No. 149 – Papa Por-ka

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Papa Por-ka from Starlord #4’s* (1978) Strontium Dog written by John Wagner and drawn by Carlos Ezquerra (1947–2018) v Idi Amin Dada (c.1923-28–2003), former President of Uganda (1971–1979)

When the UK broke off diplomatic relations with Amin’s regime in 1977 (the first time it had broken ties with a Commonwealth nation), Amin declared he had defeated the British, and conferred upon himself the decoration of CBE (Conqueror of the British Empire); his full self-bestowed title ultimately becoming: “His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hajji** Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC†, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular”, in addition to his officially stated claim of being the uncrowned King of Scotland.

Amin eventually fled to, lived the remainder of his life in isolated luxury, and died in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

*Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave! 2000 AD and Judge Dredd: The Secret History (Millsverse, 2017) by Pat Mills. Not technically 2000 AD but in this instance we just plain don’t care
**Title given to Muslims who have completed the pilgrimage (or “Hajj”) to Mecca, Saudi Arabia
†VC: Victoria Cross (UK), DSO: Distinguished Service Order (UK), MC: Military Cross (UK)