|25th June 1977 - 12th November 1977 |
| Written by M. Scott Goodall |
| Art by Ron Tiner |
Like Kids Rule OK!,
School for Survivors took its inspiration from The Lord of the Flies, but School for Survivors was utterly shameless, and stole the idea wholesale.
Pupils from Alma Road Comprehensive School near Birmingham were on an
educational cruise to the West Indies, escorted by two teachers. Joey Slade
led a gang of bullies who delighted in violence and anti-social behaviour.
Slade's opposite was school geek Specky Hewitt, a swot and a teacher's pet
who still had sufficient backbone to stand up to Slade. Disaster struck as
the ship hit a reef in a storm. Slade and his cronies left their companions
to their fate, forcing their way into a lifeboat and casting off. Hewitt and
five others, including a student teacher, also managed to escape, and put
ashore on the same remote island. From that point it became a survival
struggle. Slade's gang were hopelessly inept but vicious, whilst Hewitt and
company were organised and equipped, but destined to be victims as their
civilised behaviour was threatened by the base animal survival instincts
exhibited by Slade's gang. A temporary truce brought about by the arrival of
illegal pearl divers ended abruptly, with Slade inheriting firearms and the
At any other time, School for Survivors could and should have been a classic Action story, despite the familiar feel. Unfortunately it suffered from the post-ban editorial twitchiness that IPC exhibited across all its titles.
Despite some implied or 'off-camera' violence, the goings-on are pretty
tame, and the only death happens as a result of a bush fire. Just as the
story reached its final life-or-death struggle, the school science teacher
showed up with the British Navy and the naughty boys were sent to reform
school, accompanied by knowing smiles all round. A missed opportunity.