No. 207 – Mr. Brass & Mr. Bland

Mr. Morris “Morrie” Brass (left panel, right) and Mr. Bland (left panel, left) in their first appearance in prog 265’s (1982) Rogue Trooper story The Body Looters, written by Gerry Finley-Day and drawn by Cam Kennedy v Mr. Wint (right panel, left; played by Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (right panel, right; played by jazz musician Putter Smith in a rare acting role) from the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever[1] (1971)

In Ian Fleming’s novel of the same name[2] (Jonathan Cape, 1956), Wint and Kidd are members of The Spangled Mob, an American Mafia family based in Las Vegas. In the film, however, they appear to be henchmen for the villain, Ernst Stavro Blofeld (played by Charles Grey (1928–2000)), head of international criminal organisation SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion).

Mr. Brass and Mr. Bland prepare for a performance

Although Mr. Brass and Mr. Bland are Nu-Earth hackers, scavengers and looters without scruple or allegiance, who’d rather avoid confrontation let alone indulge in outright assassination; their manner, comportment and banter can’t help but put us in mind of these eccentric Bond villains.

Notes:

  1. The seventh official James Bond film and Sean Connery’s sixth appearance as Bond
  2. The fourth Bond book

No. 177 – Disco Fever

Prog 301’s Rogue Trooper cover for the story Fort Neuro (progs 291310 (1982–83)) written by Gerry Finley-Day and drawn by Brett Ewins (1955–2015) v John Badham’s Saturday Night Fever (1977) theatrical poster

Dancing queens Britt, Agnetha and Ingrid

Saturday Night Fever is based on an entirely fabricated article by British writer Nik Cohn published in New York magazine in 1976 entitled Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night. New to the United States and assigned to write about the disco lifestyle, the utterly bewildered Cohn invented the character of Tony Moreno (played by John Travolta in the film) who was based on an English mod acquaintance. Despite the subterfuge the film nonetheless significantly popularized disco music internationally and made Travolta a household name.

The film features music by British pop band the Bee Gees, formed in 1958, and their theme tune Stayin’ Alive became the title for Sylvester Stallone’s considerably less successful sequel in 1983.

Fort Neuro also gives a nod to Swedish pop sensation ABBA, formed in 1972, who dominated the pop charts until 1982.

ABBA (pictured here in 1978) members (left to right) Björn Ulvaeus with wife (m. 1971; div. 1980) Agnetha Fältskog, [Norwegian born] Anni-Frid Lyngstad with husband (m. 1978; div. 1981) Benny Andersson


No. 134 – Rogue Trooper

Right panel: Pvt. Clarence Ware (W.I.A., Normandy) applies war paint to Pvt. Charles Plaudo, 5 June 1944

Rogue Trooper by Cam Kennedy for the cover of Rogue Trooper Book Two (Titan Books, 1986), written by Gerry Finley-Day vs. The Filthy Thirteen

Prog 228 (1981) by Dave Gibbons

The Filthy Thirteen was the name given to the 1st Demolition Section of the Regimental Headquarters Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, or “Screaming Eagles”, of the US Army; a modular light infantry division trained for air assault operations.

During the Second World War it was renowned for its role in Operation Overlord – the D-Day landings starting 6 June 1944, in Normandy, France – Operation Market Garden, the liberation of the Netherlands, and action during the Battle of the Bulge around the city of Bastogne, Belgium.

The war paint idea came from James Elbert “Jake” McNiece (1919–2013) – part Choctaw himself – to honour his Native American heritage and to energize the men for the danger ahead.

This particular photograph was the one of the inspirations for Rogue Trooper’s look, along with a photograph of the Rats of Tobruk [not necessarily this particular image], the name given to the Australian garrison that held the Libyan port of Tobruk against the German Afrika Corps during the Siege of Tobruk (1941) in the Second World War.

Home

No. 73 – Full Metal Jacket

Boo Cook’s Rogue Trooper promotional illustration for the Lille Comics Festival 2014 vs. theatrical poster for Stanley Kubrick’s (1928–1999) Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Home