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!
Dredd attacks a tank while riding a bike on the cover - in a radiation suit. The Nerve Centre is give to earthlets (and earthlettes) who seem to have missed previous Nerve Centres as one complains about the absence of O'Neill on Nemesis (explained in a Thargnote previously), a question about whether females can read … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 254: “It’s Lawmaster versus Rad-Sweeper, creep, and I don’t aim to lose!” PZZOOO!
Another prog, another classic cover - eye-catching, memorable and by Brian Bolland (probably laid out by Robin Smith - as most covers appear to have been at this time ('coz he was art editor)). In the Nerve Centre, Tharg hosts letters from one terran who spotted the page of a Robo-Hunter story among those taken … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 240: "So what's the cure?" "We don't know!" Block Mania
I'm more familiar with this cover being glossier, as it appeared on The Best of 2000AD Monthly No 8, which I've owned a copy of for longer than the prog it was reprinted from - I prefer the original printing of Kevin O'Neill's Nemesis cover though. The Nerve Centre gives Tharg a chance to explain … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 239: Nemesis vs Torquemada…
Sad day - a Belardinelli cover for one of my favourite 2000AD series. You might wonder why this is sad - it's because I know this heralds the last episode of said series. Leeshar is about to shoot Stone, who is operating the Cruise missile, apparently a traitor to his yujee friends. Sutermunda has rooftop … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 227: “Here’s the reward for making me all-powerful, Stone… Death!” Countdown to Meltdown!
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!”
Carlos takes a rest this week, what with having produced Tharg stories and covers in addition to Stainless Steel Rat or Strontium Dog episodes for the last month or so. It's Mike McMahon's turn to draw the judge riding through Mega-City One (continuing the ongoing theme of showing the city on covers and posters, but … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 180: The Law is the Word!
Dave Gibbons brings us a fantastic cover showing a dark robot with a futuristic lance seated on the back of a larger, golden lizardine robot. Unless somebody else tells me different, I'm going to assume Tom Frame was responsible for the colours on this cover, which bring the image to life perfectly. Now, let's just … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 175: Super-charged sci-fi to smash your circuits!
Brian Bolland draws the cover for this annual, featuring Starlord revealing Ro-Jaws, the Gronk, Johnny Alpha, Hammerstein, Ardenia Lakam, Na-Rutha, James Blocker, Suzie Cho and two more figures from under his purple and gold cloak. Both Ardeni and the Gronk are doing the 'hands held up to the head denoting psychic powers being used' that … Continue reading Starlord Annual 1981
In case there's any doubt, this Flesh cover shows off Belardinelli's skill at depicting monstrous beasts as a giant scorpion emerges from the waters to attack hapless humans in the Triassic. The Nerve Centre highlights that there was an industrial dispute which kept the prog from the shelves for the best part of a month. … Continue reading 2000AD and Starlord Prog 93: No! Please let me drown before the giant scorpions get to me!