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Rogue Trooper

A blue-skinned Genetic Infantryman (bred for war) stalks the poisonous battlefields of Nu Earth seeking revenge for the massacre of his comrades by a traitor general. In order to provide some dialogue for the loner, Rogue is accompanied by the bio-chips (i.e. encoded personalities) of three dead comrades, slotted into his equipment: the appropriately (and oddly presciently) named Helm, Bagman and Gunnar.

Rogue Trooper was a tent-pole strip when it first appeared, and was not often out of the comic for almost a five year run. However, the climax of the main narrative thread led to drift and when the original writer left it listed out of the thrill lanes, eventually running aground in the 1989 Winter Special (with the incongruous conclusion of The Hit sequence).

The "Rogue Trooper" franchise was then entirely rebooted with a new main character: Fr1day. Once that experiment came to a close, the main sequence Rogue was relegated to flashback duties, and remains so.

Going Rogue
(1981-1982)
Total War
(1982-1983)
Closing In
(1983)
The Traitor
(1984)
Horst
(1985-1986)
Hit Man
(1986-1989)
Alternatives
(1992-1999)
Flashbacks I
(2002-2006)
Flashbacks II
(2010-2020)

Art by Dave Gibbons

Story Title Parts Pages
w indicates a
wraparound cover
Covers
Year(s) Issues Writer Artist Colourist Letterer
Linked to [Colonel Kovert]Colonel Kovert
6 24
351: Cam Kennedy
1
1984 350-355 Gerry Finley-Day Cam Kennedy <-- 6pp, [b&w] Tony Jacob
You Only Die Twice 10 43 0 1984 358-364, 366-368 Gerry Finley-Day Cam Kennedy <-- 1pp, [b&w] Bill Nuttall
Message From Milli-Com 9 37
371: Robin Smith
1
1984 369-377 Gerry Finley-Day Cam Kennedy [b&w] Bill Nuttall
Portrait of a Rebel 1 7 0 1984
Reprints:

X15
SFS7
Simon Geller Brett Ewins [b&w] Bill Nuttall
[The War of Words] 1 7 0 1984 2KA'85 Steve MacManus Robin Smith <-- Steve Potter
Just Routine 1 5 0 1984 378 Gerry Finley-Day Trevor Goring <-- 1pp, [b&w] Steve Potter
Or "Blinded".[Blind Terror]
2 10
379: Robin Smith
1
1984
Reprints:

RTA
379-380
Gerry Finley-Day Steve Dillon <-- p5e., [b&w] Tom Frame
Death Valley 3 12 0 1984
Reprints:

RTA
381-383
Gerry Finley-Day Cam Kennedy [b&w]
Bill Nuttall: 1, 3
Tom Frame: 2
various
Linked to [Major Magnam]M for Murder
3 12 0 1984 384-386 Gerry Finley-Day Cam Kennedy [b&w] Bill Nuttall
Linked to:

Brass & Bland
The Traitor General
To the Ends of Nu Earth
6 26
388: Cam Kennedy
392: Brett Ewins
2
1984 387-392 Gerry Finley-Day Cam Kennedy [b&w]
Tony Jacob: 1‑2
Bill Nuttall: 3, 5‑6
Clive McGee: 4
various
>> Features <<
Compu-X-Word 1 1.5 0 1984 353 unknown n/a [b&w] n/a
Scissor‑Scan.Rogue Trooper Action Figure
1 1 0 1984
Reprints:

2KA'88
361
n/a Robin Smith <-- n/a
A poem.Ode to a G.I.
1 1 1984
Reprints:

X15
2KA'85
unknown unknown [b&w] n/a
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