2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Prog 360

Judge Dredd is proving so popular with the readers that someone within IPC, the publishers of 2000 AD and the secret organisation behind Tharg the Mighty, is now considering giving the character his own comic. Who would have thought that when 2000 AD started that this could ever have been a possibility and who could have thought by the end of The Cursed Earth saga that it could take IPC so long to even consider the idea?

In this prog, there is a readers’ survey, the thrust of which is to gauge Squaxx dek Thargo response to the notion of Judge Dredd having his own fortnightly comic. It includes questions like, what is the most you would be prepared to spend on each issue. I don’t know about you but if I had bothered to fill it in at the time I would have selected the lowest total in an attempt to influence the final price of the comic which, to my mind, was inevitable.

Judge Dredd’s own comic was inevitable all right; it was just at least another six years away. What about the responses to this survey discouraged IPC from moving forward with it at the time is anyone’s guess. I had always presumed that management with only a passing knowledge of 2000 AD were unable to comprehend the notion of such a young character being popular enough to support their own title in a market where other comics rarely lasted very long.

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  • yay!when this came out i met brett ewins at his flat and got this prog signed! He also gave me a copy of strange days which was brilliant! He was a friend of a friend of my step fathers and it was the most amazing thing ever. I dont think i'll ever be so star struck again.

    By Blogger mr wheatley, at 11:00 pm  

  • I reckon it took so long to get Dredd his own title because only John Wagner and Alan Grant could write him. Around this time it also seemed to be becoming harder to get decent artists onto the strip, what with the brain drain...

    Oh - and the fact that the British comics industry was beginning its flat-spin (from which it never recovered) must've given IPC the shits too.

    By Blogger Stavros, at 2:08 am  

  • 2000AD, at the time, wasn't long out of that cycle of "spin-off and merge", as it had done with STARLORD and TORNADO before it. Perhaps that's what put off the higher-ups at IPC: why spin-off only to collapse back into the parent title, yet again?

    By Blogger Mark, at 2:27 pm  

  • Mr Wheatley, sounds wicked! That Strange Days is great too.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:11 pm  

  • Stavros, you may have a point, although I understand that Wagner and Grant wrote strips for a Judge Dredd comic that never materialised.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:12 pm  

  • Mark, IPC can't have been that put off though not just because of this survey but also because of the work done, however small, on the Dredd comic that never happened.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:15 pm  

  • Wagner and Grant wrote the original "Bad Company" for the Judge Dredd fortnightly, the idea was modified later on by Milligan for 2th.

    By Blogger garageman, at 8:42 pm  

  • Good fact. Hell Treckers, which appeared in 2000 AD, was meant for the Judge Dredd comic originally.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 9:22 pm  

  • I just want to say that when it came out The Haunting of Sector House 9 was like crack cocaine to my 13 year old self. Ewins was possibly never better than in this, the story was inventive, evocative and even when the 'hard-science' explanation was revealed, still very creepy.

    By Blogger Peter A, at 7:03 am  

  • Cheers Peter. I'm with you.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:54 pm  

  • Nice art throughout 360. MacMahon on Slaine is great of course. I quite like Casanovas on the future shock - story's ok. Ewins on Dredd is good. I like Belardinelli and he's ok on the Time Twister, but what a rubbish story - the 'twist' is that if a guy travels at the speed of light, when he gets back his wife will be much older than him. Duh. Good cam Kennedy art on Rogue.
    There's an ad for 'Scream'. I remember getting the first few issues. Had some stories by Alan Moore didn't it? And i think i saw recently that some of them have just been republished in a book - The 13th Floor maybe?
    Prog 359 has the climax of The Killing, a terrific Strontium Dog story.

    By Blogger Simon C, at 9:59 am  

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