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General / Re: The definitive copyright thread
« on: 21 May, 2018, 12:09:45 am »
And now Epiris Fund II owns Time UK and the pre-1970 IPC properties.

One of these days an IP company will own all the pre70s IPC IP that actually does something with it (or at the least splits it off from whatever they've been buying all the other IP for and sell it to somebody who does reprint / develop it).

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 21 May, 2018, 12:06:16 am »
I just find it really depressing that no-one recognised the quote.   :'(

I recognised it, but didn't have anything to add to the thread - here goes.

Eddie MacPhail.

Megazine / Re: 396 - The Razor's Edge
« on: 20 May, 2018, 11:51:44 pm »
The floppie with Bloc judge. Brilliant. Probably one of my absolute fav. Dredd stories. Love how packed each page is. Hard to put down :)

They should release it as an over sized hard cover. Would buy it in instance.

Agreed. Very disappointing to see this in a floppy: I’d been hoping for a collection with this and Ladykiller (at least). We get ‘Every Empire Falls’, but not first rate Wagner / Ezquerra?

I see it very much as a successor to The Pit, rather than PJs adventures...

Prog / Re: Prog 2081 - Homies under der hammer
« on: 18 May, 2018, 05:25:53 pm »
Even 'U' certificate Star Wars has a fairly high body count.

Especially graphic too, if you consider BBQ Beru and strangled Captain Antilles...

The biggest issue at the time was the alien blood in the cantina.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 18 May, 2018, 01:19:44 pm »
Has he made any appearances since Free Comic Book Day 2012 (which I couldn't attend?)

Prog / Re: Prog 2081 - Homies under der hammer
« on: 17 May, 2018, 10:35:09 pm »
Very much liked that Dredd. Sure, it relied a bit too heavily on longterm reader knowledge to land its punchline, but I'm actually more unsure as to how much the ordinary citizen/crazy would know about Feyy's prophecy, much less the City of the Damned alternative ending.

I did wonder about this, the Proteus side should be a bit more secret, but Old Stoney Face went around half the Cursed Earth (not to mention galaxy) showing people Owen's photo.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 17 May, 2018, 10:26:45 pm »
... I always think the balance of more Alan Moore more than makes up for...

You only said that so you could get more/Moore three times in four words, right?

Megazine / Re: 396 - The Razor's Edge
« on: 17 May, 2018, 08:11:17 pm »
Well... they did exist in South American folklore before Alan Moore wrote his story in 1982/3 or so, but I get that you're saying most people here are probably familiar with the being from Swampy or Constantine.

Yes. Like Moore, I'd read 'In Patagonia' so I was familiar with 'em already. They did a really decent job (I thought) on the one that turned up in the short-lived Constantine TV series, too…

Yep, I was surprised and pleased to see the appearance in Constantine.  Like the early 1980s on screen :-)

General / Re: How many pages of Judge Dredd has John Wagner done?
« on: 17 May, 2018, 01:19:02 pm »
Dave Sim on Cerebus is the only comparison I can think of, in terms of pages completed. Albeit Sim's run was as artist/writer.

Well, write and co-artist - can't leave out Gerhard!

If we're talking about how many pages of comics has John Wagner ever written, I think he could be a contender for most prolific (at least in the English language) - in addition to Dredd, he's also written for Cor!, Whizzer and Chips, Valiant, Tammy, One-Eyed Jack, Doctor Who, Anderson, Psi-Division, Battle, Eagle, Scream!, Roy of the Rovers, The Bogie Man, Boyhood of a Superfiend, The Dead Man, Detective Comics, Aliens, Star Wars, Xena: Warrior Princess, A History of Violence.

A quick google reveals the following names and numbers, so if anybody does want to count up all the pages of Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, Ace Trucking Co (everything from here is cut-n-pasted from various sources).

Manga can be a bit of a different format to your average western comic - I'm not familiar with Osamu's work, but I'd expect it to be dialogue-light with scenes which would take one pages in 2000AD stretched over 20 or more pages...

Paul Sylvan Newman (April 29, 1924 – May 30, 1999)[1] was an American writer of comic books, comic strips, and books, whose career spanned the 1940s to the 1990s. Credited in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most prolific comic-book writer, with more than 4,100 published stories totaling approximately 36,000 pages, he is otherwise best known for scripting the comic-book series Turok for 26 years.
Marvel Comics legends Roy Thomas (36,486) and Stan Lee (34,039) and the above-mentioned authors for the crown of Comic Book Writing King.
Dixon said in an exclusive interview with PhillyVoice that his ability to write quickly the meat and potatoes action stories that are his trademark has a lot to do with his output.
"The fact that I wrote over 40,000 pages of comics comes as a surprise to me because it never felt like work. I just love what I do,"
According to Wikipedia, Osamu Tezuka is credited with over 150,000 pages of work.

Prog / Re: Prog 2081 - Homies under der hammer
« on: 17 May, 2018, 01:12:51 pm »
Strontium Dog: As Silverman is a robot, with no DNA, how can they prove the job was done? Would camera footage be enough, in this instance? Actually, since he is a robot, covered in near indestructible armour, I reckon he’s still alive out there. He wouldn’t be able to do much, unless he’s got some rocket boosters or anti-grab tech, and I guess he’ll run out of power sooner or later (unless he is self charging* or solar powered) but there’s a possible loose end which could be taken up in a future tale...)

It's a loose end I spotted too, as I was reading it - I was expecting there to be some sort of follow-up to that panel showing how the robot would actually be killed/destroyed.  The sequel story will have him bumping in to Edwin, during one of this long periods drifting in space.

General / Re: How many pages of Judge Dredd has John Wagner done?
« on: 17 May, 2018, 01:04:36 pm »
Not quite what you're after, but Heroes of 2000AD put him in at over two and a half thousand appearances - not pages, and not all Dredd.

Prog / Re: Prog 2081 - Homies under der hammer
« on: 17 May, 2018, 01:02:52 pm »
Which leaves Skip Tracer, making a snappy five-page debut. Definite shades of Brink in the setting - or even Topsoil from the Dan Dare strips. Not sure how to put this in a way that doesn't sound insulting (which I don't want to do, I loved it!) but it seemed a bit more of an easy read than most other 2000 AD strips right now. Might be barking up the wrong tree but I thought perhaps it was something written for 2000 AD Regened but upgraded to the regular prog instead?

Nah - there's nobody being killed in Regened, is there?  I thought that was one of the limitations on the Cadet Dredd strip - that it had to be shooty-free.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 17 May, 2018, 01:02:01 pm »
I honestly like this batch of progs.

The first time I read this Sam Slade story I had not yet read Verdus or Day of The Driods so this stepping back through Sam's history was not a problem for me. It may not be the greatest of the Robo Hunter cases but it is still Sam Slade and I enjoy him while I can.

The Slaying of Slade was running in the first progs I ever read - with the first prog I bought being the last episode - also of Skizz - upsetting for me as it was one of the things that got me in to the prog!  Only a few weeks until 335 though, with one of the strongest line-ups there has ever been! I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that I wouldn't still be reading comics all these years later if it wasn't for the 1983 line-up in 2000AD!

Stunned that Fox thought this same line-up was one of the weaker periods - but then I didn't like the first book of the Brutannia Chronicles (which seemed to garner heaps of acclaim) and have liked some of the later books more (when everybody else seems to be going off it).  (Hate the typeface for the cythrons though).

Megazine / Re: 396 - The Razor's Edge
« on: 17 May, 2018, 01:00:05 pm »
I’m not crazy — that’s an invunche in The Returners, isn’t it?

I dunno. But that was a Google search right there.

Arh so one Google search later reveals they's the turny round head people in Moore's Swamp Thing. I didn't know they were called 'Invunche' I thought they were called 'The turny round head people from Moore's Swamp Thing'

Yeah I though it was the turny roun... I mean Invunche.

Well... they did exist in South American folklore before Alan Moore wrote his story in 1982/3 or so, but I get that you're saying most people here are probably familiar with the being from Swampy or Constantine.

Prog / Re: Prog 2081 - Homies under der hammer
« on: 17 May, 2018, 12:57:34 pm »
Glad to see Kingmaker returning (soon)

The choice of name's odd *

* It's an obscure reference and was first used last August. Maybe it's product placement, like Acclaim & Urban Strike in the 90s.

Not that obscure - there's even an episode of Red Dwarf with that title.

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