Time for King Carlos to draw a wraparound cover, this one for... well, it's in the title of this post, and shows Slippery Jim and Angelina on the section that appears on the front of the prog, and He on the back cover - between them are various locations from the story so far (and … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 171: The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World
A third week of cover's from Mike McMahon, this one introducing Murd the Oppressor - cover date 26 July 1980. Tharg's Nerve Centre explicitly promotes 178 as a special prog, so that must have been the 'judgement is coming' ad a few weeks ago. The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison, adapted by Kelvin Gosnell … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 170: Dredd Meets – The Necromancer! “It is useless to resist, little man – you have been judged DEAD!”
Tough if you don't like Mike McMahon's art style, as following last week's 'CRIME' cover, he's back for a wraparound cover showing an otherwise unreported-upon civil war which Dredd took part in. So, without any explanation, what's on the cover? Dredd takes centrestage on the front half, leading a team of uniformed non-Judges (could be … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 169: A Scene from the Civil War in Post-Atomic America
Brian Bolland draws an Empire Strikes Back tie-in competition featuring R2-D2, C-3PO, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca. They're looking slightly more like Palitoy toys than film characters... Tharg's Nerve Centre. It looks like Bonjo and Klep have truly been consigned to the scrap heap as Tharg announces Flush Gordon, coming to 2000AD. It asks … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 166: New this prog! The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World! / Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back – 15 electronic battle command games and 20 action figures to be won!
Angelina struggles with Jim (well, Jim looks like he's struggling the most) on this Ezquerra cover, while her vixen aircraft, tanks and mole underground tanks are shown in the background. Tharg's Nerve Centre has a reader point out an error in the V.C.s (the line about Pluto rock being frozen gas at minus 2000 degrees … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 151: Death to the Empire! Angelina’s army rides to war in the murderous climax of the Stainless Steel Rat!
A top-down Dutch angle cover from Ezquerra as Jim fights it out with the assassin outside Angelina's bedroom. Surprisingly considering the number of vertigo-inducingly tall buildings in 2000AD (and Judge Dredd in particularly) it's perhaps surprising we haven't seen this kind of angle on a cover before... Tharg's Nerve Centre brings news of a four-part … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 150: “Nerve poison on his blade – one nick and I’m dead!” The Stainless Steel Rat Gets a Slice of the Action Inside!
Before I start - this is another of those progs I bought quite early on, so the episodes within are more familiar to me than those preceding and following them. Belardinelli provides the cover, though the eyeless green unicorn that Blackhawk is sitting on will confuse readers, as it hasn't appeared yet. Tharg's Nerve Centre … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 149: Inside… Sword and Sorcery! See Blackhawk – warrior in search of a soul!
Not a classic Bolland cover this time - it's Mike McMahon's turn. Available on a T-shirt near you just about every decade since this prog came out (as far as I know - I don't have access to a database of which Tshirts were available when). Tharg's Nerve Centre contains a teaser for the next … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 148: You’re next, PUNK!
A list of Stainless Steel Rat books, including their original publication dates (as of writing the last one I bought would have been in the eighties - so that leaves a few that were written and I only found out about when preparing this list). These are sorted by in-universe chronological order. I only noticed after filling in half … Continue reading The Stainless Steel Rat Index
King Carlos provides the cover which is an almost exact creation of a scene in the story inside, though from a different angle, showing Angelina shooting Jim five times, including one in the head. Oh, and Angelina must be cold as her shoulder in the halter-neck top is blue on the cover and pink in … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 147: “Angelina pointed the .75 recoilless at my chest and four slugs ripped into me. Then she put a fifth one in my head for good measure.” The Stainless Steel Rat winds up in the mortuary, inside!