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2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Dan Dare Annual 1979


You would think that if you were given the 2000 AD 1979 annual instead of the Dan Dare one for Christmas 1978 that you would have got the better deal but actually this would not be the case. Funnily enough, Dan Dare makes a better representation of what is happening in the weekly 2000 AD than the annual that shares its name. In fact, for all intense and purposes, Dan Dare is the secret 2000 AD annual of that year. In addition to the colour lead strip, painted by Ian Kennedy, there is a typically no nonsense Invasion strip, where Peter Silk is alive again, and a Judge Dredd tale, illustrated in colour by Kevin O'Neill.

More importantly, there is the tale of how the highly regarded big chinned hero from Eagle became the bomber jacket wearing character from 2000 AD. It includes face changing surgery and suspended animation, obviously. This is really the only acknowledgement that the character originated in Eagle, which was regarded at the time as having been Britain's most popular comic ever. In fact, Tharg even makes frequent appearances in the annual as if to say to any old comic readers that might have wandered by, "he belongs to us now".

4 Comments:

  • I really liked Ian Kennedy's artwork in these annuals ! I picked 2 up cheap on Holiday last year !

    By Blogger Andrew Glazebrook, at 12:59 am  

  • I loved this annual though I was ambivalent, to say the least, about the very odd Judge Dredd story in it.

    By Blogger dmstarz, at 1:03 pm  

  • Just bought this on ebay, hope it's a good one.

    By Blogger ger, at 7:13 pm  

  • Just a quick update, like this annual a lot, happy out, art-work is nice and dreamy, j.d story bit odd though.

    By Blogger ger, at 5:20 pm  

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