Kevin O'Neill provides a cover poster for christmas, featuring a version of Father Christmas that could only come from his pen! Of particular interest (on the back of the prog) are fireplace monsters, houses setting fire to each other and fighting snowmen, cheered on by bloodthirsty spectators (also snowmen). Snowthirsty? Icethirsty? Whatever animated snowmen have … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 398: Have a cosmic Christmas, earthlets! “Ho ho ho!”
One of my two favourite depictors of griminess takes to the cover as Eric Bradbury shows the Dictators of Zrag dressed as judges about to execute the Mighty One (my other favourite grime artist is Mike Dorey). Tharg's Nerve Centre has Tharg send pin-ups of Judge Dekker and Venus Bluegenes to two separate troops - … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 386: “The sentence is thrill-power…” “The sentence is…” “DEATH!” Tharg on trial!
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
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
Brett Ewins put in a Rogue cover featuring the corporeal GI running and a stylistic take on this bio-chipped buddies. This was one of those 'fill-in' progs I got a few years after reading those before and after. Tharg's Nerve Centre is presented by Tharg Lynch (a reference to a soap opera character) and has … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 323: Meet Nu Earth’s genetic infantrymen If his number comes up, they all die!
This is one of the most classic covers from Ron Smith - by the time I first saw this back prog I'd probably have already met Otto Sump. If not from the Eagle Comics reprint, then from the Smart Sweets story. In my personal mythology a back prog is one of those prog which was … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 280: “It’s tasty!” GUNGE
On the front cover, Brian Bolland introduces us to Orlock the Assassin. The Nerve Centre has a letter from 'Wakefied' - I wonder if that's Wakefield Carter, who was behind the 2000AD Meeples a few years back? A different Earthlet tells Squaxx about Orkney Ba' - a game not dissimilar to Street Football played on … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 242: Subject: Orlock Status: assassin Mission: destroy Mega-City One! Block Mania
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!
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!