Ron Smith draws a classic cover for a classic story. This is also another of those progs I got at an early stage, but didn't have the surrounding progs to add context to the stories within. Tharg's Nerve Centre has a letter from a reader who noticed on a re-read that the postergraph that opened … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 273: The League of Fatties! “Wheel!”
Belardinelli's Ace Trucking Co cover features G-B-H in the midst of a fight. This is not the only Belardinelli cover to feature such a scene... Tharg's Nerve Centre opens with calamitous news. The price of the prog has increased by tuppence to 18p (as I write this, this week's prog cost £2.99). Sam Slade, Robo-Hunter: … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 271: “Ditch him, G-B-H …the fate of Ace Trucking is at stake!” Battle of the Biffos!
Redondo provides a Brother Baruda cover where he fights an Arachon (in a circular panel). Tharg answers an earthlet's question in the Nerve Centre regarding the long-promised return of Dan Dare. The tantalising answer is that Dare will be appearing in a new weekly comic which will (hopefully) be released in the spring of the … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 252: “No stinking spider gets the better of me!” Simply light years ahead!
Mike McMahon provides the cover for the second Judge Dredd Annual which has a very green theme going on (border, gloves and boots, rooftop gardens and jetpacking perp's visor). The contents page continues with the McMahon artwork as Dredd and a cohort of judges (what is the collective noun for judges, anyway?) stand outside the … Continue reading Judge Dredd Annual 1982
This prog has an extreme close up of Dredd's face by Brian Bolland, head-on, the image of Owen Krysler reflected in Dredd's eyes (or what passes for his eyes on his visor). The cover date is 19 April 1980. Tharg's Nerve Centre confirms what we would have suspected, Blackhawk and Fiends of the Eastern Front … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 161: “Find the Judge Child or your city dies!”
A marvellous cover from Mike McMahon showing the four members of the Angel Gang (Link, Pa, Mean and Junior - Fink won't show up until much later). Interestingly, Junior's knife has an eagle adorning the pommel. As well as the numbers, this first cover image of Mean also has the settings (Surly, Mean, Vicious and … Continue reading 2000ad and Tornado Prog 160: “Shall I tell them, Pa?” “No, let me!” “I’ll do it, Pa!” “Judge Dredd is a dead man!” Dredd hits Texas City – and Texas City hits back!
Ron Smith puts in a great cover with the Lawmaster the star of the show (though Dredd is centre stage). Tharg's Nerve Centre has the usual mix of reader's art and letters (plus a short story). The spaceship at the bottom of the page looks a lot like a Chris Foss spaceship - though I … Continue reading 2000ad and Tornado Prog 159: “Dredd to bike… Free me!” A judge’s bike is his best friend. See Dredd clean up in Tomb of the Garbage God!
King Carlos provides the Fiends of the Eastern Front cover this prog, showing one of the German soldiers (could be Hans or Karl) cowering from a very batty Captain Constanta while some of his Rumanians watch on. Incidentally I see from blog logs that someone from Romania has viewed this blog - if you're wondering … Continue reading Get some Fiend-power into your Life with… 2000ad and Tornado Prog 158: “No! Please! At least wait till I’ve read this week’s prog!”
This Kevin O'Neill cover purports to be from the Martian edition of 2000AD so shows Earth as the enemy (though there's nothing in the actual image to suggest which spaceship is from Earth and which from Mars). In case there's any doubt about who provided the cover art, Tharg's Nerve Centre has an artist credit … Continue reading 2000ad and Tornado Prog 157: “Look out! It’s Earth-side Eddie and the Anti-Matter Kids!” Martian Edition, not for sale on Earth
For such a momentous cover, celebrating the third birthday of the prog, and the start of the Judge Child saga, you'd have thought a new image would have been commissioned - what's actually happened is that one of the panels from inside has been blown up and coloured... By the way, that line about the … Continue reading 2000ad and Tornado Prog 156: Zarjaz 3rd Birthday Issue! Have you Seen this Boy? The Judge Child – A great new Judge Dredd epic starts inside – in Colour!