2000 AD Prog Slog

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Prog 683

This prog might be a small scale re-launch issue featuring the return of Rogue Trooper The War Machine (for how long this time?) and The Harlem Heroes (oh Christ) but I can’t help but mention the latest 2000 AD spin off comic, Revolver, advertised in the back. In case you don’t recall, Revolver was a monthly comic that featured a number of strips, none of which were meant to be thought of as the lead. All of the strips were to have a finite run where upon they would be collected into an album and replaced in the comic by something else. Anyway, Revolver only lasted for seven issues.

Some memorable stuff appeared in there though. Most notably, Grant Morrison and Rian Hughes’ grown up spin on Dan Dare (has an artist been meant to draw Dare more than Hughes. He even looks like him, for God’s sake) and the curry fuelled, hallucinogenic trip, Rogan Gosh, by Pete Milligan and Brendan McCarthy. Unfortunately, a lot of plodding stuff featured there also, the Jimi Hendrix strip by Charles Shaar Murray and Floyd Hughes springs to mind.

By definition, not featuring a regular lead, Revolver was entering a risky area. However, I feel that its quick cancellation was also down to its overt association with 2000 AD and Crisis. As The Slog has established, 2000 AD’s content is far from consistent at this time whilst Crisis was resisting giving itself fully to the fresher breed of creators by jettisoning Third World War as it should have. I think that much of the market Revolver was built to tap into was already fatigued by the watering down of quality thanks in part to the expansion of the line and wasn’t willing to take a gamble on this brand new publication featuring no notable lead or tone to bind it together. Which might be why the themed spin-offs from Revolver (yes, there were four) such as the Romance and Horror Specials were great. If only the monthly had been more like these.

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  • I think another factor was the very high price which was 3 or 4 times as much as the weekly which when your 15 or so is pretty huge.

    also theres the perceived "poncey creator owned sh**t" attitude I had to it comics like that and deadline at the time.

    By Blogger Derek, at 5:34 pm  

  • The Hendrix strip would have been better with (a) another writer and (b), another artist. Other than that, it was fine.

    By Blogger Mark, at 6:06 pm  

  • derek, the price to page ratio was probably also a big factor. There did seem to be this attitude at this time that comic readers would pay anything.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:43 pm  

  • Mark, wasn't Murrey a highly regarded old, NME journalist at the time? Whatever, you're right.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:44 pm  

  • Paul, the value for money factor was pretty high alright. I was just getting into DC comics at that stage and given the choice between Wagner/Grant on Batman or some avant-garde comic I know where my groats were going.

    btw do you remember a comic from Marvel UK called STRIP? I recall Marshal Law was in it but aside from that I can hardly remember it.

    By Blogger Derek, at 11:17 am  

  • Derek, I do remember Strip but I didn't engage with it particularly. My memory is that it was mainly reprints. Originated stuff did include, however, Genghis Grimtoad by Grant, Wagner and Gibson. The Delano Lloyd Night Raven GN might have been serialised there first but I can't remember for certain.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:52 pm  

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