The first full year of weekly newspaper strips (it later went daily which is why we generally think of them as a daily strip, and that was the name given when they were collected in a hardback edition a few years back). Target Chief Judge - this is a bit of a strange one from … Continue reading The Daily Dredds: 1982
You can always rely on Ron Smith to use an interesting angle as we get a top-down shot of Judge Dredd leaping off of a skedway towards a Hover Bus below. This is another of those detached-then-reattached covers. Tharg's Nerve Centre contains another letter pointing out disparities between Tharg's treatment of male and female characters, … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 315: “Look, mummy… the judge is going to miss his bus!”
Second week running, Ian Gibson is back on the cover and this time it's a wraparound heralding the new Robo-Hunter story - with the Human League on the back - which reminds me - Dare I write a blog post on the Human League? In Tharg's Nerve Centre one earthlet with a double-barrelled name falsely … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 292: National Song Year declared in Brit-Cit! Robo Hunter stars in Play it Again, Sam!
Another classic storyline begins, though strangely the cover is not by story artist Ezquerra but instead by Ian Gibson. Not that I'm complaining. Tharg's Nerve Centre contains a trailer for an "opportunity to own a scrotnig electronic game" - sounds like another partner offer... Harry Twenty on the High Rock by Gerry Finley-Day and Alan … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 291: “Vigilante at work… that’s all this city needs!”
A third Dredd cover from King Carlos for this story - by the time it finishes half of the episodes will have boasted a cover - really making up for the lack of covers for some of the best characters to have opposed Dredd in the first five years. Tharg's Nerve Centre reveals that Project … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 286: “We got yer wife, Dredd!”
This is one of the most classic covers from Ron Smith - by the time I first saw this back prog I'd probably have already met Otto Sump. If not from the Eagle Comics reprint, then from the Smart Sweets story. In my personal mythology a back prog is one of those prog which was … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 280: “It’s tasty!” GUNGE
Mike White provides the second of his 2000AD covers (the first was also for Mean Arena, over half a year earlier). Matt Tallon jumps over a wall and towards a circular comic frame. Tharg's Nerve Centre has a letter from a reader who noticed a mistake in Ace Trucking Co (the difference between yoohoo and … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 279: Duran Duran join the Squaxx dek Thargo The slayer is on the loose… in The Mean Arena
Not that I'm complaining, but there's an awful lot of Ian Gibson Robo-Hunter covers. The scene on this one takes place at the end of the last episode and beginning of this one. Tharg's Nerve Centre has a few missives from overseas readers, Tharg hints that international rules and regulations prevent competitions and offers being … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 278: “Do something, Slade! I’m gonna BURST!” Inflation hits Brit-Cit!
Ron Smith draws a classic cover for a classic story. This is also another of those progs I got at an early stage, but didn't have the surrounding progs to add context to the stories within. Tharg's Nerve Centre has a letter from a reader who noticed on a re-read that the postergraph that opened … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 273: The League of Fatties! “Wheel!”
Somebody really liked Sam Slade for there's yet another Ian Gibson cover featuring Robo-Hunter this prog, as he's about to get pummelled by the fists-attached-to-walking-boxes at Imperial Robotics. Tharg's Nerve Centre is interrupted by a Dreddflash as Zragian sabotage has led to this week's Apocalypse War episode being delayed (so there's going to be a … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 268: Heavy metal attack! BLAM! BLAM! CRAASSH!