Friday, 16 December 2016
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! '