2000 AD Prog Slog

Monday, March 17, 2008

Annuals 1986

Art Robot Belardinelli produces the cover to this year's 2000 AD Annual. I don't know about you but I find it a little disconcerting learning that Ace from ACE Trucking Co is a similar height to the heroic looking Judge Dredd, Johnny Alpha and Rogue Trooper. I had always imagined he was shorter for some reason.

In Strontium Dog, Johnny and Wulf go on a job to my home town of Milton Keynes. They are already big names here thanks to a job they did previously in Prog 189 which, worryingly, I have no recollection of whatsoever. (Make a special note if you're a Slog reader interested in any medical effects it might be having on me). The story ends with Johnny doing their bounty a favour and faking their death so that his information is removed from the Dog House wanted database. Wulf remarks, "A favour? Leaving him to live in der hell hole like Milton Keynes?" Of course, as this was written and drawn before the opening of The Theatre District and The Snow Dome he wouldn't say that now.

It has become customary for both annuals to be padded out with reprints of Judge Dredd strips from The Daily Star. One of these is a nine panel representation of The Apocalypse War that ran for twenty five weeks when originally serialised in the weekly comic. This is such a perfect example of contraction that it borders on beauty; just steps always from being a comic strip version of Haiku poetry. In Dredd's annual, two of the reprinted Daily Star strips seem to be contracted retellings of the longer colour originals, printed here for the first time.

Carlos Ezquerra looks like he was in a bit of a hurry producing the colour art for this year's Judge Dredd Annual. He still fails to produce it all and the final strip is air brushed by John Higgins. This year's Judge Anderson strip proves confusing to me because its credited as a Judge Dredd strip. I read it expecting Dredd to pop up at any moment but he doesn't.

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