2000AD Prog 50

4th of Feb 1978

Prog 50 was a pretty amazing read, with no less than 8 different stories.  The breadth and variety of art work alone makes it a thing of beauty and with writers such as Gerry Finley Day and Pat Mills and John Wagner it was bound to thrill.  Art by Dave Gibbons, Montero, Ian Gibson and Belardinelli (amongst others) make it pretty stand out for me.

You know, a forty year old Comic smells pretty amazing too!

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NECROPOLIS – 2000AD Progs 674-699

April – October 1990

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…

 

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2000AD Prog 10

30th of April 1977

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!

 

 

 

 

2000AD Prog 71

1st of July 1978

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.

 

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2000AD Prog 78

12th of August 1978

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!