The cover is painted by an uncredited artist and features Blackhawk surrounded by werewolves. A journey into adventure you'll never forget! - the contents page has an artist's impression of a covered moon buggy with a non-space-suited passenger possibly with a robot next to him. Before we get in to the first story, I'll just … Continue reading Tornado Annual 1981: Black Hawk, Wolfie Smith and Johnny Lawless in spine-tingling full-length picture-stories!
Brian Bolland draws the cover for this annual, featuring Starlord revealing Ro-Jaws, the Gronk, Johnny Alpha, Hammerstein, Ardenia Lakam, Na-Rutha, James Blocker, Suzie Cho and two more figures from under his purple and gold cloak. Both Ardeni and the Gronk are doing the 'hands held up to the head denoting psychic powers being used' that … Continue reading Starlord Annual 1981
The cover has a painting of a jet fighter firing missiles. I'm going to guess it's a tornado - I didn't pay too much attention to that centrefold cutaway view towards the end of the weekly comic. As you can see from the title of this post, Wolfie Smith, Victora Drago and Superking are the … Continue reading Tornado Annual 1980: Break the Thrill Barrier with Wolfie Smith, Drago, and Superking Inside!
The fully-painted cover shows a huge squiddy-crustacean-thing attacking a few spaceships, one of which has ditched in a sea. It's along the same lines as the propaganda-themed covers of the weekly Starlord, and it wouldn't surprise me if the artist worked on those. The contents page makes a refreshing change from the grainy photograph contents … Continue reading The sci-fi book of the year! Star Lord Annual 1980
Another annual cover from Kev O'Neill. Nice colours though I'd have preferred it if he'd been working on more comic pages! I don't think he's got any more work on ABC Warriors, but it's a long time 'til Comic Rock. The cover actually ties in to the first story, so I won't go into detail. … Continue reading Dan Dare Annual 1980: “DARE to wingman – peel off! I’ve got to make the DEATH RUN ALONE!”
The cover is apparently by G. Wood, if I'm reading the signature correctly. It has good depictions of Tharg and Bill Savage, and a rendition of Judge Dredd that wouldn't have been out of place in the pre-Cursed Earth stories. There's definitely worse covers to annuals and specials from this period of the prog's history, … Continue reading 2000AD Annual 1980: It’s wild… it’s sensational… it’s your future!
Like the 2000AD Annual 1979, Kevin O'Neill paints the cover for Dan Dare's first annual (well, the first one since 'Eagle Dan Dare's Space Annual 1963', anyway). It's a good cover that stands on its own - please don't have this cover have a text story in the annual! A Dave Gibbon's be-space-suited Dare greets … Continue reading Dan Dare Annual 1979 – Destroy that starcarrier or the whole galaxy will be enslaved!