2000 AD Prog Slog

Monday, February 18, 2008

Prog 400

Prog 400 passes by with absolutely no celebration or mention of the centaury at all, unless seeing Judge Dredd having his eyes poked out by one of The Mutant's jelly demons is your idea of a good time. The Stainless Steel Rat for President is the cover star apparently. I say "apparently" because it's Carlos Ezquerra drawn aircraft shooting at each other on display and not the character of Slippery Jim DiGriz himself. I enjoyed the previous two Stainless Steel Rat stories but this one is proving to be such a washout that even when it's the cover star it isn't, really.

The big news is the announcement by Tharg in the Nerve Centre that the Eagle Comics monthly repackaging of old Judge Dredd material is now available to readers of 2000 AD at their local thrill merchant. Previously, copies could only be purchased via specialist comic shops or mail order. Eagle Comics, an imprint of Titan Books, was my preferred method of catching up with classic 2000 AD stories that I had missed because of my seven years of indecision. Walking into Martins' the Newsagents in 1985 and seeing a pile of freshly cut American sized Judge Dredd comics was a bit thrilling to me, partly because I no longer had to pay expensive postage and import rates.

How the increased availability of the Eagle Comics' Judge Dredd came about I don't know. There's a greater co-operation between 2000 AD and Titan going on somehow as the promotion exceeds the normal ads paid for by Titan. I also wonder how much the recent survey about a potential Judge Dredd comic informed the decision. Was our response essentially, "yes, we would love a Judge Dredd comic, just as long as it's in colour, reprints old stories and costs 60p"?

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  • Based on Roy Lichtensteins's "Whaam"(1963), which, of course, was based on a 1962 edition of DC's All American Men of War Comics, featuring a Korean air war strip. Isn't the internet wonderful?


    By Blogger Soap, at 8:01 pm  

  • Thanks Soap.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 7:45 am  

  • Yes, thanks Soap!

    That cover has been in my mental prog vault for years and years and years - and it was only in loading this page that the penny dropped. "That's based on a Lichenstein!" I realised aloud.

    Slow as treacle sometimes...

    By Blogger Peter A, at 7:25 am  

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