Strontium Dog: 'Journey Into Hell!', Part 1
2000 AD & Starlord Prog 104
17 Mar 79
Judge Dredd Megazine 3.64, Strontium Dog: The Early Cases and Strontium Dog: Search/Destroy Files 01.
Johnny, Wulf and the Gronk track Fly's Eyes Wagner to a Roadtrain.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First four page Strontium Dog strip.
(This strip takes place "late in the 22nd Century")
Sharpsville is a town in Western District Four. It does not admit Mutants and has a bypass to allow them to go around it. It describes itself as the home of the Umpty Man.
A Roadtrain is a wheeled convoy vehicle like a train that travels on roads.
Named Search/Destroy agents: Fly's Eyes Wagner
He, Wulf and the Gronk are on the trail of Fly's Eyes Wagner. Johnny catches him on a Roadtrain.
He, Johnny and the Gronk are on the trail of Fly's Eyes Wagner.
He, Johnny and Wulf are on the trail of Fly's Eyes Wagner. Johnny catches him on a Roadtrain.
FLY'S EYES WAGNER
Mutant native of Sharpsville with the compound eyes of an insect. He is a Search/Destroy agent that killed his partner and has a warrant for his termination. He hid on a roadtrain heading back to his home town. Johnny Alpha catches up to him and they fight. Wagner knocks Alpha down, severs the roadtrain's coupling and escapes as the uncoupled roadtrain begins to topple.
Marshall of Sharpsville. Not a friend to Mutants.
Marshall Hickman: "I run a clean town - an' I aim to keep it that way! So why don't you turn right round and drive your scummy Mutie carcass out of here?...No offence, boy."
Wayne says "Roger, Marshall" three times, the Gronk worries about his poor heartses once and Wulf says der, haf, ve and vun.
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Fly's Eyes Wagner is another character named after John Wagner. Sharpsville is name of at least two actual US towns, one in Indiana, the other in Pennsylvania.
Script: T. B. Grover
Artist: C. Ezquerra
Letters: J. Aldrich
This is great and ticks all the usual Strontium Dog boxes nicely. Anti-Mutant prejudice? Tick. Western motif? Tick. Alpha catches up to his quarry in time for a scrap? Tick. What's impressive here is that it does so without feeling overly formulaic and with some lovely Ezquerra art as well.
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