2000 AD Prog Slog

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Dan Dare Annual 1980

Dan Dare’s final association with 2000 AD contains all the reprinted strips and character misinterpretation that you’ve come to expect from an annual of this period but there’s a few enigmas thrown in too. For example, that cover by Kevin O’Neill. As this is a character annual, and a publicly recognised one at that, shouldn’t he be more prominent on the cover? Admittedly, the ship is the star of the illustration, but does Dare being tucked away in the corner make commercial sense?

The Judge Dredd strip within is just so wrong. For starters, he hasn’t been Judge Marshal of Luna City One for over a year, yet here he is, back there again. When he returns to his apartment, he finds all the stars of 2000 AD waiting there to throw a surprise Christmas party for him. Then the bash is attacked by all the script, art and lettering robots angry about something or other. The strip ends with Dredd arresting himself for causing a disturbance on a public holiday.

The biggest mystery to me is also the one I am most embarrassed about; who is the artist on the 3000 AD The Traveller strip? To a casual observer, it could be Mike McMahon although, admittedly, a Mike McMahon feeling under the weather. Now I think it could be early work by Cam Kennedy. Not knowing is driving me slightly crazy and making me feel a bit ashamed.

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  • Mike McMahon definitely I'd say, a bit of a rush job possibly...

    By Blogger mat_tait, at 11:59 pm  

  • I concur - a rushed McMahon - look at woman's profile on the last page, only McMahon does that to chins! Still, McMahon on a bad day is better than a lot of other 'annual' artists' good days. Certainly better than Dave 'talented amateur' Harwood's Dan Dare, and the aptly-named Garbage. Sorry Dave, it looks like you had to really work at the strips in this annual (which is laudable in itself) whereas someone like McMahon just instinctively gets on with it. B*st*rd.

    By Blogger Ken Davidson, at 9:28 am  

  • Mike McMahon it is, then. Yes, I was looking at that character's profile and that's what made me think that it might have been McMahon.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 12:10 pm  

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