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
Dave Gibbons provided this cover, featuring an ensemble of Hammerstein (with Ro-Busters head), Slade, Rogue, Johnny Alpha, Dredd and Speedo Ghost in the background. I don't remember much about this annual, so can't remember if they all appear inside (in proper stories). Cosmic Contents has Robin Smith's armoured Tharg casting a spell or something. Sam … Continue reading 2000AD Annual 1984
Cam Kennedy brings in an almost pointillist cover of Rogue, just managing to fit in all the bio-chips. Tharg's Nerve Centre contains news of free gifts to be given away with Progs 333 and 334 (I still have these - the free gifts actually ran from 332 to 335 but I didn't get 334 at … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 331: Bred to fight… destined to die?
Ian Gibson's cover introduces the problematic elements of this week's Robo-Hunter episode straight away - 38 years later these Japanese stereotypes have not aged well. 2000AD isn't the only comic from IPC that costs 18p, as Tharg plugs Charley's War in Battle. The Nerve Centre continues with a letter from an earthlet (sorry, tellurian) who … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 285: Robo Hunter goes football crazy! “What’s the score, Sam, huh?”
Carlos is back on the cover, along with Mean Machine Angel for the first time in, er, three weeks. Apparently there were stickers given away free with this prog, so Tharg's Nerve Centre tells me. Luckily this hasn't resulted in sticky tape damage on the cover. Sam Slade, Robo-Hunter: Football Crazy Part 2 by Alan … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 284: “Howdy! This here’s a hijack!”
This Belardinelli cover skips last prog's cliffhanger (where Ace is due to get barbecued) and trots on to the next threat against the space trucker's life. Future comic writer Warren Ellis makes a second appearance in Tharg's Nerve Centre, this time pouring on the praise for the Apocalypse War. Ace Trucking Co. The Kloistar Run … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 282: A stab in the dark “…and the Great Garpo shall die!”
For the first time in over a year, Tharg presents a wrap-around cover - and assuming the last one was a Stainless Steel Rat one then it's the same cover artist back again with Carlos showing Dredd facing off against some faces from his past - namely Murd the Opressor, The Lawgiver (the person from … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 281: One of Dredd’s old enemies returns… but which one?
Cam Kennedy illustrates his Rogue Trooper episode in this cover featuring dialogue and a round panel (known in some circles (!) as a 'Whittle'. Tharg blames Burt for deleting half of the letters due to appear in the Nerve Centre, though it just happens that the other half is taken up with an advert... One … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 272: Madness honoured by Tharg this prog “Death or glory!” Can Rogue Trooper prevent a future war fiasco?
Belardinelli's Ace Trucking Co cover features G-B-H in the midst of a fight. This is not the only Belardinelli cover to feature such a scene... Tharg's Nerve Centre opens with calamitous news. The price of the prog has increased by tuppence to 18p (as I write this, this week's prog cost £2.99). Sam Slade, Robo-Hunter: … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 271: “Ditch him, G-B-H …the fate of Ace Trucking is at stake!” Battle of the Biffos!
Colin Wilson provides a Rogue Trooper cover, featuring a thought balloon. Whoever did the colours managed to complete the image by using blues and greens on Rogue's blue skin and trousers without it all merging into a mess (though shouldn't this scum sea be Orange)? Tharg's Nerve Centre explains that The Apocalypse War is back … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 269: “Nain! Nain!” Point blank! Rogue Trooper battles the terror of the deep!