2000 AD Prog Slog

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Prog 290

I’ve blogged before about how, as an occasional 2000 AD reader during the prog 200s, I considered it slow on the uptake on certain strong creators. As performing The Slog has revealed, contrary to what I had believed first time around, it was pretty quick when it came to hiring Steve Dillon after his work for Hulk Comic and, in the case of Alan Moore, it was there long before Warrior appeared on the scene. However, I think I was right to think that Tharg was sluggish when it came to offering Alan Davis a gig considering his first professional comic work had appeared just over a year before in Mighty World of Marvel 377.

Prior to The Mighty World of Marvel 377, Captain Britain had been a character who, since his creation in 1977, had either been bandied about between Americans, functioned as a support character in the excellent home grown Black Knight or just been absent altogether. In 1981, he had at last been given his own strip drawn by UK resident Alan Davis. From the beginning, his work was excellent and, as the year progressed, it got even better. Given all of this, then why the delay in him becoming an art robot?

Captain Britain was now buff and wore a very cool face plate that clicked into place but there was something unnerving about Davis’ redesign; those thigh length boots. Suddenly, the UK’s only superhero, apart from Banana Man, was either into correction or, worse, the type of extreme fishing that requires you to wade. I can imagine Tharg sitting in the Nerve Centre, flicking through a copy of The Mighty World of Marvel and thinking, “this Davis artist is quite zarjaz but… those boots … they’re giving me the creeps.”

Fortunately, the quality of Davis’ art won through in the end so that currently, he is on the fourth part of Harry Twenty on the High Rock for 2000 AD. So far, there hasn’t been a pair of thigh length boots to be seen. There are, however, hundreds of male prisoners who seem to be wearing judo suits which could fall open at slightest touch from a leather clad guard’s truncheon.

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  • Which all strangely fits with Alan Davis's appearance at Comicon'81 dressed in a white suit and wide-lapelled shirt a la Saturday Night Fever.

    By Blogger Ken Davidson, at 7:19 pm  

  • That I wouldn't like to see.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 7:40 pm  

  • I'm pretty sure that Davis' first work for Marvel UK was a cover of one of their weekly comics - it was the first issue but apart from that can't remember a damned thing about it. Just recall on the introduction page the fact that the cover had been done by new UK artist, Alan Davis. I remember not being terribly keen on it but the name stuck when he started doing Captain Britain (which was a huge improvement) and the rest is history.

    By Blogger dmstarz, at 4:04 pm  

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