In general the aim of this blog is to cover every publication from the House of Tharg (plus a few Tharg-adjacent things that have cropped up over the years) in roughly the order they came out - one blog per publication. When it comes to the newspaper strips, practicality demands a different approach. In 1981, … Continue reading The Daily Dredds: 1981
Ron Smith starts this annual with a fantastic full-painted colour cover - it's a real shame we didn't get to see more painted artwork from Ron (though his black and white stuff is nothing to complain about). Tharg introduces the Cosmic Contents page in a Carlos pic. Judge Dredd: Block-Out at the Crater Bowl by … Continue reading 2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1983: Featuring Judge Dredd plus! Rogue Trooper future war hero! Return of the Jedi colour preview Tharg the Mighty as you’ve never seen him before!
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
Carlos Ezquerra's skill continues to blossom (well, mushrooms) into a cover featuring a Justice Department announcement over the body horror of being turned into a living fungus... Tharg's Nerve Centre questions the existence of one earthlet whose mum thinks all the letters are made up while D.J.1 hands out the prizes, including one copy of … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 277: Have YOU seen the mushroom men?
A great cover from Ian Gibson, showing every character who's appeared in more than one Robo-Hunter story (apart from the Goldhawk landlord droid). And all in front of a circular border... Tharg's Nerve Centre has news of the upcoming annuals and a rush-off to somebody who would have liked to have bought some original pages … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 276: “Come on, ya tin creeps! I’ll murder ya!” “Ay yi yi! Thees keed he have the way with words!”
As with the last Belardinelli cover, G-B-H takes centre stage in a fight, though this fight poses more of a threat to the pretty one-sided affair last time. An earthlette writes in to Tharg's Nerve Centre to complain that 2000AD isn't priced high enough, feeling that it's worth at least twice the 18p cover price. … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 275: Take your partners for the… SPLUD! Sha’ka War Dance!
Brett puts in a cover based on a scene from the first page of this week's Rogue story I don't know if it was the reader or Tharg who wrote the caption for one picture in the Nerve Centre, but it has the kind of puns I can get behind - robot tennis players Bjorn … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 274: Tomorrow’s thrills today! Rogue Trooper CHAINED!
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!”
Cam Kennedy illustrates his Rogue Trooper episode in this cover featuring dialogue and a round panel (known in some circles (!) as a 'Whittle'. Tharg blames Burt for deleting half of the letters due to appear in the Nerve Centre, though it just happens that the other half is taken up with an advert... One … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 272: Madness honoured by Tharg this prog “Death or glory!” Can Rogue Trooper prevent a future war fiasco?
Belardinelli's Ace Trucking Co cover features G-B-H in the midst of a fight. This is not the only Belardinelli cover to feature such a scene... Tharg's Nerve Centre opens with calamitous news. The price of the prog has increased by tuppence to 18p (as I write this, this week's prog cost £2.99). Sam Slade, Robo-Hunter: … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 271: “Ditch him, G-B-H …the fate of Ace Trucking is at stake!” Battle of the Biffos!