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
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!”
Art editor Robin Smith provides a pic of Tharg's face introducing us to the latest part work on this cover (more about that partwork on the back cover). This is another of those back progs I had in my possession at an early stage, so I know how some of these stories began but took … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 283: The shedding – Tharg as you’ve never seen him
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!
Brian Bolland takes Judge Lopez on a trip with this cover. I can only presume that in those pre-desktop computer days, Bolland had to draw the stretched versions of Hershey and Dredd by hand - and (of course) a great job he did as well. This prog would have gone on sale on Monday 4th … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 172: “Anything to report, Lopez?”
Another great Brian Bolland cover, this one a soggy Dredd in rain. Tharg's Nerve Centre has Tharg back from his holidays to find the droids have been at the North Sea Oil (courtesy of the Scottish robot, AALN-1). Judge Dredd: New year is Cancelled from John Howard and Brendan McCarthy. This one is about Albert … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 146: New Year is Cancelled! By order Judge Dredd
The cover has a painting of a jet fighter firing missiles. I'm going to guess it's a tornado - I didn't pay too much attention to that centrefold cutaway view towards the end of the weekly comic. As you can see from the title of this post, Wolfie Smith, Victora Drago and Superking are the … Continue reading Tornado Annual 1980: Break the Thrill Barrier with Wolfie Smith, Drago, and Superking Inside!
Cam Kennedy gets the final cover, showing Storm racing into action (as the tagline says). There is special news for all readers inside - and any veteran of IPC comics knows what that means. The Big Editorial confirms what we already know under the heading "Tornado joins 2000 A.D." (no pretence that it's 2000AD & … Continue reading SPECIAL NEWS INSIDE FOR ALL READERS! Tornado No 22: On your marks… get set… GO! Race into action with Storm!
If I'm not mistaken, Mike Dorey draws the Lawless Touch cover this week. If I am mistaken then it's probably Mike White. If I'm really mistaken then it's somebody else entirely. At least the weekly prog in 2019 (where I'm writing this, if you're reading this in the future) credits the artists. Though you must … Continue reading All action adventure, with… Tornado No 21: They’ve set dobermans on me… I’m finished! Johnny Lawless faces the Dogs of Death!