I keep thinking this Mean Arena cover is by Steve Dillon, but it's actually from Brian Bolland with some very Dillonesque cast members. Tharg reminds earthlets that the Krill Tro Thargo can be awarded for purposes other than introducing new readers to the galaxy's greatest in the Nerve Centre. Ten publishes a letter about a … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 248: Play ball! In the Mean Arena!
Iconic covers by Brian Bolland and Kevin O'Neill, this time it's Dave Gibbons' turn with the 'dead biochips' cover - Rogue haunted by the helmetted skulls of his war buddies, who are always with him. Wasn't an early version of Rogue Trooper literally going to be Rogue haunted by Helm, Gunnar and Bagman, either spiritually … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 241: Avenge our murder most foul!
Brush your teeth and comb your hair - the last of Tharg's thrills gets its own cover with the kind of starfields we've only seen in early Dan Dare and late Blackhawk. There was some bubble gum given away free with this prog and a similar junk food / comic advert for Tiger and Speed … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 232: Chug the Big Empty with… Ace Trucking Co. Plus! A Space Truckers' Dictionary collect part 1 of this zippo booklet
Rogue is looking up the barrel of a gun in this Dave Gibbon's cover - the gun itself is attached to a huge tank - so looks like my guess last prog about the tank battle was correct... Tharg is lost for words, and has a very brief Thargnote at the beginning of the Nerve … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 231: After 1984 there could only be… 2000AD Fight the fear of future war with… Rogue Trooper!
Jesus Redondo finally gets a cover! I've not been keeping track, but as well as ilustrating a cover to his story (Ian Gibson drawing the previous two Return to Armageddon covers), I think this might be the first cover I've seen by him in either Starlord or 2000AD. Also, as he's normally just 'Redondo' in … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 203: “Aeee! It’s the thing we saw on TV… the freak that can’t be killed!”
Prog 2000 sees a Robin Smith Tharg holding the completed Future-worlds poster taking the cover. The cover blurb says it's a giant poster, but the centre-spread presented partwork posters we've had previously have been bigger (by two pages). This is Prog 200 (may as well be called This is 2000AD, as it serves as an … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 200 Let the reading galaxy celebrate! “I, Tharg, bring you future-worlds!”
2000AD Prog 199 cover, art by Brian Bolland This prog has a Valentine's Day cover date, and Captain Skank is the personage getting close and person with Dredd, or at least his cyber-hair-snakes are as they get to work strangling Judge Dredd in a fantastic cover by Brian Bolland. Now's as good a time as … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 199: “Time to die, matey! Zzzz!”