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It was sometime sometimeininmid-March mid-March1976 1976when whenI first I first met met “Rogue” ratherwell wellknown knownpub pub bottom ‘Rogue’ ininaarather at at thethe bottom endend of of Dean Street in London’s Soho district. purpose Dean Street in London’s Soho district. TheThe purpose of my of visit for business—not, I must sort visitmywas forwas business – not, I must add, theadd, sortthe of trade of pub for. is famed I was there toat examine at thetrade pub isthe famed I was for. there to examine first hand firstcharacter hand theof character of the occasional militia whotheir the the occasional militia who like to rent like to rent assets a beer. The reason forthat my assets over their a beer. The over reason for my search was search was that Alan Purnell, then publisher of HIM Alan Purnell, then publisher of HIM International International magazine, had asked me to do a comic magazine, had asked me to do a comic strip for the strip for publication. the monthly publication. monthly I’dI’ddone bedfellow doneaacouple coupleofofcomic comicstrips strips for for HIM’s HIM’sbedfellow Playguy, but they didn’t fit HIM’s beefier image. That’s Playguy, but they didn’t fit HIM’s beefier image. That’s when we settled on the idea of ROGUE. My problem when we settled on the Idea of ROGUE. My problem was was to find a real-life “Rogue” on whom to base my new to find a real-life ‘Rogue’ on whom to base my new comic comic strip hero. Little did I know when I entered the strip hero. Little did I know when I entered the pub just how pub just how successful I was to be. successful I was to be. I must have been sitting there for a little over an hour, I must have been theredespairing for a little over an hour, desultorily sipping a sitting drink and of seeing desultorily sipping a drink and despairing of seeing anyone anyone who vaguely resembled my incomplete inner inner vision, when who vaguely resembled my incomplete vision, when this guy came in. He caught my eye inthis guy as caught myother eye instantly, came well as. stantly, wellin. asHe most of the gatheredas drinkers’ most of the other gathered drinkers’. I’m not really I’m not really into the HIM type, but you could sayinto thisthe HIM type, but you could say this was love at first sight. was love at first sight. It was that cool, arrogant de- It was that that cool,shone—this arrogant demeanour shone this guy meanor guy was that “it” and he –knew it too. What man! I had discovered “Rogue. ” Since that was ‘it’ andahe knew it too. What a man! I had discovered day, longSince ago, his almost a part ‘Rogue’. thatexploits day, longhave ago,become his exploits have become almost part looking of my life. beentype, looking of my life. I had abeen forI had a visual but for in a this real-life “Rogue” also found the living of all visual type, but in thisI real-life ‘Rogue’ I also source found the the subsequent stories. ROGUE stories. the subsequent living source of allROGUE OfOfcourse, course,Rogue Rogueisn’t isn’this hisreal realname; name;that, that,I’m I’mafraid afraid to to must remain secret mine, for rest the rest say,say, must remain his his secret andand mine, but but for the of of this foreword I shall to him as Rogue, for that this foreword I shall referrefer to him as Rogue, for that is how I is how thinkHe ofwas him.cruising He wasSoho cruising a bittrade, of think ofIhim. for aSoho bit offor rough rough trade, specifically a bombardier, for Rogue has specifically a bombadier, for Rogue has very exact very exactwhen fantasies when he’s cruising—and fantasies he’s cruising – and I didn’t fit theI didn’t bill one fit the bill one bit. However, he noticed my unabashed bit. However, he noticed my unabashed interest and interest and eventually bought eventually bought me a beer – nome onea beer—no ever buys one Rogue a ever buys Rogue a drink, it isn’t his style—and we got it isn’t his style – and we got talking about my drink, talking about my “problem.” It obviously amused him problem. It obviously amused him that I should want to that I should want to immortalize his superb physique 4 4
and features in a comic strip and he agreed. I did four immortalise his superb physique and features in a comic quick and thefour restquick is history. So isand the the onerest strip andsketches, he agreed. I did sketches, crazy night I spent with him. is history. So is the one crazy night I spent with him. Rogue’s personal history is equally wild. Among his Rogue’s personal history is equally wild. his many occupations he includes a stint as aAmong lead singer many occupations he includes a stint as a lead singer in a failed band, refuse collector (er, an undercoverin a failed band, refuse collector (er, an undercover operation operation of some clandestine nature), a few months of as some clandestine nature), a few months as a mercenary a mercenary in Africa, successful petro-chemical in businessman, Africa, successful businessman, andhe a andpetro-chemical a lot more besides. By the time he was nineteen, Rogue had lotwas more besides. By the time nineteen, Rogue had already been ejected from already expelled from two of Britain’s top private two ofbeen Britain’s top private schools; the first occasion the first occasion when he was only schools; when he was only sixteen and celebratingsixteen passesand in no celebrating in Level no lessexams. than 12 ‘O’ Levelcaught exams.him A less than passes 12 Grade A master master caught him experimenting with the school’s best experimenting with the school’s best under-16 Rugby under-16 RugbyThey Fives player. They trying tothis seeathFives player. were trying to were see whether whether this athlete could catch Rogue’s load from three lete could catch Rogue’s load from three feet and were in and the process of proving point when the when teacher feet were in the process the of proving the point the intervened. His second misdemeanor was far, farfar, worse teacher intervened. His second misdemeanour was far and and ten times more enjoyable. worse ten times more enjoyable. neverknew knewI was I wasgay,’ gay,he ” hetold toldme me once. “Why ‘I“Inever once. ‘Why putput a a name to it? I like sex, had liked sex since I was nine, and name to it. I like sex, had liked sex since I was nine, and I I liked it a lot.” liked a lot.’ High School expulsions He School expulsions hardly hardly affectedaffected Rogue. Rogue. He came came from a background. wealthy background. family were from a wealthy His familyHis were leaders in leaders in international business and his natural talent international business and his natural talent for coming out for coming out on top was inbred. He spent several on top was inbred. He spent several years in the oil years inbefore the oilreturning businesstobefore to Britain as a business Britainreturning as a well-to-do well-to-do dilettante. He was a huge hunk manhood, dilettante. He was a huge hunk of manhood, 28ofyears, and 28 years, and with an unusually wide knowledge of the with an unusually wide knowledge of the world and its world and its ways. Some of his tales of sexual conquest ways. Someme of his tales sexual providedSince me provided with theoffirst eightconquest ROGUE stories. with the first eight ROGUE stories. Since then we have then we have met frequently, whenever he’s in London, met frequently, whenever he’s in London, and he tells me and he tells me all his latest sexy adventures. all his latestRogue sexy adventures. Today, is a man of leisure. He holds wide and Today, Rogue is a maninofoil, leisure. He and holdsshipping, wide andand profitable investments airlines, profitable investments in oil, airlines and shipping, when he gets bored there is always his sidelineand in what when he getsrefers boredtothere is always his sideline in what ”he he darkly as “something in the civil service. darkly to as ‘something in thehe civillikes service’. Like the Like refers the inimitable James Bond, his martinis James Bond, he likes his martinis extra inimitable extra dry, in his case made with Tanqueray gin dry, andinwell hisshaken, case made with Tanqueray gin and well shaken, but but he’s equally at home with a pint of microhe’s equally at home with a pint of micro-brewery ale. After brewery ale. After especially heavy sex bouts he has a partialityheavy for a glass of Italian grappa—the lethally raw especially sex bouts he has a partiality for a glass of kind.grappa The cheroots were araw vice he picked up in VeneItalian – the lethally kind. The cheroots were a vice he picked up inhe Venezuela. course, he hasasnever zuela. Of course, has neverOf been in space, I have sometimes him, but whenshown he gets there sure been in spaceshown as I have sometimes him, but I’m when justI’m as sure I’ve imagined him. hehe’ll getsact there he’ll act just as I’ve imagined him. thefinal finalanalysis analysisI Ihope hopeRogue Rogueisisaafantasy fantasy fulfillInInthe ment forforeveryone; or with with fulfillment everyone;you youcan canidentify identifywith with him him or “victims, fantasy a question of role-playing ‘victims’, for” for all all fantasy is aisquestion of role-playing for hishis for fun, and Rogue has never hurt anyone. fun, and Rogue has never hurt anyone. A.K.A. A.K.A.
This foreword first appeared in This foreword first appeared in ROGUE – THE COLLECTED STORIES, published 1981. ROGUE–THE COLLECTED STORIES, published 1981. Almost all the originals were painted in monochrome. Almost all the originals were painted in monochrome.
M.O.T. = Ministry of Transportâ€™s annual vehicle roadworthiness test in the UK