No. 133 – Fifty Shades of Greysuit

Fifty Shades of Grey (top left), Fifty Shades Darker (top right), Fifty Shades Freed (bottom left)

Alex Ronald’s Greysuit cover for prog 2049 vs. Fifty Shades trilogy (Vintage Books) written by E.L. James

The phenomenally bestselling Fifty Shades trilogy is a series of erotic novels composed of Fifty Shades of Grey (2011), Fifty Shades Darker (2012) and Fifty Shades Freed (2012). The series began as Twilight saga fan fiction.

A fourth novel, Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey As Told by Christian [Grey] (Vintage Books) was published in 2015.


No. 123 – Shoots You, Sir!

The Fast Show ©BBC MCMXCIV

Prog 2047’s Greysuit cover by Alex Ronald vs. The Fast Show‘s Suits You Tailors Paul Whitehouse and Mark Williams

Not a visual cover gag this time but too good to pass up (warning: third party content may contain adverts):

Needless to say, “Suits you, sir!” became an annoyingly enduring catchphrase in playgrounds, pubs and offices UK-wide overnight.

Prog 2047 at 2000 AD Covers Uncovered




No. 113 – Johnny’ll Fix It

Jimmy Savile image ©BBC

Johnny Sahib from prog 2043’s Greysuit by John Higgins vs. Sir Jimmy Savile OBE*, KCSG** (1926–2011), television and radio personality

Highly respected during his lifetime for his charity work, claims were widely publicised in 2012 that Savile had committed numerous acts of child sex abuse (although allegations of child abuse against him date back to 1963), the scale of which was described as being “unprecedented” (BBC), and the number of potential victims as “staggering” (The Daily Telegraph). By the end of a formal criminal investigation the Metropolitan Police stated that the total number of Savile’s alleged victims was 450.

*British chivalric order: Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (apparently Savile cannot be posthumously stripped of his knighthood)
**Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great (an Order of Knighthood of the Holy See)


No. 112 – You Might Very Well Think That…

Sir Giles from prog 2041’s Greysuit drawn by John Higgins vs. Francis Ewan Urquhart (played by Ian Richardson (1934–2007)) from BBC’s House of Cards (1990)

The BBC miniseries has since been adapted into a popular American political drama of the same name by Netflix, starring Kevin Spacey as the ruthless Francis J. Underwood, with Michael Dobbs (author of the novels upon which the shows are based) as an executive producer.

BBC’s House of Cards was the first of a trilogy which continued with To Play the King (1993) and The Final Cut (1995). The drama introduced and popularised the phrase, “You might very well think that; I couldn’t possibly comment.” The phrase doesn’t work quite as well in an American accent and was used only once by Francis Underwood in the US adaptation, in the final episode of season one.


No. 46 – Extreme Prejudice

Prog 1617’s Greysuit cover by John Higgins vs. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003) international teaser poster

The security intranet at Frankfurt am Main airport is called Skynet. Only me and a guy from Arizona cracked up at that while they were briefing us. Not cool (us or them)