2000 AD Prog Slog

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Prog 200

It's prog 200. Hooray! Congratulations! Here's to another 200. And another. And another.

As part of the celebrations there is a new Tharg story. There have been a few of these of late, which isn't a problem to me as I always enjoy a good Tharg story. I've noticed more recently, that Tharg is making displays of his mightiness that seem more random and unexpected. For example, last prog he made a remote duplicate of himself, just by thinking about it. Previously, he's grown to the size of King's Reach Tower, just like that. It occurs to me that this is how Superman's powers should work. Superman fans should be surprised by a display of some new power he conjures up to get himself out of whatever scrape he finds himself in. Instead, he uses the rather pedestrian flight, x-ray vision and super breath in all the comics, films and TV shows. Wouldn't you love to see Supes neutralising a bomb by swallowing it and belching the explosion out harmlessly like Tharg does this prog?

I have no idea how I got onto the subject of Superman.

This prog sees the conclusion to the Judge Dredd story, Pirates of the Black Atlantic. The Judges learn that the pirates who launched a nuclear attack on Mega City One where being manipulated by an undercover Sov agent. This is the first time that I've read this story in its entirety and it's interesting to see a bit of foreshadowing to the next multi-part epic, The Apocalypse War, taking place. It's also interesting to remember that this story was first published at a time when everyone aged thirty and under had been raised with the realistic possibility of a nuclear war taking place in their lifetime. There's nothing quite like a thirteen year old who regularly dreams about his home town being nuked reading what is supposed to be an innocent comic strip in which millions die depressingly in a nuclear attack. Thank God I missed it first time around. Happy anniversary!

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  • I used to have loads of nightmares about nuclear war and reading 2000 AD probably didn't help matters. In particular, hat bit in the Apocalypse War where the Judges put those cilivians with radiation poisoning out of their misery gives me the creeps even now.

    By Blogger Tam, at 12:47 pm  

  • Yeah Tam, I remember that. A particularly grim moment.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 3:53 pm  

  • These things seemed to happen around the same time - BBC's Threads on telly, The Day After starring Jason Robards, articles in local press about such-and-such radio mast being targeted with Soviet 20kiloton missile, and 2000ad (basically from prog 1 with Invasion). No wonder, then, that the first comic strip I drew for my school mag featured NATO troops in NBC gear, and lots of melted bodies - a carthartic act that helped ease the nightmares. That is until our local authority began testing the civil defense sirens...

    By Blogger Ken Davidson, at 10:25 am  

  • Ken, those were the day, eh :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 11:34 am  

  • I must confess to never really liking the Tharg solo stories - they always seemed a bit narcissistic and seemed to slow the pace down of the comic at the expense of 'proper' thrills. Having said that, they were obviously full of in-jokes, so I might appreciate them more as an adult.

    By Blogger dmstarz, at 10:35 am  

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