Disaster 1990!, Part 12
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 130
15 Sept 79
Judge Dredd Megazine 331
Savage and Bamber explore the community at Oxford, but Savage must prove his worth and then the birds attack.
FIRSTS & LASTS
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.
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.
He recognises waterfowl.
Savage (on shotguns): "It'll kill people before they kill you!"
An attacked Oxfordian screams an "Aieee!"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
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.
Finlay-Day is back.
Script: G. Finlay-Day
Letters: Steve Potter
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!