2000AD Prog 320: In Space… Judge Dredd is the Law! A galaxy of prizes to be won! BIG competition to greet the year’s big film! Return of the Jedi WIN New mini-figures and Rebel Transports from Palitoy WIN Star Wars Jedi Arena

If you think from the amount of text in that title that this cover may be a bit 'busy' then you'd be right. I'm no minimalist, but there's too many uncoordinated elements here. Apparently the original artwork is by Robin Smith but I wouldn't have guessed if Barney hadn't told me. Tharg's Nerve Centre contains … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 320: In Space… Judge Dredd is the Law! A galaxy of prizes to be won! BIG competition to greet the year’s big film! Return of the Jedi WIN New mini-figures and Rebel Transports from Palitoy WIN Star Wars Jedi Arena

2000AD Prog 316: The Stupid Gun!

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!

2000AD Prog 273: The League of Fatties! “Wheel!”

Ron Smith draws a classic cover for a classic story. This is also another of those progs I got at an early stage, but didn't have the surrounding progs to add context to the stories within. Tharg's Nerve Centre has a letter from a reader who noticed on a re-read that the postergraph that opened … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 273: The League of Fatties! “Wheel!”

2000AD Prog 239: Nemesis vs Torquemada…

I'm more familiar with this cover being glossier, as it appeared on The Best of 2000AD Monthly No 8, which I've owned a copy of for longer than the prog it was reprinted from - I prefer the original printing of Kevin O'Neill's Nemesis cover though. The Nerve Centre gives Tharg a chance to explain … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 239: Nemesis vs Torquemada…

2000AD Prog 221: “Your racket’s over, creeps – judge this!” Down on the farm with J.D.

Gibson signs this cover with his own name (no Emberton in sight - actually, I didn't check that last prog's Dredd story was Emberton or Gibson - flicking forward I see this week's episode is credited to Emberton... Dredd bursts through a door on a butcher's hook as he tackles the stookie glanders... Strontium Dog: … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 221: “Your racket’s over, creeps – judge this!” Down on the farm with J.D.

2000AD Prog 184: “No-one apes the law!”

We're certainly getting a good run of classic covers in 1980, with the latest being Mick McMahon's Monkey Business at the Charles Darwin Block image of Dredd on a lawmaster with one or two passengers. My count is nine apes Strontium Dog: The Schicklgruber Grab Part 3 by Alan Grant and Ezquerra. Wagner and Grant … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 184: “No-one apes the law!”

Tornado Annual 1981: Black Hawk, Wolfie Smith and Johnny Lawless in spine-tingling full-length picture-stories!

The cover is painted by an uncredited artist and features Blackhawk surrounded by werewolves. A journey into adventure you'll never forget! - the contents page has an artist's impression of a covered moon buggy with a non-space-suited passenger possibly with a robot next to him. Before we get in to the first story, I'll just … Continue reading Tornado Annual 1981: Black Hawk, Wolfie Smith and Johnny Lawless in spine-tingling full-length picture-stories!

2000AD and Starlord Prog 126: Savage was his name! Savage was his battle with the killer flood that engulfed Britain! EXCITING NEWS INSIDE!

This cover is fully painted and shows Savage and Bamber with a montage of scenes. For those experienced in reading children's comics from the 1970s and 1980s (can't speak for other decades) the most important part of the cover is the writing at the bottom. "Exciting news inside!" can mean only one thing in IPC-speak … Continue reading 2000AD and Starlord Prog 126: Savage was his name! Savage was his battle with the killer flood that engulfed Britain! EXCITING NEWS INSIDE!