Battle Picture Weekly Summer Special 1978
Artist: John Cooper
1941, Eazy and Tewfik are part of the British retreat from Greece as the Nazi armies seize control of the Mediterranean. In his attempts to stymie the German advance, Eazy is spotted by an unseen Colonel and his accomplice, who decide the major is exactly the man they are looking for. Soon, Eazy is approached by a Greek priest with a proposition. A General from the German High Command is billeted at the monastery in Kyreia, and the priest suggests that Eazy may be able to snatch him. The major is not fooled, and quickly reveals that he has identified the ‘priest’ as a Wermacht officer. The truth is then revealed, the general was implicated in a plot to assassinate Hitler, and is being held by the Gestapo. The men under his command want him freed, but fear reprisals. If the major will assist the Germans, they will offer him free passage out of Greece. Always happy to help anyone who wants to kill Hitler, Eazy agrees to take on the mission.
This first and only Summer Special appearance from Eazy is a slight affair. The plot is riddled with holes, and the whole thing comes across as unlikely and confused. How Eazy manages to free himself from a noose whilst swinging across a room is never bothered about, nor his nonchalant survival of a fall down the side of the monastery itself. John Cooper’s art is functional but simple, sparing any detailed backgrounds or pretty much anything else. Overall the episode adds little to the overall story of Major Eazy, and is an entirely missable affair. (more…)