Rogue and the boys go batty, we find out who ate all the pies, Halo has to trust a bunch of rats, Chip cashes in his chips, the Imperial Army divides and fails to conquer and things get hot for Korky and Rose.
Kevin O'Neill provides a cover poster for christmas, featuring a version of Father Christmas that could only come from his pen! Of particular interest (on the back of the prog) are fireplace monsters, houses setting fire to each other and fighting snowmen, cheered on by bloodthirsty spectators (also snowmen). Snowthirsty? Icethirsty? Whatever animated snowmen have … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 398: Have a cosmic Christmas, earthlets! “Ho ho ho!”
The box art is by Brian Bolland and shows a very colourful Dredd in blue, green and yellow (with little bits of fleshy pink and helmet red) in the midst of a sepia gallery of those he's come up against, including Fink, Ratty, Rico, Don Uggie, the rest of the Angel Gang, Judge Death, Orlok, … Continue reading Judge Dredd: The Game of Crime-Fighting in Mega-City One
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!
Brian Bolland provides a montage cover featuring Dredd, Johnny Alpha and Blackhawk flanking Tharg. Wasn't expecting to see Blackhawk again - I'm guessing it's going to be a text story... The contents page image is provided by Robin Smith and features Johnny Alpha - we'd better get a good Strontium Dog story this annual! Robin … Continue reading 2000AD Annual 1982
The second week of King Carlos covers and also the second week of Tharg tale related covers as well. The actual cover itself features AALN-1, the three Dictators of Zrag (their first appearance in the flesh?) and Tharg. The Nerve Centre gives Tharg yet another opportunity to plug next week's prog, plus news that the … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 177: “That office droid’s trying to save Tharg! Disintegrate it!” Has AALN-1 shot his bolts? See the Great Human Rip-Off!
King Carlos shows Kings Reach Tower blasting off on this cover. I think this is the first time we've seen it take off - if not I have a feeling the previous time may have been a badly doctored photo. Tharg's Nerve Centre kicks of the Great Helmet Puzzle - i.e. why Dredd never shows … Continue reading 2000AD and Tornado Prog 176: “Attention all staff droids! Next stop the planet of Zrag!”
This cover is fully painted and shows Savage and Bamber with a montage of scenes. For those experienced in reading children's comics from the 1970s and 1980s (can't speak for other decades) the most important part of the cover is the writing at the bottom. "Exciting news inside!" can mean only one thing in IPC-speak … Continue reading 2000AD and Starlord Prog 126: Savage was his name! Savage was his battle with the killer flood that engulfed Britain! EXCITING NEWS INSIDE!
Classic Bolland, showing Tweak in the alien slave market. For some reason those attending the market are throwing tomatoes at the slaves - would you mess up something that you were about to buy? p.s. this scene doesn't appear in the comic! Nerve Centre has a few letters from girls (curiously both in Ireland - … Continue reading 2000AD Prog 82: Alien Roots