I've not been paying attention but I think this is Bryan Talbot's first cover for the galaxy's greatest comic. There shall be more. This may be the first time Ro-Jaws has made it to the cover since Prog 114. Tharg's Nerve Centre has compliments for the Ballad of Halo Jones (Tharg doesn't take the opportunity … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 395: Take out your partners for the ballroom blitz! “Blimey – gatecrashers!” KLIK!
I'd have been too young to have watched Hill Street Blues, but I would probably have gotten the pun on this cover from Ron Smith. It's only know when I look it up that I find the blue vampire judges shown are named after characters from the show. A brief search suggests the vampires in … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 394: Tomorrow’s evil in the City of the Damned! “What the drokk…?” “The Hell Street Blues!”
One of my two favourite depictors of griminess takes to the cover as Eric Bradbury shows the Dictators of Zrag dressed as judges about to execute the Mighty One (my other favourite grime artist is Mike Dorey). Tharg's Nerve Centre has Tharg send pin-ups of Judge Dekker and Venus Bluegenes to two separate troops - … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 386: “The sentence is thrill-power…” “The sentence is…” “DEATH!” Tharg on trial!
All of Eric Bradbury's covers for 2000AD will be within the next two years, starting with this one of Tharg playing computer games against the Dictators of Zrag. Spoiler alert - four of his five covers feature Tharg and hte Dictators of Zrag. Tharg's Nerve Centre backs up the videogame-themed cover. Sam Slade, Robo-Hunter: Play … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 293: “Starbase one under attack!” Win the video game that talks to you!
Brian Bolland draws the Dredd cover where Joe is judge, jury and executioner, except it looks like he's in the dock this time, with a gallery of his past foes stood in judgement on him... The contents page has Tharg make it clear that this annual will be dominated by Carlos Ezquerra artwork, as the … Continue reading Judge Dredd Annual 1983: In the 22nd century he is the law!
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!
This is an excellent cover by Brian Bolland, featuring to contract killers targetting half of a couple in a window on the block opposite - from body language it looks like they're mid-argument, so no prices for guessing who took out the contract! The block in question is Rolf Harris Block - that hasn't aged … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 215: Meet Mega-City One’s Contract Killers!
Brendan McCarthy puts in a cover which could be a blown-up panel from this week's Future-Shock (though in better resolution than if that had happened). Strontium Dog: Portrait of a Mutant Part 12 by Alan Grant and Ezquerra. Kreeman having escaped, Johnny walks back along corridors and halls strewn with those who died to get … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 214: In the newsagents: “Skud gen gehr!” “Idiot! I asked for 2000 AD – not 2000 elbow scratchers!” The English/Phlondrutian Phrasebook
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!
Carlos is back (again) with a wraparound cover. I was trying to find a thumbnail of the entire cover but couldn't find one (not one in colour, anyway) though did come across the interesting tidbit - this is the first time a Carlos Dredd was published since 1977! Albeit as part of a montage also … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 192: “Splundig vur ho, ho, ho!”