I keep thinking this Mean Arena cover is by Steve Dillon, but it's actually from Brian Bolland with some very Dillonesque cast members. Tharg reminds earthlets that the Krill Tro Thargo can be awarded for purposes other than introducing new readers to the galaxy's greatest in the Nerve Centre. Ten publishes a letter about a … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 248: Play ball! In the Mean Arena!
You know Tharg is trying to push a series when it appears on a cover for two weeks running. This was sufficiently unusual for me to notice this when I was collecting the back progs in the mid-eighties. Kev O'Neill is back for a full body portrait of one of the captives of the Alien … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 223: The Alien Pit!
Gibson signs this cover with his own name (no Emberton in sight - actually, I didn't check that last prog's Dredd story was Emberton or Gibson - flicking forward I see this week's episode is credited to Emberton... Dredd bursts through a door on a butcher's hook as he tackles the stookie glanders... Strontium Dog: … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 221: “Your racket’s over, creeps – judge this!” Down on the farm with J.D.
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!
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!
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!”