I was somewhat spoiled by the fully painted Ian Gibson cover on the Sci-Fi Special. Last week's Robo-Hunter cover followed by this week's Robo-Hunter cover pale in comparison. Tharg's Nerve Centre is filled with the news that a poem featured in the Prog 258 Nerve Centre was stolen from the lyrics of Rush - The … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 264: “Die, knave!” Robo-Hunter vs. Robo-Knight!
Ian Gibson's cover gives away last week's cliffhanger a bit - not only do we know Slade will capture the beast, but it won't be a permanent Tharg's Nerve Centre is filled with reader reactions to the Apocalypse War, plus news of the East Anglian Cartoonists Exhibition as part of the Ipswich Arts Festival. I … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 263: “Uh-oh!” Robo-Hunter at bay!
Why didn't Meltdown Man get this many Belardinelli covers (not that those provided by other art droids weren't great, but...) Having said that - as with that B-Hive-K scan, this one is bodged from interior panels... The Nerve Centre has letters from an earthlet who thinks Space Truckers lingo is somehow an insult to Citizen's … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 251: The Great Mush Rush WARNING! This prog contains a record amount of thrill-power! Handle with care!
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!
Mike White (first time on the cover? Yep - and his next one in 36 weeks time will also be on Mean Arena). Tharg tells us in the Nerve Centre that 2000AD (and associated droids) have swept the board at the Eagle Awards with 10 wins! Tharg also asks for more letters saying which character … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 243: "The game's over, Tallon! You're our target now!" The hunt is on in the Mean Arena!
Another prog, another classic cover - eye-catching, memorable and by Brian Bolland (probably laid out by Robin Smith - as most covers appear to have been at this time ('coz he was art editor)). In the Nerve Centre, Tharg hosts letters from one terran who spotted the page of a Robo-Hunter story among those taken … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 240: "So what's the cure?" "We don't know!" Block Mania
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…
A Ron Smith cover introduces the name "Old Stony Face" - that's a name that will stick (I don't think it's been used before, anyway). Either Lawmasters have really flexible headsets, as the front (that the handlebars and canon are attached to) is going in a completely different direction and angle from the rest of … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 233: "Blast 'em!" "Old Stony Face" leads the Hotdog Run!
Mike McMahon's getting good at drawing judges-on-lawmasters (with a back-up of some hover tanks) on the latest cover. Continuity-wise the lawmaster has two sets of headlights - the lower set in (infra-?) red. The great Earthlet vs Terran debate rages on in the Nerve Centre, but Tharg as grown tired of it so has added … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 229: The judges are out in force… Are you their suspect?
Dave Gibbons is back on a proper series (and not one-off Future-Shocks and Robo-Tales) and this is heralded with a Rogue Trooper cover - it's got all the elements, Rogue himself, all three biochips (if you look carefully), some Southers, some Norts and the black hole. Tharg uses the Nerve Centre to announce the fourth … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 228: Zarjaz new future war story! He’s the most feared man on Nu-Earth… Rogue Trooper