Another week, another supercover, another art style I don’t recognise. Not a fantastic picture, I’m afraid – can’t help feeling that Belardinelli would have made a better job of it (you can tell I like his artwork, can’t you?) I’m detecting two types of Supercover – those by Brian Bolland and Kevin O’Neill, which are an excuse to print fantastic artwork with a story tacked on, and fill-in weeks by other, less distinctive artists, where the mediocre stories are mere space-fillers.
Can’t say I can identify the artist who provided this Supercover. Some parts are reminiscent of Belardinelli, but it’s impossible to tell past the heavy colouring. Barney comes to the rescue! The picture of a couple of meteors about to hit a Mega-City was drawn by Lopez – is this the fate that awaits MC1, or is it a different Mega-City?
Involved with the prog since the beginning, Kev O’Neill is much more visible in this prog – getting both a cover and a three-episode story (apparently written and drawn by the art droid). A giant alien dominates the cover, with details on its spacesuit which would be at home on the casing of one of O’Neill’s meks. There is no official credit, but O’Neill sneaks his surname in at the bottom.
Prog 23 is here, and sees Brian Bolland back with one of his best covers to date. Brian gets his full name on the cover – I wasn’t paying attention in previous weeks so this might be a first. Only a matter of time before all art droids get proper credit boxes!
Apparently this cover was provided by Trevor Goring, who would later be responsible for some fantastic, atmospheric Future Shocks, and Kevin O’Neill, whose work on Nemesis the Warlock Book III was largely responsible for my continuing with 2000AD and reading comics past childhood. It’s pretty disappointing that this work together is so uninspiring…
This post has been in ‘drafts’ for nearly three months now, so probably about time I finished it and published…
The Supercover story on prog 20 is ‘The Man Who Stole the Stars!’, which is fitting as when I read this, on the day that his death was announced, it called to mind the late David Bowie’s songs ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ and ‘Starman’ (amongst other space-themed songs).
Over the page, however, we get the first instalment of a large-creature-based strip to replace Flesh with the polar bear Shako! Continue reading →
This prog sees a departure from the usual style of cover, as (I believe) Pat Mills wanted to get Brian Bolland on board, but the artist was still on contract to produce comics for Nigeria. His way around this was to commission Bolland to produce some covers, and get a writer to put together a story behind the cover. Though I don’t think Mills was editor at this time, so he either commissioned the covers before going to freelance writer, had a lot of influence over the next person to take the mantle of Tharg, or I’m completely wrong about all this. Anyway, cover-wise we get an eye-catching composition of a robot in a warzone, clasping a frightened dog to itself.