Starlord Summer Special 1978: The world’s first cutaway of the Preying Mantis! Thunderbirds’ creator Gerry Anderson interviewed! Amazing short story by Arthur C. Clarke! Plus your favourite Starlord heroes in fantastic full-length adventures!!!

Yesterday I posted about the Dan Dare Poster Magazine which I didn't own at the time I was writing blog posts on comics which came out in 1977. This one I did have in my possession and have no idea why I didn't cover it. As it's not easy to get publication dates for specials … Continue reading Starlord Summer Special 1978: The world’s first cutaway of the Preying Mantis! Thunderbirds’ creator Gerry Anderson interviewed! Amazing short story by Arthur C. Clarke! Plus your favourite Starlord heroes in fantastic full-length adventures!!!

Dan Dare Poster Magazine: ‘From Eagle comic to 2000AD magazine… this is my life…’

At the time that I was covering 1977 I didn't own a copy of this publication - the first extra-2000AD publication from the House of Tharg, I think (unless it was the Summer Super Comic, which cost the same amount). Belardinelli's version of Dare glares out from the cover of this 1977 one-off. This has … Continue reading Dan Dare Poster Magazine: ‘From Eagle comic to 2000AD magazine… this is my life…’

2000AD Prog 330: New sword and sorcery saga starts this prog! Sláine

Angie Mills provides this cover (yes, I know the artist is now known as Angela Kincaid, but I'm tending to use the credits as given at the time - mainly due to how tangled the web of pseudonyms gets at times). Pat and Angie spent a lot of time developing Sláine though I gather it … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 330: New sword and sorcery saga starts this prog! Sláine

2000AD Prog 329: Are they robots? Are they machines? They’re both!

This cover isn't your usual 2000AD cover - it's a tie-in to a toy. Picture courtesy of Kevin O'Neill, it's a pretty faithful reproduction of the toy - taking centre-spot is the Robo-Machines RM-2 Tank, and I should know as I have one, on the shelf below my Matchbox Land-raider (both of which I've had … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 329: Are they robots? Are they machines? They’re both!

2000AD Prog 328: “I am the LAAAAH!” RIP!

A second week on the cover for Steve Dillon, and the third for this Dredd story - also the third to feature a werewolf, though this one is Dredd himself! Tharg's Nerve Centre and Tharg announces the first stage of Project Thrill-Power Unlimited with the advent of Sláine in two week's time. An earthlet writes … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 328: “I am the LAAAAH!” RIP!

2000AD Prog 322: AAAAAAAROOO Cry of the Werewolf

You know you're in for a good Dredd story when the lettering droid has come up with a logo for it (Monkey Business at Charles Darwin Block, Block Mania) - though in this case it's simply the title of the story, with hair on it. This is a great cover if you like Steve Dillon's … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 322: AAAAAAAROOO Cry of the Werewolf

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 309: Destruction of the Gambling Ship Miziz-ippi IV!

cover Tharg's Nerve Centre collectively answers the question posed in Prog 298, revealing that Rawhide was currently being shown in the London area, Rowdy Yates was a 'drag' played by Clint Eastwood and Gil Favor was played by Eric Fleming. Tharg admonishes a query about the practicality of Judge Anderson wearing high heels, claiming it's … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 309: Destruction of the Gambling Ship Miziz-ippi IV!

2000AD Prog 308:This is SKIZZ “Fatality factor 79%… Goodbye, Interpreter Zhcchz!”

Picture the scene. It's a hot day in the early eighties, very possibly near the beginning of the school summer holidays. A hot day in the hottest summer of the 20th century. We were sitting on the front step of our house which faced on to an old disused canal. My family got chatting with … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 308:This is SKIZZ “Fatality factor 79%… Goodbye, Interpreter Zhcchz!”

2000AD Prog 307: Hag’s Beasts!

Steve Dillon's Judge Dredd cover contains just Dredd and four of Trapper Hag's bounty beasts (that's what Hag called them the previously episode). It's a well-drawn image but too plain for me. Tharg's Nerve Centre contains a few letters from earthlets who didn't read their progs closely enough before writing in, and one from a … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 307: Hag’s Beasts!