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2000AD Prog 20: Supercover 2 – The Man who Stole the Stars!

This post has been in ‘drafts’ for nearly three months now, so probably about time I finished it and published…

0001._Feb_27_1977_-_Jun_23_1979_(1-118)The Supercover story on prog 20 is ‘The Man Who Stole the Stars!’, which is fitting as when I read this, on the day that his death was announced, it called to mind the late David Bowie’s songs ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ and ‘Starman’ (amongst other space-themed songs).

Over the page, however, we get the first instalment of a large-creature-based strip to replace Flesh with the polar bear Shako!  Continue reading

2000AD Prog 18: By Stomm! Now they’re even Growing Law-breakers in Mega-City 1!

We’re introduced to Prog 18 by an unusual cover, in that it’s (partially) illustrated by the late, great Don Lawrence, but has been bodged to replace the main figure with a pic of Dredd by Carlos Ezquerra.  Artwork on buildings in the background on the pasted section suggest that Kevin O’Neill was the one who had been given this task.

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2000AD Prog 17: Oh, No! Johnson, Mills and Shepherd have got Mixed up with a Tyrannosaur in the Time Machine!

Yet another Brian Bolland cover, as at this point he was still working on Powerman for Nigerian comics, and unlike Dave Gibbons (and Kevin O’Neill?) he hadn’t managed to get out of that contract yet, so he was being given covers to draw. Eventually this would lead to Supercovers, coming in a few weeks (of progs) time.
This one relates to one of the stories inside though, as we get a preview of what will happen to Johnson, Mills, Shepherd and a dinosaur in this week’s episode of Flesh.  Mills is obviously named after Pat, and Shepherd is named after Jan Shepheard, no idea who Johnson is though.  As an aside, I read somewhere recently that Brian signed a few of these covers ‘Bollo’ to blend in with all the Spanish and South American artists whose names ended in ‘o’.
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