I have no idea where and when I got this but it is the 2000Ad annual from 1978, the year after 2000ad started. It is a pretty hefty offering and features no less than 21 different stories or features. Generous indeed! It still looks great for something nearly 40 years old!
Something from a sci fi special…
I have absolutely no idea who did this all I know is that it is from a Sci Fi summer special and alas I don’t have many of those to trawl through to try and find out but I do rather love the simplicity and the characters. It always reminded me of the ‘Ant Hill Mob’ in whacky races, you know the ones they were the gangsters that drove around in the ‘Roaring Plenty’.
I don’t even know where I got it from you know, maybe it was Ebay or maybe from a Con somewhere. Either way I rather like it especially because it has the lettering on the acetate overlay.
Carlos Ezquerra passed away today and it is a sad day indeed. Whilst many have drawn Dredd it was Carlos’ work that was so instantly recognisable and held me captive from such a young age. Carlos brought Dredd to life and so much of what we now know and love about Dredd and the Mega Cities was of his making.
Beyond Dredd there is his work on Strontium dog and others. He really was one of the greatest comic book artists ever and his work has always meant such a lot to me and delights me every time I see it.
I remember going to a con a few years ago just to see him and was gutted when he couldn’t get there because of air traffic controllers somewhere or other and when I eventually got my hands on a piece of his work it was like all my Christmas’ rolled into one.
Below is one that I have shared before that really shows just how amazing an artist he was and by all accounts he was a pretty top bloke too.
Some of P.J. Holden’s work. Fab stuff indeed.
Rob WIlliams, Smudge, D’Israeli and Rufus Dayglo
One of my favourite characters in 2000AD is Dirty Frank. He’s an undercover judge with some serious mental health issues and an absolute bloody hoot. I fell in love with D’Israeli’s artwork a couple of years ago and really cannot get enough of it. It is jarring and somewhat unconventional and a real pleasure to behold. I love the black and white stuff and the writing in ‘Living the Low Life’ is as funny as hell. Well worth picking up.
D’Israeli actually did a drawing for me when I met him at a con a few years ago and I have been meaning to get it turned into a tattoo for a while now. Really must get that done. I should try find it…
Colin MacNeil and John Wagner. Buy it, read it. It is bloody awesome.
I was reminded of this by something on Twitter this morning and have been rereading it. One hell of a story by John Wagner beautifully illustrated and bloody hell so on the money given what is going on in America right now.
I am not trying to bash the US, I grew up in South Africa loving all things America, so it saddens me to see what is going on now.
Don’t say you weren’t warned though okay…just saying.
At some point in the late 1980’s I seem to have encountered the comic ‘CRISIS’. I don’t quite remember exactly when but I do remember it being something very different to 2000AD despite it being written and drawn by mostly the same pool of people.
I shall steal from Wikipedia I think…
Crisis was Fleetway’s response to the success of Deadline. David Bishop, in his Thrill Power Overload, comments “2000 AD had once represented the cutting edge of British comics, but was now in danger of looking staid and old fashioned next to Deadline”.
Conceived by editor Steve MacManus, Crisis would offer to make the work creator-owned, which might lead to the chance for royalties and greater copyright control, which was a departure from the way they had done business up until then. They also planned to turn the stories into American comic books which would sell better on the other side of the Atlantic, although ultimately only the first few titles got this treatment and the title moved to shorter stories after issue #14.
It was political and edgy, I recall a burning church at some point and there were people trying to save the planet and blowing things up. That is what I recall at least. I managed to buy most of them off of ebay in recent years and even now it remains an abrasive read at times but I did so enjoy it even though I didn’t really know what was going on sometimes. I have some of the artwork somewhere too which I should dig out really. Maybe next time.
Worth a read if you can pick up old copies if only to enjoy some of the Ezquerra artwork or Mills writing.
I am no historian of 2000AD. Yes I have them all, in boxes all over the house, and I love them dearly but I am no expert on the matter. I simply enjoy reading them and the way they make me feel and the artwork and the wonderful stories and the places that they take me.
There are few stories that sum up 2000AD for me more than this one. Necropolis. I remember it so clearly from when I was younger and I think it is where I developed my love of the artwork of Carlos Ezquerra. The way he painted Dredd and the dark judges thrills me now still and the story…oh god the story was amazing. For me pipped by the “Apocalypse war” but only just. Perhaps that’s because Apocalypse resonates more with me because I grew up in the eighties and the idea of Russia vs the west was so prevalent.
Seeing Mega-City one in flames was insane and the dark judges were terrifying and there was a real desperation as the story unfolded over 26 weeks. Curiously though Dredd never appeared for the first dozen or so.
The photos are from the graphic novel collection, and I’ve posted a few pages and I was going to write more but I think I am actually going to go red it for a bit. Just enjoy Carlos’ work…
Revisiting this as it got messed up by the WordPress shenanigans a while back…
Hard to take a photo of this but there you go, this is my other Dredd Tattoo which sits at the back of my left arm just below the elbow. I can then show it to people when they ask whether my Dredd is in fact Magneto. I can understand why I guess, think its the helmet.
It took about 4 hours as I recall, despite it having nowhere near the detail of the my larger Dredd one. All part of the larger collage I will likely complete one day. Might get another next year thinking about it…
Revisiting this as it got messed up by the WordPress shenanigans a while back…
I think you know I love Judge Dredd by now, and a couple of years ago I decided to add to my tattoos with a Judge Dredd piece. I don’t quite recall how this piece was selected exactly but the cover of megazine 302 was just so brilliant and it was one that really struck me with the wonderful character of Dredds face and the Artist that did my piece, Lee Reynolds, really took to it.
The artwork was done by Simon Bisley and Glenn Fabry for the 20th anniversary edition of the megazine. This is the original.
I actually think I have one Simon Bisley piece of artwork tucked away somewhere but I’m not currently lucky enough to own a Glenn Fabry piece but it’s on my list of things to buy. Glenn Fabry’s Slaine work is particularly gorgeous and I’m pretty sure something that I will be covering in a future blog.
It took about 5 hours to do as I recall and the worst thing about it was not the pain of the needle but rather having to sit there lying forward with my left arm extended behind me for that amount of time.
I actually rather enjoy the pain and it certainly take your mind off everything when you’re sat there for that amount of time and in a weird sort of way it’s a quite fabulous way to relax and get away from everything else that might be on your mind.
Certainly well worth the time and money and a piece I just absolutely love. I have 2 other 2000AD pieces I will show you another time.
Okay, so this one matter s for a number of reasons. Prog ten was the first ever multi part Dredd story and importantly was the first where John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra worked together. Their work would become some of the finest to fill the pages of 2000ad and Robot wars was a sign of things to come. Inside is a wonderful double page Dan Dare spread. The cover was drawn by the unmistakable Carlos Ezquerra (I will show you my Ezquerra piece another time) and inside you will also find the following:
- Dan Dare by Kelvin Gosnell and Massimo Bellardinelli
- M.A.C.H.1 by pat mills and Enio
- Judge Dredd by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra
- Invasion by Gerry Finley Day and Eric Bradbury
- Flesh by Studio Giolitti and Ramon Sola
- A Tharg 2000AD vehicle testing thingy
- Harlem Heroes by Tom Tully and- Dave Gibbons
- On the back is the Flesh Card Game cut out
A freaking amazing prog!
I wrote about the banned Ronald McDonald storyline here, well here is another fantastic colour double spread from the story printed in Prog 71. A thing of real beauty drawn by Mike McMahon and written by pat Mills.
I’ll tell you about the time I met Mike another time, but he is a thoroughly pleasant chap.
Last week I showed you the 2000AD Ronald McDonald v Burger King episode from 1978 that will never see a reprint due to it’s copyright infringement. Today I will bring you another from 5 weeks later. This time they featured the Jolly Green giant and again, you’ll never see a reprint I am certain.
The prog also features Dan Dare, Ant Wars, a Future Shock and Ian Gibson’s unmistakable ROBO HUNTER art. Love it muchly! The back cover has a series of what were intended to be cu out cards that formed part of a board game that would be printed over a 6 week period. I’m rather glad the person who had mine originally did not!
A couple of pieces by Boo Cook.
Last time out I shared this fantastic Boo Cook piece, and I said I would share more so here you go. These are pieces I picked up at a con in 2013 and the minute I saw them I had to have them. I’d just walked into the place and my entire budget was blown in the first 5 minutes. These are A3 pieces and they really show Boo’s wonderful sketching and I adore all the fine details which I hope the photos show. He was such a sound bloke and so friendly and I certainly treasure the pieces.
There are a number of issues of 2000ad which will never see a reprint because they infringed copyright, and Prog72 is one of those. It featured the ‘Burger Wars’ story which sees Ronald McDonald and The Burger King take centre stage. It has a gorgeous colour centre spread by Mike McMahon which still looks great now even after thirty years.
You can still get your hands on the originals fairly easily if you’re willing to spend a few quid, it certainly won’t break the bank. Old Ronnie hasn’t changed much over the years as you can see though the King does look somewhat better now than then I think. Inferno, Dan Dare, Ant Wars and Mach Zero also feature in the prog.
I have written about 2000AD previously and my love for what is most definitely the most marvelous comic in the galaxy, but unfortunately the blog I posted them all to was deleted in a nasty WordPress accident a while back so I figured I’d start posting again on the subject. Rather than waffling on about how and why I love this comic so much let’s just jump straight in to the very first issue published in 1977.
These are photos of my actual copy. For A comic over forty years old even now it still looks amazing. I don’t have the red space spinner that came with it and whilst many collectors would be crazy about the copy with it attached I’m not overly fussed I just love being able to read it even if it isn’t in the best of conditions.
Judge Dredd was not actually in the very first copy and you can see in one of the photographs below it says he’s coming next week.
Think of 2000AD and you think of Judge Dredd. Think of Dredd and you have to think of John Wagner’s writing and the art work of Carlos Ezquerra.
Today I am going to share with you one of my most prized possessions, my Carlos Ezquerra piece.
For as long as I can remember there has been something so appealing and compelling about his work. Some of my earliest memories are of his Dredd and Strontium Dog art and as I started to build my collection I knew I needed to find one of his.
A few years back I managed to pick up what you can see here in pictures. Cost a pretty penny at £500 but god I love it. It comes from Prog 734 published in 1991 and below you can see a photo of the weekly Prog next to the original artwork used for publication.
It features not only Dredd but all 4 of the dark Judges in Death, Fear, Fire and Mortis and also includes the acetate with the lettering which is overlaid over the artwork. I keep it hidden away mostly and dont like to get it out apart from now and again when I like to just stare at it and smile…
This is a piece I picked up at Thought Bubble in Leeds a couple of years ago. I think it set me back a hundred pounds and was well worth every penny. Its from the ‘Boneyard’ story line written by Gordon Rennie and illustrated by Mike Collins.
Rogue first appeared in Prog 228 in 1981, created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons he continues to feature to this day. Such a fan am I that I actually have a Rogue inspired tattoo that I will have to write about sometime.
I just love the piece and how it captures Rogue plus all 3 of his Bio Chip buddies Bag, Helm and Gunner.
Though I continue to search for a Cam Kennedy Rogue to add to my collection they are a rare thing so I shall stick with this wonderful piece until then.
I have a fair collection of 2000AD progs. Okay by a fair amount I mean them all, or at least all of the weeklies at least going all the way back to 1977. I didn’t collect them all each week myself and will write more about my acquisition another time but for today I thought I would share Prog3. Why 3? Well because I wanted to keep 1 and 2, which featured Dredd for the first time, for another time.
I am no student of these things and cannot truly do justice to the history of this most wonderful work but what I am most happy to do is to share from the huge piles of them scattered around my home.
It was published on the 12th of March 1977 costing 8p, and the stories featured can be seen below. With a Colour front and back cover and double page middle spread it is still a thing of beauty to hold even today. It smells amazing too and has lasted so well for something forty years old. Sadly my copy doesn’t have the ‘Red Alert’ free gift but I don’t really mind, I collect them to read them and am less concerned with condition and such. Click on the pictures below to take a look.HARLEM HEROES
Featuring Pat Mills’ FLESH, INVASION, M.A.C.H. 1, John Wagner’s Dredd and DAN DARE from Frank Hampson it packed a real punch. Interesting, at this early stage there was no credit given with the now familiar credits to artist, writer and letterer only appearing in later progs.
Just a few pieces from my collection
I have a bit of a thing for original comic artwork. Whether pages bought on the internet, usually from the pages of 2000AD or bits and pieces I pick up at comic conventions, I have amassed something of a collection over the last few years.
To hold in your hands the original drawings that make it into the comics you love is quite something and since I picked up my first piece about 8 years ago it remains a real passion. Below are a few pieces I actually found in the cellar that I forgot about. They were picked up at a Comic convention in Leeds and another in London in 2013. I put them in a box when we started house renovations 18 months ago and discovered them this week.
A quite magnificent Dredd by Gary Erskine. He was kind enough to also let me have the sketch he did. It was amazing to stand and watch him create this and just talk to him about Dredd and Roller Grrrls and all sorts.
A Mike Collins Rogue Trooper. A real prize possession and a thing of Beauty.
A John Mcrea Dredd from LSCC which I just adore.
A much treasured Elephantmen page by Boo Cook. So so good. Below are a few more, some by boo cook and a Batman by Dave Taylor. I have piles more but thought I would just share a few tonight.
Happy borthday Judge Dredd, 41 years and going strong!
If I count the things that are particularly precious to me 2000ad is right up there. I mean right up there, perhaps not above the kids but definitely well ahead of a number of the members of my wider family.
Not sure what it is?
Well 2000AD is a weekly British Science fiction comic, first published in 1977 and probably most famous for bringing us Judge Dredd.
From my earliest age I loved the characters and the artwork and a thread throughout my life for as long as I can remember. I remember first reading it in the early eighties growing up in South Africa and the impact it had was huge, feeding my love of science fiction and it is something that has never left me.
When we had our first child we had very little and only £600 in the bank and the opportunity to buy the entire 30 year back catalogue presented itself. Price? You guessed it. £600. I remember driving 200 miles to Bristol in a battered old Vauxhall Corsa with the last of our savings and loading them into the car from floor to roof. You any idea how many comics that is? Well now I have 40 years worth plus some others and believe me, storing more than 2500 comic books is no easy feat. That is every issue from number 1 in 1977.
Ive also developed a love of comic artwork over the years, and will write about it again in a future post but to feed my love of all things 2000Ad I have amassed a pretty sizeable collection of original comic art which I absolutely adore. The photo below shows A Clint Langley original above the printed version.
Have I ever mentioned my tattoos? No? Well this is one of my 2000ad themed ones. A quite gorgeous Judge Dredd on my left arm done by Lee Rudeboy Reynolds at Rude studios in Leeds. A truly marvellous artist. I have another on my right that I will show you another time,
My love gets worse though. I have two children, and both have middle names named after things that really matter to me. I will tell more about my eldest’s some other time but I can confirm that my youngest’s middle name is Joseph, named after Judge Joseph Dredd.
So as you can see, a real influence in my life and there is still nothing as fabulous as the most recent copy dropping through my letter box each week…