When I was idly going through eBay and saving 2000 AD lots to my Watch List for the auctions to expire, I found myself particularly attracted to the covers from the prog twenties. They were real pulpy affairs and I was fascinated as to what internal strips that they could relate to. It transpires that the answer is none. These were a series of “Superscan” covers. It seems that the artist drew whatever pulp science fiction theme they wanted, then an editor wrote a short story loosely based around the illustration of no more than two hundred words or so to run in the Nerve Centre (the editorial page).
For me, this Brian Bolland cover isn’t the best of the “Superscan” series. This might be ironic given that he went on to become one of the best established comic cover artists of the last two decades.