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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: Today at 12:08:28 am »

As pointed out by Jim Craig of the Megaverse group, Ezquerra's unusual boot holster design found favour with at least one fan:


   1976      1983

Art from Bank Raid, Wagner & Ezquerra's first, unpublished Dredd strip. Image taken from the 1981 Judge Dredd Annual, which printed the story with all the spicy dialogue about Dredd being an executioner excised.

Boot holsters are a bit silly when you're standing up, but make sense when you're on a bike.  Or speeder bike.

Off Topic / Re: Friday chat - what's happening with you?
« on: 20 September, 2019, 11:32:21 pm »
* frustrating week at work - we have so many interlinked IT systems, but for the last couple of days, one of the main ones has simply refused to log me in. I have a theory that nobody actually understands how computers work and that IT professionals spend most of their time just guessing - I've spent the last two days unable to take phone calls (I work in a call centre) and have had a stream of different people convinced they've fixed it, only to be baffled why it still doesn't work. In some ways, it's been cushy - I've just been working the mailboxes rather than taking calls, but frustrating all the same.

I don't work in a call centre, though we do take a lot of calls.  We had something about a week ago where if you logged out for lunch you couldn't log back in to the phones again.  We got a lot of work done in the afternoon that day, what with not being bothered by calls every ten to fifteen minutes!

Off Topic / Re: Friday chat - what's happening with you?
« on: 20 September, 2019, 06:00:45 pm »
Boring, us?  :lol:

Just me and Youngest Daughter this weekend, I foresee the Detective Pikachu movie and quite a lot of Lego building in my immediate future. Will try to bully her into a hike  if the wrather holds. Right now I'm lounging on a beach near work reading my prog, waiting for Friday traffic hell to subside before I head home. A better waste of time.

You have a beach near work?  We just have protests. 

Not about us, I hasten to add.


General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 20 September, 2019, 02:13:23 pm »
Tornado No 7: I’m going to stamp you out, Drago – once and for all!

Last episode of the first Victor Drago, and a tease for a change in format for next week - I make a prediction on what that means...

Wagner gets killed in an explosion (yeah, right - who's going to believe that?)

I hope you like cliffhangers which feature somebody about to get killed in a 'jungle' because we're going to get some for the next few weeks!

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 19 September, 2019, 05:43:54 pm »
2000AD and Starlord Prog 111: No gun, no chance, Dredd – the wrecking ball is gonna crush your skull! Assault at Hell’s Junction!

Ron Smith's first cover, Sam leaves Verdus, the Gronk is clearly afraid, Eternicus, Greasy Gracie's, Charlie gets the freedom of the city!

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 19 September, 2019, 12:51:37 pm »
And here's a 1987 fact I don't think is that well known: 1987 saw Grant, Wagner and Kennedy cross the channel to launch Outcasts (One of the greatest comic books of all time) at DC. 2000ad editorial apparently asked if they could run the strip in the comic like they'd done with Metalzoic in '86. Grant and Wagner apparently declined as they felt the strip wasn't written to suit a weekly format.

Firstly yeah this is a brilliant series and well worth tracking down, always surprised it never gets the attention is deserves. Largely as I don't think (???) its ever been reprinted, which is a real shame. Completely undertsand the reasons for not reprinting as it does read to me as a 2000ad story deliberately shaped to a 22 page American monthly and as such won't work in the weekly.

I don't think it's a surprise it hasn't gotten more attention.  I remember reading through the first issue in the shop but it was way out of my price range (the only US-style comics I'd have been getting at the time would have been the Eagle reprints of 2000AD stories (and later the misnamed 'Quality' reprints)).  I've managed to get a copy of the first issue since then, but haven't got any more (yet!)

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 19 September, 2019, 12:49:18 pm »
-- Pat Mills and Carlos Ezquerra are big names in British comics, and a mainly Mills/Ezquerra collection is an easier sell than a Mills + artist of the fortnight/month billing as TWW became later on. Hicklenton is an idiosyncratic genius, and I adore his work on TWW, but he's not an artist who has the same draw to a wider audience that Ezquerra does (leaving aside the question of whether part of the Treasury remit should be to educate and promote artists like Hicklenton, of course) and other artists like Sean Phillips or Duncan Fegredo may be bigger names now, but they contributed just a few episodes each and their best work was ahead of them at this point.

Amongst us Carlos is definitely the biggest name.  Internationally I'd suspect he's on a par with Sean and Duncan.  Outside of comics I think John may have a claim to the biggest name, due to winning two Grierson Awards for the Here's Johnny documentary and his final work, 100 Months.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 19 September, 2019, 12:42:33 pm »
Oh well. I don’t blame them at all, they’re a business and this is the first Crisis reprint (I think) so I guess it will be hard to predict sales.

All we can do it is buy the first one and hope for the best!

There have been reprints of other stories from Crisis, but I think this is the first time 3WW has been.

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 18 September, 2019, 10:59:53 pm »
Someone else recently pointed out that it was unusual that Jack basically wore a Henry Moon codpiece the entire time as well...

So what you're saying is, it isn't normal to wear a portrait of your best friend over your groin when you go out?

I guess I'd better buy some new clothes then...

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 18 September, 2019, 01:02:09 pm »
If you don't like Ronald Reagan (see: any even slightly left-leaning British person who grew up in the 80s), then you'll struggle to enjoy watching him dropping the soap in the shower with Johnny Alpha, or getting sucked off by Durham Red (prog 522, page 2, frame 3), or saying "goshdarned", or "ulp" for ten more episodes on top of the fifteen (count 'em) from the previous stage.

I read this for the first time in the recent Ultimate Collection book, and you know what...? Bitch is better than I expected. As more a child of the 90s than the 80s I have only the haziest understanding of what Reagan was like as either a person or president, so all the potshots sailed over my head - but then, the satire's all pretty broad stuff, so I still felt like I was getting it. A really interesting read in 2019, with Trump in the White House - Reagan seems like the most harmless, amiable old buffer imaginable in contrast!

As to the story itself - well, read across 25(!) weeks I cannot imagine how it must have dragged, but read in one go, it fair zips along, and only gets noticeably decompressed towards the end, with everybody hiding in the jungle. And it very much feels like the last part of Johnny's post-Wulf rehabilitation. Red constantly needles and annoys him, refusing to take him as seriously as he takes himself - and by the end, he's smiling again, joking, shooting Reagan with a catapult. She's the distraction he never knew he needed.

I first read it as a child (not even the teenage variety) and if I knew who Reagan was, it would have been almost entirely from Spitting Image (if I'd managed to stay up late enough to see any episodes of that show).

I certainly agree that as bad as he seemed at the time, by the time George W came along it seemed like halcyon days.  The experience has been repeated with both Ron and George with Donald...

I wonder how people who lived through Tricky Dicky feel the presidenthood has fared since?

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 18 September, 2019, 12:59:02 pm »
Mean Team
 (It turns out that Keller is completely immune to damage, which you think someone would've noticed when he was involved in the galaxy's most violent sport, but logic, she does not live here.)
More (?!) in the next stage...

More importantly, how did he get the facial scar? </continuity>

It's been a while since I read it, so perhaps the field that stops technology working is also the thing that makes him heal?

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 18 September, 2019, 12:44:15 pm »

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 17 September, 2019, 09:28:45 pm »
28th of April, 1979, Part One - 2000AD (and Starlord)
2000AD and Starlord Prog 110: It’s the Rebel Leaders! Guards – Kill Them!
Sam Slade, genocidal murderer!  Strontium Dog meets a space trucker (not that one).

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 17 September, 2019, 10:44:19 am »
UK news outlets swallowed the spin, though, including Channel 4 news.

What was the spin on Johnson running away from scrutiny (again)?

General / Re: Mega City Book Club - a new podcast about 2000AD books
« on: 17 September, 2019, 01:21:21 am »
You get a name-check Sheridan!

Interesting episode, I really must try to find and dig out my old Diceman (Dicemen?)

There's only one Rick Random!

Rick Fortune.  There's only one Rick Fortune.

I think I got away with it!

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