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Gregory Pendennis – Piranhas in Petticoats

Posted by demonik on April 22, 2009

Gregory Pendennis – Piranhas in Petticoats (Elmslie & Co., 1913, 1934: Spear, 1975, 1980) )




“I mean, confound it all, you insolent baggage! Your country’s about to wage war on the Hun!”

On the surface, Rosie Prenderghast-Smythe seemed no different to any other correct young English debutante. Beautiful. Wealthy. Devoted to Daddy and ‘Mumsy’. Fiercely proud of the Great British way of life.

Why then, had top brass been seen fit to haul in the Duke de Risqué to explain his dearest grand-daughter’s recent muddle-headed outbursts at perceived “injustices”. Outbursts which may yet see her gaoled as a threat to national security?

The answer was more terrible than de Risqué dared fear. His dearest grand-daughter had fallen prey to an even deadlier enemy than Kaiser Bill, Satan and all their hordes combined. The young fool had been duped into joining the Suffragette movement.

Heavily disguised, securing employment far below his station, de Risqué learns from his ‘fellow’ gossiping pantry maids that, brainwashed by her Soviet pay-mistresses, Rosie is recruiting an all-women’s football team to challenge his Majesty’s first XI for the Football Association Challenge Cup at the Crystal Palace!

Can the Duke knock some sense into Miss Prenderghast-Smythe’s dizzy little head before she can bring the Empire to its knees?


*covers shown are the ’34 Elmslie and the 2nd Spear edition. If anyone has the originals, please scan ’em up!*

With apologies to Franklin Marsh (and the entire human race)

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Gregory Pendennis – The Man Who Collected Probert

Posted by demonik on April 18, 2009

Gregory Pendennis – The Man Who Collected Probert (Spear, 2002)




The Duke de Risqué and his colleagues have faced many dangers since fate first threw them together in the Black Hole of Calcutta.

  • From Hitlers Goon Squad in Berlin during the rise of the Reich. (“Hitler Was A Nazi!”)
  • From machete-wielding Mau Mau in the jungles of Kenya (“They Ate Our Sisters”)
  • From Suffragettes, Godless Regicides and “Madame Guillotine” in 18th century Paris (“Piranhas In Petticoats”, albeit the entire French episode takes place during a Moet Et Chandon induced dream sequence)

Now, at the dawn of a brave new millennium, an unexpected menace lures them from retirement for yet another final operation behind the Iron Curtain – a mission that will bring them face to face with Satan himself!.

The telegram from top brass leaves no room for misunderstanding. Playboy author Lord Probert and Lacey Stockingtops, the Duke’s beautiful great-granddaughter, have gone missing from the Foreign Office – and with them a floppy disc containing the intimate details of high ranking British Secret Service Personnel. de Risqué knows better than most just how badly the Russians want to get their swarthy hands on that information. But can Lacey really have turned traitor? What is her connection with the untrustworthy, one-armed Champagne Socialist and powerful Black Magician Luke Tudor-Wainwright, the traitor widely believed to spearhead the TUC’s White slavery racket?

“There’s only one thing for it”, the Duke addressed his incredulous friends with steel eyed determination. “Tonight, I shall tear down the Berlin wall with my own bare hands – with or without that blasted Socialist PM’s permission!”

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