2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Prog 265

Sam Slade’s first big adventure in Brit Cit in Robo-Hunter ends this prog. The Beast of Blackheart Manor finishes the same as it has been throughout, enjoyably, with culprits the robo-butler and the robo-cook being carted away by the robo-police. Hoagy offers Sam some pies that he’s been keeping warm for him inside his robo-mouth which are sensibly declined. Throughout the story, it’s been inferred (or is it implied? I always get that one wrong) that the hotel guests have been going missing to make up the filling in the tasty pies. It’s a motive that never gets clarified and I wonder if this is because popular fiction has always been a bit funny when it comes to cannibalism. It’s okay for the savage or the bad guy to eat someone else but it isn’t for the hero, even unknowingly.

This prog’s notable first is Cam Kennedy drawing Rogue Trooper. Kennedy has been absent from 2000 AD since the end of The VCs which seems ages ago now. I guess he’s been gallivanting with his other friends at Battle or Tiger. Anyway, I mention Kennedy on Rogue only because, despite guys like Dave Gibbons and Colin Wilson having also worked on the thrill at this time, he is the artist that I most associate with the character.

Finally, there’s a big black box where Tharg’s editorial usually is and I don’t know if this occurs in all copies of prog 265 or just in mine. It could be a printing error, or it could be that the white text on black background printed on low grade newsprint has faded away over the last twenty five years. Maybe this editorial had an expiry date and was programmed to self destruct after a period of time. Whatever, I just find not being able to read it disconcerting for some reason.

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  • It was a printing error. Unless I'm completely misremembering, the prog shipped with the Nerve Centre text reprinted on a little slip of white paper folded inside. The original owner of my prog 265 carefully kept the insert with the comic. The Bubbalicious gum, however, was long since scarfed. Unless I've lost the insert, I'll scan it this week.

    By Blogger Grant, at 7:46 pm  

  • Grammar dept: the speaker implies, the listener infers

    By Blogger Tam, at 12:56 pm  

  • Terrible cover on that prog.

    By Blogger Stavros, at 2:08 pm  

  • Cheers Grant. I thought I was going slog mad :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 9:54 pm  

  • Tam, that's all very well but I will have forgotten when it comes to when it really counts :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 9:55 pm  

  • Stavros, that's Robin Smith for you.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 9:57 pm  

  • I put the scan of Tharg's mystery comments in this week's blog:

    Nu-Earth Nonsense

    By Blogger Grant, at 11:08 am  

  • mmmmmmmmmm, great new cola flavour Bubblicious!

    By Blogger Dom Sutton, at 11:09 am  

  • Dom, are you eating out of date sweets again?

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 7:09 pm  

  • Dom, are you eating out of date sweets again?

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 7:09 pm  

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