On the front cover, Brian Bolland introduces us to Orlock the Assassin. The Nerve Centre has a letter from 'Wakefied' - I wonder if that's Wakefield Carter, who was behind the 2000AD Meeples a few years back? A different Earthlet tells Squaxx about Orkney Ba' - a game not dissimilar to Street Football played on … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 242: Subject: Orlock Status: assassin Mission: destroy Mega-City One! Block Mania
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!
Brian Bolland provides a montage cover featuring Dredd, Johnny Alpha and Blackhawk flanking Tharg. Wasn't expecting to see Blackhawk again - I'm guessing it's going to be a text story... The contents page image is provided by Robin Smith and features Johnny Alpha - we'd better get a good Strontium Dog story this annual! Robin … Continue reading 2000AD Annual 1982
Colin Wilson's cover shows Dredd jumping on to a mopad as it exits a tunnel (though aren't mopads mobile apartments, not just any old truck)? Strontium Dog: Portrait of a Mutant Part 17 by Alan Grant and Ezquerra. Torso is a better pilot than you'd expect somebody with no depth perception to be. Though even … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 219: Traffic duty – Mega-City One Style! “Dredd’s stumm-gassed the mopad! All bikes move in!”
Another prog, another iconic cover from Brian Bolland. There's not many comics where a spaghetti (sorry, synthetti) monster is going to emerge from a plate, reaching out for you! Strontium Dog: Portrait of a Mutant Part 14 by Alan Grant and Ezquerra. Despite their threat to explode Upminster with everybody inside, when faced with a … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 216: The synthetti men are out to get you!
The Mutant Army marches (more like charges) into battle on this Ezquerra cover - though I'm not sure how as they've been attacking the hovering city of Upminster in the story (though the other half of the Army are meant to be attacking Kreeler bases, so maybe we'll pay a flying (sorry!) visit to the … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 212: “Death to the Norms!” The Mutant Army is on the march – inside!
Dave Gibbon's cover has Tharg over the smoking hole that is Croydon (by which I mean that Croydon as we know it is gone, to be replaced by a smoking hole). The cover date is 11 April 1981, so we're going to be in Sci-Fi Special territory soon. Tharg and the Creep Who Stole Croydon … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 207: “Definitely un-zarjaz!” The Creep that Stole Croydon!