This wraparound cover by Massimo Bellardinelli has, I think, a first for 2000AD - we've had nudity from the very first prog, but this one puts it on the cover, but for body paint. This was one of the posters / cover posters which adorned my wall as a child. Tharg plugs both next prog's … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 332: The Battle of Dun Barc
Cam Kennedy brings in an almost pointillist cover of Rogue, just managing to fit in all the bio-chips. Tharg's Nerve Centre contains news of free gifts to be given away with Progs 333 and 334 (I still have these - the free gifts actually ran from 332 to 335 but I didn't get 334 at … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 331: Bred to fight… destined to die?
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
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
I shall stop saying that covers are classic, as we're in the era when just about every cover is a classic (apart from the ones cobbled together from interior art and promotional tie-ins). This one from McMahon sits somewhere between his iconic Dredd era and his tribal style on Slaine - the children playing in … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 296: “Merry christmas!”
Fresh from last prog's star pin-up of Dredd, Ron Smith's back for a Judge Dredd cover showing a scene from this prog's story. Tharg's Nerve Centre elucidates what the great news for video gamers mentioned on the cover is all about - it's later in this prog... Apparently (according to one earthlet) a recent government … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 295: “Die, Dredd!” Look out – there’s a “jimp” about! Zarjaz news for video gamers – inside!
Another classic storyline begins, though strangely the cover is not by story artist Ezquerra but instead by Ian Gibson. Not that I'm complaining. Tharg's Nerve Centre contains a trailer for an "opportunity to own a scrotnig electronic game" - sounds like another partner offer... Harry Twenty on the High Rock by Gerry Finley-Day and Alan … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 291: “Vigilante at work… that’s all this city needs!”
With a cover line like that you know it's going to be Belardinelli on art duties, as G-B-H takes centre-stage on the cover. The most notable thing about the Nerve Centre is how so many things are contributed that there's a Nerve Centre Extra at the back of the prog. Having said that, none of … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 247: Read by Aliens Across the Galaxy! “It’s buzzin’ beakboys, G-B-H! Pummel gurney or we’re skavy gravy!” Translation: The Ace Trucking Co. are in big trouble this prog!
When Tharg wants to announce a major Dredd story starting, he brings in Brian Bolland to provide the cover - though on previous occassions he was actually drawing the story inside (at least the first episode - see The Judge Child Quest and Judge Death Lives). This time Block Mania gets the Bolland treatment, in … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 236: Block Mania
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.