A more productive day...
Mills resigned as editor in the spring of 1977, satisfied he had launched another hit for IPC. ‘I was bored of being at war with such a sad bunch of losers who wished we’d drop down dead. Frankly, I’ve had enough.’ Gosnell became editor and Landau soon joined him as chief sub-editor. Gosnell inherited the job of getting each issue approved by Sanders.
‘He had to see every page before it went to press to make sure it wasn’t too violent. Didn’t matter how many robots we killed or blew up, as was happening in Dredd by this time. But Sanders used to do a body count every bloody week on Invasion. I’d be called down on press day with the artwork in front of me. He would count the corpses and complain about how many there were. “Too many, dear boy, too many. Can’t we get rid of this chap being blown in two by a shotgun at close range? Let’s try to get the body count down to under 90 next week, shall we?” It was like horse-trading corpses every week, completely bizarre.’
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