Gerry Finley-Day was a prolific British comics writer from the 1960s to the 1980s, best known as the creator of Rogue Trooper.He started out at D. C. Thomson & Co., before becoming the editor of IPC's girls' title Tammy in 1971, for which he wrote strips such as "Ella on Easy Street" and "The Camp on Candy Island". Tammy's stories were full of cruelty and adversity, based on research showing that girls wanted stories that made them cry.Finley-Day rose to become deputy managing editor of IPC's girls' comics department, but quit to become a freelance writer. In 1974 he was drafted in by Pat Mills to help develop characters for Battle Picture Weekly, launched the following year, for which he wrote "Rat Pack", "The Sarge", "The Bootneck Boy", "D-Day Dawson", "Return of the Eagle", "Sergeant Without Stripes", "Cold Steele", "Skreamer of the Stukas", "Glory Rider", "Cooley's Gun", "Action Force", and many others. He had a particular penchant for creating honourable German heroes, including "Fighter from the Sky", "Panzer G-Man", "Commando King", "Sea Wolf", and perhaps the best known, "Hellman of Hammer Force", which started out in Action and transferred to Battle after Action was merged into it. Other strips he wrote for Action include "Green's Grudge War" and "Dredger".He was one of the mainstays of early 2000 AD, writing "Invasion!", "Dan Dare", "Ant Wars", "Harry Twenty on the High Rock", "Fiends of the Eastern Front", and a couple of early episodes of "Judge Dredd", and became their specialist in future war stories, first with "The V.C.s", and then his most enduring character, "Rogue Trooper", which still features occasionally, written by other writers - although Finley-Day returned to the character for a one-off story in 2010. He also wrote "Blackhawk" for Tornado, and several strips for the revived Eagle, including "Saddle Tramp", "Sergeant Streetwise", "Jake's Platoon", "The Hand", and episodes of "The Collector".Finley-Day's signature style was the hardbitten solo action hero, typically an embittered renegade male between 35 and 50 years old, that became a defining feature of 2000 AD. In common with many creators of the day, his stories often incorporated elements of contemporary popular movies or television programmes. Harry Twenty, for example, was an escape story set on a maximum-security prison orbiting the earth, and had clear echoes of The Prisoner TV series, starring Patrick McGoohan (according to Finley-Day, he used to joke with his fellow creators that if McGoohan appeared at the reception of the IPC building, he was not to be let upstairs).Finley-Day disappeared from the UK comics scene in the mid-1980s, allegedly after editorial disagreements with the 2000 AD management. Though he was severely under-appreciated during his time, many of his creations are now regarded as classic characters. Harry 20 on the High Rock was recently voted by readers of the 2000adreview fan site the best self-contained series to have appeared in 2000 AD throughout its 28 year history, closely followed by Fiends of the Eastern Front.