Terrible fills here, but otherwise this is a pretty good page. The Martian spaceship is based on a Victorian sci-fi illustration, but now I can’t remember where I found it. Sorry.
In the last panel, Dave says, “Sergeant–you’re going to kill me at midnight, yes?” Again, Andrew, who is not especially fluent in Italian, did all the translations for the Martians’ dialogue. We apologize for any and all inaccuracies.
This is one of my favorite chapters in the Victorian storyline. The dialogue still cracks me up. Dave and Madblood nearly always play off each other well.
Typewriting was a cutting-edge skill in the Victorian era. In Dracula, Mina’s ability to type and take shorthand is a major asset to the team. Sawing through bone is always a useful skill for one of Helen’s henchmen to have, whatever the era.
“Elle Dieci” and “Gi Cinque” are Italian for L-10 and G-5. All the Martians have serial-number names like that.
“Mad as a glass herring” is one of the best phrases I ever came up with, and I want the world to acknowledge it and validate me. Thanks you.
In the second panel, you can tell I just made the background shapes by tracing my French curves. I never did figure out how to use French curves correctly.