War Museum survived the flood.

BILL SAVAGE
Martin drafts him to help steal weapons from the Imperial War Museum. His grandfather used an amphibious D.U.K.W. in the war. Savage finds one at the museum and uses it to knock Martin's guns into the water and then make his escape.

OTHER CHARACTERS
MARTIN
Self-appointed leader following the flood. He decides to steal weapons from the Imperial War Museum to bolster his authority. The Catford Mob have the same idea and they fight. Savage knocks his guns into the water.

EARL WYATT
Leader of the Catford Mob. He also plans to steal weapons from the Imperial War Museum. Martin's gang have the same idea and they fight.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
Martin's friend: "Savage! He's found a D.U.K.W., an old amphibious vehicle!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
The Imperial War Museum was found in 1917 and has been at its present location since 1936. The D.U.K.W., known as Ducks, is a six-wheel-drive amphibious modification of the trucks used by the U.S. military in World War II.

MISTAKES
The flooding is two-thirds of the way up Big Ben, but not so bad at the Imperial War Museum.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G. Finley-Day
Artist: Pino
Letters: Pete Knight

REVIEW
It's nice to see Savage see through Martin, but otherwise this is merely an excuse to get our hero into a new vehicle.

Next Prog: Shot In The Back!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Disaster 1990!, Part 1

NAME
Disaster 1990!, Part 1

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 119

DATELINE
30 Jun 79

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 331

SYNOPSIS
Britain floods.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First spinoff from Invasion!

INFORMATION
In 1990, a new major trade route via the North Pole was the shortest route for massive nuclear powered ice breaking supertankers. A supertanker crashes into a nuclear submarine and the resulting explosion melts thousands of square miles of ice. The sudden rise in sea levels causes huge flooding. In Britain, London is completely flooded.

BILL SAVAGE
He is in a café in the Midlands when he hears about the coming flood. With about an hour until it hits he drives to London to find his mother. He loses his truck swerving to avoid a small child, the engine is smashed. He takes refuge more than fifteen floors up.

OTHER CHARACTERS
FRANCO
He runs a café in the Midlands.

DEATHS
Presumably millions worldwide.

BEST LINES
Savage: "This isn't the end, Lady - it's the beginning...the beginning of the fight for survival!"

WORST LINES
Savage: "Gimme another cod an' chips, Franco! And turn the TV up - nothing I like better than watching the news now all the newscasters are women!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Bill Savage previously appeared in Invasion!, although this story is set nine years earlier.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Floods wiping the slate (or in this case, the state) clean are a common feature in religion and mythology, from Noah's ark to Gilgamesh.

MISTAKES
"And the first in line is...Britain."

No, it's not. A tsunami-like wave moving from the North Pole would hit dozens of countries before Britain.

RETROSPECT
It turns out we didn't need a nuclear explosion at the pole to cause rising sea levels, we just needed a whole in the ozone layer, voter apathy and corporate greed.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: G.F. Day
Artist: Pino
Letters: S. Potter

REVIEW
The fight in the café is nice and it's great to see Savage back. It's not clear quite why this needed to be a prequel though.

Next Prog: Battle At The Imperial War Museum!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Judge Dredd: The Alien Way!

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Alien Way!

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 204

DATELINE
21 Mar 81

This Prog also featured Tharg's Future Shocks, Meltdown Man, Return To Armageddon and Strontium Dog strips, some more of Tharg's Futureworlds and a Judge Dredd cover by Mike McMahon.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Best of 2000AD 6, The Complete Judge Dredd 19, Judge Dredd's Crime Files 6, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 25 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 04.

SYNOPSIS

FIRSTS & LASTS

INFORMATION
Native of the planet Uq are dwarfs with feathered pelts. A Ququroo is an animal that bucks. On Uq, it is illegal to expose your feet in a public place, victims are punished to encourage them never to be victims again and dangerous criminals are executed on the spot. Uq has relations with Mega-City One and there is a Uqqan ambassador. They are currently negotiating a trade deal with Mega-City One.

Mega-City One's roads have at least 1204 intersections. Easy Street and Fourth are roads in Mega-City One that intersect.

In Mega-City One, Wounding With Intent To Kill carries a sentence of five years. The Justice Department has an alien pound used for incarcerating aliens.

The Red Light Gang rob people at traffic signals.

JUDGE DREDD
He is paired with Qu, who rides along with him while Dredd investigates the Red Light Gang.

OTHER CHARACTERS
CHIEF JUDGE GRIFFIN
He pairs Ququuu with Dredd and later regrets it.

QUQUQU QUQ QUQUUU
A writer from the planet Uq. His name means 'hatched in the Qutuq by the oily waters of the street of a thousands quqs', Dredd calls him Shorty. He is paired with Dredd for a piece he wants to write about Mega-City law.

ARRESTS
Dredd arrests Qu for wounding with intent to kill and sentences him to five years in the alien pound.

DEATHS
One. A member of the Red Light Gang is killed whilst trying to escape.

BEST LINES
Ququuu (written): "Grimly I clung to the Judge's speeding machine as we roared in pursuit of the vicious Red Light Gang. Blood from the thug's crushed face spattered my pelt like crimson raindrops, suddenly I knew there was law in Mega-City One...of a kind."

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
A motorist screams an "Aieeeee!" as he is pushed out of his car. Dredd says "Stomm!" and "I am the law!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Emberton
Letters: Thomas

REVIEW
The story is slight, but satisfying, with excerpts from Ququuu's article a welcome highlight and a surprising ending.

Next Prog: Alone In A Crowd!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Star Pin Up: Tyranno-Mek!

NAME
Star Pin Up: Tyranno-Mek!

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 116

DATELINE
9 June 79

PAGE COUNT
1

REPRINTS
None.

SYNOPSIS
None.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
None.

OTHER CHARACTERS
DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
None.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Artist: Dave Gibbons

REVIEW
Meet the Tyranno-Mek. It's a fantastic piece of artwork.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Judge Dredd: Who Killed Pug Ugly?

NAME
Judge Dredd: Who Killed Pug Ugly?

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 203

DATELINE
14 Mar 81

This prog also featured Tharg's Future Shocks, Meltdown Man, Return To Armageddon and Strontium Dog, Tharg's Future Worlds Poster and a Return To Armageddon cover by Jesus Redondo.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Classics 69, The Complete Judge Dredd 19, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 5, Judge Dredd 27, Judge Dredd Paperbacks vs Otto Sump and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 04.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd investigates the murder and the murderer of Pug Ugly.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First mention of Sound Slugs.

INFORMATION
Mega-City One's Vibe Hall and Vide Bowl are music venues. Every Mega-City insurance policy features Clause 29: "This policy is invalidated in event of violent death caused by the lawful action of a Mega-City Judge." Named Judges: Judge Brown

Pug Ugly And The Bugglys are Pug Ugly, Pretty Boy, Retch and Ringo. Their latest sound slug is 'Hey Pig'. Following the death of their lead voker, they launch a competition to find a replacement who will have Pug Ugly's vocal chords transplanted into their body. They release 'Tribute To Pug'. When the replacement Pug Ugly begins singing about the death of his predecessor, the Buggleys kill him on stage.

A transplant clinic can preserve vocal chords after death. Cellulo-psychic regenesis (or C.P.R.) is a very rare side-effect of transplant surgery. It allows the transplanted organ or tissue to retain the intelligence of the donor after death.

JUDGE DREDD
He investigates the death of Pug Ugly and looks into the background of his killed, Vito O'Reilly.

OTHER CHARACTERS
PUG UGLY
Lead Voker of Pug Ugly And The Bugglys. He is killed by Vito O'Reilly during a gig at the Vibe Hall. It's in his contract that his vocal chords belong to the band.

VITO O'REILLY
His mother is Sophie O'Reilly. He was paid by the Bugglys to kill Pug Ugly. He took out a hundred or so of life insurance policies and then shot Pug Ugly dead. He was killed himself by a Judge and none of the insurance policies will pay out.

OTTO SUMP
Now known in some circles as Otto Le Sump. He treats the winner of the Search For A Pug competition to look just like the original.

ARRESTS
Three. The Bugglys are presumably arrested for their parts in two murders.

DEATHS
Three. Pug Ugly is shot dead by Vito O'Reilly who is then killed by a Judge. The new Pug Ugly is killed by his fellow band members, bludgeoned to death with their instruments.

BEST LINES
Pug Ugly (sung): "You set my lips on fire, babe, you make my spots feel good, but you leave my stomach cryin', babe, cos you pig all my food!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Otto Sump puts in a cameo appearance. He first appeared in Sob Story and later in Otto Sumps Ugly Clinic.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
The Buggleys are obviously very Sex Pistol-esque and the title echoes 'Who Killed Bambi?' from The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1979). The vocal chords recall The Hands of Orlac the 1920 novel by the French writer Maurice Renard (1875-1939), which concerns a pianist who receives a pair of murderous hands in a transplant.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Ron Smith
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
The artwork is great, the lyrics are brilliantly bizarre. The vocal chord confession is hugely contrived, but then let's be honest, so is everything else.

Next Prog: The Alien Way!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Strontium Dog: Assault on Trigol 3!

NAME
Strontium Dog: Assault on Trigol 3!

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1979

DATELINE
1 June 79

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
Strontium Dog Search/Destroy Agency Files 04.

SYNOPSIS
Johnny, Wulf and the Gronk attempt to arrest Harry the Horse on Trigol 3.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First Strontium Dog strip in a 2000 AD special.

INFORMATION
Trigol 3 is a mining planet in the Darma system. It is famous for its orbiting statue of a prospector.

Nickel City is a settlement on Trigol 3. Deke Wilson is the marshal. It has a bank, hotel and stores. There has been an ore strike nearby. A Galaxy Judge visits Nickel City from time to time. It has recently been renamed Lawless and then re-renamed Alphaville.

A reacto-flyer is a mode of transport.

Electronux carry twenty thousand volts.

JOHNNY ALPHA
He has been to Trigol 3 and Nickel City before, and he knows Deke Wilson. He vaporises Jem's hover horse. He agrees to help Deke. When Harry the Horse takes Billy Wilson prisoner and attempts to exchange him for his own son, Johnny agrees, sets his blaster to low power and fires harmlessly through Billy and into Harry killing him.

OTHER CHARACTERS
WULF STERNHAMMER
He helps Johnny and Deke. Wulf uses a time bomb to send three of Harry the Horse's men two days into the future, leaving them to die in the freezing cold of space.

THE GRONK
It heals Deke Wilson's wound.

DEKE WILSON
Marshall of Nickel City. His son Billy disappeared six weeks ago. He is injured in an altercation with Jem, the Gronk heals his wound.

BILLY WILSON
Deke Wilson's son. He joined Harry the Horse's gang, but soon realised his mistake. He was forced to stay and six weeks later was used in a prisoner exchange for Harry's son.

HARRY THE HORSE
He is wanted for planetcide. He currently lives on Trigol 3. He has a son that Deke Wilson arrested. Harry sends his men to free his son, but Johnny and Wulf force them to retreat. Harry has Deke's son Billy captive and attempts a prisoner exchange. Johnny kills Harry.

DEATHS
Four. Johnny kills Harry the Horse with his blaster. Wulf kills three of his men with a time bomb.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
Johnny Alpha: "Statues everybody! Unless you want the same!"

What?

CATCHPHRASES
Wulf says Der, Got, gut, ja, mitt, vanted, vild, vos, vot, vould, Vulf, vun and zey. The Gronk pluralises "my poor heartses" and "rightses".

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Ian Rogan
Artist: Rob Moran
Letters: Aldrich

REVIEW
This is disappointing throughout. The artwork doesn't always sell the ideas, the beginning is muddled, the ending is rushed.

The End

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Judge Dredd: 'Lawmaster On The Loose'

NAME
Judge Dredd: 'Lawmaster On The Loose'

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 202

DATELINE
7 Mar 81

Prog 202 also featured The Mean Arena, Meltdown Man, Return To Armageddon, Strontium Dog, a one-off called Last Thought, part three of Tharg's Futureworlds Poster and a Strontium Dog cover by Carlos Ezquerra.

PAGE COUNT
7

REPRINTS
The Best Of 2000 AD 46, Judge Dredd Classics 64, The Complete Judge Dredd 19, Judge Dredd 27 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 04.

SYNOPSIS
A rogue Lawmaster takes the law into its own hands.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
Mega-City One's Julian Bream Boulevard has a munce shop. Julian Bream Square is nearby. The Fred Quimby Block station is a stop of the Trans-Meg Monorail.

A Mega-City Judge's Lawmaster has a Synitron GK13 Audio Computer, Notron 4000cc Engine, Cyclops Phylon TX laser cannon, 12mm armour plating, bulletproof Firelock all-weather tyres. A rogue lawmaster carries an automatic priority one rating.

Named Judges: Judge Gorman (deceased); Judge Jones.

JUDGE DREDD
When Lawmaster LK114/7 is out of control, he attends the scene. Dredd follows the rogue Lawmaster onto the Trans-Meg Monorail and destroys a train and track, and causes the loss of dozens of lives in order the stop the Lawmaster.

OTHER CHARACTERS
JUGE GORMAN
He is shot by Munce raiders on Julian Bream Boulevard, His Lawmaster begins malfunctioning and kills at least four people, including Gorman.

ARRESTS
None. Although the Lawmaster attempts to dispnce its own warped sense of justice.

DEATHS
Hundreds. Between them Lawmaster LK114/7 and Dredd manage to kill hundreds of people.

BEST LINES
Citizen (haging form Dredd's ankle after surviving the monorail explosion caused by the Judge): "What would we do without you Judges to protect us?"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
We hear a "Stomm!" and an "Aieeeeeee!", while Dredd chalks up another "Stop in the name of the law!", "Drokk!" and "I am the law!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Julian Bream is a British classical guitarist and lute player.
Fred Quimby (1886–1965) was an American cartoon producer, best known for his work on Tom And Jerry cartoons and winner of eight Academy Awards.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Ron Smith
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
This is fantastic. Ron Smith's artwork is solid and somehow lends a stark realism to a bizarre series of events. The ending has a brilliant irony and a refreshing sense of humour to it.

Be Here Next Prog...That's An Order, Citizen!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Black Hawk, Part 53

NAME
Black Hawk, Part 53

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Tornado Prog 161

DATELINE
19 Apr 80

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
Black Hawk: The Intergalactic Gladiator.

SYNOPSIS
Black Hawk, Ursa, Zog, Battak and Kwark escape Silversun and then are potentially squashed down to a single point of infinite density.

FIRSTS & LASTS
Last appearance in Black Hawk in 2000 AD of Black Hawk, Ursa, Zog, Battak, Kwark and Silversun.

INFORMATION
Silversun is destroyed.

Thargian Star Ships are resilient vessels.

"Barra Dek Schuppen" is a Thargian phrase that approximates to "kettle of fish" in English.

BLACK HAWK
He survives the destruction of Silversun and drifts into the singularity aboard Kwark's ark.

OTHER CHARACTERS
URSA
He survives the destruction of Silversun and drifts into the singularity aboard Kwark's ark.

ZOG
He survives the destruction of Silversun and drifts into the singularity aboard Kwark's ark.

BATTAK
He survives the destruction of Silversun and drifts into the singularity aboard Kwark's ark.

KWARK
They survive the destruction of Silversun in a craft of Kwark's design. He drifts into the singularity aboard it.

DEATHS
Presumably everyone on Silversun. Maybe four more. Maybe not.

BEST LINES
Battak: "And you say this craft can survive this...this turning to nothing?"
Kwark: "Oh no. I only said it would withstand the strongest of gravity storms!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
Zog says his name twice, while Ursa says "Chop-chop" and Black Hawk "Sebek's bones!" both once more.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
Aquila is another 2000 AD strip which features a black slave operating in the Roman empire and a black hawk.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Alvin Gaunt
Artist: Belardinelli
Letters: Pete Knight

REVIEW
And so that was Black Hawk. A somewhat disappointing ending for such an epic strip. To have come so far and overcome so much, simply to potentially cease to exist.

The End?