Four episodes in and Ace Trucking Co already gets its second cover by Massimo Belardinelli - it took fifty episodes for Meltdown Man to get the same honour (Dave Gibbons kept getting drafted in for MM covers). Tharg uses the Nerve Centre to push Block Mania (starting next prog) making it very clear that it's … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 235: "Keep the cargo busy, good buddy …I've got a plan!" G-B-H cools Kleggs in cold hold! See – Ace Trucking Co.
Brush your teeth and comb your hair - the last of Tharg's thrills gets its own cover with the kind of starfields we've only seen in early Dan Dare and late Blackhawk. There was some bubble gum given away free with this prog and a similar junk food / comic advert for Tiger and Speed … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 232: Chug the Big Empty with… Ace Trucking Co. Plus! A Space Truckers' Dictionary collect part 1 of this zippo booklet
/ You can't go wrong with a Kevin O'Neill cover featuring Nemesis slicing his way through a squad of Terminators in front of a fiery background. Ro-Jaws' Nerve Centre. As you can tell, it's a take-over week as the mouthy sewer droid introduces the prog. Rogue Trooper by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons. If we … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 230: Revenge of the Warlock! Nemesis hits back – inside!
Dave Gibbon's cover has Tharg over the smoking hole that is Croydon (by which I mean that Croydon as we know it is gone, to be replaced by a smoking hole). The cover date is 11 April 1981, so we're going to be in Sci-Fi Special territory soon. Tharg and the Creep Who Stole Croydon … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 207: “Definitely un-zarjaz!” The Creep that Stole Croydon!
Mike McMahon turns in a trademark gigantic Dredd sitting on a citiblock in this cover, originally published mid-March, 1981. Mike really seems to like giant Dredds looming over the city. Strontium Dog: Portrait of a Mutant Part by Alan Grant and Ezquerra. The newly-named Johnny Alpha introduced to General Armz (guess what his mutation is?) … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 204: King of the Streets!
Carlos is back on cover duty with a very yellow and orange portrait of Johnny Alpha surrounded by vignettes of mutant persecution and the rise of the Kreelers - but I'm getting ahead of myself. The colours were probably added by Tom Frame, Steve Potter or someone on the editorial team (Robin Smith?) and this … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 202: No more muties! Portrait of a Mutant!
Ian Gibson / Emberton provides the cover for the 28 Feb 1981 cover-dated prog. I spot Griffin, Pepper and McGruder, can only assume that the other judge shown (other than Dredd) is also on the Council of Five. Dredd is shown drawing his lawgiver from a boot holster - showing how impractical it is while … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 201: “Get down! Assassination run!”