No. 213 – Doomsday Machines

Prog 80’s (1978) Dan Dare story The Doomsday Machine (progs 7985), written by Roy Preston (under the pseudonym Henry Miller) and drawn by Trevor Goring and Gary Leach v various classic spacecraft and paraphernalia from cinema, television and comics; specifically (clockwise from top):

  1. Wings Over the World[1] aircraft from [H.G. Wells’ (1866–1946)] Things to Come (United Artists, 1936)
  2. Thunderbird-3 from Gerry (MBE, 1929–2012) and Sylvia Anderson’s (1927–2016) Thunderbirds (ITC Entertainment, 1965–1966)
  3. The Machine Man/Maria (played by Brigitte Helm (1906–1996)) from Fritz Lang’s (1890–1976) Metropolis (Ufa/Parufamet, 1927)
  4. Eagle Transporter from Space: 1999[2] (ITC Entertainment, 1975–1977)
  5. X-wing starfighter from George Lucas’ Star Wars (20th Century Fox, 1977)
  6. Anastasia, Dare’s own spacecraft, first appearing in the story Red Moon Mystery in Eagle comic (Hulton Press, 1951)
  7. Biog alien spacecraft from Dan Dare
  8. USS Enterprise[3] from Gene Roddenberry’s (1921–1991) Star Trek (1966–1969)
  9. Possibly Fireball XL5 from the television series of the same name (ITC Entertainment, 1962–1963), and perhaps drawn from a reference image in which the tailfin configuration was unclear – but it’s been so long that, when consulted, even Mr. Goring himself couldn’t remember. If you’ve got a better guess, drop us a line

Notes:

  1. “Wings Over the World” is the rather awkward title of the post-apocalyptic civilisation appearing in the film
  2. Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, creators of Thunderbirds, were also intrinsically involved in the production of Space: 1999
  3. NCC [Naval Construction Contract] -1701 is the Enterprise’s registration number

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No. 189 – Attack of the 50 Foot Woman!

Prog 492’s (1986) Judge Dredd story Attack of the 50 Foot Woman! written by John Wagner and Alan Grant and drawn by Gary LeachAttack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958), theatrical poster by Reynold Brown (1917–1991), who also painted the posters appearing in HoH No. 23 – Tarantula! and No. 24 – Ben-Hur

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is in fact a parody of other 1950s sci-fi films of the time featuring size-changing humans: The Amazing Colossal Man (American International Pictures, 1957), its sequel War of the Colossal Beast (American International Pictures, 1958), and The Incredible Shrinking Man (Universal Pictures, 1957).

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No. 182 – Jaxon Prince

Michael Jackson-Diana Ross image ©Getty Images

Prog 513’s (1987) Judge Dredd story The Comeback written by John Wagner and Alan Grant and drawn by Gary Leach, featuring Jaxon Prince[1] v Michael Jackson (1958–2009), pictured here with singer-songwriter Diana Ross[2] at the American Music Awards 1984

American singer, songwriter and dancer, Michael Joseph Jackson – dubbed the “King of Pop” – was one of the most popular entertainers in the world; his contributions to music, dance, and fashion along with his well-publicised personal life making him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

Along with elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon, Michael (the eighth child of the Jackson family) made his professional debut in 1964 as a member of the Jackson 5. His solo career began in 1971 while at Motown Records.

Notes:

  1. Surname probably referring to American singer-songwriter Prince Rogers Nelson (1958–2016), otherwise known simply as Prince [Ƭ̵̬̊]
  2. Formerly of The Supremes (1950s–1970s)

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No. 176 – Klegg-Hai!

Doctor Poo ©Time Inc. UK[1]

Kleggs, here pictured on prog 98’s (1979) Brian Bolland cover for Judge Dredd: The Day the Law Died (progs 89108 (1978–79)), written by John Wagner v Zarkons from Monster Fun #39’s (6 March, 1976) Doctor Poo[2] [character pictured right panel, bottom] created by Leo Baxendale[3] (1930–2017)

Judge Caligula Book Two

Ranked among the most memorable villains in the Judge Dredd universe, the Kleggs are an extraterrestrial, feudal race of reptilian mercenaries hired by the tyrannical Chief Judge Caligula to quash a rebellion in Mega-City One led by Dredd. Perhaps also with a nod to the warlike Klingons (also known to consume human flesh on occasion) of Gene Roddenberry’s (1921–1991) Star Trek universe, Kleggs demand payment in meat and hunt down quarry with Klegg-hounds – dog-like creatures with crocodilian heads – usually while chanting catchy, improvised war songs such as, “Slicey-dicey, oncey-twicey, claw and fang’ll kill Dredd nicely! Meaty-beaty, chop ’em neatly, death or glory – no retreatee!”[4] generally followed by their war cry: “Klegg-Hai!”

Judge Cal also features in HoH here.

Notes:

  1. Formerly IPC Media
  2. Ostensibly based on the fourth incarnation of the Doctor played by British actor Tom Baker (1974–1981) in the science fiction series Doctor Who (BBC, 1963– )
  3. Thanks to David Moloney of the Great News For All Readers! blog, and Lew Stringer of Blimey! The Blog of British Comics! – unfortunately none of us could confirm the artist on this strip, but the collective best guess is Mike Brown mimicking Baxendale’s style – of this our experts are sure: it wasn’t Baxendale himself
  4. Bearing a curious resemblance in meter to the novelty song Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini written by Paul Vance and Lee Pokriss (1924–2011) and released by Bryan Hyland in 1960 (Leader/Kapp Records)

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