Yesterday I posted about the Dan Dare Poster Magazine which I didn't own at the time I was writing blog posts on comics which came out in 1977. This one I did have in my possession and have no idea why I didn't cover it. As it's not easy to get publication dates for specials … Continue reading Starlord Summer Special 1978: The world’s first cutaway of the Preying Mantis! Thunderbirds’ creator Gerry Anderson interviewed! Amazing short story by Arthur C. Clarke! Plus your favourite Starlord heroes in fantastic full-length adventures!!!
Ron Smith starts this annual with a fantastic full-painted colour cover - it's a real shame we didn't get to see more painted artwork from Ron (though his black and white stuff is nothing to complain about). Tharg introduces the Cosmic Contents page in a Carlos pic. Judge Dredd: Block-Out at the Crater Bowl by … Continue reading 2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1983: Featuring Judge Dredd plus! Rogue Trooper future war hero! Return of the Jedi colour preview Tharg the Mighty as you’ve never seen him before!
A fully painted Ian Gibson cover here - I don't remember us seeing his painted work before. There's a hint of the animation that his shoulder eagle will have, but maybe I'm projecting my hopes on to the item of armour. p.s. Dredd seems to have abandoned his Lawmaster here, opting instead to leap in … Continue reading 2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1982
2000AD Sci-Fi Special cover, art by Brian Bolland More lens flare! Brian Bolland paints three judges on lawmasters, letting loose with the bike cannons in this cover. On the inside front cover, Tharg presents The Thrill-Power Starts Here! Cosmic Contents - and he presents it from a Robin Smith-drawn Betelgeusian thought-processor (some kind of mind-operated … Continue reading 2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1981 2000AD Reviewed! Tharg Photo-Stripped! Nemesis Revealed!
In the regular prog there have been a few teasers for the Sci-Fi Special - one saying it'll be along in about ten weeks, another three weeks. I'm around that point now but the adverts have dried up - the latest one on my too-read pile has plenty of ads for other IPC summer specials … Continue reading 2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1980: Judge Dredd – he ain’t heavy, he’s the law! Tharg meets Harry Harrison!
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