No. 168 – Throne of Guns

Throne of Guns from prog 2067’s (2018) A.B.C. Warriors’ story Fallout written by Pat Mills and drawn by Clint Langley v The Iron Throne from HBO’s Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

Simonetti’s “correct” Iron Throne

The Iron Throne is the literal and figurative seat of power of the fictional monarchy of Westeros in the Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, upon which the kings [their hands*, and one queen**, Cersei Lannister (played by Lena Headey in the show)] of the Andals and the First Men sit, and is allegedly forged from 1,000† swords surrendered to Aegon Targaryen (aka Aegon the Conqueror) during the War of Conquest, and fused together by dragon’s fire.

Martin has rarely been satisfied with representations of the Iron Throne in books, games or even the wildly successful HBO TV series, and maintains that only its depiction by French concept artist/illustrator Marc Simonetti in the Song of Ice and Fire companion book The World of Ice and Fire (Bantam Books, 2014) is “absolutely right”.

*Closest appointed advisor, and in absentia, proxy to the ruling monarch
**Rhaenyra Targaryen also had a stint on the Iron Throne before being deposed and executed by her half-brother Aegon II, who then declared her brief and unpopular rule unofficial
†Actual number of the swords contained in structure is less than two hundred (Game of Thrones season 3, episode 6, The Climb)


No. 166 – The Meknificent Seven

Magnificent Seven British quad format poster ©United Artists

The A.B.C. Warriors [composed of Deadlock (top panel, top), and (top panel, left to right) Blackblood, Mongrol, Tubal Caine, Hammerstein, Joe Pineapples and Steelhorn], here depicted by Clint Langley from the story Fallout in prog 2061 (2017) v The Magnificent Seven (1960)

Designed to withstand atomic, bacterial and chemical warfare, the A.B.C. Warriors were built to take part in the Volgan War, which writer Pat Mills had described in several previous 2000 AD strips, including Invasion! and Ro-Busters.

Although at given points not limited to seven members, the primary characters include Mark III war droid leader Hammerstein, Khaos mystic Deadlock, marksman and former X-Terminator Joe Pineapples, the treacherous former Volgan war droid [General] Blackblood, the beast-like Mongrol, Happy Shrapnel (later known as Tubal Caine*) and Steelhorn/The Mess, an elite war droid reduced to a sentient, amoeboidal blob (later reconstituted).

The Magnificent Seven is based on Akira Kurosawa’s (1910–1998) classic Seven Samurai [七人の侍] (Toho, 1954), starring Takashi Shimura (1905–1982) and celebrated Japanese actor Toshirô Mifune (1920–1997).

*Referring to Tubal-cain [תּוּבַל קַיִן], a descendant of Cain mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, “forger of all instruments of bronze and iron” (Genesis 4:22)

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No. 88 – Smaugosaurus Rex

Prog 2010’s Flesh cover by Clint Langley vs. teaser poster for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

… Although in all likelihood, Langley simply googled “crocodile eye”

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No. 49 – High Noon

Clint Langley’s Flesh cover for prog 2005 (2016) v High Noon (1952) Ultimate Collector’s Edition DVD cover

High Noon won four Academy Awards (Actor, Editing, Music–Score, Music–Song) and four Golden Globe Awards (Actor, Supporting Actress, Music-Score, Cinematography – Black & White) and has been enormously influential since its release.

The composition of this DVD cover is based on one of several official poster variations for the film, and although “through-the-legs” is a common composition – to the point of being a cliché these days – we’re assuming that the poster for this classic western had considerable bearing on the composition’s popularity, eg. Bill Gold’s (1921–2018) For Your Eyes Only (Metro Goldwyn-Mayer, 1981) poster, featured in HoH here.

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No. 29 – Rank Film

Rank logo ©Rank Group

Clint Langley’s Sláine[1] cover for prog 1638 (2009) v Rank Film Distributors Ltd. logo

The Rank Organisation was founded by British industrialist Joseph Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank [The Lord Rank] (1888– 1972) in 1936, when he went into partnership with film maker C.M. Woolf (1879–1942) to form General Film Distributors, which in 1936 was incorporated in Rank’s General Cinema Finance Corporation, and renamed J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors in 1955. It was Woolf’s secretary who came up with the idea for the man-with-a-gong trademark adopted shortly after the company’s foundation in 1937.

Notes:

  1. Sláine created by Pat Mills and Angie Kincaid