2000 AD Prog Slog

Friday, April 13, 2007

Prog 75

Talking of John "Giant" Clay, the good news is that in the last part of Inferno he didn't die, which would be stupid if you remember that he is yet to father his son, Judge Clay, I mean, Judge Giant. The bad news is, that everyone else did die. In fact, the slaughter of his team mates got to be so relentless that, in the last episode, Tharg, drawn by someone else, made an appearance and skimmed over a couple of character deaths as if we, the reader, didn't think much of them. At least, in Invasion, we actually got to see Peter Silk's demise.

There are strips from around this time that seem to have no over all structure, that just run and run until the idea exhausts itself or editorial says to stop. In the case of Inferno, it's as if Tharg said to the writer, "wrap it all up next week, will ya?" I guess even in 1978, the long-term certainty of 2000 AD wasn't entirely known, and some strips led a hand to mouth existence.

I guess if I was writing a weekly strip that unexpectedly had the rug pulled out from under it, a satisfying and subversive way to end it would to have the bad guy win. In Inferno, after making The Harlem Hellcats' life a misery by murdering everyone, I'm not sure if the gambling syndicate is talking to Giant or to us when they say, "let that be a lesson to you".


  • jusat found out that Belardinelli is dead. RIP.

    By Blogger Dom Sutton, at 1:27 pm  

  • Has this been confirmed, Dom? My understanding is that he has been reported as having died several times over recent years.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 4:01 pm  

  • Yeah I saw there had been a few false alarms. His death has been reported in quite a few places now though so it looks like he has passed. No announcemen from 2000ad as of yet though.

    By Blogger Dom Sutton, at 4:10 pm  

  • I read about it this morning. I'm still hoping it's a mistake.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 4:11 pm  

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