In general I've not been doing any research on each prog or issue, partially because books such as Thrill-Power Overload and The Mighty One exist but mainly because I have about three thousand comics (progs, megs, Starlords, Tornados, Crisises, annuals, specials and the rest) to read for this blog already, without adding to the reading … Continue reading Star Lord No 11: ‘My brain is a time-bomb – programmed to DESTROY ALL HUMAN LIFE’
Pointless cover of a fist smashing a spaceship, justified by being 'Federation propaganda'. A much better use of time is over the page with Mind Wars. The Solar Saint is destroyed in the first page, though anybody who is familiar with stories will know the occupants had already escaped before it blew up (at least … Continue reading Star Lord No 10: Death at Warp Factor 9
This issue has a pretty good painted rendition of Hammerstein in kill-frenzy (as trailed in the next prog box last week) - though the war-droid's legs are a bit dodgy - there's a word balloon that could have been placed over them to cover them up. Spoiler, the scene in question won't appear until right … Continue reading Star Lord No 9: Beware the war droid in Kill-Frenzy! You have the fire power of a cruiser, Hammer-Stein! – use it – destroy your comrade Ro-Jaws!
This cover has Blocker and Suzi Cho in (what looks like) a Nazi jet as it straddles two time periods while stuck (?) in a time portal. Cho looks safe enough in Time Control, though Blocker is half in, half out of the portal, so let's hope it doesn't close before he gets all the … Continue reading Star Lord No 8: Nazi World 2478 A.D. Time Control 85 Million B.C. Torn between impossible worlds…
This cover is basically a rehash of the end of last week's episode of Planet of the Damned, with Flint about to do battle with a black knight on the back of a mammoth in front of a fortress. This very red painting could have graced any Conan-esque fantasy novel of the last fifty years. … Continue reading Star Lord No 7: Into forbidden worlds… beyond the limits of man’s imagination! Battle for survival on Planet of the Damned
The cover of this week's issue has a giant crab in battle with humanoids. Not much to say about it - it's competent enough, though could have appeared on any number of pulp sci-fi novels from the 1950s onwards. Mind Wars has Tilman attempting to kill the twins, but he is interrupted when Ardeni awakes. … Continue reading Star Lord No 6: Interstellar Federation invasion begins! You have been warned!
Kevin O'Neill depicts Ro-Jaws and Hammerstein surveying what looks like a spaceship crashing into a skyscraper (or starscraper, or whatever they're called in Ro-Busters). This week's Mind Wars sees Na-Rutha control Arlen to force the ship to go to Earth. There's a bit of confusion between artist and letterer at one stage, with the teddy-bear … Continue reading Star Lord No 5: This is gonna be a bad one, Hammer-Stein!
Published on the same day as 2000AD Prog 67, this issue of Star Lord drops the numbering on the cover altogether and features Johnny Alpha shooting an alien, the two of them on something that looks very much like a chessboard. In Mind Wars the twins face greater danger from their home planet than from … Continue reading Star Lord No 4: Inside! Part One of a mind-stretching sci-fi game! It stars Strontium Dog… it’s called Hell Planet… it’s not for cowards!
After No 1 and Issue 2 we've got No 3 - you know where you are with progs - none of these 'numbers' and 'issues'. Kevin O'Neill paints a full-colour star battle in honour of whatever this week's free gift was - looks like some kind of laminated cardboard battleships clone. I'm not the biggest … Continue reading Star Lord No. 3: Fight your own Star Battles
After Star Lord No 1 comes Star Lord Issue 2 (nothing like consistency in a new comic). This issue had a free gift, a Space Calculator. I've never seen one of these, but it looks like it was a piece of cardboard with windows cut out and another card which slid up to reveal facts … Continue reading Star Lord Issue 2: You’ll never be the same after reading it!