Alan Davis is back on the cover showing last prog's stunning revelation regarding Old Ben 90. This was one of my first back progs and I'm pretty sure I got it from a comic shop in Bristol (Forever People?) while on holiday and read it while at a cafe on a dockside. It's possible that … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 302: “Hee! Hee! Hee!” Ben Ninety – Android!
Ian Gibson's cover introduces the problematic elements of this week's Robo-Hunter episode straight away - 38 years later these Japanese stereotypes have not aged well. 2000AD isn't the only comic from IPC that costs 18p, as Tharg plugs Charley's War in Battle. The Nerve Centre continues with a letter from an earthlet (sorry, tellurian) who … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 285: Robo Hunter goes football crazy! “What’s the score, Sam, huh?”
Carlos is back on the cover, along with Mean Machine Angel for the first time in, er, three weeks. Apparently there were stickers given away free with this prog, so Tharg's Nerve Centre tells me. Luckily this hasn't resulted in sticky tape damage on the cover. Sam Slade, Robo-Hunter: Football Crazy Part 2 by Alan … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 284: “Howdy! This here’s a hijack!”
A Brian Bolland cover greets us this year as he depicts some characters we won't ever seem him draw in comic strip form (Rogue Trooper, Johnny and Wulf) in addition to his Dredd. The contents page has Robin Smith's rendition of Tharg riding an armoured space dragon thing (Tharg's in the same suit of armour … Continue reading 2000AD Annual 1983
At this point I think the only comic strip work that art editor Robin Smith has done was a few Captain Klep episodes, though as art editor it's often your job to step in at the last moment to fill in gaps, and I suspect that's what's happened with this generic Dredd cover (fairly generic … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 265: Free Bubblicious juicy soft bubble gum Great new cola flavour!
Ian Gibson's cover gives away last week's cliffhanger a bit - not only do we know Slade will capture the beast, but it won't be a permanent Tharg's Nerve Centre is filled with reader reactions to the Apocalypse War, plus news of the East Anglian Cartoonists Exhibition as part of the Ipswich Arts Festival. I … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 263: “Uh-oh!” Robo-Hunter at bay!
I think Robin Smith provides the Tharg for this cover, which also has a thumbnail sized version of the Rogue Trooper poster we'll be getting for the next four weeks (each section will have, respectively, Norts, tanks, Rogue and Southers). p.s. 2000AD Prog 1 - cover date: 26th February 1977. 'Fifth birthday issue' cover date: … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 260: Zarjaz 5th birthday issue “Happy birthday, Earthlets!” TOTAL WAR
Massimo's back - on the cover and in the prog as the long-awaited (well, postponed for a month) Ace Trucking Co starts this prog. In the Nerve Centre we find out that the North American Thril-Sucker exist in vast numbers as there is no 2000AD in the USA to combat them. Judge Dredd: Block Mania … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 244: "Hit them jackers with the old BLAZOOGA, BIFF!" "Hrrum! They never told me space trucking was going to be like this!" It could only happen to… Ace Trucking Co.
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!
Sad day - a Belardinelli cover for one of my favourite 2000AD series. You might wonder why this is sad - it's because I know this heralds the last episode of said series. Leeshar is about to shoot Stone, who is operating the Cruise missile, apparently a traitor to his yujee friends. Sutermunda has rooftop … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 227: “Here’s the reward for making me all-powerful, Stone… Death!” Countdown to Meltdown!