Cam Kennedy put in a quick succession of three Sláine covers (even though the story they illustrated was drawn by Mike McMahon). McMahon has a go at a character better associated with Kennedy in this cover featuring Sláine, Dredd and Rogue. This, and the Dredd annual, were the first annuals I read (from the House … Continue reading 2000AD Annual 1985
Dave Gibbons brings us a fantastic cover showing a dark robot with a futuristic lance seated on the back of a larger, golden lizardine robot. Unless somebody else tells me different, I'm going to assume Tom Frame was responsible for the colours on this cover, which bring the image to life perfectly. Now, let's just … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 175: Super-charged sci-fi to smash your circuits!
Carlos Ezquerra signs this cover of an alien of indeterminate race climbs through what could be an airlock (the background looks like a planet seen from above, but if so the alien doesn't need a vacuum suit). I mention that Carlos signed it because of all those L J Silver contributions lately... Over the pages … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 139: Danger! Danger! The ALIEN who came in from the cold!
Mad George makes the cover, or Fighting Mad George as the strapline has it in this word balloon festooned offering by Mike McMahon. Following last prog's exciting news regarding The V.C.s, Tharg's Nerve Centre this week really ups the thrill-power limits with news that Woman's Realm has details on how to order a Gronk pattern. … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 138: George has gone berzerk! Gotta blow him off planet – Aaaagh! Fighting-mad George – Colossus of Mars! See the ABC Warriors!
A second Belardinelli cover in a row, though this time it's for Blackhawk, not a generic alien. In the time in which I was amassing my collection of back progs, this was one of the earliest that I bought, and so I'm much more familiar with this cover than some of the others I've been … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 137: Black Hawk… once a Roman centurion – now gladiator in a savage alien arena!
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!
Carlos Ezquerra (or is that L. J. Silver) provides a cover with Mongrol swinging around a tyrannosaur - I'm thinking this is not Golgotha. The Nerve Centre misses the 'Tharg' from the heading this week (the reason I keep banging on about exactly what the Nerve Centre is called is beccause it was always Tharg's … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 135: Uuuh… beastie bother Mongrol – Mongrol get PHYSICAL!
Another prog, another classic Brian Bolland cover - this one celebrating multiple Eagle Award wins. Tharg's Nerve Centre (is this the first time it's been called that?) has the first mention of an upcoming Robo-Hunter story next year (this prog is published in October 1979). Judge Dredd: The Invisible Man from John Howard and Ron … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 134: Eagle Awards Top British Comic – 2000 A.D. Top British Character – Judge Dredd
Carlos Ezquerra provides a generic alien cover. I'm pleased to say there's no text story to accompany it inside, though Tharg mentions it in the... ...Nerve Centre, which is dominated by reader's letters regarding the recent merger, illustrated by three Tharg's heads. Judge Dredd: The Great Muldoon from John Howard and seeing the return of … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 133: Zorgon – Wanted Zapped or Alive!
Mike McMahon's back on the cover and showing Deadlock presiding over the death of Hell Kickstart, apparently. The Nerve Centre gets not one, but two make-overs this prog. First it gets called The Mighty Tharg's Nerve Centre (instead of plain 'Nerve Centre') - but that's only so that it can then be re-named Ro-Jaws' Nerve … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 132: In the name of Khaos… DIE! Ride the razor edge of FEAR with the A.B.C. Warriors!