2000AD Spin off CRISIS – #1

4th of Feb 1978

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”.[1]

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.[1]

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.20180728_1333466584522791921641319.jpg20180728_1334116291602452249172252.jpg20180728_1334372799999352751936881.jpg20180728_1334004081492822057605671.jpg20180728_1334489174349816360608255.jpg20180728_1335144770524381636448904.jpg

Worth a read if you can pick up old copies if only to enjoy some of the Ezquerra artwork or Mills writing.

 

 

 

 

2000AD Prog 72

8th of July 1978

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. 

 

 

 

2000AD Prog 1

26 February 1977

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.