No. 145 – The Alienist

The Alienist book cover ©Random House 1994

Prog 2042’s The Alienist (written by Gordon Rennie and Emma Beeby) cover by Tiernen Trevallion vs. historical thriller The Alienist by author Caleb Carr

Alternative cover artwork

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.

The Alienist was followed by The Angel of Darkness (Random House, 1997) and Surrender, New York (Random House, 2016). The stories have been turned into a TNT television drama due to air in 2018.

Look at it this way: one’s set in New York in 1896 and one’s set in England in 1908 – coincidence? We’re just puttin’ it out there. Lettin’ it hang.

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No. 144 – Dennis Mennis

The Beano No. 1694 (1975) image ©DC Thomson

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

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No. 143 – Rule Britannia

Britannia image (right) courtesy Royal Ontario Museum, Canada

Prog 1213’s Nikolai Dante cover by Frazer Irving and Chris Blythe vs. Britannia* [not necessarily this particular image], here realised by Reginald Norman “Rex” Woods (1903–1987)

2015 – Royal Mint strikes a new, definitive £2 coin

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

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No. 142 – Strong & Pscandalous

Toni Shilleto image ©Paul Raymond Publications

Prog 713’s Anderson: Psi Division cover by Mick Austin vs. glamour model and actress Toni Shilleto from Mayfair Vol. 22 No. 04 (1989)

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.

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No. 141 – The Avenger

Patrick Macnee (pictured here in 2000) image courtesy IMDb.com

Frederick Begley from prog 2050’s Sinister Dexter drawn by Steve Yeowell vs. Patrick Macnee (1922–2015)

Daniel Patrick Macnee was a British film and television actor, best known for his role as secret agent John Steed in the British television series The Avengers (1961−69, ITV/ABPC/Thames).

In 2007 The Avengers was ranked #20 in TV Guide’s “Top Cult Shows Ever”.

The Avengers season 5 (1967) DVD cover, with Diana Rigg as Emma Peel (otherwise known for portraying Lady Olenna Tyrell in HBO’s Game of Thrones)

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No. 140 – Jay & Silent Bob

Jay (bottom panel, left) and Silent Bob (bottom panel, right) image ©The Weinstein Company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Corrupt ETC* Officers Jacks (top right panel, right) and Brook (top right panel, left) featured in prog 2040’s Grey Area vs. Jay (Jason Mewes) & Silent Bob (Kevin Smith)

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

Officer Brook makes a killing

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No. 139 – An Elm Street Nightmare

Freddy Krueger image ©New Line Cinema, 1988

[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.

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