Annotations for ALBION #3

by Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Damian Gordon and the Bash Street Contributors

 

All corrections and comments to Damiantgordon@gmail.com

 

Version Information

Version 1: 7/10/2005, Created after my first read-through I made a few notes which became version 1.

Version 2: 23/11/2005, Created after serveral re-reads and excellent contributions

 

Credits

 

 

Cover

If it is Captain Hurricane, he looks a bit shocked.

Cover Tagline:

"Eye of the Hurricane" - ref to Captain Hurricane, and is the region at the center of a hurricane about which the winds rotate, but which itself is relatively calm.

 

Page 1:

7 Panels, Danny watches Rod McKie

Panel 1: "ROD MCKIE" - UK Artist, has worked for Punch and many IPC titles. Currently drawing cartoons for The Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Readers Digest (USA), Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, The Sun (USA), World Weekly News (USA), Prospect (UK), The Phoenix (Ireland), and a wide variety of publications world wide.

http://www.geocities.com/rodtoons/

"KING'S REACH TOWER" - King's Reach Tower is a skyscraper in Stamford Street, Southwark, London. It is 111 metres tall with 31 floors and was completed in 1978. The architect was Sir Richard Seifert. The tower is currently the headquarters of IPC Media, one of the biggest publishing companies in Europe, who owns Eagle comics.

Panel 2: "TOM PATERSON" - UK Artist, probably best known for his work at Fleetway/IPC Magazines since the mid seventies, where he took over Shiver And Shake's Sweeny Toddler from Leo Baxendale.

http://www.paulmorris.co.uk/beano/artists/paterson.htm

"PETE DREDGE" - UK Artist, work includes satirical views of modren life, published in Private Eye, Mayfair, Penthouse, Men Only, National Lampoon, Punch and The Radio Times.

http://www.petedredge.co.uk/

"STAN MCMURTRY" - Stan McMurtry (Mac) has been a social and political cartoonist for the 'Daily Mail' since 1970. He has recently been honoured with an MBE.

"BAXENDALE" - Leo Baxendale was the man who created The Bach Street Kids, Minnie The Minx, and The Swots and The Blots among many many great and very funny characters.

Panels 1-3: It seems in the 80s IPC burned loads of uncollected artwork, Rod McKie did save some pages.

Panel 4: "SPACE TREK "

Raymond Scurr says " I did a web search for "Space Trek" Baxendale -- and came across a sad reference:

http://www.tcj.com/messboard/ubb/Forum3/HTML/000653-2.html

Kim McKie

posted May 04, 2005 08:40 AM

Oh, Kim N, you'll hate this. My dad has lost two gorgeous pages of Leo Baxendale's Space Trek comic that he saved when IPC burned the uncollected artwork in the 80s.

 

Panel 6: "FAB PHONE !!" post-it

"LIVERPOOL ECHO"

http://www.mediauk.com/newspapers/13905

Headline seems to read ‘Inside: Fanny Adams Found.’

Fanny Adams was an 8-year old girl killed in Hampshire in 1867, and also the original of the expression, Sweet Fanny Adams, occasionally shortened to Sweet FA. She was killed by 29-year-old Frederick Baker, who dismembered the body, leading later on to the a piece of navel slang in this way: Tinned mutton was introduced to the Royal Navy at around the same time as the murder, and when people asked what was in the tins, they were told it was Sweet Fanny Adams, as not all the pieces of the body had been found. The name “fanny” is still the Naval slang for a cooking pot.

http://www.hants.gov.uk/museum/curtis/fannyadams/index.html

 

Panel 7: “WHAT GOT YOU INTO COMICS THEN?” Seems to be attributed to the wrong person.

John Reppion says "Yes, you're right there. Also the balloons in Panel six should actually be coming from Danny. Minor glitches which will be sorted in the trade.:-) "

Page 2:

1 Panel, Danny and Penny

Panel 1: "DON'T START ME TALKING" Opening line to "Oliver's Army" by Elvis Costello, or song by Gary Moore, not sure ?

Don’t Start Me Talking

First line of Elvis Costello’s ‘Oliver’s Army,’ released as a single on 2nd February 1979.

Don't start me talking

I could talk all night

My mind goes sleepwalking

While I'm putting the world to right

Full lyrics here:

http://www.elviscostello.info/lyrics/af.html#olivers_army

 

Page 3:

4 Panels, Danny's Story

Panel 3: "PLAZZY BAGS" - Plastic bags, I hope.

Panel 4: Compare this panel with Albion #1, Page 12, panel 4.

Albion #3,Page 3, Panel 4
Albion #1,Page 12, Panel 4

 

Panel 4: "I REMEMBER BEING BORN AGAIN" - perphaps a clue to Danny's identity?

Page 4:

6 Panel, Danny's Story Continued

Panel 3: Metal Mickey is on TV

Metal Mickey first appeared on television in the ITV children's magazine show The Saturday Banana, and was then produced in his own series by a famous namesake from the past: Michael (Micky) Dolenz, the actor who had become a member of The Monkees

http://www.nostalgiacentral.com/tv/kids/metalmickey.htm

Panel 4: Looks like Cheeky on the cup

http://www.26pigs.com/cheeky/characters.htm

Panel 6: "I MEAN, I COULDN’T EVEN REMEMBER HOW TO SPELL MY OWN SURNAME" That’s foreshadowing, if I ever saw it!

Page 5:

7 Panels, Archie

Panel 1: "BUY SUGAR" - Penny has loads of Post-it notes in her house ... that's strange

 

Page 6:

8 Panels, What sort of threat?

Panel 2:"BIT OF A SHERLOCK HOLMES YOU WERE?" Just in case you have never heard of him Sherlock Holmes is the world's greatest detective, and the world's first Consulting detective. He is consulted by police and other private detectives, as well as occasionaly taking on cases directly from clients, who range from kings to paupers. His use of deductive method and encyclopedic knowledge of crimes allow his to solve the most complex cases.

http://www.comp.dit.ie/dgordon/League/OtherLeagues/Singular/Holmes/Holmes.html

Panel 3: "Zippy" confirming Noaln's identity as Zip Nolan

"MY OLD CHINA" This is Cockney Rhyming Slang, China (Plate) means "mate" aka friend

"BLIGHTY" Blighty is a British English slang term for Great Britain, I can't help but think of the poems of Wilfred Owen (WW I) when I see the term. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blighty

Panel 5: "EYE-TIES" Offensive Slang term for Italians

"NIPS" Offensive Slang term for Japanese

"JERRIES" War Slang term for Germans

 

Page 7:

9 Panels, Every Time I got my hands round one of their necks...

Panel 3: "HE ATE HIS CRUSTS" Daibhid Ceannaideach says "Refers to a common exhortation by mothers: "Eat your crusts, and you'll grow up big and strong!" "

Panel 4: "SENT WHITE FEATHERS TO ALL THE CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS" In fact there was an "Order of the White Feather" conprising of groups of women who handed out white feathers (representing cowardice) to non-uniformed men to shame them into joining up. Conscientious objectors are people who object to fighting for political, religious or humanistic reasons.

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/FWWfeather.htm

Wow, Hurricane's Mom sounds like a real princess !!!

"SHE WAVED US OFF" at the train station

Panel 8: "I ALMOST FORGOT YOUR EVAP" evaporated milk (but not really !)

 

Page 8:

4 Panels, A Real Hero

Panel 4: "WINNY" Winston Chruchill

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill

"MONTY" Bernard Montgomery

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Montgomery

"BOMBER HARRIS" Arthur Travers Harris

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomber_Harris

"THE WHOLE RUDDY LOT OF US" all of us

 

Page 9:

4 Panels, June 1944

D - Day

Daibhid Ceannaideach says "I'm not familiar with Captain Hurricane's adventures, but the panels on the internationalhero site show the sort of grainy art I associate with UK war comics. The flashback, however, uses a "clean", cartoony art style, more remenicent of comedy strongmen such as Desperate Dan. Perhaps this is the way Hurricane sees himself. Or maybe it just contrasts better with panel 1 of page 8. "

Panel 3: "WOP!" Daibhid Ceannaideach says "'Oh dear. It can't be coincidence that the sound effect created by two Italian soldiers having their heads banged together is another offensive epithet. "

 

Page 10:

4 Panels, She Didn't Make it

Panel 3: "DOODLE BUG" -- A type of flying bomb in WW II

"TURNED THREE HOUSES TO BLOOMIN' DUST" Captain Hurricane's Mum was killed by a bomb that flattened her house.

Daibhid Ceannaideach says "'The Doodlebug totally destroyed three houses. Mrs Hurricane was in one of them. I don't think there's anything more to it."

"I FEED 'TATERED ALL OF A SUDDEN" I feel tired

"I COULD DO WITH FORTY WINKS" I need some sleep

 

Page 11:

9 Panels, In the Lift

Panel 1: Floor -2 is Hurriace's Floor, recreation area on Level 2

Panels 5&6: "HURRICANE IS THE CULMINATION OF HUNDREDS OF FAILED EXPERIMENTS" "...THE DRUG TRIALS..." Captain Hurricane's back story seems to be similar to Marvel comics Captain America

Panel 9: "...TRI-MAN GUY..." "...MR. SMALL..."

Tri-Man: Tri-Man ran in Smash from 1969 to 1970, and was the alter ego of Johnny Small, who got his powers from Professor Meek’s ray, which gave him supersight, superspeed, and superstrength.

http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/t/triman.htm

 

Page 12:

9 Panels, Penny and Danny go for a walk

Panel 7: Lady with hair in a bun

 

Page 13:

8 Panels, In the sandwitch shop

Panel 1: Daibhid Ceannaideach says "The green moped has a Q on it that resembles the Quality Comics logo. The UK version of the two companies of this name merged with Fleetway in the 1980s."

Stranger wonders "Am I right in thinking the person riding past the Sayers shop on a scooter/motor bike is one of the Q Bikes ?" http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/q/qbikes.htm

"MR BUBBLES WASHING UP LIQUID" - Mr. Bubbles appeared in Sparky (DC Thompson) from 1970 to 1975. He was a bubble imp, who lived in a plastic washing up liquid bottle, and gave three wishes.

"TRANMERE 0 - SLUDGEMOUTH 2" - Tranmere Rovers are a real football team from Birkenhead Sludgemouth Sloggers ran in Jet (1971) and Buster (1971 – 1972)

http://www.bustercomic.co.uk/sludgemouth.html

"COW PIES" - The favourite snack of Desperate Dan from the Dandy (DC Thompson)

http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/d/despdan.htm

"SAYERS CAFÉ" - Probably this one: Sayers Café, Cherry Tree Shopping Centre, 19 Townfield Way, Liscard, Wallasey Address from http://www.smokefreeliverpool.com/html/publicindividualresources/public_directory.php?id=1 It’s a smoke-free café, which is probably why Penny is throwing away her cigarette.

John Reppion says: "Sayers is the number one pie, pasty and cake chain in the North West (the shops are also called Hamptons further north). Weirdly the company don't seem to have any online presence which is why you could only find the Wallasey shop. However, Wallasey is "over the water" as we say round here, meaning that it's on the other side of the River Mersey from Liverpool"

 

Page 14:

9 Panels, Meeting the Steel Claw

Panel 4: Raymond Scurr wonders "Fred (Fachache) seems to be a model prisoner. (Will we see him 'unleashed??)"

Panel 6: Crandell appears to have a prosthetic (non-steel) hand

 

Page 15:

9 Panels, As you were Lads

Panel 3: Prisoners left-to-right

Oddbod from "Carry on Scream"

Panel 4: Redhaired vampire ?

John Reppion says "Raoul Bojeffrie is in panel 4 (referred to by Damian as "red haired vampire?")" aka Raoul Zludotny

Mark Cummins adds "The 'red-headed vampire' on Page 15, panel 4 is actually a werewolf; one Raoul Bojeffries from Alan Moore and Steve Parkhouse's "Bojeffries Saga" which ran in Warrior, Flesh and Bones and A1"

Raymond Scurr furthers "The Bojeffries Saga" was written by Alan Moore and drawn by Steve Parkhouse, it was a comedy about a working-class English family of vampires and werewolves. It was reprinted (?) in the back of a Dalgoda miniseries (which is where I read it), and possibly other places. "

Panel 7: "AMERICA WOULD RATHER WE MADE THEM STRIP AND FORM PYRAMIDS" a reference to the mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq by U.S. soilders

Panel 8: "YOU JUST HANG 'EM FROM FORKLIFT TRUCKS" a reference to the mistreatment of prisoners at "Camp Breadbasket" prison, in Basra, Iraq by U.K. soilders

 

Page 16:

9 Panels, Curistor Doom

 

Page 17:

9 Panels, The Armoury

Panel 2: The Warden's first name is "Ian"

Panel 9: Some of the weapons:

 

Hellstone1 says "Could it be a realistic version of Birdman's helmet?" http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/b/birdman.htm

Hellstone1 says "Nah... don't you think it's the Cloak's?" http://www.internationalhero.co.uk/c/cloak.htm

Page 18:

5 Panels, On the Buses

Panel 5: "BNPRIX" Graffiti

This is probably a combination of BNP, presumably referring to the British National Party, and a comment on the generally held opinion of their policies, in the form of the word PRIX.

Biddy’s Bloomers:

"BIDDY'S BLOOMERS"

Biddy's Beastly Bloomers first appeared in Shiver & Shake #1 on 10th March 1973.

http://www.toonhound.com/biddysbeastlybloomers.htm

 

Page 19:

6 Panels, Charles Love's Shop

Panel 1: "PEEL ACRES"

This is how the late great UK radio DJ John Peel referred to his home. He was one of the most loved men in Britain, quite simply, and it is difficult to overestimate his influence on music, having discovered and championed many now famous bands. Peel died while on holiday in Peru on October 25th 2004, and the first John Peel Day takes place on Thursday October 13th.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/alt/johnpeel/johnpeelday/

Daibhid Ceannaideach says "And, stating the obvious, since Peel was Liverpudlian, it makes sense that Peel Acres would be a district in fictional-Liverpool."

Panel 4: "PUNCH £3" box

Daibhid Ceannaideach says "Satire magazine which ran from 1841 to 1992 and again from 1996 to 2002." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punch_%28magazine%29

"RAZZLE, ADULT MAGS." box

Razzle is slang for pornographic magazines, as used in the Ian Dury song, ‘Razzle in My Pocket,’ which I hereby nominate for the Albion soundtrack. http://www.2famouslyrics.com/i/ian-dury-and-the-blockheads/razzle-in-my-pocket.html

Daibhid Ceannaideach says "Actually, it's the name of a porn mag."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Razzle_%28magazine%29

Panel 6: Statue ?

"MAP OF NOG - O. POSTGATE" book

Noggin the Nog was an animated TV series by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate, working as Smallfilms, which ran on the BBC from 1961 and 1968. The concerned the adventures of the eponymous Noggin, Prince of the Nogs, and are fondly remembered by anyone who ever saw it. The characters are said to be inspired in part by the Lewis Chessmen in the Edward VII gallery of the British Museum.

Map of the Land of Nog: http://www.smallfilms.co.uk/noggin/land.htm

Noggin the Nog: http://www.smallfilms.co.uk/noggin/

Smallfilms site: http://www.smallfilms.co.uk/index.htm

You can buy Noggin the Nog books and videos through the Dragons Friendly Society: http://www.dragons-friendly-society.co.uk/

Lewis Chessmen: http://www.smallfilms.co.uk/noggin/lewis.htm

Daibhid Ceannaideach says "Refers to Noggin the Nog, a kid's TV series by Oliver Postgate of "Bagpuss" fame, about a fictional Viking-like tribe called the Nogs."

http://www.nogginthenog.co.uk/

Raymond Scurr agrees: "Oliver Postgate -- creator of "Noggin the Nog" Five Sagas of Noggin the Nog were made in black and white for the BBC between 1959 and 1965. In 1980, one of these, Noggin and the Ice Dragon, and a new one, Noggin and the Pie, were made in colour. "

Stranger adds "The Map of Nog is I think a reference to the childrens TV show Noggin the Nog although to be pedantic the place he came from was technically called The Northlands ."

http://www.nogginthenog.co.uk/

 

"BELASCO - B. FISCHER" book

This is referring to the novel Hell House (1971) by Richard Matheson, later filmed as "The Legend of Hell House" (1973). Set in Belasco House, now known as Hell House, the story concerns a group of paranormal investigators, one called Benjamin Franklin Fischer, spending a night there. Hell House (novel): http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0312868855/103-0533585-9925418?v=glance

The Legend of Hell House (movie): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070294/

Daibhid Ceannaideach says "Reference to the movie "The Legend of Hell House". Benjamin Fischer (played by Roddy McDowell) was a psychic involved in the attempts to exorcise the house, while Emeric Belasco (played by Michael Gough) was the former owner whose horrific acts led to the haunting."

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070294/

Raymond Scurr adds: "see: Section IV of http://www.pjfarmer.com/secret/contributors/from-russia-with-madness.htm"

"THE GREAT YOXANI" Poster

"TITBITS & RADIO TIMES £2 EACH" box

Daibhid Ceannaideach says "Titbits was, I think, an early gossip magazine. The Radio Times is the UK's original listings mag."

 

The spiked helmet on top of the bookcase is a Pickelhaube, as worn by German military forces in the 19th century, and was originally designed in 1842 by King Frederick William IV of Prussia, with the spike supposedly being to protect the infantrymen against sabre-blows by cavalry. Lots of pictures and technical information here:

http://www.kaisersbunker.com/hp/

Page 20:

6 Panels, Mr. Love?

Two links from Geoffrey Tolle

http://www.met.police.uk/history/history_cases/charlie_peace.htm

http://www.crimelibrary.com/gangsters_outlaws/outlaws/charles_peace/10.html

Page 21:

7 Panels, It's Dead Rare

Panel 1: "RUNES & RITUALS - DR. J. KARSWELL" might be a reference to the M.R.James book "Casting the Runes" which references two fictional books "The Truth of Alchemy" and "History of Witchcraft" by Mr. Karswell in the book and as Dr. Julian Karswell in the movie based on it "Night of the Demon"

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050766/

 

Page 22:

1 Panel, Charlie £€*%ING Peace

"JUS' A RASCAL" by Dizzee Rascal

Contributions: Mark Cummins, Daibhid Ceannaideach, Raymond Scurr, Stranger, Geoffrey Tolle