Friday, 16 December 2016

Ro-Jaws' Christmas

Two of my all-time favourite 2000AD characters of all time have to be Ro-Jaws & Hammer-Stein ( Geddit? D'ya geddit? ) off of Ro-Busters and ABC Warriors.
Hammer-Stein is the perfect straight man, but the real star is Ro-Jaws, the garbage eating, garbage talking droid who has to look up to even see the lowest rung of the social ladder, but still sees no reason why he should show anybody the slightest bit of respect.
Coarse, shouty and completely loveable, he even got his own film review page back in the day ( 'Wotcha Humes! Cor! I'd sooner eat rotten banana peels than sit through THAT pile of poo again! But then 'oo wouldn't?' )
Here's how he got started, in a Christmas tale aimed to tug at the heartstrings ( well, in a typically cynical Pat Mills kind of way. )
Pat is joined here on art duties by the great Mike Dorey ( no relation ) and in keeping with the season, Mike dips his ink pen in soot from his victorian chimney, and the whole thing gives you a nice warm Christmassy glow. Until, presumably, Ro-Jaws eats everything in the house.
Including the house.
' Appy Chrimble, humes! '


  1. This type of inking which you jokingly refer to as "dipping his ink pen in soot of his Victorian chimney", in fact was a style frequently used by the Spanish artists during the 70s. They simply dipped a rag, or piece of clothing (some even used their own socks) in an inkpot and then pressed it over their boards. The texture of their piece of clothing created those interesting patterns that looked like ink being splattered on the page.
    This style of inking came from Italian maestro Dino Battaglia, who didn't use his socks or clothing, but a metal tube, through which he blew ink onto the page, creating a splatter of ink. Since this tube didn't exist in Spain, the Spanish artists invented a more simple method of creating splattered inking.
    And as we know, Britain had countless of Spanish artists working for them, so they influenced Dorey's inking style as well.

  2. Very funny stuff. Love the textured inking. You really get elements of filth and garbage. So opposite of most Us stuff. Very educational. Never heard of Ro-jaws before, but I'm glad I got to know him.