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!
Cam Kennedy gets the final cover, showing Storm racing into action (as the tagline says). There is special news for all readers inside - and any veteran of IPC comics knows what that means. The Big Editorial confirms what we already know under the heading "Tornado joins 2000 A.D." (no pretence that it's 2000AD & … Continue reading SPECIAL NEWS INSIDE FOR ALL READERS! Tornado No 22: On your marks… get set… GO! Race into action with Storm!
If I'm not mistaken, Mike Dorey draws the Lawless Touch cover this week. If I am mistaken then it's probably Mike White. If I'm really mistaken then it's somebody else entirely. At least the weekly prog in 2019 (where I'm writing this, if you're reading this in the future) credits the artists. Though you must … Continue reading All action adventure, with… Tornado No 21: They’ve set dobermans on me… I’m finished! Johnny Lawless faces the Dogs of Death!
No It's Your Turn cover - instead we have Captain Klep, and this cover promises to tie into the week's episode (presumably still a one-pager, despite the cover billing). The Big Editorial - it's between the front cover and the first story. That's all I'm going to say. I(an) Rogan and M(ike) White provide words … Continue reading Tornado No 20: Can Courageous Captain Klep… Beat the BANDIT BEAK!
Belardinelli contributes the last of the It's Your Turn covers. I wonder what the story is there - this series of cover story covers hasn't lasted as long as the Supercover Sagas did, perhaps they realised that the characters appearing in a comic are more likely to lure you in than completely unrelated things? This … Continue reading Final Part of our Writing Competition! Tornado No 19: Battle on Asteroid X44
Ian Kennedy turns in a It's Your Turn cover featuring a racing car crashing - makes a change from aircraft... The Big Editorial is empty except for requests for readers to send content in. The Lawless Touch has Johny being given a mission to hijack a truck that's going to be travelling non-stop from Harwich … Continue reading Tornado No 18: Drama on Devil’s Bend!
The It's Your Turn cover depicts a supermarket, though instead of food on the shelves, they're filled with coins and banknotes. I've a feeling I've seen the art style in some of the other comics I was reading when I first started reading 2000AD (Tiger, Eagle, etc) but wouldn't swear to it. As the Big … Continue reading Tornado No 17: The Money Shop
I'm trying not to do too much research into uncredited writers and artists, or disentangling the complex system of pen-names used by creators throughout 2000AD's (and other House of Tharg publications) history. The reason for that is if I start then I'll get caught in a rabbit warren of 1970s comic history, which won't do … Continue reading Tornado Summer Special
Ian Kennedy gets drafted in to provide this week's It's Your Turn cover - and you know what that means - aircraft! This is a curious double-fuselaged plane (joined by a third wing in between) called the 'Adolf Hitler'. I think I have seen designs for airplanes like this but I don't know if they … Continue reading Tornado No 16: Calling the crew of the ‘Adolf Hitler’… this is your fuhrer speaking. In minutes you will drop the Behemoth bomb and London will disappear from the Earth!!!
The cover series has been branded - we had the Supercover Saga in 2000AD, now It's Your Turn in Tornado. This one is a Belardinelli effort with a newspaper editor uttering the words in the title of this post, even as a giant rat crashes crawls through the window behind him. To be honest I … Continue reading Tornado No 15: Look at all this boloney they’re printing about giant rats!! I won’t have any of this rubbish in MY paper!