That's the way to make a debut - Alan Davis starts their career as a 2000AD art droid on the cover, introducing three of the main characters we'll get for the next twenty or so weeks. Tharg's Nerve Centre has a music theme as three different earthlets provide three musical mash-ups: Tharg/John Lennon, Rogue Trooper/Jimi … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 287: Imprisoned one hundred miles above the Earth… with no hope of escape!
The Diktatoriat gloat over their successes on this Carlos Ezquerra cover (though as we'll find out later in the prog, they don't actually know how things are going at the moment). This prog was touted in the Things to Come 1982 page at the end of last year as a major event - though with … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 250: “Our Apocalypse War has been a total success… Mega-City One is ripe for invasion!” 250th zarjaz issue!
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.
Steve Dillon is back on the cover, and so is Tallon, flanked by a few of the Slayers we met before the Jensen Clan confrontation. This prog cost 16p and would have gone on sale on Monday 17th August 1981, two days after the signing of the annuals at Forbidden Planet on Denmark Street. The … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 226: In the Mean Arena, the name of the game is… get Tallon!
I checked Barney - that cover Redondo did a few progs ago was his first for 2000AD, and this is his second of five (plus he'll do one for the Megazine in thirty five (!) years. Considering it's a fourth birthday issue (whether or not it actually is the fourth birthday - which it isn't) … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 208: “The destroyer’s taken over Earth… only I can save it!”
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!”
Last year we got a profile pic from Bolland as Dredd won the Eagle award, this time it's a front-on portrait by McMahon (with trademark McMahon pepper pot blocks in the background, complete with rooftop gardens and seagulls). We don't get so many seagulls in the prog these days... This prog would have gone on … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 193: Judge Dredd – Voted Britain’s top comic character!
Belardinelli takes to the cover for the first time since Blackhawk I think? This one's alright, though the colours do it no favours - Lianna is yellow with brown hair and blue lips and eye shadow while T-Bone is green. Gruff at least looks as grey as you'd expect a wolf to be. Strontium Dog: … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 183: “The predators have blown the dam… we’re caught in a death-trap!”
In the regular prog there have been a few teasers for the Sci-Fi Special - one saying it'll be along in about ten weeks, another three weeks. I'm around that point now but the adverts have dried up - the latest one on my too-read pile has plenty of ads for other IPC summer specials … Continue reading 2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1980: Judge Dredd – he ain’t heavy, he’s the law! Tharg meets Harry Harrison!