2000 AD Prog Slog

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Prog 196

I found myself thinking recently, what a cool Saturday TV show Strontium Dog would be; what a great cartoon series Judge Dredd would make. This goes to show how those of us that love our printed graphic narratives fail to learn from all those disappointing movie adaptations that the comic, as the complete object, is enough.

In this prog, Tharg lists the results to the cast-a-2000 AD-film-mini-competition. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that 2000 AD readers think that Clint Eastwood should play Judge Dredd. In the same film, Clint Eastwood would also play Johnny Alpha and Matt Tallon. Readers also think that psychic teenager Wolfie Smith should be played by Roger Moore. I know this prog was published over twenty five years ago but isn’t Roger Moore about fifty years old? Although a bit too well spoken, at least he’s the same nationality, I suppose.

One of the mini-competition winners casts The Judge Child epic. Interestingly, Kenny Baker, best known at this time for operating R2D2 in the Star Wars movies, is cast as the Judge Child himself. Why is it considered acceptable practise to cast an undersized actor in the role of an evil twelve year old boy? This seems like a Simpson’s joke to me.

On a children’s TV show I remember seeing around this time, Tommy Boyd interviewed three kids of both genders about what they thought of the new Superman movie. After all of them gushed about how great they thought it was, Boyd asked if, as a result of them enjoying it so much, they would be interested in giving the comics a go. Each of them answered no. I’ve always felt that this is something I should always remember.

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  • three kids of both genders? where did they find that many hermaphrodites?

    By Blogger Drhoz, at 1:04 pm  

  • How about "three kids, both genders"? (I agonise over this sort of thing, you know, drhoz).

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 12:33 pm  

  • don't mind me, I'm just a pedant - your meaning was clear :)

    but yes, the latter would be more grammatically correct

    By Blogger Drhoz, at 2:46 am  

  • Or "three kids, one of each gender".

    By Blogger Mark, at 12:28 am  

  • This being 1981, Phil Daniels might have made a pretty good Wolfie Smiht. Just a thought.

    By Blogger dmstarz, at 3:38 pm  

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