Party Like It’s No. 199

Unnamed clone from Tyranny Rex‘s debut in prog 566 (1988) written by John Smith and drawn by Steve Dillon (1962–2016) v Prince [born Prince Rogers Nelson, aka. The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, aka. Ƭ̵̬̊] (1958–2016), American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer and filmmaker

“Everything’s purple…”

Also referenced by nameless closes in the Tyranny Rex story are at least two Elvis Presleys (1935–1977) – one of which croons Are You Lonesome Tonight? [written by Lou Handman (1894–1956) and Roy Turk (1892 –1934)] (RCA Records, 1960) – fused with a Michael Jackson (1958–2009) singing Beat It (Epic Records, 1982), Paul Rutherford, lead vocalist of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, singing The Power of Love (ZTT Records, 1984), Grace Jones singing Demolition Man [written by Sting (Gordon Sumner CBE*)] (Island Records, 1981), Bono [Paul Hewson, KBE OL**] of U2 singing With or Without You (Island Records, 1987), and sisters Melanie (1966–1990) and Kim Appleby of Mel and Kim singing Respectable [written by Stock/Aitken/Waterman†] (Supreme Records UK/Atlantic Records, 1987).

*British chivalric order: Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
**British chivalric order: Knight of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire; and Ordem da Liberdade [Order of Liberty] – Portuguese honourific civil order distinguishing services to the cause of democracy and freedom, in the defense of the values of civilisation and human dignity
†English songwriting and record producing trio Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman OBE, wrote and produced more than 100 UK top 40 hits from the mid-80s–early 90s, and are considered to be one of the most successful songwriting and producing partnerships of all time

No. 196 – What’s Up, Woody Allen?

Woody Allen photo courtesy Woody Allen

Steve Dillon’s (1962–2016) Tyranny Rex* cover for the 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1988 v American director, writer, actor, comedian, and musician Woody Allen**

What’s up, Tiger Lily?

Heywood Allen [born Allan Stewart Konigsberg] began his career in the 1950s as a comedy writer, subsequently moving to stand-up comedy† where he cultivated the insecure, intellectual, fretful persona which he maintains is quite different from his real-life personality. Allen graduated to filmmaking in the 1960s; the best-known of his over 50 films being Annie Hall (United Artists, 1977), Manhattan (United Artists, 1979), Hannah and Her Sisters (Orion Pictures, 1986), and Crimes and Misdemeanors (Orion Pictures, 1989), and comedy cult classics What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (American International Pictures, 1966), Bananas (United Artists, 1971), Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (United Artists, 1972) and Sleeper (United Artists, 1973); although Allen personally rates Stardust Memories (United Artists, 1980), The Purple Rose of Cairo (Orion Pictures, 1985), and Match Point (Icon Productions, 2005) as his best works.

*Written by series’ creator John Smith
**The character in the story is an unnamed projection of Tyranny’s consciousness, rendering it an homage rather than a direct reference – hey, our blog, our rules
†Ranked fourth by Comedy Central on a 2004 list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians, and third in a U.K. survey of [all-round] comedians (The Guardian, January 2, 2005) [after Peter Cook (1937–1995) and John Cleese]