Halo Jones Book 2 Annotations

The Ballad of Halo Jones, Volume Two – 2018 Rebellion edition – art by Ian Gibson

Below are annotations for The Ballad of Halo Jones, Book 2 – 51 pages, originally published in 2000 AD Progs 405–415 (1985)

Writer: Alan Moore, Artist: Ian Gibson, Letterer: Steve Potter (2018 coloring by Barbara Nosenzo)

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Note: some of this stuff is obvious. If there’s stuff we missed or got wrong, let us know in comments, or email linton.joe [at] gmail.com

General summary: Book 2 features Jones adventures aboard the spaceship Clara Pandy, where she encounters the dolphin navigator Kit, the rat king, and the industrialist Lux Roth Chop.

In his 1986 introduction to Book Two, Moore remarked that many Book One readers “were bored by the lack of overt violent action and confused by… [the seemingly] unintelligible gibberish.” His editors gave Book Two the go-head on two conditions – that it be “more action orientated” and be “more intelligible… that we should prune back the futuristic argot.” Moore stated that this linguistic pruning “was relatively easy to accomplish without harming the internal logic of the strip. On the Hoop, Halo and her friends had spoken Hoop slang. Now she was in space, among different people, it seemed logical that she’d revert to a more conventional form of English.” (And Moore would go on to explore more futuristic argot in various comics – from Wildcats to Crossed+100.)

Prog 0 “Book 2 Prologue”

Page 1 

panel 2

  • In the far future, “Marxmas” has apparently taken the place of Christmas – with Karl Marx replacing Jesus Christ in importance.

panel 3

  • “Perelandra” is a name for the planet Venus, used in C.S. Lewis’ sci-fi novel Perelandra.

Page 2 

panel 1

  • First mention of “Sally Quasa” which was perhaps supposed to be Sally Quasar. In a 2011 interview, Moore stated that “the next [Halo Jones] adventure would have probably been when she was a female space pirate with Sally Quasar, who was somebody that I’d mentioned…” Sally Quasar is mentioned on the last page of Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest #6.

panel 4 

  • “Concordia” may relate to the supersonic airliner Concorde – suggest??

panels 5-6 

  • “MAM” is Municipal Aid and Maintenance – see HJ1 Prog 4 P2,p4.

Page 3

panel 1

  • Panels 1-6 recount the events of HJ1.

Page 4

panel 3

  • Vega” is an actual star, relatively close to earth.
  • “Moulquet” and “Lambard” appear to be made-up places – suggest??

Prog 1 “A Postcard from Pluto”

Page 1 

panel 1

  • The year is 4949 A.D. which returns to the Halo Jones continuity shortly after the end of Book 1

panel 2

  • First appearance of Toy Molto. She is Jones’ bunkmate onboard the Clara Pandy. The two serve in the army together in Book 3.
  • Panels 2-4 form a comics polyptych.
Glyph pin-up (anyone know where this image first appeared in 2000AD? It appears on the last page of the early TItan Books Book Two collection)

panel 3

  • First appearance of the Glyph. This character is, for comics, an early example of a non-binary person… but also somewhat problematic as their lack of a binary gender role renders them essentially invisible.
    See the Glyph’s origin story in Prog 3 below.

Page 2

panel 4

  • This appears to the first (unnamed) appearance of Lux Roth Chop. LRC is named throughout Book 1, starting on page 1, but see Prog 9 for his first full named appearance.

panel 5

  • First appearance of socialite Cezanne Goleiter, who Jones later (Prog 9, Page 4) recognizes as the voice of Swifty Frisko

panel 6

  • First appearance of Ship Cyberneticist Mix Ninegold.
  • Aldebaran is an actual star in the constellation Taurus.

Page 3

panel 1

  • The worker speaks a kind of working class English – similar to the honest artisan in Book 1, prog 10. “Yutha hoztezz… Yuhgodda come wi’me” is ‘You the hostess… You [have] got to come with me.’

panel 2

  • “The steerzman wantsum company” is ‘The steersman wants some comany.”
  • “…inna forwud navigashun chambuh. Y’kin pickuppa naquajacket onna way in…” is ‘…in a forward navigation chamber. You can pick up an aqua-jacket on the way in…’

panel 4 

  • First appearance of dolphin navigator Kit, short for Kititirik Tikrikitit.

Page 4 

panel 4

  • The mystery passenger is indeed Lux Roth Chop, as revealed in Prog 9 below.

Page 5 – no specific annotations

Prog 2 “Exercising the Dog

Page 1 – no specific annotations

Page 2 

panel 2

  • The Tarantulan Emancipation Army refers to the actual Tarantula Nebula, which features prominently in Book 3.

Page 3  – no specific annotations

Page 4

panel 1

  • “Drop it” is something a dog owner would often say to a dog.

panel 2

  • “I-Il mera las Deihova” doesn’t quite match up to anything via Google Translate. Dei – especially capitalized – may refer to God. “Il mera las” does translate in Swedish (used elsewhere in Halo Jones) and in French… but it’s not enough to get the whole meaning. Suggest??

Page 5 – no specific annotations

Prog 3 “I’ll never forget whatsizname”

Pages 1-3 – no specific annotations 

Page 4

panel 3

  • “Rulf’s world” doesn’t correspond to any real life astronomical place (though a “Rulph Apollo” – apparently an actor – was mentioned in Book 2, prog 1, P2,p6 above.) Vega is an actual star.

Page 5

Prog 4 “By Royal Appointment”

Page 1 

panel 2

  • Another unnamed appearance of Lux Roth Chop.

panel 4

  • The cocktail names refer to scientific themes. “Red shift” is an astronomical phenomenon where light is altered by fast-moving bodies. “Schrödinger’s cat” is a quantum physics paradox.  

panel 5

Page 2

panel 1 

  • The security guards (similar to Hoop police – seen in Book 1, Prog 8) have been lobotomized, hence Jones calling them “glombies” in panel 6.

Page 3 – no specific annotations

Preserved rat king – by Edelseider via Wikipedia

Page 4

  • First appearance of the rat king. According to Wikipedia, there are historical stories of rat kings with tails joined; most appear to be hoaxes.

Page 5 – no specific annotations

Prog 5 “Cat and Mouse”

Page 1 

panel2 1-3

Page 2 – no specific annotations

Page 3

panels 1-3

Pages 4-5 – no specific annotations

Prog 6 “Memories are made of this…”

  • The title refers to a pop song performed by numerous artists, including Dean Martin.

Page 1 

panel 1

  • Any explanation for an “Equator Party”? Suggest??

Pages 2-3 – no specific annotations 

Page 4

panels 2-3

  • Jones is listening to the zenade incident in Book 1, Prog 5, Page 2, panels 5-7.

 panel 4 

  • Jones is listening to the dialogue from Book 1, Prog 5, Page 3, panel 1. A minor discrepancy here is that the original dialogue does not end with the word “girlies.”

Page 5

panels 1-3 

Prog 7 “Puppy Love”

Page 1 

panel 1

  • The “Tarantula Nebula” is an actual place; it features prominently in Book 3.

panel 3

  • This is another unnamed Lux Roth Chop cameo.

panel 4

  • This discussion essentially gives away the conclusion of Book 3.

panel 5

  • “What are they called? A rat emperor or something” refers to the rat king – seen in Prog 4.
  • “Joy” is Jones’ roommate Toy, who in the next panel speaks about soap operas (called holo-soaps or sitdrams in 4949). Soaps continue to be her obsession in Book 3.

Page 2

panel 3

  • “Kapek’s world” may be a reference to sci-fi author Karel Čapek, who coined the word ‘robot.’

Page 3

panels 1-10

  • The page juxtaposes somewhat parallel incidents with the unnamed partygoer pursuing Toy, and Toby pursuing Jones. On this page and the next, the two scenes are differentiated by differing panel borders.

Page 4

panels 1-2

  • Panel 1’s “Sink your teeth in” parallels Toby biting Jones in panel 2. 

panel 3

  • Similar to the previous panels, Toby has difficulty “getting the message” that Jones isn’t interested in him the way he is in her.

Page 5 – no specific annotations

Prog 8 “Hounded”

Pages 1-3 – no specific annotations

Page 4 

panels 2-4

Page 5 – no specific annotations

Prog 9 “The Last Dance”

Page 1 – no specific annotations

Page 2 

panel 4

  • What, or actually who, is missing is Glyph; they perished last Prog. Glyph is in Jones’ drawing in panel 6.

Page 4

panel 2

  • Swifty Frisko is the news announcer who appears throughout Book 1.

panel 6

  • Jones finally meets Lux Roth Chop, though she doesn’t know who he is until Page 5, panel 7.

Page 5 – no specific annotations

Prog 10 “Ice Cold on Charlemagne”

Page 1 

panels 3-4

  • The trolley contains the rat king.

Page 2 – no specific annotations

Page 3

panel 1 

panel 2

  • Fomalhautian foamers are named after the star Fomalhaut.

Page 4 – no specific annotations

Page 5 

panel 6

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One thought on “Halo Jones Book 2 Annotations

  1. Greenaum

    “Concordia” I think just refers to the spirit of coming together harmoniously, the inspiration behind Concorde, the aeroplane, a French – British joint venture. It would be a nice utopian name for a country.
    That picture of Glyph is from a back cover of a prog. Which one, I’ll leave the exciting search to you!
    “I-Il mera las Deihova” I think is just “mother of God”, a fairly common exclamation when something terrifying and surprising happens. From “deus” + “Jehova”. I mentioned on the other page, the language used on-Hoop is Esperanto, but I think the guy here speaks some Tarantulan version of some European language.
    Isn’t the guy ACTUALLY Honest Artisan from Book 1? Looks a lot like him, and they’re apparently both employed as ship’s crew.

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