Bill Savage from prog 1’s (1977) Invasion! written by Pat Mills and drawn by Jesús Blasco (1919–1935) v Stanley Baker (1928–1976)
Baker, seen here as Tom Yately in a still from Hell Drivers (Rank Organisation, 1957), upon whom the hero of Invasion! is most likely modelled, has been stated by former 2000 AD art editor, Doug Church, to be the inspiration for Savage’s look.
In 1961 the Welsh actor turned down the role of James Bond in the film of Dr. No (United Artists) unwilling to commit to a three-picture contract.
Sean Phillips’ Sinister Dexter cover for prog 1087 (1998) v For Your Eyes Only (1981) – the twelfth film of the James Bond series* based on the books** by Ian Fleming (1908–1964) – theatrical poster by Bill Gold (1921–2018)
The tagline “The Hitmen and Her!” refers to British television dance music show The Hit Man and Her (Granada Television, 1988–1992), hosted by Pete Waterman OBE and Michaela Strachan.
The “through-the-legs” composition has become a film poster cliche.
*Roger Moore’s (1927–2017) fifth appearance as Bond
**The eighth Bond book (Jonathan Cape, 1960)