2000AD Prog 396: WIN! Dungeons & Dragons treasure trove! “We need NEW BLOOD – join us, Joe…” “Hershey! She’s a VAMPIRE!”

Robin Smith reprises the last panel of last week's Dredd (and no doubt the opener of this week's too) in this cover showing vampire Hershey about to put the bite on Dredd. Tharg's Nerve Centre has a letter from an earthlet whose brother insists that Helltrekkers is 'copied' from Bloodfang (a dinosaur story running in … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 396: WIN! Dungeons & Dragons treasure trove! “We need NEW BLOOD – join us, Joe…” “Hershey! She’s a VAMPIRE!”

2000AD Prog 395: Take out your partners for the ballroom blitz! “Blimey – gatecrashers!” KLIK!

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!

2000AD Prog 394: Tomorrow’s evil in the City of the Damned! “What the drokk…?” “The Hell Street Blues!”

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!”

2000AD Prog 392: Target: Traitor General – revenge for Rogue Trooper! “There’s the murderer!” “I see him!” “FIRE!”

At a guess I'd have said this cover was by Brett Ewins and Brendan McCarthy, though Barney only credits Brett. Considering the main quest of Rogue and the biochips for the three years they've appeared has been to hunt down the Traitor General, it's only fair that the TG gets on to the cover, along … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 392: Target: Traitor General – revenge for Rogue Trooper! “There’s the murderer!” “I see him!” “FIRE!”

2000AD Prog 391: Q: What does a dinosaur call a Helltrek? HRRRAAIII! A: Meals on Wheels!

Robin Smith provides the a Helltrekkers cover - I'm liking his rendition of the tyrannosaurs! Tharg's Nerve Centre opens with an unexpected tribute to Albert Robida - a French artist considered to be an early pioneer of sci-fi / steampunk style illustrations, from before either term had been invented. Tharg says he suggested a tribute … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 391: Q: What does a dinosaur call a Helltrek? HRRRAAIII! A: Meals on Wheels!

2000AD Prog 389: A Machine? A Myth? Or a Man? A Case for Treatment

Ron Smith gives us a rare multi-panel cover as we focus on the gun, badge, chin and then portrait of Dredd marking the last episode of the Judgement triology. Tharg's Nerve Centre has earthlets interrogate Dredd on a variety of subjects. Unless contradicted in later stories, here's a list of Dredd facts (remember that, as … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 389: A Machine? A Myth? Or a Man? A Case for Treatment

2000AD Prog 388: Future War Games on Nu Earth “My move, G.I.!” SNAP!

Cam Kennedy shows the traitor playing a chess-a-like game with figures of Rogue and the (embodied) biochips in this latest cover. Tharg's Nerve Centre has a lesson in Irish (not about Sláine for a change, but regarding Spud Murphy referring to The Garda instead of The Gardai). Nemesis the Warlock Book IV: The Gothic Empire … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 388: Future War Games on Nu Earth “My move, G.I.!” SNAP!

2000AD Prog 387: Nemesis the Warlock in The Gothic Empire

Kevin O'Neill provides a new cover for the debut of Nemesis the Warlock Book IV. I say 'new' because the story within, while previously unpublished, was created some time before this prog was published. I'll probably cover that when Tharg does - in three prog's time. This prog has a cover date of the 13th … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 387: Nemesis the Warlock in The Gothic Empire

The Daily Dredds: 1983

The newspaper strips continue in to their third year (and were collected with those from 1981 to 1986 in a hardback edition a few years back). For the sake of logistics, I'm saving these up in to batches for coverage in this blog (it wouldn't exactly be practical to have one episode per day, interspersed … Continue reading The Daily Dredds: 1983

2000AD Prog 382: 🟊 Heavy melt-all issue! 🟊 “Stomm!” “Judge clone in jeopardy… repeat… judge clone in jeopardy!”

Last prog Ron Smith showed that he could depict the destruction of cities other than Mega-City One. This cover shows that the city in question is about to be wholly destroyed - including the bits that got missed out fifty years earlier. Plus there's dialogue. We don't get enough speech balloons on comic covers these … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 382: 🟊 Heavy melt-all issue! 🟊 “Stomm!” “Judge clone in jeopardy… repeat… judge clone in jeopardy!”