The first full year of weekly newspaper strips (it later went daily which is why we generally think of them as a daily strip, and that was the name given when they were collected in a hardback edition a few years back). Target Chief Judge - this is a bit of a strange one from … Continue reading The Daily Dredds: 1982
Dave Gibbons provided this cover, featuring an ensemble of Hammerstein (with Ro-Busters head), Slade, Rogue, Johnny Alpha, Dredd and Speedo Ghost in the background. I don't remember much about this annual, so can't remember if they all appear inside (in proper stories). Cosmic Contents has Robin Smith's armoured Tharg casting a spell or something. Sam … Continue reading 2000AD Annual 1984
Angie Mills provides this cover (yes, I know the artist is now known as Angela Kincaid, but I'm tending to use the credits as given at the time - mainly due to how tangled the web of pseudonyms gets at times). Pat and Angie spent a lot of time developing Sláine though I gather it … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 330: New sword and sorcery saga starts this prog! Sláine
This cover isn't your usual 2000AD cover - it's a tie-in to a toy. Picture courtesy of Kevin O'Neill, it's a pretty faithful reproduction of the toy - taking centre-spot is the Robo-Machines RM-2 Tank, and I should know as I have one, on the shelf below my Matchbox Land-raider (both of which I've had … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 329: Are they robots? Are they machines? They’re both!
Brett Ewins' cover shows K For Ken, a Nort missile and three G.I.s (it's a front view of Rogue so we can't see Bagman). Tharg's Nerve Centre has the announcement of Project Thrill-Power Unlimited! - ranging from annuals, new series (that'll be Sláine) and a mystery free gift (I think this is a Ron Smith … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 326: “Is this the death of a G.I.?”
Eric Bradbury is back on the cover and once again it's to illustrated a Tharg cover - I suspect this is the only wraparound cover Eric contributed to the galaxy's greatest. I may be imagining it, but I think he did one or two for Scream! though. Speaking of Scream! I won't be covering it … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 325: “Stand back, Burt – Prog Snatch!” Tharg Wars – Return of the Editor. Ro-Jaws reviews Return of the Jedi!
A great cover from Ian Gibson - a line-up of baby soldiers, none of which look like Kidd, which is a bit of an achievement! Whomever did the lettering had fun with the word Bottles as well. Tharg's Nerve Centre has Tharg extorting earthlets to follow up that 'highest altitude' challenge by submitting 'unusual places' … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 321: Nappy days for Robo Hunter “Presennnnnt – BOTTLES!”
Ron Smitih's back on the cover with a scene from the week's Dredd tale. This is another of the progs that was given to me by my neighbour and for me encapsulates a lot of what a good Judge Dredd tale was in that era. Though they were all good Judge Dredd tales! Tharg's Nerve … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 318: The Stupid Gun! “You’re next, Dredd!”
Another of my first batch of comics has a Cam Kennedy cover and the first apperance of bio-wire. A very much reduced Tharg's Nerve Centre - just the Thargnote, in fact, plus a Titan advert for the Judge Death collection and a non-Titan advert for bubble gum. Sam Slade, Robo-Hunter: The Slaying of Slade Part … Continue reading 2000ad Prog 317: The Bio-wire… Creeping killer of Nu Earth!
You can always rely on Ron Smith to use an interesting angle as we get a top-down shot of Judge Dredd leaping off of a skedway towards a Hover Bus below. This is another of those detached-then-reattached covers. Tharg's Nerve Centre contains another letter pointing out disparities between Tharg's treatment of male and female characters, … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 315: “Look, mummy… the judge is going to miss his bus!”