Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Strontium Dog: 'The Galaxy Killers', Part 1

NAME
Strontium Dog: 'The Galaxy Killers', Part 1

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 86

DATELINE
14 Oct 78

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd Megazine 214, Strontium Dog: The Early Cases and Strontium Dog Search/Destroy Agency Files 01.

SYNOPSIS
Johnny, Wulf and the Gronk catch Ratface Regan, but whilst taking him back to face justice on Earth they encounter a Wolrog Warship.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First 2000 A.D. Strontium Dog strip.

INFORMATION
(This part takes place over the course of three days)

Wolrogs are known as the Galaxy Killers. They have warships that are two miles long.

There is a new space resort in Quadrant B12.

JOHNNY ALPHA
He, Wulf and the Gronk catch Ratface Regan and begin transporting him to Earth on an Astroliner. Their ship is threatened by a Wolrog Warship.

WULF STERNHAMMER
He, Johnny and the Gronk catch Ratface Regan and begin transporting him to Earth on an Astroliner. Their ship is threatened by a Wolrog Warship.

THE GRONK
Tin cans give him indigestion. He, Johnny and Wulf catch Ratface Regan and begin transporting him to Earth on an Astroliner. Their ship is threatened by a Wolrog Warship.

OTHER CHARACTERS
RATFACE REGAN
He is wanted on Earth. Johnny, Wulf and the Gronk catch him on a planet sixteen days travel from Earth and begin transporting him back on an Astroliner. Their ship is threatened by a Wolrog Warship.


DEATHS
Two. Johnny uses a time bomb to transport two men into a planetless vacuum.

BEST LINES
Police Recruitment Officer: "Men - if I can call you that - The galaxy is full of criminals hiding from justice. Your job is to find them and - if necessary - destroy them!...A search-Destroy Agent's work will be dangerous. Many of you will die. Looking at you, perhaps that is a good thing!"

WORST LINES
Unknown: "Resist! It-it'd be like a pea-shooter against an H-Bomb!"

CATCHPHRASES
Wulf says "Vulf", "der", "voorm", "Gott", "varship", while the Gronk pluralises "excitements", "heartses" and "indigestions".

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
The opening flashback essentially retells the flashback sequence from 'Max Quirxx', part 2 for the new audience.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Ezquerra
Letters: Pete Knight

REVIEW
This part has the task of introducing Strontium Dog to a 2000 A.D. readership, whilst not alienating the loyal Starlord readership. It achieves the former more successfully. The revisiting of the flashback from Max Quirxx is well done, Johnny's Alpha rays have never looked better.

Next Prog: Fight Or Die!