As promised previously, here is the next of my favourite stand alone episodes of classic 2000 AD story 'Invasion!' from 1977. As you can see from the yellowing colour, this is a scanned copy from my original collection, which I have faithfully retained.
So here we go, in just four pages we scrape back just a little further into Bill Savage's persona and his antipathy towards the hated Volgan invaders who 'destroyed his home, his family, his country'.
This episode has it all and as this is '1999' in a 1977-guise we have two British icons in the first panel: London double-deckers and Concorde (or, in this case, 'Concorde Mk 3') now requisitioned by the Volgans.
The finale sums up the episode perfectly, the Volgs undone by background knowledge provided by savage's late teenage son, Kelvin - a plane enthusiast - thus saving the 500 British family members of resistance fighters and facilitating their escape to neutral Canada - fantastic stuff.
A brisk, effective story that further pushed Savage's status forward while demonstrating the high watermark of the early episodes, before the strip's steady decline in its later run. It still remains one of my all-time favourite series in 2000 Ad's history - more classic Invasion! soon...
That's it for now,