Disaster 1990!, Part 7
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 125
11 Aug 79
Judge Dredd Megazine 331
Savage saves the Harrods crowd and the convicts all die.
FIRSTS & LASTS
Radio Oxford is still broadcasting.
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.
He discovers a car radio and tunes it into Radio Oxford.
He survives the petrol fire.
At least eleven. Ten or so convicts are killed in the inferno.
Savage: "You'll do nothin' mate - except burn in hell!"
A burning convict screams an "Aieeeeee!"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Another appearance by Finlay-Day.
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.
Script: G. Finlay-Day
Letters: Steve Potter
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.
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