In the regular prog there have been a few teasers for the Sci-Fi Special - one saying it'll be along in about ten weeks, another three weeks. I'm around that point now but the adverts have dried up - the latest one on my too-read pile has plenty of ads for other IPC summer specials … Continue reading 2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1980: Judge Dredd – he ain’t heavy, he’s the law! Tharg meets Harry Harrison!
Two series went on hold for the 2000AD and Starlord merger - Dan Dare and Robo-Hunter. Dan Dare got a Dave Gibbons cover last prog, this week it's the turn of Sam Slade, Kidd and B.O. ably brought to the cover by Ian Gibson. The Nerve Centre is given over to overseas readers, from far-flung … Continue reading 2000AD and Starlord Prog 102: What’s the big idea, creep? Your players are cheating! Play Robopoly with Robo-Hunter!
Brian Bolland puts Kleggs on the cover, and they're singing a song "Slicey-slicey, oncey-twicey Claw and fang'll kill Dredd nicely!" (I didn't need to type that out - just realised I'd already put it in the title of this blog post). Tharg announces the hiring of AALN-1 in the Nerve Centre, produced by MACMIDROIDS. A … Continue reading 2000AD and Starlord Prog 98: Onward, my beauties – sing while you slaughter! Slicey-slicey, oncey-twicey claw and fang’ll kill Dredd nicely!
A generic picture of a giant robot striding through a ruined cityscape, a couple cowering behind a pile of rubble. With a bit of luck there won't be a hastily-subbed story to explain what's going on. Over the page... For a moment I thought there was, but it's alright, it's the first of the reader-submitted … Continue reading 2000AD and Starlord Prog 97: We take… a giant step for comic-kind every week!
Aircraft on the cover means that Ian Kennedy is drafted in to bring an Angel illustration. The Nerve Centre has a warning of a 'special shock issue' - no idea what this is a reference to. The Day the Law Died! sees Grampus, leader of the Kleggs, appointed Deputy Chief Judge, replacing Fish, and a … Continue reading 2000AD and Starlord Prog 96: We’re gonna hit him! That guy’s dead… unless he’s – Superman! Eject into hell with – Angel!
The fledgling merged comic gets its second ensemble cover, with cut and pasted images cobbled from Strontium Dog, Flesh and Ro-Busters. This is common with jumping-on progs but is out of place when all stories are mid-run (also, where's Dredd?) The Nerve Centre has letters provoking Tharg to offer Galactic Groats for readers to write … Continue reading 2000AD and Star Lord Prog 90: Galaxy-crunching atom-splitting Sci-Fi!
Ian Kennedy returns to the Galaxy's Greatest, though on Invasion! rather than M.A.C.H.1 this time. The nasty Volgs are going to publicly execute innocent civilians in retaliation for the Mad Dogs first attack. The place they chose to do this was Wembley Stadium (renamed Victory Stadium), and so Savage's response to this includes football imagery. … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 6: The Nazis have come Back from the Dead
Dredd makes the cover! He's a tiny dot on a Lawmaster, but he is there! He's not attacking a cyborg either, whatever the strapline says - it's a plain old giant robot, albeit covered in fur. The intro for Invasion! is over, with Savage now being part of the Resistance the Mad Dogs have entered … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 5: Dredd’s Attacking the Cyborg!
This one has a mysterious cover (no-one seems to agree on who actually drew the thing, apart from Dare's Belardinelli head in the corner). Invasion! starts with a view of the official British resistance base (somewhere in East Anglia), including a secret message for those with a Red Alert Survival Wallet, which I don't have. … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 4: Logan’s Force-Field has Failed