Twenty years on Titan for Anderson? Alpha gets a break, a cadet faces an interesting situation and Myrddin gets macrocosmic.
The newspaper strips continue in to their third year (and were collected with those from 1981 to 1986 in a hardback edition a few years back). For the sake of logistics, I'm saving these up in to batches for coverage in this blog (it wouldn't exactly be practical to have one episode per day, interspersed … Continue reading The Daily Dredds: 1983
We're waiting for the resolution of the 'flood' cliffhanger, but we're getting another cliffhanger launched on us right from the cover as it looks like that surgical brainwashing on Mean is wearing off... Picture by Ron Smith. Tharg's Nerve Centre has an earthlet (correctly) identify that the stories run in Prog 366 (Portrait of a … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 380: Disguise in trouble… Dredd loses face! “You ain’t my pa!”
King Carlos shows Kings Reach Tower blasting off on this cover. I think this is the first time we've seen it take off - if not I have a feeling the previous time may have been a badly doctored photo. Tharg's Nerve Centre kicks of the Great Helmet Puzzle - i.e. why Dredd never shows … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 176: “Attention all staff droids! Next stop the planet of Zrag!”
This prog has an extreme close up of Dredd's face by Brian Bolland, head-on, the image of Owen Krysler reflected in Dredd's eyes (or what passes for his eyes on his visor). The cover date is 19 April 1980. Tharg's Nerve Centre confirms what we would have suspected, Blackhawk and Fiends of the Eastern Front … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 161: “Find the Judge Child or your city dies!”
King Carlos provides the cover which is an almost exact creation of a scene in the story inside, though from a different angle, showing Angelina shooting Jim five times, including one in the head. Oh, and Angelina must be cold as her shoulder in the halter-neck top is blue on the cover and pink in … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 147: “Angelina pointed the .75 recoilless at my chest and four slugs ripped into me. Then she put a fifth one in my head for good measure.” The Stainless Steel Rat winds up in the mortuary, inside!
The hexagonal Mike McMahon ABC Warriors cover is bold, and unlike the usual comic cover. The Nerve Centre promises to publish both positive and negative letters in reaction to the 2000AD / Tornado merger, while also attempting to placate old Starlord fans. Meanwhile there are three pieces of reader art (all of which look original, … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 130: The Mek-nificent Seven are here… Spread the word!
Cam Kennedy gets the final cover, showing Storm racing into action (as the tagline says). There is special news for all readers inside - and any veteran of IPC comics knows what that means. The Big Editorial confirms what we already know under the heading "Tornado joins 2000 A.D." (no pretence that it's 2000AD & … Continue reading SPECIAL NEWS INSIDE FOR ALL READERS! Tornado No 22: On your marks… get set… GO! Race into action with Storm!