2000 AD Prog Slog

Friday, September 04, 2009

Prog 897 22/07/94

2000 AD has now been going long enough for its early style, characters and stories to be the subject of satire in Armoured Gideon The Collector by John Tomlinson and Simon Jacob. In it, Frank Weitz teams up with Bill Savage from the Invasion and Disaster 1990 thrills and is on the run from a multi-dimensional being they refer to as The Collector. As they leap through portals in space they encounter other characters from the early years of the comic including MACH Zero, Wolfie Smith and a giant ant from Ant Wars.

It’s all meant to be good fun as it’s written in that slightly flippant voice that Weitz likes to speak in. However, Tomlinson, apart from not really getting Savage’s voice right, seems to be implying that the characters from the seventies are naïve and out of place in the more harsh present that Tharg’s creations have to live in these days. This is of course complete bollocks as the characters from the seventies existed in a changing and uncertain environment, were rough and hewn in ink, whereas new strips from the nineties, like Armoured Gideon, look like their spoiled and over privileged descendants.

Armoured Gideon The Collector does seem to mean well, though. For example, episode nine is drawn in an early style by classic art droid Mike White. It looks great and makes me wonder, if White is available for work still, why he’s not being offered more jobs by Tharg instead of those artists whose styles are less penetrable.

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  • Good take on this. I never got on with Armoured Gideon, although I did like Simon Jacob's art when he wasn't drawing face.

    I've never read this particular story but it sounds pretty dire.

    By Blogger Peter, at 11:50 pm  

  • I liked AG but remember thinking this story was a step too far. Two volumes were enough.

    By Blogger Joe, at 4:10 pm  

  • I'll book the tread and say I loved this story. I definately take the point about the characters being played in a slightly more naive way then they were in the comics themselves BUT you could argue that given the character 'The Collector' is a representation of fans etc it could be argued that the way they are handled in this strip is altered by the perspections of the fans... or am I just trying to justify a strip I enjoyed????

    By Blogger Colin, at 10:43 am  

  • Hi Peter. I'm enjoying AG more for the slog but this tale does seem a little arrogant.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:54 pm  

  • Yeah Joe, it probably shouldn't have run for this long.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:54 pm  

  • Colin, you're entitled to like it, and I must point out that I don't think it's dire, but your arguement about The Collector is pushing it a bit :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:56 pm  

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