On cover A, the phallic-looking electrical device behind
Buckaroo is a Tesla coil, a resonant transformer invented by
Nikola Tesla in 1891.
The story takes place in the Kush. This is a mountain range
that stretches from central Afghanistan to northern
Pakistan. It is not clear in which of the two countries this
story takes place.
The gun wielded by Michel, the leader of the ass wranglers, on pages 4-6
appears to be a Mauser C-96, a semi-automatic pistol
manufactured by the German company Mauser from 1896-1937.
This weapon was also the basis for
Han Solo's blaster in the Star
Blastech DL44, Han Solo's blaster
Parts of Star Wars website)
The head villain of the story is referred to as the Blind
Sheik and Sheik Fakir. There is a real world person often
called the Blind Sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, the blind former
leader of the Egyptian terrorist group Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya;
he is now serving a life sentence in the United States for
the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. The character in this
story appears to be 1) fictional and 2) turns out to be
Buckaroo Banzai in disguise.
On page 6, one of the Blind Sheik's followers refers to him
as standing chief of the Pashto Kush. Pashto is the language
spoken by the majority of Hindu inhabitants of the Kush.
On page 7, Reno remarks that wild ass scrotum is worth its
weight in gold as an aphrodisiac in Bangkok. Bangkok is the
capital of Thailand. As far as I have been able to
determine, wild ass scrotum is not generally considered an
aphrodisiac, even there.
On page 10, one of Buckaroo's men mentions the Khyber Pass.
The Khyber Pass is an ancient and historically important
mountain pass linking the countries of Pakistan and
Afghanistan, along the old Silk Road trade route.
On page 15, panel 2, there are a number of easter eggs.
There is a partially-eaten quarter-watermelon sitting on top
of a phone deck. On four of the video monitors there are
images of (from left to right) Dr. Lizardo, the BB logo of
the Cavaliers, someone who looks a lot like Catwoman, and
what appears to be some kind of alien. On the window pane on
the left, there appears to be a windshield-wiper blade. Reno
is eating from a can of
Mexican food (I can't make out what type of food is on the
On page 16, we see that High Sierra has a couple photos of
the Cavaliers and Buckaroo taped up at her work station. The
Cavaliers "photo" is actually one of the covers of
Buckaroo Banzai: The Prequel #1 ("Of Hunan Bondage" Part 1).
The Buckaroo photo is a scene from
Across the 8th Dimension.
It would seem that the romance between Reno and Pecos
(hinted at in previous stories) is no
longer on; she intimates to High Sierra that she is in a
relationship with Perfect Tommy.
The lyrics of the song Perfect Tommy is singing on page 17
do not appear to be from any well-known real world song.
Also on page 17, panel 1, there are, impossibly, stars
shining through the dark portion of the crescent moon in the
This story suggests that the World Crime League has its own
musical band similar to the Hong Kong Cavaliers called the World
Class Lotharios. They are signed with the White Culture
On page 27, Tommy tells Dick Ready that their knife fight
seems to be a Mexican standoff. A
Mexican standoff is a pop-culture term describing two or
more opposing parties (usually armed with guns rather than
knives), standing off, each with an equal chance of killing
one or more of the others at the same time.
On page 29, Dick Ready refers to the Blind Sheik as Sahib.
"Sahib" is an Arabic word, essentially meaning "friend" in
modern parlance, which has passed into numerous other
Back to Buckaroo Banzai