It’s a space version of those trucking films that were popular during the early eighties that I never wanted to see. The closest exposure to Citizen Band Radio I had prior to the start of this thrill was an Eddie Yates storyline on Coronation Street. The Ogden’s lodger buys a CB Radio and uses it to meet his girlfriend with who, if my memory is correct, he later leaves the show with.
ACE Trucking Co is written by the seemingly unstoppable team of John Wagner and Alan Grant (using the moniker of Grant Wagner, this time) and drawn by Massimo Bellardinelli, whose wrist must still be hurting from his marathon fifty part gig on Meltdown Man.
At this time, I’m not reading 2000 AD. I’m too busy frolicking with American comics like Frank Miller’s Daredevil and John Byrne’s Fantastic Four. When I do return to the Squaxx De Thargo, it’s over two years after the start of this thrill. With its hard core CB jibber jabber, which may be made up or authentic, I originally find it difficult to like. But there came a point in the thrill’s final days that I experience a moment of revelation and finally get it. Now, reading the start for the first time, twenty years after reading the finish, I’m surprised that I ever had a problem with it at all.
ACE Trucking Co is, so far, a fun situation comedy. It compliments the burden heavy leads of 2000 AD, most of which John Wagner and Alan Grant are responsible for, perfectly. In fact, I suspect that this is the reason for it’s existence; the antidote to the effects of writing the adventures of Ol’ Stony Face and the rest.