Dave Gibbons provided this cover, featuring an ensemble of Hammerstein (with Ro-Busters head), Slade, Rogue, Johnny Alpha, Dredd and Speedo Ghost in the background. I don't remember much about this annual, so can't remember if they all appear inside (in proper stories). Cosmic Contents has Robin Smith's armoured Tharg casting a spell or something. Sam … Continue reading 2000AD Annual 1984
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!”
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!
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!
After two Nemesis the Warlock covers by Kevi O'Neill it's time for Brian Bolland to take a turn to make up for the distinct lack of Judge Death during his first three-prog run. There's not going to be many surprises in the actual story as we see a perp encountering the spirit form of Death … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 224: Judge Death Lives! in Judge Dredd
No prizes for guessing what Johnny's going to do with the gun which sister Ruth smuggled to him, in this cover by Carlos Ezquerra showing Johnny, Middenface and the Torso from Newcastle over the body of a Kreeler prison warden. Strontium Dog: Portrait of a Mutant Part 16 by Alan Grant and Ezquerra.+ It's a … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 218: The galaxy’s first thrill-powered vid-zine! Strontium Dog leads… the Upminster jailbreak!
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 turns in a 2000AD take on Close Encounters of the Third Kind, featuring Tharg's head flanked by Ro-Jaws and Walter on the front and the Gronk, Jim diGriz, Blackhawk, Mongrol, Hammerstein and Dredd on the back (it's a wraparound cover - or as Tharg puts it - a pull-out poster). Tharg's Nerve Centre … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 144: Super cover poster with this week’s issue!
Dave Gibbons' provides a full-colour Dan Dare cover. The Nerve Centre has reader art introducing Tharg's sister, Marg, who will one day appear in comic form - I had no idea she was a reader creation! Taking pride of place in this nerve centre is a comic strip created by Steve Noble and Kev Sutherland. … Continue reading 2000AD and Starlord Prog 123: Guilty of treason! The hunt is on for Dan Dare!