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General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: Today at 03:02:34 pm »

2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1981 2000AD Reviewed! Tharg Photo-Stripped! Nemesis Revealed!


I believe R. E. Wright was IPC's stock pseudonym so it can be anyone, really (it's usually someone else who's been heavily rewritten by Pat Mills, or Pat Mills rewritten by someone else, and some of the reprints in the 1982 Annual use it because it looks like no one could remember who actually wrote them at the time). And I think Southern Comfort is actually Alan Moore's very first attempt at writing a full length comic story - so it's been in the 'we've-paid-for-it-so-we've-got-to-use-it' drawer for a looong time.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 18 February, 2020, 07:48:38 am »
Which book was that (obviously you don't know the title, but how did it begin)?
It was a SF update of Robin Hood - the force fields which aliens(?) used were powerless against bows and arrows. That really is all I can remember for sure about the story, but I remember the book itself being a hardcover. I've been digging around for years (on and off), but there's nothing which ever jumped out at me in any lists I've pulled. The annoying thing is that there are at least a dozen really similar plots, but the one I'm looking for was in circulation c. 1990-1992, ruling out a few obvious ones. I want to say the same rough look as Hale's Black Horse books, but don't quote me on that... Not sure if it had illustrations or not.

To prevent these things from happening again, as it really is the most annoying thing, I have been keeping notes of everything I've read since around 2003.

That's the Hood's Army Trilogy (Earth Invaded, Slaveworld and The Liberators) written by Christopher Evans under the pseudonym Nathan Elliott.

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 04 February, 2020, 03:33:54 pm »
Billy Ocean comes from Romford. This is the most discombobulating fact I know.

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General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 03 November, 2019, 02:06:34 pm »
Tornado No 14: The unbelievable is happening here at Wembley! Keegan, Brooking and Francis can only watch as young Davie Hunt skips past West Germany’s Schwarzenbeck on his way to his tenth goal!

Dave Hunt was the editor of Battle - which of course means that England's new young star player was in fact Captain Hurricane! He later went on to obliterate the West German team in a Raging Fury...

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General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 23 September, 2019, 12:02:09 pm »
I've not seen anybody else mention that Rog shares more than a few similarities with the Death Star...  Artificial planet - check.  Bristling with weapons - check.  Designed to dominate the galaxy - check.  Surrounded by huge ships - check.  Destroyed by small bomb being dropped into maintenance shaft - check.  So-called hero ends up killing many thousands of civilian workers and prisoners - check.

Of course,the Mekon had a Death Star (and Dan Dare was blowing it up with space torpedoes) back in 1958, which is way before it was cool...





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General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 23 September, 2019, 11:34:50 am »
Poor Tornado - everything went a bit pear-shaped before it even started publishing, and no one involved seems to have any sort of enthusiasm for it whatsoever (apart from whoever's playing the part of Billy Preston, but it's possible that he's just a bit manic looking anyway!)

I wonder if it would be remembered at all today if it hadn't merged with 2000 AD.

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 16 September, 2019, 09:23:55 am »
Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer (from Doctor Who Weekly, written by Steve Moore and drawn by a sixteen year old Steve Dillon) was the first character I know of that had a chainsword. He debuted in 1981, so he had one WAY before it was cool.

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General / Re: Mega City Book Club - a new podcast about 2000AD books
« on: 02 September, 2019, 11:23:26 am »
Captain Haddock just following orders there.

I thought that was Commander Lex O'Malley from Dan Dare (you can see him walking down the stairs with the Theron Ambassador in last episode's grail page) rather than Captain Haddock, although admittedly they do look rather alike.

Or possibly he's the officer who orders the HMS Nemesis to attack Charlie at the end of The Terra Meks.

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General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 30 August, 2019, 05:43:32 pm »
2000AD and Starlord Prog 96: We’re gonna hit him! That guy’s dead… unless he’s – Superman! Eject into hell with – Angel!

A new non-human Deputy Chief Judge!  Exodus!  The ruler builds a wall!

2000AD and Starlord Prog 97: We take… a giant step for comic-kind every week!

Ginger dies!  Don't worry, he'll get better...

Ginger's story in Ro-Busters is lifted more or less directly from the novel Black Beauty, by the way - Beauty's fiesty friend Ginger is systematically broken down with over work and is eventually spotted being carted off to the knacker's yard, because it's a Victorian morality story and they're unrelentingly grim.

There's a racehorse called Harry Angel now. It regularly beats Zarjaz. It's all terribly confusing...

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 26 August, 2019, 10:49:36 am »
I don't think Zenith sounds like Rick Astley - he was a rather awkward and shy guy who had an amazing singing voice, Zenith seems more like Stefan Dennis (a soap opera actor given a record contract because that was the fashion of the time) or that bloke in the boxer shorts from that jeans advert. I think Zenith's voice is probably quite low down in the mix.

Hard to believe you're finished with Mean Team already - that seemed to drag on for a lot longer when it was in the prog at the time.

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 26 August, 2019, 09:15:37 am »
This one'll annoy you!

As a stereotypical posh tory arse-type, Peter St John almost certainly pronounces his surname as 'Sinjin'.

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 19 August, 2019, 03:41:35 pm »
"Zenith - Yay! It's like Watchmen but not Watchmen!"

Ah, Zenith and Watchmen were published simultaneously at the same time so I don't think either of them could have influenced the other (although I suppose Morrison could have seen the first couple of issues of Watchmen if the 2000 AD commissioning and creation process went uncharacteristically quickly on this occasion).

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General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 18 August, 2019, 12:16:07 pm »
Yeah, Mind Wars is, as ever, drawn by Jesus Redondo.  (As ever apart from that one episode that has a shared credit with Ian Gibson.)  Not entirely convinced by the Mike White theory - next time I come across his work (in my chronological reading) I'll try to remember to dig out this episode, compare and contrast.  As for the balancing - everyone knows Wagner and Grant took turns taking credit, though I've not heard of the same for Wagner and Mills before.  I'm holding off reading Thrill-Power Overload (the old version), The Mighty One and Be Pure, Be Vigilant, Behave until I get to their release dates.

For some reason, the first four fourth Doctor comic strips from Doctor Who Weekly are credited to both Pat Mills and John Wagner, even though they didn't actually colaborate on them  - 'The Iron Legion' and 'The Star Beast' are credited to 'Mills and Wagner' even though they were written by Pat Mills, and 'City of the Damned' and 'The Dogs of Doom' are credited to 'Wagner and Mills' even though they were by John  Wagner on his own. No one seems to remember why they did it that way, though...

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General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 16 August, 2019, 02:18:54 pm »
2000AD Prog 84: Ant Wars rages on! “For they shall inherit the Earth.” H.G. Wells
Great news, readers!  ...and you know what that means for a British comic!  No sooner does Slade find Smokin' Joe than he takes a break.  Cliffhanger - Dredd, Tweak and Spikes defending against the mek army and one must die!  And then another one will go missing!  Cliffhanger - Villa is in the lair of the ant queens and sees something!

Star Lord No 21: Guardian of the Dark Star!
Cliffhanger - is Ardeni dead?  Cliffhanger - bad guys are in control of Ro-Busters and Miss Marilyn gets threatened!  Cliffhanger - Johnny and Wulf have to defuse the ultimate weapon!  Cliffhanger - Hunter is surrounded by alien zombies!

I think maybe that the merger has disrupted the credits - I'm absolutely certain that isn't Mike White on Mind Wars, but those zombies in the otherwise uncredited Holocaust definately look like his work, even if the colour two page spread appears to be by someone else entirely. And the credit given to TB Grover for the Cursed Earth episodes may just be a way of balancing the books, as Pat Mills was given the writing credit for the first part of Burger Wars even though he didn't write it (Dredd's Last Stand is credited to Pat Mills on every reprint I've got access too, though).

That letter from those two kids at boarding school is absolutely heartbreaking, and the language is probably the most dated thing ever printed in Star Lord. It's look looking at a different planet. What are 'lead joints', anyway...?

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 10 August, 2019, 07:17:53 pm »
Did anybody work out what was supposed to be so revolutionary about Dennis, seeing as clones (and accelerated cloning) were already in use at the time?

Frankenstein is clearly following the long established tradition of inventing something that already exists but doesn't work quite as well as the original, just like Alan Sugar.

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