No. 138 – King Charles III

Charles, Prince of Wales image ©Associated Press

King Charles III drawn by Jesús Blasco (1919–1995) from prog 1’s Invasion! vs. Charles, Prince of Wales

Charles [Charles Philip Arthur George of the House of Windsor] is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II, and is the longest-serving heir apparent in British history, having held the position since 1952.

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No. 137 – Angela Rippon

Angela Rippon image ©BBC 1976

Unnamed BBC newsreader drawn by Jesús Blasco (1919–1995) from prog 1’s (1977) Invasion! written by Pat Mills v former BBC newsreader Angela Rippon

Angela May Rippon CBE[1] became a regular BBC news presenter in 1975, and was the first female journalist to permanently present the BBC national television news.

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  1. British chivalric order: Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

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No. 136 – The Iron Lady

Bottom panel: Margaret Thatcher speaking at the 1982 Conservative Party Conference, Brighton, UK (image ©Rex Features)

Lady Shirley Brown (highlighted) from prog 1’s Invasion! drawn by Jesús Blasco (1919–1995) vs. Margaret Thatcher (1925–2013)

Baroness Margaret Hilda Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS, FRIC* (née Roberts) served as Prime Minister of the UK from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990.

Dubbed the “Iron Lady” by a Soviet journalist, it became a nickname associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style.

*British chivalric orders, orders of merit, fellowships and bodies: LG: Most Noble Order of the Garter, OM: Order of Merit, PC: Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council, FRS: Fellowship of the Royal Society, FRIC: Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chemistry

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No. 135 – Invasion!

Bottom panel: wearing Red Army uniforms, Russian military personnel parade in Red Square, Moscow, during the May 9, 2006 celebration of the 61st anniversary of the Day of Victory [День Победы] over Nazi Germany (©Getty Images)

Volgan invading forces featured in prog 1’s (1977) Invasion! written by Pat Mills and drawn by Jesús Blasco (1919–1995) v Soviet army

Writer Mills had originally intended the invading forces to indeed be Soviet Russian, but was advised by 2000 AD’s publishers (then IPC Magazines) against an overt reference to the Soviet Union, as the Cold War (1946–1989) still figured widely on the political landscape at the time, and would continue to do so for over a decade.

Volgograd [Волгогра́д], formerly Stalingrad [Сталингра́д​] (so-named 1925–1961, and Tsaritsyn [Цари́цын], 1589–1925), the Russian city after which the fictitious Volgan forces are named, would in fact have been a feasible centre of Russian power, being a polulous, heavily industrialised city on the west bank of the river Volga; and the theatre of the Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942–2 February 1943), one of the bloodiest battles in history, with casualties estimated at 1,250,000–1,798,619.

The total number of deaths[2], military and civilian, suffered by the Soviet Union during the Second World War (1939–1945) was 24,000,000 (over half of them civilian); the total number, including civilians, suffered by the UK was 450,700 and by the US, 418,500.

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  1. Source: National WWII Museum, New Orleans, US