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
I keep thinking this Mean Arena cover is by Steve Dillon, but it's actually from Brian Bolland with some very Dillonesque cast members. Tharg reminds earthlets that the Krill Tro Thargo can be awarded for purposes other than introducing new readers to the galaxy's greatest in the Nerve Centre. Ten publishes a letter about a … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 248: Play ball! In the Mean Arena!
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
Steve Dillon is back on the cover, and so is Tallon, flanked by a few of the Slayers we met before the Jensen Clan confrontation. This prog cost 16p and would have gone on sale on Monday 17th August 1981, two days after the signing of the annuals at Forbidden Planet on Denmark Street. The … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 226: In the Mean Arena, the name of the game is… get Tallon!
Brian Bolland provides a montage cover featuring Dredd, Johnny Alpha and Blackhawk flanking Tharg. Wasn't expecting to see Blackhawk again - I'm guessing it's going to be a text story... The contents page image is provided by Robin Smith and features Johnny Alpha - we'd better get a good Strontium Dog story this annual! Robin … Continue reading 2000AD Annual 1982
The Mutant Army marches (more like charges) into battle on this Ezquerra cover - though I'm not sure how as they've been attacking the hovering city of Upminster in the story (though the other half of the Army are meant to be attacking Kreeler bases, so maybe we'll pay a flying (sorry!) visit to the … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 212: “Death to the Norms!” The Mutant Army is on the march – 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!