2000 AD Prog Slog

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Prog 177

There’s nothing quite like the last issue of 2000 AD before a re-launch. This prog sees the end of Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World and The Mind of Wolfie Smith. That’s after recent finishes to The VCs and Robo-Hunter. Half of these thrills disappear never to reappear for at least fifteen years. (I think. I keep making these bold statements which get disproved when I open a prog published a few months later for The Slog.)

There is also the conclusion to the two part Tharg story, The Great Human Rip-Off. Art droid Carlos Ezquerra draws twelve pages for this prog, including the cover. This is an uncommon achievement for any art robot but especially impressive on this occasion as I don’t recall a recent prog that Ezquerra hasn’t provided work for which would allow him the time to produce it.

Tharg stories are usually credited to TMO (an abbreviation of The Mighty One) or to no one at all. This tale sees editorial robot Aaln-1 be destroyed by the Dictators of Zrag. In a dramatic gesture of sacrifice, Aaln-1 is blown to bits running to the rescue of his boss, Tharg the Mighty. It’s meant as a parallel to Aaln-1’s human equivalent, Alan Grant, leaving his editorial job at 2000 AD to pursue a career in writing for comics. You might not be surprised to learn that the heroic end to Aaln-1 is written by script robot Grant himself.

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  • Wolfie appeared in one of the Armoured Gideon storylines, didn't he?

    By Blogger Drhoz, at 2:37 pm  

  • Apparantly. In my first draft I said that three of the four strips never appear again. Fortunately, on this occasion, I had the foresite to double check my facts.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 3:17 pm  

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