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
In general the aim of this blog is to cover every publication from the House of Tharg (plus a few Tharg-adjacent things that have cropped up over the years) in roughly the order they came out - one blog per publication. When it comes to the newspaper strips, practicality demands a different approach. In 1981, … Continue reading The Daily Dredds: 1981
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
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!”
Ian Gibson provides a striking cover containing Slade's tombstone, bordered by Hoagy and Stogie mourning the robo-hunter. We'll see this tombstone quite a bit, but more about that inside... Tharg's Nerve Centre has a note on the dates on the tombstone on the cover, apparently they put on your biological age on the grave, rather … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 312: “Sniff!” “Ay-yi-yi! senor Slade, he ees no more!” Robo-Hunter – the final case?
Steve Dillon's back on the cover for the first time since Prog 226 and (getting ahead of myself) also back on Dredd for the first time since Block Mania. Tharg's Nerve Centre is reduced to half-size again, so that IPC can plug another comic (this time it's Whoopee!) barely leaving space for an earthlet to … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 305: “You’re under arrest, creep!” Dredd puts the bite on bounty-hunters!
Second week running, Ian Gibson is back on the cover and this time it's a wraparound heralding the new Robo-Hunter story - with the Human League on the back - which reminds me - Dare I write a blog post on the Human League? In Tharg's Nerve Centre one earthlet with a double-barrelled name falsely … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 292: National Song Year declared in Brit-Cit! Robo Hunter stars in Play it Again, Sam!
Another classic storyline begins, though strangely the cover is not by story artist Ezquerra but instead by Ian Gibson. Not that I'm complaining. Tharg's Nerve Centre contains a trailer for an "opportunity to own a scrotnig electronic game" - sounds like another partner offer... Harry Twenty on the High Rock by Gerry Finley-Day and Alan … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 291: “Vigilante at work… that’s all this city needs!”
This Belardinelli cover skips last prog's cliffhanger (where Ace is due to get barbecued) and trots on to the next threat against the space trucker's life. Future comic writer Warren Ellis makes a second appearance in Tharg's Nerve Centre, this time pouring on the praise for the Apocalypse War. Ace Trucking Co. The Kloistar Run … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 282: A stab in the dark “…and the Great Garpo shall die!”
Not that I'm complaining, but there's an awful lot of Ian Gibson Robo-Hunter covers. The scene on this one takes place at the end of the last episode and beginning of this one. Tharg's Nerve Centre has a few missives from overseas readers, Tharg hints that international rules and regulations prevent competitions and offers being … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 278: “Do something, Slade! I’m gonna BURST!” Inflation hits Brit-Cit!