cover Cam Kennedy Rogue Trooper Tharg's Nerve Centre has some notable artwork as one earthlet puts in an illustration of Chira which is how I'd imagine she'd have looked if Ian Gibson has drawn the first episode of Book III of Nemesis. Meanwhile Eoin Coveney produces a random alien (Eoin has become an art droid … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 344: Created by robots – consumed by humes! Rogue Trooper Killers in the night! The Gasbah Part 2
Yesterday I posted about the Dan Dare Poster Magazine which I didn't own at the time I was writing blog posts on comics which came out in 1977. This one I did have in my possession and have no idea why I didn't cover it. As it's not easy to get publication dates for specials … Continue reading Starlord Summer Special 1978: The world’s first cutaway of the Preying Mantis! Thunderbirds’ creator Gerry Anderson interviewed! Amazing short story by Arthur C. Clarke! Plus your favourite Starlord heroes in fantastic full-length adventures!!!
Dave Gibbons provided this cover, featuring an ensemble of Hammerstein (with Ro-Busters head), Slade, Rogue, Johnny Alpha, Dredd and Speedo Ghost in the background. I don't remember much about this annual, so can't remember if they all appear inside (in proper stories). Cosmic Contents has Robin Smith's armoured Tharg casting a spell or something. Sam … Continue reading 2000AD Annual 1984
A second week on the cover for Steve Dillon, and the third for this Dredd story - also the third to feature a werewolf, though this one is Dredd himself! Tharg's Nerve Centre and Tharg announces the first stage of Project Thrill-Power Unlimited with the advent of Sláine in two week's time. An earthlet writes … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 328: “I am the LAAAAH!” RIP!
I shall stop saying that covers are classic, as we're in the era when just about every cover is a classic (apart from the ones cobbled together from interior art and promotional tie-ins). This one from McMahon sits somewhere between his iconic Dredd era and his tribal style on Slaine - the children playing in … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 296: “Merry christmas!”
A Brian Bolland cover greets us this year as he depicts some characters we won't ever seem him draw in comic strip form (Rogue Trooper, Johnny and Wulf) in addition to his Dredd. The contents page has Robin Smith's rendition of Tharg riding an armoured space dragon thing (Tharg's in the same suit of armour … Continue reading 2000AD Annual 1983
Redondo provides a Brother Baruda cover where he fights an Arachon (in a circular panel). Tharg answers an earthlet's question in the Nerve Centre regarding the long-promised return of Dan Dare. The tantalising answer is that Dare will be appearing in a new weekly comic which will (hopefully) be released in the spring of the … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 252: “No stinking spider gets the better of me!” Simply light years ahead!
Ian Gibson signs his own name on this wraparound cover. A bunch of robots are queuing in line to pick up babies (though one is dropping one on their head). It's alright though, the text tells us that they're unemployed robots re-training as Nursery-Bots, using lifelike models of young humes. As you'd expect from Gibson, … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 209: “Hey, come back with my baby!” “Push off, creep! You ain’t fit to raise monkeys!” “WAAAGHH!”
I'd ask why Belardinelli doesn't turn in more covers for his story Meltdown Man, but putting in the work on each episode, week in, week out, without a break explains that one. So that's why Dave Gibbons produces another cover, this one featuring Pole-Axe and the brigands. Strontium Dog: Portrait of a Mutant Part 6 … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 205: “Outta the way, gorps… Pole-Axe is coming through!”
Dave Gibbons provides a cover depicting a space ship or station under attack. It stands well on its own, though unfortunately there's a tiny box in the corner saying "see page 15" - uh-oh, a few hundred words of copy edit loom. Strontium Dog: The Bad Boys Bust Part 3 by Alan Grant and Ezquerra. … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 196: Superbad!! The Angel Gang in a zarjaz pin-up this prog! “Alien attack! Inside the hatch – fast!”