Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Major Eazy


Major Eazy was a brilliant character who appeared in British war book Battle, from 1976 to 1978 and, as should be obvious from even a cursory glance, was played by James Coburn, making him the 2nd Bronze Age character to be based on the Hollywood legend. The other, of course, being Manhunter.
The strip was written by Alan Hebden, and drawn by Carlos Ezquerra, doing his first major serial in British comics.
Eazy was a louche, laid back kinda guy who spent the war being driven around Italy in a Bentley by his long suffering sidekick Sergeant Bert Daly, waking up only to smoke, drink, or shoot Nazi's with his special sniper rifle.




Unsurprisingly, Eazy had no time whatsoever for those assholes with more stars but less sense than him, and, natch, he was the guy who got results, so whaddya gonna do? Court martial him for not getting his hair cut?



Clearly based on Coburn's equally laid back turn in The Magnificent Seven, Major Eazy also tapped into the vibe of counter-culture war movies like Kelly's Heroes and Cross Of Iron, and although supposedly British, in reality he was an American tough guy through & through.


Later on, Eazy channeled Lee Marvin as well, taking over command of a bunch of n'er do wells called The Rat Pack.


I wish I had more Eazy to put up here, but like a lot of great Brit strips, the Major's adventures have never been reprinted. So how about it, Rebellion? If a slacker like Eazy can get it together to kill Jerries, how about you?

11 comments:

  1. Looks a lot like the character was based on "Sergeant Steiner" - a german WWII sergeant which Coburn played in the movie "Cross of Iron" (1977)

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  2. Absolutely. Tho' he was nowhere near as laid back as Eazy, of course.

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  3. who is the best actor to play major eazy.daniel craig.christoper eccleston.david threlfall.simon pegg.other battle charcters i would like to see filmed are andy serkis as gaunt.philip glenister as the sarge.

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  4. MAJOR EAZY MOVIE AT WAR WITH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.IS COMEDIAN STAN BOARDMAN THE OBVIOUS CHOICE TO WRITE THE SCREEN PLAY.WHICH ACTOR SHOULD VOICE CAPTAIN HURRICANE ON THE DVD COMMENTARIES.WINSOR DAVIES.BRAIN BLESSED.LEWIS COLLINS.WOULD ANYONE LIKE TO SEE DANIEL CRAIG AS RAT PACKS MAJOR TAGGART.

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  5. additional casting.douglas henshall as major taggart.bill nighy.hugo speer as major eazy.alan shearman to write rat pack screenplay.suggestions of who will play safebreaker ronald weasel.peter kay.phil daniels.danny webb.phil davis.mick miller.richard digance.covered versions.jessica hynes.caroline quentin.claire rushbrook.to sing the andrews sisters.boogie woogie bugle boy.

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  6. other casting suggestions would be-reece shearsmith or dean lennox kelly to play coward jack loot.yellow jack.christoper eccleston as cooleys gun.jonathan loughran to star in clash of the guards.jason statham to join battles rogues gallery as captain darkie and deathsquard feldwebal halbritter.

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  7. the yanks are coming.i would like to see slyvester stallone direct either javier bardem as joe two beans or danny trejo as crazy kelly in a movie.henry rollins would be great as the fighting mann.

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  8. This looks like it was heavily influenced by Hugo Pratt's work. Eazy's got the same look and posture as a scruffy Corto Maltese.

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  9. dodging the draft in 2010.who is the best actor to provide voice and image to a playstation and x-box games staring major eazy.lewis collins.roy thinnes.gratham fenton.ron mael.alvin stardust...returning to the subject of a possible major eazy movie.andy linden to play sergeant daly and john turturro as tewik...marc warren is johnny red...

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  10. ...a beefed-up harry hill to play world war2 toughest fighting man captain hurricane with lee evans co-staring as maggot...arnold schwarzenegger to make movie come back as feldwebel halbritter in deathsquard...kevin eldon to star in skreamer of the stukas...neil marshall to direct sean pertwee in hellman on the russian front...

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  11. ...james mcavoy to star as corporal kurt hausser in drop into hell...kelly monteith is sceenwriter for the glory rider...julian barratt to join darkies mob as lieutenant meeker...douglas simmonds or chris chittel to play general grunt...roy chubby brown is battles sir winston churchill...

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