2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Prog 851 04/09/93

It’s not often that a phase of 2000 AD gets so clearly defined as The Summer Offensive or The Autumn Attack and it’s almost unknown for the progs that sit between them to feature such top division thrills. Traditionally, the issues before a re-launch feature Future Shocks and other fillers to puff them out. For this and last prog we’ve been treated, uncharacteristically, to two part runs of Tharg’s highest profile thrills of the time.

There’s a prequel to Luke Kirby, a Slaine tale painted by Greg Staples and Nick Percival and a charming little story from the Gronk. The only fly in the ointment, and it’s a big, ugly fly, is Rogue Trooper by Michael Fleisher and Simon Coleby. I’m not going to go on about how horrible this strip is as I’ve talked here before about how unpleasant I find this period of Rogue Trooper to be but I will tell you that even the addition of a co-writer called “Falco”, whoever he or she might be, does nothing to improve things.

Despite the presence of Rogue Trooper these are still a strong pair of progs and I want Tharg to know that I really appreciate the effort. Is this really the same Tharg that gave us Bradley and invited Michael Fleisher to re-invent Harlem Heroes?

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  • "Sydney Falco" is Alan McKenzie. He rewrote Fleisher's twelve-part "Scavenger of Souls" into a two-part prologue and an eight-part main story which'll be appearing a little later down the line.

    By Blogger Grant, the Hipster Dad, at 9:06 pm  

  • The story of how Fleisher got so much into the Prog is pretty astonishing. As Thrill Power Overload has it he simply kept sending the stuff in at such a rate and no one told him to stop and it got stock piled and stock piled. Fleetway had a policy that had it been paid for it had to be run and so Tharg had a 'draw' of this stuff that he slowly and surely had to work through.

    I'm about to start reading his Jonah Hex in the Showcase and I hear its very good (as I'm told his Spectre is) just not sure why his 2000ad stuff didn't work at all? Just goes to show even good writers can struggle to write in the dense 6 page format. I'd be really curious to see how some of todays top American writers would cope in this format after all the luxury of deconstruction.

    By Blogger Colin, at 8:35 am  

  • For the record, as a youth (I'd say age 11-13) I enjoyed Fleisher's Harlem Heroes and a couple of his Rogue Troopers ok on a week-by-week basis. But even then I could tell they didn't add up to much - they had a touch of the Tom Tully about them, just keepign the action going for its own sake rather than for the sake of a coherent story.

    By Blogger alexf, at 10:40 am  

  • Cheers Grant. Thanks for the info.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 9:17 pm  

  • Hi Colin. I've heard that story about Fleisher before and I don't accept it as understandable. WTF are the editors doing paying anybody for unsolicted and unread scripts. Idiots.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 9:19 pm  

  • Alex, how dare you insult Tom Tully by comparing him to Fleisher.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 9:20 pm  

  • Indeed Paul, have you seen the Johnny Red scans at falconsquadron? the Tully/Colquhoun/Cooper telling of the battle of Stalingrad is absolutely epic!

    that was the first comics story I ever loved as a child and its even better appreciating as an adult.

    By Blogger Derek, at 6:13 am  

  • It was I who mentioned that story about Michael Fleishers speediness with the typewriter and the stockpiling of scripts.

    Thargs office was a bit of a madhouse in the Robert Maxwell days apparently and by the time Egmont took over there were stories of shoddy artwork being found in odd places that was hidden away by the thargs.

    By Blogger Derek, at 6:17 am  

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