2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Prog 85

It's nice to be reminded of, when comics were amalgamated together, which was common place in the seventies and eighties, how the editors would try to put a positive spin on what was, after all, the failure of one of the two titles. This is the final issue of 2000 AD before Star Lord joins forces with it and Tharg is telling us how great this is for everybody.

All the main stories wrap up in time for Star Lord's arrival this prog. The Cursed Earth comes to what feels like a natural conclusion. Finishing Ant Wars must have been easy considering how repetitive each episode was (find giant ants, kill giant ants, walk away to find more giant ants). Only the Dan Dare story hints at perhaps being finished earlier than it might have been otherwise; art droid Dave Gibbons returns form a break with artwork that looks bigger, as if it has been drawn at a similar size to reproduction. It still looks great, though.

The Prog Slog is at an interesting juncture. I stopped reading Star Lord at number five because my copy of number six has half a page of the Strontium Dog strip missing. I was hoping to have replaced it in time but this doesn't look likely to happen now. Instead, I decided to read the damaged strip from a copy of Strontium Dog: Search/Destroy Agency Files Volume One in Ottakers book shop but was disappointed to see that they have sold out. It looks like I might have to skip those missing panels altogether. In the meantime, I have the 1979 annuals, 2000 AD and Dan Dare, allowing me some extra time to track down a copy of issue 22 which I have missing altogether.


  • One of my favourite covers, incidentally. Dredd looking mad and torn to pieces. Brilliant.

    By Blogger dmstarz, at 12:54 pm  

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