2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Prog 149

It's thanks to the wonders of the Internet age that I am able to reach a gap in The Slog, go onto eBay to fill it and be able to continue within half a week. It just goes to show how hard the post office employees must work to have got prog 148 to me so quickly especially as it was sent second class the same week that two days of industrial action took place. Anyway, there would have been a slight delay anyway as I had received my fortnightly delivery of new comics on Tuesday morning. To remind you, new comics and graphic novels take priority over The Slog. Oh, and real life, I suppose.

When I first got into comics, my parents were delighted as they imagined me moving onto books, then academic success and financial security as an adult. They let me know how disappointed they were that I stayed where I was, even banning me from buying comics for two months; a life time when you're nine years old. To appease them, I would occasionally make sure that I was seen reading a proper book and I remember a couple of these being The Stainless Steel Rat paperbacks.

Now one of these books, I don't remember which but let's say it's the first in series, is being adapted by creator robots Kevin Gosnell and Carlos Ezquerra for 2000 AD. I don't remember much about the novels, other than having enjoyed them, but the comic strip version is okay. Gosnell seems to have boiled the text down to the consistency that you expect from 2000 AD although the strip is a bit caption heavy. Each episode works well as exactly that; an episode.

For me, Ezquerra’s art is the big sell. Slippery Jim diGriz looks like a late seventies porn star or the actor that just missed getting the lead in Space 1999. Angelina looks like one hell of a sexy bad girl. In fact, if she were my girlfriend, I would happily overlook the occasional mass murder, just as long as she didn't do it too often. No more than once a week, anyway.

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  • I thought Slippery Jim was drawn as James Coburn. Like you, I read the Harrison novels - the same editions by the looks of things!

    By Blogger Ben, at 10:24 am  

  • Ben, you're probably right. I just remember being disappointed that he didn't look anything like the cover of the paperbacks.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 1:38 pm  

  • I've still got all my Slippery Jim novels on the shelf, and a jolly good read they are too. I read them before 2000ad's version, and remember reading them very quickly. Harry Harrison's stuff is like that, it flows well, and was well-suited to adaptation to comics.

    Coburn - Ezquerra's Slippery Jim is Battle's Major Easy (sp?) is James Coburn. Slippery Jim with the moustache disguise looks like Carlos!

    By Blogger Ken Davidson, at 4:26 pm  

  • In a dozen progs or so Sam Slade becomes Ted Danson, too. And Harry Twenty On The High Rock was based on Harrison Ford - I remember that from Jim Davis being interviewed on Channel 4 (The Tube, I think).

    How is it that I can rememeber that from 81/82 and I can't remember the last time I had a shag?

    Oh...I think I've just answered my own question...

    By Blogger Stavros, at 10:59 pm  

  • Oh - and you're right: Angelina does have that 70's pornstar vibe.

    She's a wee bit reminiscent of Ming The Merciless's daughter in Flash Gordon. Mmmmm....boar worms.....

    By Blogger Stavros, at 11:04 pm  

  • Ken, more accurately Slippery Jim reminds me of a guy I see walking around the office where I work who, previously, I've imagined being a porn star during the seventies.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 11:53 am  

  • Stavros, I always thought that Sam Slade was drawn to look like Indianna Jones but doesn't the strip pre-date the first film?

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 11:55 am  

  • Paul:
    Yeah the strip started before Raiders was made. Sam Slade's physical appearance changes subtly over the next Robohunter story. I remember a reader's letter from 81/82 where someone makes a wisecrack about him running a bar in Boston.

    Harry Twenty was modelled on Harrison Ford in Blade Runner.

    Sorry for jumping ahead a bit - should probably keep these comments to meself until you reach those progs.

    By Blogger Stavros, at 2:08 am  

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