Judge Dredd looks a bit green around the gills in this portrait while the almost full-length pic of the lawman does a jazz hand while firing in this Carlos Ezquerra cover. Meanwhile a ruddy Mega-Cityscape merges in to big Dredd-head's helmet. On the other side of the front cover, Carlos Ezquerra is back to present … Continue reading Judge Dredd Annual 1985: He is the law in Mega-City!
Last prog Ron Smith showed that he could depict the destruction of cities other than Mega-City One. This cover shows that the city in question is about to be wholly destroyed - including the bits that got missed out fifty years earlier. Plus there's dialogue. We don't get enough speech balloons on comic covers these … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 382: 🟊 Heavy melt-all issue! 🟊 “Stomm!” “Judge clone in jeopardy… repeat… judge clone in jeopardy!”
King Carlos' cover shows Kreelman in quite a strange mask while he tortures his son... Good use of colour by (presumably) Tom Frame to separate out Kreelman and depict him in blue lines instead of black lines, highlighting the illusory nature of the torture. Tharg's Nerve Centre is very limited, just containing a Thargnote, the … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 381: It’s zarjaz! It’s scrotnig! It’s ghafflebette! Mutie and the beast… “It’s not real! It’s all in my mind!”
Robin Smith gives us the largest Tharg's head we've seen on this very green and blue cover. Tharg's Nerve Centre opens with a big Tharg note detailing how to get back progs, annuals and specials and ends with an advert for the Forbidden Planet (Titan) T-shirts. I spot two original designs by Mick McMahon - … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 365: I, Tharg, bring you Thill-power!
I don't remember seeing a Kevin O'Neill wraparound cover before now - this one has Nemesis facing the massed ranks of Terminators at the... well, it's in the title of this blog post. For some reason I didn't buy this prog when it first came out, so it took me some time to find out … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 340: The Siege of Ydrasill Castle
The first full year of weekly newspaper strips (it later went daily which is why we generally think of them as a daily strip, and that was the name given when they were collected in a hardback edition a few years back). Target Chief Judge - this is a bit of a strange one from … Continue reading The Daily Dredds: 1982
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!!!
Steve Dillon's back on the cover for the first time since Prog 226 and (getting ahead of myself) also back on Dredd for the first time since Block Mania. Tharg's Nerve Centre is reduced to half-size again, so that IPC can plug another comic (this time it's Whoopee!) barely leaving space for an earthlet to … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 305: “You’re under arrest, creep!” Dredd puts the bite on bounty-hunters!
Another classic storyline begins, though strangely the cover is not by story artist Ezquerra but instead by Ian Gibson. Not that I'm complaining. Tharg's Nerve Centre contains a trailer for an "opportunity to own a scrotnig electronic game" - sounds like another partner offer... Harry Twenty on the High Rock by Gerry Finley-Day and Alan … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 291: “Vigilante at work… that’s all this city needs!”
Brian Bolland draws the Dredd cover where Joe is judge, jury and executioner, except it looks like he's in the dock this time, with a gallery of his past foes stood in judgement on him... The contents page has Tharg make it clear that this annual will be dominated by Carlos Ezquerra artwork, as the … Continue reading Judge Dredd Annual 1983: In the 22nd century he is the law!