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Other Reviews / Re: 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 16 June, 2019, 10:48:21 pm »
Got mine and it's great.

The deceased creator at his desk surrounded by his creations is becoming a bit of a cliche but Robinson and Teague pulled it off for Carlos in great style.

Tharg's £20 for all the specials, post paid, has been a great offer - no doubt I'd have otherwise missed one throughout the year - instead it's regular surprise time!

Hopefully this offer will be repeated each year.


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Classifieds / Re: Eagle comics for sale, from 1982 and 1983
« on: 16 June, 2019, 10:42:10 pm »
It's great - I can visualise every cover and panel they discuss. Nearly forgot that Manix took on Hitler!

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Classifieds / Re: Eagle comics for sale, from 1982 and 1983
« on: 15 June, 2019, 11:00:50 pm »
I'm tempted! I sold my runs of the first 200 to a certain Judge Dredd writer. Now listening to the 'Where eagles dare' podcast I wish I had them back!

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Other Reviews / Re: LETTERSENTERTAINYOU 2015 - The Beast Lives!
« on: 01 June, 2019, 08:56:41 pm »
All letters, art and other things like Mean Arena Teams and Ro-Jaws and Hammerstein jokes - basically all reader input have been compiled. Not competition winners  that would be mental. As well as reader art from the annuals and specials. Give us a try!

The Beast online needs an update but the local Beast ticks over with today's meat already guzzled.

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Other Reviews / Re: LETTERSENTERTAINYOU 2015 - The Beast Lives!
« on: 01 June, 2019, 09:51:39 am »
There’s one panel at the end of City Of The Damned of piled up bionic eyes in jelly. That particular barely-body horror moment stuck in my youthful head and it was only upon reading it again in the Mega Collection the other year that I realised just how small and insignificant a drawing it was. That’s why I brought up the exposed brain drawing in my letter. -Tom Evans (Bradford On Avon)

Brilliant! In the moment letter explanation and discussion. Cheers Tom - the level of debate and interaction on this thread has just skyrocketed!

I know the exact panel you mean - I'm sure there was a good sound effect too when the jelly packed eyes when plucked from their container.

Was this your first ever letter or had you had previous efforts deemed unworthy?


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Suggestions / Re: Collected Tharg Strips
« on: 26 May, 2019, 08:04:32 pm »
I'd buy this. I know the Spacespinner2000 guys hate them but I always saw them as a bit of fun and satire based on the office politics of the day. may it happen Tharg - the ideal vanity project for you!

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Events / Re: Glasgow Comic Con 2019
« on: 26 May, 2019, 07:53:59 pm »
I'm in the 'definitely maybe ' camp. I agree the Con doesn't have too much for the 2000ad centric punter although last time I had Grant and Wagner to myself for half an hour and forgot to ask just about every question of worth. He did tell me about the Buttonman rights reverting back after JJ Abrams let them lapse but that was about it. He did sign my Big Book of Martyrs though and said it was a 'gun for hire' gig.

If it's a look in and and go to the pub affair I'm up for the pub bit.

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Other Reviews / Re: LETTERSENTERTAINYOU 2015 - The Beast Lives!
« on: 25 May, 2019, 03:43:43 pm »


We’re back for some more exciting letters and statistics based banter and analysis. The quest for 100 letters has been enriching our lives for many years now and there is absolutely no reason why we’ve come back after a long hiatus to have a look at Prog 2133. It’s a fine Prog and it has an Input page. That’s reason enough.   

We kick off with John Bateson from the home of Mrs Thatch, Grantham. John earns the Letter of the Week laurels for the second time in his brief three letter career- he also enjoyed the top spot in his first outing in Prog 1555.

John’s letter is classic Tharg bait with him waxing lyrically about his children reading his comics. Remember John the Prog does have the occasional ‘shit’ in it but that may have been the cat. It’s an inoffensive offering- unless you are offended by people talking about how cute their kids are, in which case this will not be to your taste. Tharg is happy for more grist to his mill and to add to the child friendly mood also publishes some colouring in from Millie Beastall of Derbyshire.

Next up and straight to the point is Dave Bedford of Oughtibridge which sounds like a made up name but our scanners see that it is near Sheffield. Dave obviously moved as he likes funny named towns having previously lived in Penistone (snigger). Dave says the art and ‘general feel’ of the takeover special was ‘top drawer’ and he suggested other likely candidates for the treatment.

This is Dave’s second letter following his Prog 2093 debut last year. He has some way to go to be ‘Best Bedford’ as Robin holds that accolade with five. He hasn’t been seen since Prog 1193 in 2000 however so keep on writing in Dave!

Stephen Watson of Paisley makes a welcome appearance next with his 99th offering to see print. It’s a lucky coincidence that we chose to reboot the Beast’s servers today as the long standing £100 prize is now tantalisingly close. Stephen’s first letter appeared in Prog 559 so he been wasting, er, enriching his life writing letters for over 30 years.

This offering hits the usual targets with some gushing place and then a comment about ‘anachronistic Mantas’ that he may have ripped off from someone’s forum comment. There was a typo “I hope it something” which was lifted from the original email - sack the cut and paste droid or at least the one who checks what he’s doing!

Tom Evans pitches up next in his letter writing debut. It’s a confident start as he teases Joko-Jargo and goes on to praise the regened special, much like the previous scribe. He does sound a bit snowflakish when he queries whether a brain being removed is a suitable subject for a children’s comic. Of course it is Tom - how else will Tharg inure them to the horrors that life will surely bring them?

A near celebrity writes in next in the shape of David Beck. He’s no Clint East but it’s a good effort from David who has dropped his Doctor title from his previous letter which was in Meg 402. He’s also moved from Scarborough to Emailland. David is another fan of ‘Full Tilt Boogie’ and like all the other correspondents doesn’t have a bad word to say about the experimental Regened offering.

We close with Charles Ellis of Surrey who is an occasional writer - or a frequent writer who is occasionally printed as his tally of five letters stretches back to 2003’s Prog 1362. There were 8 years between his third and fourth letters so he’s picking up the pace with this one appearing only a year after the last.

Charles enjoyed the Cor!! And Buster specials and gives this input page a full sweep of praise for all of Tharg’s recent offerings. It’s a happy band and we’re sure representative of the readership in general. The odd brickbat would be fun though!

The updated all time table is below and we welcome Gareth Gee to the exalted ranks of the ‘Ten or more’ Club. Gareth began his letter writing career way back in 1993 in Meg 42  so it’s been a long , but ultimately rewarding haul.



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Other Reviews / Invasion 1984!
« on: 23 May, 2019, 10:41:16 pm »
The exclamation point is theirs, not mine!

Has anyone read this recently released cracker from The Treasury of British Comics?

It was a must buy for me as I'd never heard of it and an alien invasion of the world is a good starting point for any story. Oh and it's Wagner/Grant with Eric Bradbury on art.

Firstly the book is lovely. Brilliant reproductions of the black and white pages with the covers in full colour inserted into the pages - two or three are story covers that are 'continued inside' so it's great they have been preserved.

It only runs for 128 pages but it crams a lot in and I gorged it down in two sittings.

With the three page episodes there is a lot of repetition with the hero, who's a linguist you know, introduced every week.

The aliens look mental - like skeletal Samurai warriors complete with ray guns and swords. They do take prisoners however, but don't ask what they do with them!

The story is endlessly nihilistic with characters bumped off every week and Glasgow getting picked for a practice nuke! Seemingly did millions of pounds worth of improvements!

The action is relentless and it's so grim you can't wait for the happy ending - bound to be one surely?!

A cracking book and along with 'Marley the Fox' the pick of the IPC litter to date.

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Other Reviews / Re: LETTERSENTERTAINYOU 2019 - The Beast Lives!
« on: 23 May, 2019, 10:07:31 pm »
Something is stirring...

An 80's pop song with Captain Kirk in the lyrics crashes into an ice cream with a flake in it...

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Many thanks TMO and to Tomwe for the heads up. Seems a disproportionately generous offer for a minor inconvenience.

Still I'll take it! Invasion 1984! and Mazeworld for £21 post paid - thanks very much!

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Classifieds / Re: ORIGINAL 1980s TITAN SHIRTS FOR SALE
« on: 04 May, 2019, 07:35:51 pm »
Some of your t-shirts are amazing - I had that Dredd one.

Did you buy and keep them as an investment or did you just find them at the back of a cupboard?

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Classifieds / Re: COMIC 2001 CHARITY PLAYING CARDS
« on: 04 May, 2019, 07:34:07 pm »
Nice - think the Dredd one came from a Megazine giveaway deck?

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Film & TV / Re: Avengers: Endgame Spoiler Thread
« on: 28 April, 2019, 11:04:57 pm »
Although the idea of two Caps occupying the same time-stream is an interesting dilemma that I'm not sure is resolvable.

Three Caps. I didn't think it too many.

I'm seeing double here - SIX Captain Americas?!

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News / Re: 2000AD Villains Takeover Special
« on: 23 April, 2019, 07:05:58 pm »
This year's FCBD is a Treasury comic, not 2000 AD, and so 2000 AD are instead doing a 99p/$0.99 special where the villains take over. If you don't want to rock up to a comic book store on the day (and don't care about a signed copy), you can grab the entire 2019 specials bundle (six comics, individually sent) from https://shop.2000ad.com/catalogue/B0011 for a bargain 20 quid (including shipping).

A quality post Indigo - Sold!

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