Starlord Annual 1981

Brian Bolland draws the cover for this annual, featuring Starlord revealing Ro-Jaws, the Gronk, Johnny Alpha, Hammerstein, Ardenia Lakam, Na-Rutha, James Blocker, Suzie Cho and two more figures from under his purple and gold cloak. Both Ardeni and the Gronk are doing the 'hands held up to the head denoting psychic powers being used' that … Continue reading Starlord Annual 1981

2000AD and Tornado Prog 173: “Help me, Judge Dredd! This planet’s sending me to pieces!”

For the second week in a row, Brian Bolland provides a Judge Dredd cover directly related to a scene in the week's episode (covers don't always relate to what's inside, as I'm sure you all know). I often forget to include the covers in my shortlist for grailpage, but it'll be difficult to forget this … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 173: “Help me, Judge Dredd! This planet’s sending me to pieces!”

2000AD and Tornado Prog 172: “Anything to report, Lopez?”

Brian Bolland takes Judge Lopez on a trip with this cover. I can only presume that in those pre-desktop computer days, Bolland had to draw the stretched versions of Hershey and Dredd by hand - and (of course) a great job he did as well. This prog would have gone on sale on Monday 4th … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 172: “Anything to report, Lopez?”

2000AD and Tornado Prog 171: The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World

Time for King Carlos to draw a wraparound cover, this one for... well, it's in the title of this post, and shows Slippery Jim and Angelina on the section that appears on the front of the prog, and He on the back cover - between them are various locations from the story so far (and … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 171: The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World

2000AD and Tornado Prog 136: Design your own ALIEN! Galactic groats to be won inside!

Belardinelli's back on the cover with a generic alien for a contest (see the title of this post for the theme). The Nerve Centre has a reader-contributed comic strip with text to tiny to read (the punchline can be seen - the moon is sentient and swallows a lunar lander) and another short story which … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 136: Design your own ALIEN! Galactic groats to be won inside!

At last! Britain’s top two papers join forces! 2000AD and Tornado Prog 127: I, Tharg, welcome the Tornado heroes!

A new title, a new logo. Dave Gibbons paints the first cover for 2000AD and Tornado. Those readers arriving from Tornado must have been pleased at the better quality paper and printing after putting up with toilet paper-quality Tornado for the past 22 weeks. This won't last. Seven days, in fact - then the brief … Continue reading At last! Britain’s top two papers join forces! 2000AD and Tornado Prog 127: I, Tharg, welcome the Tornado heroes!

SPECIAL NEWS INSIDE FOR ALL READERS! Tornado No 22: On your marks… get set… GO! Race into action with Storm!

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!