cover Tharg's Nerve Centre collectively answers the question posed in Prog 298, revealing that Rawhide was currently being shown in the London area, Rowdy Yates was a 'drag' played by Clint Eastwood and Gil Favor was played by Eric Fleming. Tharg admonishes a query about the practicality of Judge Anderson wearing high heels, claiming it's … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 309: Destruction of the Gambling Ship Miziz-ippi IV!
John Cooper is back on the cover! Is what I'd like to have said, but then I had second thoughts and checking Barney this is the only time Cooper's artwork ever graced the cover! Some nice effects printing Engels in green and yellow, rising like a spectre between Dredd and Mega-City One. Tharg's Nerve Centre … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 298: “Death to the enemies of East-Meg One!” The Last Invader
I shall stop saying that covers are classic, as we're in the era when just about every cover is a classic (apart from the ones cobbled together from interior art and promotional tie-ins). This one from McMahon sits somewhere between his iconic Dredd era and his tribal style on Slaine - the children playing in … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 296: “Merry christmas!”
Ron Smith is back on the cover - seems like ages! This story has its own logo though first time I read it I thought it said 'Rabio' (I was really young at the time). In Tharg's Nerve Centre one earthlet correctly surmises that Prof Max Challenger's face (not to mention cameos in Inferno, Meltdown … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 289: “Drok!” Judge Dredd in Rabid
Mike White provides the second of his 2000AD covers (the first was also for Mean Arena, over half a year earlier). Matt Tallon jumps over a wall and towards a circular comic frame. Tharg's Nerve Centre has a letter from a reader who noticed a mistake in Ace Trucking Co (the difference between yoohoo and … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 279: Duran Duran join the Squaxx dek Thargo The slayer is on the loose… in The Mean Arena
With a cover line like that you know it's going to be Belardinelli on art duties, as G-B-H takes centre-stage on the cover. The most notable thing about the Nerve Centre is how so many things are contributed that there's a Nerve Centre Extra at the back of the prog. Having said that, none of … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 247: Read by Aliens Across the Galaxy! “It’s buzzin’ beakboys, G-B-H! Pummel gurney or we’re skavy gravy!” Translation: The Ace Trucking Co. are in big trouble this prog!
Ian Gibson signs his own name on this wraparound cover. A bunch of robots are queuing in line to pick up babies (though one is dropping one on their head). It's alright though, the text tells us that they're unemployed robots re-training as Nursery-Bots, using lifelike models of young humes. As you'd expect from Gibson, … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 209: “Hey, come back with my baby!” “Push off, creep! You ain’t fit to raise monkeys!” “WAAAGHH!”
King Carlos shows Kings Reach Tower blasting off on this cover. I think this is the first time we've seen it take off - if not I have a feeling the previous time may have been a badly doctored photo. Tharg's Nerve Centre kicks of the Great Helmet Puzzle - i.e. why Dredd never shows … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 176: “Attention all staff droids! Next stop the planet of Zrag!”
Brian Bolland draws the cover for this annual, featuring Starlord revealing Ro-Jaws, the Gronk, Johnny Alpha, Hammerstein, Ardeni Lakam, Na-Rutha, James Blocker, Suzie Cho and two more figures from under his purple and gold cloak. Both Ardeni and the Gronk are doing the 'hands held up to the head denoting psychic powers being used' that … Continue reading Starlord Annual 1981
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!