Carlos depicts a scene from within as Johnny and Wulf sneak past some trigger happy Stronts as they let loose on some coffins. Tharg's Nerve Centre points out that the holiday snap at the back of the prog features Burt, hiding out and ashamed at having had a complete circuit breakdown (a dig at Richard … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 373: Johnny Alpha – nailed in his coffin? “Rest in pieces, Alpha!” “Not this time, dog-brother…”
Why didn't Meltdown Man get this many Belardinelli covers (not that those provided by other art droids weren't great, but...) Having said that - as with that B-Hive-K scan, this one is bodged from interior panels... The Nerve Centre has letters from an earthlet who thinks Space Truckers lingo is somehow an insult to Citizen's … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 251: The Great Mush Rush WARNING! This prog contains a record amount of thrill-power! Handle with care!
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.
Prog 2000 sees a Robin Smith Tharg holding the completed Future-worlds poster taking the cover. The cover blurb says it's a giant poster, but the centre-spread presented partwork posters we've had previously have been bigger (by two pages). This is Prog 200 (may as well be called This is 2000AD, as it serves as an … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 200 Let the reading galaxy celebrate! “I, Tharg, bring you future-worlds!”
A classic Carlos cover here, as recreated for the Greatest Hits collection which was released to celebrate the 40th Anniversary a couple of years ago (that link is to a charity auction ending on 30 November 2019 - sorry if you're reading this in the future - you'll have to settle for the unsigned edition). … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 129: Big Alien Issue! Tharg Terrorises London! “Eeeeeeh!”
It's a great cover by Ron Smith, of Dredd arresting a ship - just a shame it's the first one back on the letterpress after the luxurious litho printing we'd been getting. I think this prog must have been published around the time of the 1979 General Election, for there is reader's art of a … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 128: I’m arresting this ship in the name of Mega-City One! Surrender now and no-one will get hurt!
Ian Kennedy gets drafted in to provide this week's It's Your Turn cover - and you know what that means - aircraft! This is a curious double-fuselaged plane (joined by a third wing in between) called the 'Adolf Hitler'. I think I have seen designs for airplanes like this but I don't know if they … Continue reading Tornado No 16: Calling the crew of the ‘Adolf Hitler’… this is your fuhrer speaking. In minutes you will drop the Behemoth bomb and London will disappear from the Earth!!!
The cover is titled "Wembley's Wonderboy!", is about football and encourages readers to come up with some explanation of what's going on. I'm not expecting any of these stories to be published before the comic merges with 2000AD and as I have no interest in football I won't bemoan this. The Big Editorial is given … Continue reading Tornado No 14: The unbelievable is happening here at Wembley! Keegan, Brooking and Francis can only watch as young Davie Hunt skips past West Germany’s Schwarzenbeck on his way to his tenth goal!
The covers have a change of theme from this week, with Supercover Saga style covers created by artists, but instead of getting a sub-editor to come up with a story to match, readers are invited to do so. This cover looks to be from Ian Kennedy and shows a train crashing through a wall of … Continue reading Tornado No 13: The Sound… It’s so Real the Train has Come Alive… Aaaarghh!