Johnny and Wulf down at the farm, Sláine masters the warp spasm, Chopper gets a lead in Supersurf while Dredd gets a lead on the Supersurf finish, Ace gets news of his own finish and things aren't looking rosy for Rogue either.
Alan Davis is back on the cover showing last prog's stunning revelation regarding Old Ben 90. This was one of my first back progs and I'm pretty sure I got it from a comic shop in Bristol (Forever People?) while on holiday and read it while at a cafe on a dockside. It's possible that … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 302: “Hee! Hee! Hee!” Ben Ninety – Android!
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
Carlos provides a cover with Dredd and the Mega-City covered in snow, and it's not even the christmas prog! The Nerve Centre has Tharg telling us how he uses reader's art to threaten art droids with replacement if they dn't come up to scratch. Ace Trucking Co. The Great Mush Rush Part 6 by Grant … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 256: “The East-Megs are behind us! Get out while you can!” Readers’ art – your drawings inside
Ian Gibson is back on Ace Trucking Co for this cover. It's fair enough but nobody draws Ace like Belardinelli did. In the Nerve Centre Tharg lets all eartlets know that "your country's government" (presumably Britain, even though Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and NI also feature in the cover price box) has declared 1982 Information … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 255: “By my corpse! Haul me up, Ace – FAST!” The Great Mush Rush continues in… Ace Trucking Co.
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!
Has it been mentioned in the story that Rogue Trooper has blue skin? Lucky we've got colour on the cover to let us know. Also lucky for the stammels that they don't seem to have any problems with those chem clouds in this Dave Gibbons cover. Tharg reveals that Art Robot Bolland suffered a major … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 234: Keep on trucking with Ace Trucking Co. inside Rogue Trooper battles the Raiders of the Atomic Desert!
Jesus Redondo finally gets a cover! I've not been keeping track, but as well as ilustrating a cover to his story (Ian Gibson drawing the previous two Return to Armageddon covers), I think this might be the first cover I've seen by him in either Starlord or 2000AD. Also, as he's normally just 'Redondo' in … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 203: “Aeee! It’s the thing we saw on TV… the freak that can’t be killed!”
Dave Gibbon's depicts Old Father Time being knocked out of the way by a horde of aliens (no two of which are alike). This prog would have been the first of the year, on newsagent shelves from the 5th of January with a Saturday 10th cover date. Strontium Dog: The Bad Boys Bust credited to … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 194: 1981 is the Year of the Alien!
This annual's cover character montage comes courtesy of Dave Gibbons - showing Tharg in between Judge Dredd (in his own and Bolland's style) and Johnny Alpha (looking pretty faithful to an Ezquerra picture). This is promising - following that Gibbons' cover the inside starts with a star pin-up of Deadlock ("They mystic A.B.C. Warrior) by … Continue reading 2000AD Annual 1981