2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Prog 104

Last night I dreamed that I was three hundred progs ahead in The Slog. I was worried because I had been reading Halo Jones for several issues but had still not got around to blogging about it. When I woke up and remembered that I was only on prog 104, I wasn't sure if the nightmare was the dream or the reality.

Things of note that happen this prog: Ron Smith draws his first Judge Dredd strip (well, I think it's his first, anyway) and Strontium Dog returns. This means that this prog contains sixteen pages written by John Wagner.

There is also an ad for the first issue of Tornado; the new weekly that is amalgamated into 2000 AD in a few weeks time. I have decided not to read Tornado for The Slog. This is because none of its strips go on to have a lasting affect on 2000 AD like those that came over from Star Lord have. But I will admit that last night's dream has helped me to come to this decision.

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  • I agree with your Tornado exclusion but are you ignoring Blackhawk? Some fine Belardinelli work on that strip. Wolfie Smith? And Tharg and Big E's teamups?
    Splundig vur thrigg.

    By Blogger Ben, at 2:28 pm  

  • Ben, Paul, if I recall didn't the popularity of Wolfie Smith entitle him to appear in 2000ad in two separate sequences? I used to hate the strip personally, it was wholly inappropriate for 2000ad at the time. Now? Perhaps not, as 2000ad has gone more 'general purpose' in recent years.

    Paul - it's important to take a break! Cleanse the thrillbuds with some telly. When Jez H donates a batch of 2000ad to me every year I literally go boggled-eyed and develop a stoop from reading them back-to-back. It's not good when you start dreaming about it ;)

    By Blogger Ken Davidson, at 4:18 pm  

  • Ron Smith - what a jolt! I really didn't like his work to start with, and I was never comfortable (nor Ron obviously) with his renditions of female faces but by God did he really shine by end of his Dredd tenure!! I recall that he was like the last man standing, when McMahon, Bolland, McCarthy, Wilson, Cam Kennedy et al had all turned their backs on Dredd, Ron was still there plugging away - amidst a decidely poor peer group.

    Is he still around? Does anyone know what other work he's done / doing? Crumbs, I've just looked up Wikipedia - if Ron's still around he'll be 83! That made him around 70 when he stopped doing Dredd.

    By Blogger Ken Davidson, at 4:29 pm  

  • Ben, I actually bought I few copies of Tornado at the time (I don't have them anymore). I don't really have any fond memories of it. Although, I did quite like Wolfie Smith when it joined 2000 AD.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 11:52 am  

  • Ken, I've been taking a break from the slog most weekends but I think that I've developed a sort of addiction as every now and then I take a snydy read of a back issue.
    Originally, I wasn't too fond of Ron Smith's artwork. But, like yourself, he won me around.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 12:07 pm  

  • Hi,

    My favourite Tornado story was lways the "the Angry Planet", about a rebellion against Earth by Martian colonists. I had read "Heinlein's the Moon is a Harsh Mistress" sometime before this, and the Angry Planet was very similar. I was disappointed that it didn't make the cut into 2000AD, and distinctly remember even at age 10 thinking that the rather sudden ending was more than a little unrealistic.
    I think the Belardinelli held a lot of appeal too. This one would stand a reprint in the 2000AD Extreme Edition I reckon.


    By Blogger john, at 3:05 pm  

  • I remember buying every issue of Tornado without really liking it. Still got 'em, but doubt I'd get much on ebay...

    By Blogger Stavros, at 5:31 pm  

  • I'm a secret Tornado lover. And I loved Wolfie Smith. (Sobs in the corner at the lack of respect shown to his childhood hero.)

    By Blogger dmstarz, at 3:10 pm  

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