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2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Judge Dredd Yearbook 1994

That’s another cover to one of 1994’s Yearbooks that I don’t particularly like. Once again, the Judge Dredd Yearbook fails to fully utilise the panoramic opportunities of the gatefold sleeve for some reason while the image itself just doesn’t seem strong enough for an annual. In fact, I would say all of that eye sharing is a little off putting.

Inside, however, the art is the star. Dean Ormston stylistically paints the opening Dredd strip written by Alan Grant. I was just thinking the other day how it seems that Grant hasn’t written anything for 2000 AD or The Megazine for ages and here he is suddenly. If I start wondering about Mike McMahon, maybe he’ll pop up too.

Every annual or yearbook needs a special event and this year’s is provided by the return of artist Mike McMahon on Mean Machine. McMahon is currently going through his minimalist period which must have been a shock to those readers whose comic exposure begins with 2000 AD and ends with The Megazine as when last we saw him was working on the beautifully detailed Slaine. Of course, the simplicity of his current work is deceptive. The real genius is how every single figure, object and line is perfectly placed.

Ultimately, however, the yearbook feels disappointing. It’s now in line with the editorial direction and design of the fortnightly which means that the yearbook has the same padding and backup strip preferences. The Armitage strip, drawn by Russell Fox whose art I really like by the way, is, mysteriously, twenty-one pages long. I find it difficult to believe that Armitage is either more popular or worthy than Judge Dredd who only gets sixteen pages of new material and whose yearbook it’s supposed to be.

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4 Comments:

  • Didn't buy this, either. Student at the time. Probably reading "proper" books. Spending my money on lager. That sort of thing.

    By Blogger Mark, at 10:06 pm  

  • same as mark, went to college that year, beer, women and other things to spend money on

    By Blogger Derek, at 8:50 am  

  • Money well spent I would say, Mark.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:12 pm  

  • Same to you, Derek. You show offs.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:13 pm  

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