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
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!”
A Brian Bolland cover greets us this year as he depicts some characters we won't ever seem him draw in comic strip form (Rogue Trooper, Johnny and Wulf) in addition to his Dredd. The contents page has Robin Smith's rendition of Tharg riding an armoured space dragon thing (Tharg's in the same suit of armour … Continue reading 2000AD Annual 1983
Mike McMahon provides the cover for the second Judge Dredd Annual which has a very green theme going on (border, gloves and boots, rooftop gardens and jetpacking perp's visor). The contents page continues with the McMahon artwork as Dredd and a cohort of judges (what is the collective noun for judges, anyway?) stand outside the … Continue reading Judge Dredd Annual 1982
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
Prog 2000 sees a Robin Smith Tharg holding the completed Future-worlds poster taking the cover. The cover blurb says it's a giant poster, but the centre-spread presented partwork posters we've had previously have been bigger (by two pages). This is Prog 200 (may as well be called This is 2000AD, as it serves as an … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 200 Let the reading galaxy celebrate! “I, Tharg, bring you future-worlds!”
The Redondo / Gibson connections continue as the latter provides a cover for the former's series, and it looks like the Destroyer is going to be making his presence felt on a new planet this week. Strontium Dog: The Bad Boys Bust Part Two by Alan Grant and Ezquerra. This is the page which got … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 195: Return to Armageddon
Dave Gibbons does Mean Arena - on the cover, at least. Only fair that the guy who brought us (most of) Harlem Heroes gives us an illustration of the current future death sports story (even though it's not technically supposed to be a death sport). I don't recognise the team that Tallon's racing against on … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 187: In the Mean Arena you score first and check your wounds later!
Belardinelli takes to the cover for the first time since Blackhawk I think? This one's alright, though the colours do it no favours - Lianna is yellow with brown hair and blue lips and eye shadow while T-Bone is green. Gruff at least looks as grey as you'd expect a wolf to be. Strontium Dog: … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 183: “The predators have blown the dam… we’re caught in a death-trap!”
What can I say? Everything in place. The comic's not called 2000AD and Tornado any more (or even 2000AD and Starlord) - it's back to being plain old 2000AD for the first time in years. What's more, the logo has changed to the classic 1980s 'chrome' style. For me, and many others who are still … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 178: Britain’s No 1 Sci-Fi Hero!