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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 28 November, 2019, 01:22:02 pm »
ah yes the big stront story i cannot wait for coverage on that
The Dead Man is the one I am most looking forward to. I only read it in graphic novel form decades after it was published but it is clear that it would have been quite an experience to read it at the time so I am looking forward to hearing Fox'x views on it as it unfolds.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 26 November, 2019, 07:59:37 pm »
Thanks Conrad, much appreciated as always.

I think this is the first time Strontium Dog has ever been in the 'worst thrill' category. SD was so consistently strong until these personnel changes so the drop-off is quite jarring. I had stopped reading 2000AD before this happened and so I never witnessed it at the time but I do know things eventually come good since I have bought the Life And Death Of Johnny Alpha trade since returning. It could be a long time though.

This is all new territory for me, as we are reading it, and I feel like Dredd is carrying the prog right now since I am not enjoying Bad Company or ABC Warriors as much as you guys seem to since I find them hard to follow. Strontium Dog and Zenith were great in the early part of 88 and kept a good balance back then and I can see that we have Slaine, Nemesis and Zenith returning so I am expecting the current form to be a temporary dip.

General / Re: Judge Dredd retires? Dies of old age?
« on: 07 November, 2019, 08:54:55 pm »
It has long been established that there are many ways to extend lifetimes in Dredd's world (stookie, body transplants, re-juve, bio-chipping, artificial body parts) but the legality and cost varies. Dredd has been through at least two re-juve treatments that I can think of, so the 70 year thing doesn't bother me.

I have sometimes though that original Taggart tv show could be a good model for an ellderly Dredd. Taggart was a grumpy old Scottish cop who let the younger detectives do the running but directed the tactics and stamped his authority on things.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 28 October, 2019, 07:24:58 pm »
Thanks Conrad and Fox!

About Carlos leaving Strontium Dog. I am under the impression it was due to the direction Alan Grant had decided to take the strip after the Wagner/Grant split where Wagner got Dredd and Grant got SD. Grant wanted it to shake it and make it less Johnny Alpha based (I am being careful not to put any spoilers here) and do strips about other SD agents. Ezquerra did not agree with removing Johnny from things and chose not to be part of it. I think I got this perpsective from Thrill Poer Overload.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 30 September, 2019, 06:29:03 pm »
Thanks Conrad, a great start to a new year of progs.

About the Ropbocop connection - well I think it is stronger than you guys do, with the differences likely being made to avoid the influence going beyond 'inspiration' into 'rip-off'.

On Wikipedia it says:
The character of RoboCop itself was inspired by British comic book hero Judge Dredd,[9] as well as the Japanese toku series Space Sheriff Gavan[10] and the Marvel Comics superhero Rom.

and there are citations given for the Dredd and Gavan on this sentance.

There is also the following pre-production model from the making of Robocop:

I do not know much about Robocop but remember it coming out and watched it at least once, and I remember the Dredd connection being obvious to some of my friends. The film is different enough from Dredd though to be its own thing.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 22 September, 2019, 07:50:51 pm »
I have started reading Outcasts on the basis of recent comments and it is really good and could so easily be re-purposed as a pre-Dredd story. 'Big City' is Mega City One and the 'Enforcers' are the Judges is the way I am reading through it, and no other changes are necessary.

Megazine / Re: Meg 411 - Primate Savagery
« on: 16 September, 2019, 08:10:33 pm »
I would just like to express my appreciation for this issues Defoe supplement. Really great stuff here.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 09 September, 2019, 07:11:14 pm »
Thanks Conrad and Congratulations and very best wishes for the future to Fox! I hope Fox had an excellent day.

Moving on to the Spinnies, I would like to nominate:

Best Art - Steve Yeowell on Zenith
Best Writing - Wagner and Grant on Dredd, Anderson and Strontium Dog. It is the way they combine humour, action and plot that makes these strips so good.
Best Overall Thrill - Dredd (The Taxidermist, Democracy, Last Of The Bad Guys, Oz, The Alabammy Blimps, Simp)
Best Year of 2000AD - 1982

General / Re: Best 2000AD Full color comics outside Dredd
« on: 28 August, 2019, 06:25:51 pm »
The entire run of Nikolai Dante is full colour and is great.

General / Re: Mega City Book Club - a new podcast about 2000AD books
« on: 20 August, 2019, 05:57:00 am »
As much as it'd be good to include a female character, would I even recognise Modesty Blaise out of context?

I still have not read any MB but she is probably the most well known UK comic character in Europe. I have met comic collectors here who bring her up and assume I would have read it because I am British. In my local area (I live in Malmo, Sweden) we have a corner shop selling MB mugs and the supermarket does has some MB comics too but I would have to go to a specialist store to find anything 2000ad related.

I think MB is an easy sell because it can be described as 'a British comic about a female James Bond'. That and the artwork are probably enough to draw people in to give it a try.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 19 August, 2019, 08:20:03 pm »
Another great show - thanks Conrad and Fox. I have been reading along but I am skipping Mean Team - each time I get to it I think of you both heroically struggling through it but it must be the worst thing in a very long time. Universal Soldier and the Future Shocks are mildly pleasant to get tho┬┤rough in comparison.

General / Re: Mega City Book Club - a new podcast about 2000AD books
« on: 19 August, 2019, 07:57:54 pm »
Congratulations Eamonn! Do you have any favourites from the firs t 100?

Some of the most enjoyable ones that spring to mind fo rme were: Pete Well's on America, Conrad and Fox talking about early thrills, the South American chap talking about the Judge Child, the one where you interviewed the man who owns the 'Gaze into the fist of Dredd' artwork, David Bishop on Thrill Power Overload, and your daughters insights on Sandman.

I know I bought Cradlegrave and Rok Of The Reds on the strength of your podcast and they were both excellent - Rok particularly deserves more exposure. I might have bought others too but can't remember just now.

Early in the 100th podcast you mention a Mount Rushmore of British comics must contain Dan Dare. Who else would you include? I was thinking about this a bit and think I would go for: Dennis The Menace, Dan Dare, Modesty Blaise, Roy Of The Rovers and Judge Dredd.

Perhaps Sherlock Holmes too? Not really a comic hero but pulp magazines like The Strand were very much the precursors of action comics in the form of text stories with visuals thrown in (a la text stories in 2000ad annuals), and the art for those Sherlock Holmes stories has influenced our view of the character to this very day.

Help! / Re: Dredd Comic For Kids
« on: 11 August, 2019, 08:35:34 am »
That looks much better than I expected. Who were the writer and artist on this?

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 10 June, 2019, 07:54:53 pm »
Thanks Conrad - I did not expect to hear Fox turn up - what a treat! I haven't read any Action and know nothing of this 'dark web' of which you speak but it has been entertaining to follow the Re-Action episodes regardless.

The Action Summer special sounded quite good which struck me as odd considering the quality of early 2000AD specials and annuals which relied on a lot of old legacy stuff and rejected strips to fill them out.

On the 2000AD side of things you discussed in the podcast how we were moving from the 'gold age' to the 'silver age' from prog 501. I think this is fair and I stopped reading some time in mid 500's although not due to any particular concerns about quality, it was more that I was trying to be more grown-up and started subscribing to a music paper instead.

However, it is still thrill packed mix with Slaine The King, some solid Dredd, Strontium Dog and Bad Company. It seems like the best we have had in a while, so it is a good start for the 'silver age'.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 03 June, 2019, 08:00:54 pm »
Best Art - Carlos Ezquerra was well represented in 1986 with Ragnarok and Rage and it was all of such a consistently high standard. He wasn't given any clunkers this year but even when he did do stuff like Tharg strips they are made readable and enjoyable by his work.

Best Writing - Wagner and Grant had another great year for Dredd with the focus on short stories. McGruder leaving (and firing the council for their loyalty), the Stroberry Jam story (it is a real psychological illness that is described here, one that I have witnessed), Adrian Cockroach, It Pays To Be Mental, The Exploding Man, Stan Lee, and Kenny Who were some of the highlights but it was all good all year.

Best Overall Year - 1982 for me

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