Robin Smith provides the a Helltrekkers cover - I'm liking his rendition of the tyrannosaurs! Tharg's Nerve Centre opens with an unexpected tribute to Albert Robida - a French artist considered to be an early pioneer of sci-fi / steampunk style illustrations, from before either term had been invented. Tharg says he suggested a tribute … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 391: Q: What does a dinosaur call a Helltrek? HRRRAAIII! A: Meals on Wheels!
Ron Smith introduces us to dinosaurs in Mega-City One in this Judge Dredd cover. Also features a speech balloon. Tharg's Nerve Centre features the awards the Galaxy's Greatest comic has won lately - namely the Comics Adventure Strip of the Year from the Cartoonists Club of Great Britain and Character most Worthy of Own Series … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 346: The dinosaurs are in town! “Hold your fire!”
A third Dredd cover from King Carlos for this story - by the time it finishes half of the episodes will have boasted a cover - really making up for the lack of covers for some of the best characters to have opposed Dredd in the first five years. Tharg's Nerve Centre reveals that Project … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 286: “We got yer wife, Dredd!”
Dave Gibbons is back on a proper series (and not one-off Future-Shocks and Robo-Tales) and this is heralded with a Rogue Trooper cover - it's got all the elements, Rogue himself, all three biochips (if you look carefully), some Southers, some Norts and the black hole. Tharg uses the Nerve Centre to announce the fourth … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 228: Zarjaz new future war story! He’s the most feared man on Nu-Earth… Rogue Trooper
Colin Wilson's cover shows Dredd jumping on to a mopad as it exits a tunnel (though aren't mopads mobile apartments, not just any old truck)? Strontium Dog: Portrait of a Mutant Part 17 by Alan Grant and Ezquerra. Torso is a better pilot than you'd expect somebody with no depth perception to be. Though even … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 219: Traffic duty – Mega-City One Style! “Dredd’s stumm-gassed the mopad! All bikes move in!”
I checked Barney - that cover Redondo did a few progs ago was his first for 2000AD, and this is his second of five (plus he'll do one for the Megazine in thirty five (!) years. Considering it's a fourth birthday issue (whether or not it actually is the fourth birthday - which it isn't) … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 208: “The destroyer’s taken over Earth… only I can save it!”
2000AD Prog 198 cover, art by 'Q Twerk' Ian Gibson brings in a wrap-around cover depicting a swarm of Thrill-Suckers (though signs it Q. Twerk - I know Ezquerra uses other names when he's not happy with the work he did, but I'm not sure about Gibson). It's not often you'll get a skinhead eating … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 198: “By the right… SWARM!” Revenge of the Thrill-Suckers!
A Ron Smith focussed prog begins with a cover showing dino-man Rex Peters, along with Dredd wearing his green rain-cloak. Tharg's Nerve Centre and an interesting contest has started this prog - guess the name of Tharg's home planet (hithertoo referred to only as Betelgeuse 6). The clues given are "it contains between 5 and … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 153: “Stomm! It’s Peters… The man who drank the blood of Satanus!”
The fully-painted cover shows a huge squiddy-crustacean-thing attacking a few spaceships, one of which has ditched in a sea. It's along the same lines as the propaganda-themed covers of the weekly Starlord, and it wouldn't surprise me if the artist worked on those. The contents page makes a refreshing change from the grainy photograph contents … Continue reading The sci-fi book of the year! Star Lord Annual 1980
The first thing to say about this prog is that the printing has improved drastically (as was noted in other prog slogs), more akin to Starlord than to 2000AD or Tornado. A forum thread details changes over the years. This particular prog has a Dave Gibbons cover of Dare and Sondar on the run. The … Continue reading 2000AD and Starlord Prog 110: It’s the Rebel Leaders! Guards – Kill Them!