It's in shadow, but we can assume it is the "pallid" bust from The Raven. Spring-Heeled Jack was a persistent urban myth in 19 th century Britain as well as being the villain and later hero of various penny dreadfuls, most notably Charlton Lea's Spring-Heeled Jack, the Terror of London In his heroic phase he was a nobleman who wore a chamois cloth suit with steel rods concealed in the boots so that the wearer could make the prodigious leaps which Jack was known for.
Jason Adams corrects my mistaken identification of the picture with the label "" and notes that the larger figure is holding a helmet from a medieval suit of armor, and combined with the date is probably a reference to Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court , which was published in The picture below that, with what looks like a Roman centurion holding a badminton racket, is I think a picture of the main characters from Lepidus the Centurion.
The black globe with the placard "The Steel Globe" is a reference to Robert Cromie's A Plunge into Space , about a scientist who builds a fifty-foot sphere of black metal and travels to Mars with a group of friends. Page 1.
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Panel 1. This is the first instance of a slight discrepancy between the chronologies of League and the War of the Worlds. In War of the Worlds the shelling of the first Martian craft begins, in Chapter Nine, Saturday night, "about six in the evening. I thought it too obvious to mention, but a few people, Allyn Polk among them, prompt me to note that the "Jonathan" Mina refers to here is Jonathan Harker, Mina's ex-husband.
The ever-interesting Martin Linck contributes the following:. Center: This is a british artillery team, aiming what appears to be an Armstrong Pounder. Again, the men and equipment are totally compatible with the Boer War period. The pounder was a breech-loading field artillery piece; the Boers captured dozens of them during the war. Right of Center: Major Blimp, making a big target of himself. Men like him had an extremely short life expectancy in South Africa, Botha's commandoes opened fire at officers and worked their way down through the ranks until their British opponents were a demoralized, leaderless rabble.
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The aliens seem to take a more egalitarian approach; everybody runs an equal risk of incineration. Panel 3. Martin Linck says, "We see here the muzzle of a Maxim gun; the first real machine gun and the main reason WWI turned into an obscenely bloody stalemate. Page 2. The line is from the poem's refrain; the first stanza is this:. Page 4. Panel 4. The identity of the coachman is revealed on Page 7, Panel 5. Page 5. Panel 2. In WotW the narrator's home is in Maybury. The scene in this panel is of the narrator and his wife evacuating their home; the narrator's wife is the woman in the hat on the righthand side of the panel.
I think. Panels 4. Ian Crichton solves the problem of the identity of the red-coated gentlemen:. Win Eckert and Steve Higgins identified the source of the the straight razor with the plaque "Kettlewell, Yorkshire, Mr. Cutcliffe Hyne's "The Lizard" Heather Kamp notes that the picture seen here is "actually the one shown in the film, who appearance is the sole use of technicolor in the film. To the right of the giant skeleton can be seen part of a statue.
I believe this is the statue of the Reverend Dr. Syn, seen from the back, in the crossed-guns pose shown in his picture in Panel 2 of Page 23 of issue 2 of the first series of the League. The Reverend Dr. Syn is from Russell Thorndike's Doctor Syn and its six prequels, and was shown in League v1 2 to have been a member of the 18 th century League. The corpulent gentleman the League is speaking with is Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock Holmes' older and smarter brother and, following the events of the first League series, the new M.
Page 7. Hanging from Mycroft Holmes' watch chain are various Masonic symbols, including the eye in the pyramid and the compass and square.
See the "Freemasonry" Site for some idea of their meaning. Panel 5. William Samson Senior" is not a pre-existing character, but is rather an example of what Moore calls "back-engineering. William Samson, Sr. Moore said that the timing was right for the Wolf's father to have fought against the forces of the Mad Mahdi. This goal brought the Mahdi into conflict with British forces, which led to the Battle of El Obeid, on 5 November , in which the Mahdi's forces completely wiped out an Egyptian force led by General William Hicks.
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This defeat was shocking to the British public, as was the defeat six weeks later of another Egyptian force led by the British rogue Valentine Baker, but neither horrified Britain so badly as the taking of Khartoum on 26 January , in which General "Chinese" Gordon and the entire British garrison of Khartoum were massacred. Naturally, the British retaliated, sending Major General Sir Horatio Kitchener and 26, men to hunt down the Mahdi's successor and wipe the Mahdist dervishes out at the Battle of Omdurman.
Page 8. The Scarlet Pimpernel was shown in League v1 2 to have been a member of the 18 th century League. Page 9. Samson Sr. Page Chips was an actual comic; an Alfred Harmsworth publication, the Illustrated Chips was published from to Lang Thompson wonders if the child in the upper left, with the hat, white shirt and red scarf might be Little Lord Fauntleroy.
Pages Of course, the overall design is still as it was in Wells' novel, the tripod locomotion, the tentacles right down to gripping the tree however the cowl of the machine seems to have a great resemblance to the design work of Patrick Tatopoulos, who was responsible for the look of the invaders and their machinery in 'Independence Day'.
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That said the cowl also has some similarity to the fighting machines of the George Powell 'War of the Worlds', the green glow etc. If one were to remove the legs of the tripod and the tentacles, one would have a contemporary re-design of this vehicle, or perhaps the attack ships of 'ID4'? The Heat-Ray also looks very similar to the device used by the Martians in Powell's film to 'remotely view' the farm house.
I have to say that I think it looks little like a camera, as Wells describes it, however it has lost none of its menace! In that novel a shapechanging Egyptian princess, who can take the form of a giant, malign beetle, a beautiful androgyne, and an old woman or man, pursues a vendetta against a British M.
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The top picture on the right could be of a number of characters named "Thomas" from Victorian literature. Beppe Sabatini agrees and sees his presence here as a "grudging concession to the motion picture in production," in which Tom Sawyer is a member of the League. The bottom picture is of Dr. Nikola, from Guy Boothby's five Dr. Nikola novels, the first of which was A Bid For Fortune Nikola is one of the greatest of the fictional archvillains.
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For more information on him, see the Dr. Nikola entry my Fantastic Victoriana site. I have slightly more information on Dr. Panel 7.
Kieran Cowan says, of the mask Mina's looking at here, "the hat beneath it is that of the first citizen of the Republic. It's the right hat. That would seem like something for Percy to bring back for the collection. Lofficier" is a reference to Jean-Marc Lofficier, one of the world's leading experts on French science fiction, fantasy, and pulp fiction and the author of an outstanding work on the subject, French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction.
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Jean-Marc has a very good website, Cool French Comics , with a great deal of very interesting material. In that novel the calcified body of an ancient Martian is discovered in America. In addition to page comics stories, each issue also featured a four-page chapter of illustrated prose, plus ads remixing real Victorian ads. One such ad caused issue 5 to be pulped and reprinted. The ad in question was reportedly an actual Victorian ad for a douche, said be be made by Marvel Co. Nonetheless, DC ordered the issue pulped and reprinted. It was one of a handful of incidents including the later censorship of a Cobweb story in Tomorrow Stories that led to tension between Moore and DC.
In the s, Moore had sworn never to work for DC Comics again. The six-issue mini-series became a critical darling, and a second six-issue mini-series was launched in By the time it was completed, in late , a movie had been released, loosely adapting the League concept and starring Sean Connery.
The film took liberties with the story and was not well-received. This movie actually became another source of contention between Moore and the corporations to which his work was tied. Writers Larry Cohen and Martin Poll filed a lawsuit against 20th Century-Fox, makers of the film, alleging that the movie had plagiarized their screenplay called Cast of Characters , which they had pitched to Fox in the s.
The lawsuit alleged that Fox had generated the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic as a smokescreen, in order to claim the movie was based on something other than the Cast of Characters screenplay. Fox settled the lawsuit, which Moore said felt like an admission of guilt and prevented Moore, who had been accused of things as part of the suit, from exonerating himself.
M is finally and shockingly revealed. In the penultimate installment of our already award-winning adventure, all the cards are on the table. Our champions learn at last the true and terrible identity of the mysterious spymaster they've been working for and glimpse too late the full and frightful motive at the heart of his intentions. The sixth and final installment of our splendid picto-narrative brings to a conclusion the story of our stalwart band.
It is with grim finality that they combat the nefarious Doctor and his evil cohorts on land, sea and air. Who shall persevere?