Halo smells a rat, Oscar goes to Earth, the latest recruit is not a Chip off the old Bub, two thieves don't much about art and everything looking Rosie for Korky...
The the third week running the prog is adorned by a wraparound cover and the second of the three to be illustrated by Massimo Belardinelli, this one allowing for his distinctive imagination to be let loose on the back cover as he shows us Hel. The first time I ever used a photocopier was to … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 334: Sláine on Hel’s Edge
Brendan McCarthy puts in a cover which could be a blown-up panel from this week's Future-Shock (though in better resolution than if that had happened). Strontium Dog: Portrait of a Mutant Part 12 by Alan Grant and Ezquerra. Kreeman having escaped, Johnny walks back along corridors and halls strewn with those who died to get … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 214: In the newsagents: “Skud gen gehr!” “Idiot! I asked for 2000 AD – not 2000 elbow scratchers!” The English/Phlondrutian Phrasebook
Brian Bolland puts in a very competent cover, though unrelated to any of the stories inside. Oh, wait a minute, I see a small narrative box with the words "see p.22" so it looks like there's going to be a half-page story to plough through. I don't mind covers which tell stories unrelated to the … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 213: “I’ve got to kill you, Scott! If I don’t, Lamrox will enslave the galaxy!” (see P.22.)
Ron Smith's cover depicts Dredd with a lawgiver in each hand between two blocks - though this is nothing like Bolland's "blocks under arrest" cover, with images of various perps and crimina activities emblazoned on the buildings like crime posters. Lucky earthlets would have found this copy in their newsagents on 4th May 1981, with … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 211: CRIME Dredd investigates the perp runners – inside!
Drafting in the artist responsible for The Forever Crimes, Brian Bolland is back with a spoilerific Dredd cover - featuring Citizen Heinz and his wife Hilda in a suspended animation drawer. Johnny's back! And we're going to meet a few of his new friends... Strontium Dog: Portrait of a Mutant Part 8 by Alan Grant … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 210: “FREEZE!” The body-snatchers catch a cold – inside!
Dave Gibbon's cover has Tharg over the smoking hole that is Croydon (by which I mean that Croydon as we know it is gone, to be replaced by a smoking hole). The cover date is 11 April 1981, so we're going to be in Sci-Fi Special territory soon. Tharg and the Creep Who Stole Croydon … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 207: “Definitely un-zarjaz!” The Creep that Stole Croydon!
Carlos takes the cover again - it's seeming like other art droids are barely getting a look-in lately! This one has Spiro and Gyro, henceforth to be known as the dogs of war (though I have a feeling they get another name later on). Strontium Dog: The Schicklgruber Grab Part 3 by Alan Grant and … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 185: The Dogs of War are Here!
This week's cover is a dynamic (and very yellow) image from Ron Smith, of Dredd jumping from one ambulance to another. The Nerve Centre trails a Starlord spaceship feature later in the same prog. Judge Dredd: Cityblock 1. Ron Smith's splash page shows, in order, a portrait of Judge Dredd, a view of the outside … Continue reading 2000AD and Starlord Prog 117: I’ve already got you for Theft, Kidnap and Assault, Lawbreaker! Don’t add Murder to the List!
Carlos provides another cover from Hell (featuring Johnny Alpha in the Wailing Swamp). The Nerve Centre - Tharg announces that Ro-Jaws and Hammer-Stein's Laugh In is back this week (just one week after they appeared in the Sci-Fi special). He also announces that the A.B.C. Warriors will be starting in prog 119. I thought one … Continue reading 2000AD and Starlord Prog 116: Gotta Slice My Way Free – or be Trapped in Hell for ever!