The the third week running the prog is adorned by a wraparound cover and the second of the three to be illustrated by Massimo Belardinelli, this one allowing for his distinctive imagination to be let loose on the back cover as he shows us Hel. The first time I ever used a photocopier was to … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 334: Sláine on Hel’s Edge
King Carlos is back on the cover, showing Dredd get stretchered off. Tharg's Nerve Centre gives a thrill-power warning for the back of Prog 316, which will feature a Harry Twenty star pin-up (which will have been the first time I saw Harry). Sam Slade, Robo-Hunter: The Slaying of Slade Part 2 by Grant/Grover and … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 313: “Get Dredd down to the psycho-unit… I think he’s cracked up!”
Ian Gibson provides a striking cover containing Slade's tombstone, bordered by Hoagy and Stogie mourning the robo-hunter. We'll see this tombstone quite a bit, but more about that inside... Tharg's Nerve Centre has a note on the dates on the tombstone on the cover, apparently they put on your biological age on the grave, rather … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 312: “Sniff!” “Ay-yi-yi! senor Slade, he ees no more!” Robo-Hunter – the final case?
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!”
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?”
Brian Bolland draws the Dredd cover where Joe is judge, jury and executioner, except it looks like he's in the dock this time, with a gallery of his past foes stood in judgement on him... The contents page has Tharg make it clear that this annual will be dominated by Carlos Ezquerra artwork, as the … Continue reading Judge Dredd Annual 1983: In the 22nd century he is the law!
A Brian Bolland cover greets us this year as he depicts some characters we won't ever seem him draw in comic strip form (Rogue Trooper, Johnny and Wulf) in addition to his Dredd. The contents page has Robin Smith's rendition of Tharg riding an armoured space dragon thing (Tharg's in the same suit of armour … Continue reading 2000AD Annual 1983
A great cover from Ian Gibson, showing every character who's appeared in more than one Robo-Hunter story (apart from the Goldhawk landlord droid). And all in front of a circular border... Tharg's Nerve Centre has news of the upcoming annuals and a rush-off to somebody who would have liked to have bought some original pages … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 276: “Come on, ya tin creeps! I’ll murder ya!” “Ay yi yi! Thees keed he have the way with words!”
As with the last Belardinelli cover, G-B-H takes centre stage in a fight, though this fight poses more of a threat to the pretty one-sided affair last time. An earthlette writes in to Tharg's Nerve Centre to complain that 2000AD isn't priced high enough, feeling that it's worth at least twice the 18p cover price. … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 275: Take your partners for the… SPLUD! Sha’ka War Dance!
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!