Disaster 1990!, Part 13
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 131
22 Sept 79
Judge Dredd Megazine 332
Savage tracks the birds back to the nest and confronts Pyke.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Pyke.
There are flooded swamps ten miles to the west of Oxford, which were the site a bird sanctuary.
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.
He accompanies Savage to the former bird sanctuary.
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.
Four. The undergraduates are pecked to death by the birds.
Savage: "Sometimes bullets are more useful than brains!"
Oxford Don under attack by bird: "Birds! Hundreds of birds attacking us!"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Script: G. Finley-Day
Artist: Carlos Pino
Letters: Steve Potter
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!