The return of Pandora and Barbarossa, bathtime with Slade, Justice Department has a secret, Moon gets catty with Bad Jack and somebody's making mutants!
The newspaper strips continue in to their third year (and were collected with those from 1981 to 1986 in a hardback edition a few years back). For the sake of logistics, I'm saving these up in to batches for coverage in this blog (it wouldn't exactly be practical to have one episode per day, interspersed … Continue reading The Daily Dredds: 1983
In general the aim of this blog is to cover every publication from the House of Tharg (plus a few Tharg-adjacent things that have cropped up over the years) in roughly the order they came out - one blog per publication. When it comes to the newspaper strips, practicality demands a different approach. In 1981, … Continue reading The Daily Dredds: 1981
Carlos is on the cover and unlike this year's 2000AD annual we get a cover tagline too. The contents page features a great pic of Dredd near the New New Grand Hall of Justice - either at sunset, the sun's rays washing it in pink - or it's been painted pink in the first place. … Continue reading Judge Dredd Annual 1984: The world-famous hero of 2000AD comic!
Another of my first batch of comics has a Cam Kennedy cover and the first apperance of bio-wire. A very much reduced Tharg's Nerve Centre - just the Thargnote, in fact, plus a Titan advert for the Judge Death collection and a non-Titan advert for bubble gum. Sam Slade, Robo-Hunter: The Slaying of Slade Part … Continue reading 2000ad Prog 317: The Bio-wire… Creeping killer of Nu Earth!
This Ron Smith cover heralds the first complete multi-part Judge Dredd story I ever read. This is one of the stories which implanted the idea of Mega-City One in my mind (though not especially this episode). Tharg's Nerve Centre has a complaint from one owner of a Judge Dredd boardgame who got two sections of … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 316: The Stupid Gun!
In his time between illustrating the misadventures of Ace Garp and starting work on Sláine Belardinelli seems to be working on a mixed bag of projects, and this one is a wraparound cover. Skimming ahead in the prog there's a text feature on it so I won't say any more now. Tharg's Nerve Centre is … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 304: Secret of the Bermuda Triangle?
Disco takes over the cover in this image from Brett Ewins (I can't help feeling it may have been a few years too late for actual disco - Abba references were just past topical as they'd split up the previous year). Tharg claims the Nerve Centre is much reduced due to 'thrill-power' - nothing to … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 301: Fort Neuro gets… Disco Fever!
I want to say this is a jump-on prog, but with three continuing stories it isn't. The composite cover features plundered artwork from Carlos Ezquerra, Ian Gibson and Colin Wilson or Dredd, Slade and Rogue respectively, plus - if you remove the badge - a Tharg's head hiding underneath. Not an incredibly inspiring cover, but … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 300: Free badge for every reader! Plus collect Prog 1 of 2000AD First 4 micro-pages this prog! Prog 300
Not Robin Smith's finest hour as he portrays Tharg wearing a wristwatch for this cover, but one of the things a commercial artist has to do at times. I hasten to add that I'm fully expecting to nominate some of Robin's artwork as grailpages in future progs, and he draws a pretty mean armoured Tharg … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 290: Snap up a Pac-Man watch!