Bill Savage was a lorry driver from East London, who lived in an alternate universe in which Britain was flooded in 1990 when a nuclear accident caused melting of the polar ice cap (see Disaster 1990). Savage helped in a small way to restore order, but in 1999 the country was invaded by the Volgans, his world's version of the USSR, and Savage's wife and children were killed by a Volgan tank (see Invasion!).
Savage launched a one-man war on the Volgans which led to him being recruited into the resistance by Lt. Peter Silk. Savage became a leader of the resistance and continued the fight after Silk was murdered, eventually having plastic surgery to hide his identity by adopting that of his late brother, Jack, who had died when the Volgans nuked Birmingham.
Bill's other brother, Tom, initially a collaborator, was also murdered after seeking revenge on Volgans who raped his daughter, and Bill's brother-in-law Noddie suffered brain damage at the Volgans' hands. Consequently, Bill has over time become battle-hardened to the point of sociopathy.
Appearances, Images, and QuotesEdit
- Bill Savage first appeared in Invasion! from 2000 AD progs 1-51, and then starred in its prequel, Disaster 1990 in progs 119-139 before returning again in Savage, which picked up where Invasion! left off, in progs 1387-1396. The saga has so far continued in 2000 AD progs 1450-1459, 1526-1535, 1577-1586, 1632-1641, 1685-1699, 1740-1749, 2013 (Christmas issue) and 1813-1823.
- Savage's war with the Volgans ties-in with two other long running 2000 AD strips, Ro-Busters and ABC Warriors.
Another version of Bill Savage appeared in the Armoured Gideon story The Collector in 2000 AD progs 889-899 and was revealed to be a ghost, Savage having died when his shotgun went off while he was cleaning it in a Volgan ammo store. This was presumably an alternate universe version of Savage.