Page 206. " A Plasticman comic "

Plastic Man was a comic book superhero created by Quality Comics and later purchased by DC Comics. He first appeared in Police Comics #1 in August 1941.

With the ability to stretch himself, Plastic Man's adventures were known for their offbeat style and surreal humour. Although not a popular mainstream draw, Plastic Man continues to exert an influence on modern day comic writers, including Grant Morrison, Frank Miller and Art Spiegelman.

Plastic Man Image

Page 209. " 's Gravenhage "
The Hague
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Dutch term for The Hague, the third largest city in the Netherlands, with a population of 485,818. It is the provincial capital of South Holland.

The Hague is the seat of the Dutch parliament, government and Royal Court, as well as being the judicial capital of the United Nations.

Page 222. " Cagney of the French Riviera "
James Cagney in 'G Men' (1935)
Public DomainJames Cagney in 'G Men' (1935) - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

This is a reference to James Cagney (1899-1986), the American film actor. One of the most iconic actors of his time, he was mostly known for playing 'tough guys'.

He won an Oscar in 1942 for his role in Yankee Doodle Dandy. In 1961, he retired for 20 years after suffering a stroke. He had a difficult working relationship with Warner, walking out several times and eventually suing the studio for breach of contract. His victory set a new precedent for actors. He made a series of morale-boosting visits to troops fighting in the Second World War, and served as President of the Screen Actors Guild for two years.