2000 AD Prog Slog

Monday, October 13, 2008

Prog 666

As regular readers of The Slog will know, I’m not a fan of Bradley, the bland little “sprog” who, at this time, pops up in short story runs every now and then. However, the current sequence of tales in which he and his ugly little friends travel through time to encounter late nineteen eighties British rock and pop acts for the benefit of his “Grandpappy” are rubbish beyond belief. There seems to be a tiny but influential group of staff at 2000 AD, which includes the current Tharg and writer Alan Mckenzie, who seem to think that the comic benefits from constant over laboured references to recent bands and pop trends. In this prog, Bradley and his friends meet The Sisters of Mercy in a four paged story that is neither witty nor well observed and barely qualifies as a story. Simon Harrison’s fully painted artwork does look good but would look a whole lot better if he hadn’t had written his own criticisms across it like a teenage school girl writing “I luv Jason 4 ever” across the front of a school exercise book. 2000 AD was born at the same time punk was and got the balance right between acknowledging its existence and not being condescending to it. Since rave happened a couple of years before, the comic has patronised it like a recently divorced dad trying to recapture what he thinks of as his missed youth. It’s embarrassing for us all.

Meanwhile, in this prog’s Nerve Centre, as if to confirm my point about the inappropriateness of all this rock and pop referencing, Brian and Alan Taylor write, “It is with great sadness that we must inform you that you are no longer our sole source of Thrill-Power. For we have rediscovered the one and only, thrill-throbbin’ Leader of the Gang… Gary Glitter. Gary can make us jump out of bed standing on his head, any time.” I bet he can. Tharg replies, “What courage. What resolve. Imagine having the guts to stand up in public and admit to having been at the Gary Glitter Gangshow.” Personally, I’m still reeling from the revelation that that was never Gary Glitter’s real hair.

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  • Those Bradley music stories really were horrible, weren't they. A shame as his recent Rupert pastiche was fantastic.

    Apparently Alan McKenzie left comics (about 5 years after this point I'd guess) to become a DJ.

    By Blogger alexf, at 4:10 pm  

  • Rupert pastiche? That's a new one to me, Alex.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:32 pm  

  • I meant 'recent' in Prog Slog terms!

    It was in Prog 606 I think (had the cover and everything), where Bradley and his chums have a toboggan race. The strip was in the style of Rupert the Bear, with a verse above each panel, and a prose description underneath. Jolly good fun.

    By Blogger alexf, at 11:56 am  

  • Oh yeah. I remember that now. Trying to blank them out, you see :-) And I will have only read that a few weeks ago!

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:13 pm  

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