2000 AD Prog Slog

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Prog 1000 16/07/96

Wow. One thousand progs. Who would have thought, over one thousand weeks ago, that 2000 AD would still be going? The best everyone hoped for was a few years out of it before it eventually amalgamated with a more popular successor. But look at it, still here.

Instead of this being a big celebration, it’s a little underwhelming and is at best just another re-launch prog, and one of the more forgetful ones at that. We’ve got Slaine in a one-off story, Durham Red picking up from when we last saw her, a new thrill called Outlaw and, tucked away at the back, Judge Dredd. In prog 500, we got a memorable creator robot jam cover and strip. In prog 1000, we don’t even get the full compliment of five thrills.

Judge Dredd isn’t even on the cover. Instead it’s a painting of the less known Slaine by Jason Brashill. It’s a nice painting but in typical David Bishop fashion (he used to do this a lot in The Megazine), the same image appears again on the Output page and on Slaine’s introductory page. I’m not going to mention the whole cover to prog 1000 appearing as is, blurb an’ all, on the back of 999.

And to top it all, Tharg mentions in his editorial that 2000 AD is moving from Saturday to Wednesday publication which means we have to wait another eleven days for the next prog and not just four. This reminds me of my millennium night; what a disappointment.

For The Slog, the sixteen page souvenir supplement that comes free with this prog is missing and so, of course, all of the celebration could be contained in there. But when I close my eyes and try to picture it all I can imagine is that Slaine picture page after page after page.

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  • Yeah when you hold this up and compare it to Prog 2000 (the annual Prog as I'm sure you know we don't get a sudden acceleration in the release rate) less than 4 years later it this issue is such a damp squib.

    Heck the strips ain't bad but they aren't even great. Added to that Dredd is coming off the back of arguably he's best epic which doesn't help the sense of anticlimax.

    By Blogger Colin, at 6:27 pm  

  • Was the supplement called 3000AD?

    I'm fairly certain I bought this just to see what was going in the big anniversary issue. You can judge my opinion from the fact that the next Prog I boght was 1450!

    By Blogger Peter, at 10:39 pm  

  • Nah it was a potted history of 2000ad as well as a preview of some strips to come in the future

    when you look back at it the amount of crap listed is staggering the only bright spot was nikolai dante

    3000ad was 34 issues later If I recall

    By Blogger David page, at 11:50 am  

  • I think you have been spammed by the Sino-Cit. I knew that attack foreshadowed in the 900s was coming!

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 2:13 pm  

  • Comparing it to prog 2000 is a bit unfair I would say, Colin. It feels a little like comparing it to a yearbook. But yeah, prog 1000 does feel like business as usual.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:56 pm  

  • Blimey Peter, that's nearly nine years.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:56 pm  

  • Thanks David, that was exactly what I was going to say.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:57 pm  

  • Cheers Victor. Attack deleted.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:57 pm  

  • This was an incredibly underwhelming event considering the lead up time they had. The 20th anniversary prog (1033 I believe) was much better but, at this point it's a matter of two steps forward and one step back when it comes to 2000 AD's improvement.


    By Blogger kennyevil, at 3:48 pm  

  • Chris, the 20th anniversary issue sticks in my mind more.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:38 pm  

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