The first installment in the Kreizler series, named after the series’ main character, psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, who is assisted in his adventures by reporter John Schuyler Moore, policewoman Sara Howard and Stevie “Stevepipe” Taggart.
Dennis Mennis (aka Big Den) drawn by Carlos Ezquerra for prog 797’s Judge Dredd story Judgement Day vs. Dennis the Menace drawn by David Sutherland* for The Beano comic [not necessarily this particular image]
Dennis the Menace (accompanied by and his Abyssinian wire-haired tripe hound, Gnasher) is the longest running strip** in Scotland’s longest-running children’s comic (first published 30 July 1938).
The name of the character comes from an old British music hall song with the chorus, “I’m Dennis the Menace from Venice”.
*David Sutherland drew the strip from 1970 to 1998 (and still does work for the annuals), although the strip was originally developed by David “Davey” Law (1908–1971)
**First appearing in issue 452, dated 17 March 1951, but actually on sale 12 March 1951 – coincidentally, the exact same date Hank Ketcham’s (1920 –2001) Dennis the Menace debuted in the US
National icon Britannia, armed with a trident, shield and wearing a Corinthian helmet [worn by soldiers of the ancient Greek city-state of Corinth], came to be personified as a goddess under Roman rule of the province of Britannia in the 2nd century, although the British Isles were also known as early as the 4th century BC by the ancient Greek names of Prettanike or Brettaniai, from which Britannia derives.
After centuries of declining use, the Latin form was revived during the English Renaissance (late 15th–early 17th centuries) to evoke British national identity, although since then 2000 AD is far from the only publication where Britannia’s personification – or “comic” treatment, for that matter – has not always been treated with the conventional veneration [click on thumbnail for larger image]:
*We don’t know why we’re italicising Britannia, it just feels right
Sci-fi fans will be pleased to note that as well as appearing briefly as one of Murray’s Dancers in Scandal (Miramax, 1989), Ms. Shilleto also appeared in the Red Dwarf episode Krytie TV (season 8, episode 5) as “Woman in shower” [uncredited].
… This job does psometimes have its, um… perks, even if it pseems that we were the last to hear about this one.
In 2007 The Avengers was ranked #20 in TV Guide’s “Top Cult Shows Ever”.
Jay and Silent Bob are fictional characters in Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse, a fictional universe created and used in most of the films, comics and television programs written and produced by Smith, beginning with Clerks (Miramax, 1994).
*Exo [Extraterrestrial] Transfer Control
[Spoiler alert!] Some drunk, homeless guy dreaming from prog 635’s Judge Dredd story An Elm Street Nightmare drawn by Mick Austin vs. horror icon Freddy Krueger portrayed by Robert Englund in the film A Nightmare on Elm Street (New Line Cinema, 1984)
Freddy Krueger was rated the 14th greatest villain by Wizard magazine; the British television channel Sky2 listed him 8th; the American Film Institute ranked him 40th on its “AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes and Villains” list; and he won the Best Villain award at the 2010 Scream Awards.