This prog sees a departure from the usual style of cover, as (I believe) Pat Mills wanted to get Brian Bolland on board, but the artist was still on contract to produce comics for Nigeria. His way around this was to commission Bolland to produce some covers, and get a writer to put together a story behind the cover. Though I don’t think Mills was editor at this time, so he either commissioned the covers before going to freelance writer, had a lot of influence over the next person to take the mantle of Tharg, or I’m completely wrong about all this. Anyway, cover-wise we get an eye-catching composition of a robot in a warzone, clasping a frightened dog to itself.
‘Bollo’ makes his first of many appearances this issue, depicting Commander Monday’s last flight. Bollo is, of course, Brian Bolland and while he has been responsible for many memorable comics (including that panel) he’s just as well known for his many covers across British and American comics.
Ezquerra finally gets his first cover, though probably not in a manner he appreciated. The pic of Call-Me-Kenneth appears to have been taken from a panel in the story, and the Dredd has been taken from somewhere else and reversed (the plain shoulder pad and chain are on the wrong side, for a start). I can’t decide if the replacement legs for CMK were provided by Kev O’Neill or not. I’m making the assumption that any art editing and bodging not done by O’Neill are Jan Shepheard’s work. We get a circular background and a speech bubble on this cover. Continue reading