Oh no! It turns out I missed out an annual last year - I'd thought we reduced down to 2000AD and Judge Dredd for the 1982 round of annuals, but there was a lurking Starlord annual which I missed on my bookshelf! After the previous year's Brian Bolland ensemble cover we're back to artwork irrelevant … Continue reading Starlord Annual 1982
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!”
When I first started hunting down back progs of 2000AD it seemed an arduous task. I'd have been around ten years old and there were three hundred and twenty odd progs to collect. I initially aimed to collect the progs from 300 onwards (presumably if I had achieved this then I may have expanded my … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 257: “Stay where you are, Nemesis or the girl dies!”
Carlos provides a cover with Dredd and the Mega-City covered in snow, and it's not even the christmas prog! The Nerve Centre has Tharg telling us how he uses reader's art to threaten art droids with replacement if they dn't come up to scratch. Ace Trucking Co. The Great Mush Rush Part 6 by Grant … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 256: “The East-Megs are behind us! Get out while you can!” Readers’ art – your drawings inside
Ian Gibson is back on Ace Trucking Co for this cover. It's fair enough but nobody draws Ace like Belardinelli did. In the Nerve Centre Tharg lets all eartlets know that "your country's government" (presumably Britain, even though Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and NI also feature in the cover price box) has declared 1982 Information … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 255: “By my corpse! Haul me up, Ace – FAST!” The Great Mush Rush continues in… Ace Trucking Co.
I thought it was an image from Block Mania at first, but no, this is a different group of marauders on Mick McMahon's latest cover. Strontium Dog: Portrait of a Mutant Part 15 by Alan Grant and Ezquerra. Johnny's sister Ruth manages to sneak a blaster to her brother, but Johnny decides not to use … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 217: Universal Havoc! It’s the Platinum Horde’s last stand!
Prog 2000 sees a Robin Smith Tharg holding the completed Future-worlds poster taking the cover. The cover blurb says it's a giant poster, but the centre-spread presented partwork posters we've had previously have been bigger (by two pages). This is Prog 200 (may as well be called This is 2000AD, as it serves as an … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 200 Let the reading galaxy celebrate! “I, Tharg, bring you future-worlds!”
2000AD Prog 199 cover, art by Brian Bolland This prog has a Valentine's Day cover date, and Captain Skank is the personage getting close and person with Dredd, or at least his cyber-hair-snakes are as they get to work strangling Judge Dredd in a fantastic cover by Brian Bolland. Now's as good a time as … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 199: “Time to die, matey! Zzzz!”
Bolland takes to the cover as Dredd is hit by the shock-wave from a nuclear explosion. This prog had a cover date of 31 Jan 1981. Strontium Dog: The Bad Boys Bust Part 4 by Alan Grant and Ezquerra. This one is interesting in its own right, as Johnny is injured in the train crash. … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 197: Catch Captain Skank… or Mega-City One dies!
Dave Gibbon's depicts Old Father Time being knocked out of the way by a horde of aliens (no two of which are alike). This prog would have been the first of the year, on newsagent shelves from the 5th of January with a Saturday 10th cover date. Strontium Dog: The Bad Boys Bust credited to … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 194: 1981 is the Year of the Alien!