2000AD and Tornado Prog 166: New this prog! The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World! / Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back – 15 electronic battle command games and 20 action figures to be won!

Brian Bolland draws an Empire Strikes Back tie-in competition featuring R2-D2, C-3PO, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca. They're looking slightly more like Palitoy toys than film characters... Tharg's Nerve Centre. It looks like Bonjo and Klep have truly been consigned to the scrap heap as Tharg announces Flush Gordon, coming to 2000AD. It asks … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 166: New this prog! The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World! / Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back – 15 electronic battle command games and 20 action figures to be won!

2000AD and Tornado Prog 154: “Holy Joe Smith! Nine-inch-high robo assassins!” “He he he he he”

An Ian Gibson cover showing Sam Slade and the true stars of the show, the Teeny Meks! Tharg's Nerve Centre has a reader pointing out that it's been 21 weeks since Dan Dare took a break for a while - Tharg replies that Dare will return when a Dan Dare TV series starts... Another reader … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 154: “Holy Joe Smith! Nine-inch-high robo assassins!” “He he he he he”

2000AD and Tornado Prog 153: “Stomm! It’s Peters… The man who drank the blood of Satanus!”

A Ron Smith focussed prog begins with a cover showing dino-man Rex Peters, along with Dredd wearing his green rain-cloak. Tharg's Nerve Centre and an interesting contest has started this prog - guess the name of Tharg's home planet (hithertoo referred to only as Betelgeuse 6). The clues given are "it contains between 5 and … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 153: “Stomm! It’s Peters… The man who drank the blood of Satanus!”

2000AD and Tornado Prog 152: Fiends of the Eastern Front! Not the horror of war – the war of horrors! Robo-Hunter returns! Sam Slade in Day of the Droids. Judge Dredd’s Hall of Heroes

A composite cover featuring panels from Fiends of the Eastern Front, Robo-Hunter and the entire four-part centrefold poster that starts this prog. I'm not a fan of cut and pasted jobs for covers (even though one of the first 'classic' progs I ever bought had one). Tharg's Nerve Centre has a run down of the … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 152: Fiends of the Eastern Front! Not the horror of war – the war of horrors! Robo-Hunter returns! Sam Slade in Day of the Droids. Judge Dredd’s Hall of Heroes

2000AD and Tornado Prog 136: Design your own ALIEN! Galactic groats to be won inside!

Belardinelli's back on the cover with a generic alien for a contest (see the title of this post for the theme). The Nerve Centre has a reader-contributed comic strip with text to tiny to read (the punchline can be seen - the moon is sentient and swallows a lunar lander) and another short story which … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 136: Design your own ALIEN! Galactic groats to be won inside!

2000AD and Tornado Prog 135: Uuuh… beastie bother Mongrol – Mongrol get PHYSICAL!

Carlos Ezquerra (or is that L. J. Silver) provides a cover with Mongrol swinging around a tyrannosaur - I'm thinking this is not Golgotha. The Nerve Centre misses the 'Tharg' from the heading this week (the reason I keep banging on about exactly what the Nerve Centre is called is beccause it was always Tharg's … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 135: Uuuh… beastie bother Mongrol – Mongrol get PHYSICAL!

2000AD and Tornado Prog 134: Eagle Awards Top British Comic – 2000 A.D. Top British Character – Judge Dredd

Another prog, another classic Brian Bolland cover - this one celebrating multiple Eagle Award wins. Tharg's Nerve Centre (is this the first time it's been called that?) has the first mention of an upcoming Robo-Hunter story next year (this prog is published in October 1979). Judge Dredd: The Invisible Man from John Howard and Ron … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 134: Eagle Awards Top British Comic – 2000 A.D. Top British Character – Judge Dredd