Steve Dillon provides another Dredd werewolf cover, with colouring really bringing out the feeling of a white canine's fur. Tharg's Nerve Centre makes mention of the forthcoming annuals - which reminds me - when I get to them I'll also be 'mopping up' a few other publications which got missed out for various reasons. Tharg … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 327: Dredd – on the menu for the white werewolf!
If you think from the amount of text in that title that this cover may be a bit 'busy' then you'd be right. I'm no minimalist, but there's too many uncoordinated elements here. Apparently the original artwork is by Robin Smith but I wouldn't have guessed if Barney hadn't told me. Tharg's Nerve Centre contains … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 320: In Space… Judge Dredd is the Law! A galaxy of prizes to be won! BIG competition to greet the year’s big film! Return of the Jedi WIN New mini-figures and Rebel Transports from Palitoy WIN Star Wars Jedi Arena
Four episodes in and Ace Trucking Co already gets its second cover by Massimo Belardinelli - it took fifty episodes for Meltdown Man to get the same honour (Dave Gibbons kept getting drafted in for MM covers). Tharg uses the Nerve Centre to push Block Mania (starting next prog) making it very clear that it's … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 235: "Keep the cargo busy, good buddy …I've got a plan!" G-B-H cools Kleggs in cold hold! See – Ace Trucking Co.
Brush your teeth and comb your hair - the last of Tharg's thrills gets its own cover with the kind of starfields we've only seen in early Dan Dare and late Blackhawk. There was some bubble gum given away free with this prog and a similar junk food / comic advert for Tiger and Speed … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 232: Chug the Big Empty with… Ace Trucking Co. Plus! A Space Truckers' Dictionary collect part 1 of this zippo booklet
/ You can't go wrong with a Kevin O'Neill cover featuring Nemesis slicing his way through a squad of Terminators in front of a fiery background. Ro-Jaws' Nerve Centre. As you can tell, it's a take-over week as the mouthy sewer droid introduces the prog. Rogue Trooper by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons. If we … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 230: Revenge of the Warlock! Nemesis hits back – inside!
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!
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!”
Mike McMahon turns in a trademark gigantic Dredd sitting on a citiblock in this cover, originally published mid-March, 1981. Mike really seems to like giant Dredds looming over the city. Strontium Dog: Portrait of a Mutant Part by Alan Grant and Ezquerra. The newly-named Johnny Alpha introduced to General Armz (guess what his mutation is?) … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 204: King of the Streets!
2000AD Prog 198 cover, art by 'Q Twerk' Ian Gibson brings in a wrap-around cover depicting a swarm of Thrill-Suckers (though signs it Q. Twerk - I know Ezquerra uses other names when he's not happy with the work he did, but I'm not sure about Gibson). It's not often you'll get a skinhead eating … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 198: “By the right… SWARM!” Revenge of the Thrill-Suckers!
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?”