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Re: First prog you ever read?
« Reply #30 on: 01 February, 2017, 06:36:11 am »
Prog 85, so with the conclusions of The Cursed Earth , Dan Dare and Ant Wars in generally typically downbeat British fashion followed by the soon fulfilled promise of Strontium Dog, Cal, Flesh and RoBusters with Carlos, Bolland, Massimo and Gibbons respectively I never stood a chance.
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« Reply #31 on: 01 February, 2017, 07:58:06 am »
This x 10.

>>Extreme Edition 8 (now Firekind, that was brainbuster of a read)

I re-read all my old comics recently and I loved this so much I bought the complete version.
It was originally published in the wrong order, one part was accidentally skipped and was published at the end, so it was such a pleasure to sit down and read it in one go.

I also got a few more, the one with the complete Revere and Issue 23 which has the complete Slaughterbowl (a hoot from start to finish). Was there ever a follow up to this?

I have so many what happened questions .. my first ...what happened to Armoured Gideon? Is he still annihilating demons somewhere or has he retired from the dimensional protection business?

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Re: First prog you ever read?
« Reply #32 on: 01 February, 2017, 08:03:06 am »
Hi Sheridan, crash out room relates back to emergency tours to Northern Ireland back in the 70's a section of guys would always be on standby to go immediately when the shit hit the fan, the room we had to wait in when we were on standby was called the crash out room.

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Re: First prog you ever read?
« Reply #33 on: 01 February, 2017, 09:14:47 am »
Prog 1 for me.
Dumped Dracula Lives and Planet of the Apes for it.
Read it until around prog 400 and then discovered girls and booze and the Prog was left by the wayside.
Had a job interview in 1993 and was very early so whilst perusing a newsagents for something to keep me occupied I spied that latest issue of the prog and bought it.
Been with it ever since and had it on order at my local newsie but when I moved away from North London in 2006 I decided to subscribe and have been ever since.

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Re: First prog you ever read?
« Reply #34 on: 01 February, 2017, 10:04:53 am »
Here's a supplementary question to throw out there for consideration: do readers who started buying 2000AD at a much later date than launch, whether it be the 600s, the 1000s, 1400s or even the 2000s, feel the need to fill in the back issues they missed or do you just accept that you're never going to accumulate forty years of back progs and just go with the flow from the point you picked up 2000AD for the first time?

I had a smattering of Progs with gaps of varying lengths in the first three hundred issues and spent, idk, ten years (once I had disposable income) seriously filling in those gaps until I finally got a 'complete' collection. If I'd discovered 2000AD around, let's say, the Prog 1345 mark I don't know if I'd have been as driven to own every back issue (any more than I feel any need to own every issue of Action Comics[1]) and I imagine that's a fairly common sense approach but let it never be said that Earthlets are blessed with common sense where Thrill-Power is concerned.  :D

What's the biggest gap (not necessarily of consecutive progs) anyone's ever plugged in their 2000AD collection?

[1]That's the Superman Action Comics not the "most violent comic in history" Action comic.  ;)
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Re: First prog you ever read?
« Reply #35 on: 01 February, 2017, 10:21:59 am »
I started reading in 1990 and have never had much interest in a prog collection (particularly during my long gap as a reader). As a kid I could always read "Best of" and Titan books (available in the local library) for the stories I'd missed.

I read the prog weekly these days but often give it away to friends afterwards. My "collection" is a haphazard stack that would horrify some of you guys. Apart from anything else, I don't have the space for a full prog collection. If there's a story I particularly enjoy then I'll buy the book if and when it comes out.

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Re: First prog you ever read?
« Reply #36 on: 01 February, 2017, 10:36:49 am »
I started in the early 500s, and bought back issues into the 400s. I stopped reading in the early 1400s, and have held onto that run of progs, as that feels like 'my' era. I eventually came back at Prog 1689 to read ‘The Life and Death of Johnny Alpha’ but have no interest in going back and plugging the gap, or indeed in holding onto individual modern progs in the long term. Any contemporary stuff I enjoy or stuff from those 'lost' years (predominantly Strontium Dog, Dredd, Nikolai Dante or Absalom) I get in TPB format.

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« Reply #37 on: 01 February, 2017, 11:19:39 am »
I got lucky in that the 400 or so issues I had bought and kept from Prog 1 I gave to a friend. 10 years later when I took the Prog up again I spoke to him about it and he still had them plus another 200 issues of so and gave them all back to me. I then filled in the game of the remaining 200 or so in quick time, usually paying 25p a copy from my nearest comic shop.
However, if that had not been the case I would have gone back and filled in the gaps.
In regards to you mentioning the Superman Action Comics...
I collect all the Superman and Batman titles and have nearly a complete collection thanks to the Omnibus editions and the DC Showcase Presents graphic novels but if I did not have these I would certainly have collected as many issues as I could and could afford.
As well as a comics fan I'm also a bit of an anal retentive completist. Not only on comics either as I have Spurs football programmes going back to the 1950's and would get more if they weren't so damned expensive and difficult to find.
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Re: First prog you ever read?
« Reply #38 on: 01 February, 2017, 12:00:34 pm »
I do have some back issues from 1100's and 1000's,but getting everything from #1 would be a huge investment for me.And its easier to just get the collections of things I'm interested in.

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Re: First prog you ever read?
« Reply #39 on: 01 February, 2017, 04:17:23 pm »
Here's a supplementary question to throw out there for consideration: do readers who started buying 2000AD at a much later date than launch, whether it be the 600s, the 1000s, 1400s or even the 2000s, feel the need to fill in the back issues they missed or do you just accept that you're never going to accumulate forty years of back progs and just go with the flow from the point you picked up 2000AD for the first time?

I had a smattering of Progs with gaps of varying lengths in the first three hundred issues and spent, idk, ten years (once I had disposable income) seriously filling in those gaps until I finally got a 'complete' collection. If I'd discovered 2000AD around, let's say, the Prog 1345 mark I don't know if I'd have been as driven to own every back issue (any more than I feel any need to own every issue of Action Comics[1]) and I imagine that's a fairly common sense approach but let it never be said that Earthlets are blessed with common sense where Thrill-Power is concerned.  :D

What's the biggest gap (not necessarily of consecutive progs) anyone's ever plugged in their 2000AD collection?

[1]That's the Superman Action Comics not the "most violent comic in history" Action comic.  ;)

I got lucky, at exactly the same time I was coming in, Rebellion was ramping up thier reprint material. First via DC and the Extream Edition, latter themselves and the Meg reprint.

I did make an effort to fill in everything going back to Prog 2004, when the Prog switched from American Comic shape back to magazine shape (which I concider my offical 'start'). And I bought several lots of back progs from around the 500s off of eBay. But ultimately because of things like the Case Files, it wasn't to try and buy all the back progs.

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Re: First prog you ever read?
« Reply #40 on: 01 February, 2017, 04:45:13 pm »
All of the early issues collections by brother had feel victim to the mum monster and got eaten by the Lords of Trash. When I first got back into the Prog I did have resources to get back issues on that scale.

When I returned from my comic wilderness years (30th anniversary) I rapidly got back issues down from 415 to 40 and replaced many tatty issues. I then filled the other major gap I had 1000 - 1505.

So yeah much prefer owning the comics,  however good the trade programme is. Find them so much more evocative of time and place, especially those early issues we used to have.

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Re: First prog you ever read?
« Reply #41 on: 01 February, 2017, 07:47:40 pm »
First issue I read was prog 167 terror tube it was definitely the cover that attracted my money

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Re: First prog you ever read?
« Reply #42 on: 01 February, 2017, 08:48:17 pm »
My first prog was 589 the one with the cool Dredd Bisley cover. Loved all the stories in it from twister Dredd to nemesis the warlock and zenith phase 2..I'd never read anything like it. Totally kick-started my comics obsession. I've been on and off buying the progs in the years since. The only time I filled a gap was to catch up with button man 2 and 3 before they were released as tpbs. 

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Re: First prog you ever read?
« Reply #43 on: 01 February, 2017, 08:57:44 pm »
I jumped on at 709 and left around 950. I came back in somewhere in the 1970s and then read online that 1950 was a good place to jump back in and I bought all those back issues. If I could I would try and assemble a complete collection but that's just not possible at the moment. I have missed out on a lot and I have lots of questions but I have also been buying the graphic novels so that should help plug the gap. I think that's one of the best things about the comics - that you can jump in at various points and of course that it hasn't been rebooted with new back stories and shifting timelines which I understand has happened in other universes.

Am I correct in thinking that Johnny Alpha is still technically dead and the Johnny that appears occasionally is back from the future?

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Re: First prog you ever read?
« Reply #44 on: 01 February, 2017, 09:22:14 pm »
Am I correct in thinking that Johnny Alpha is still technically dead and the Johnny that appears occasionally is back from the future?

No. It's the same Johnny Alpha that got killed in 'Final Solution'. John Wagner did a bit of retconning to suggest that previous accounts of Johnny's death weren't wholly accurate, and Middenface got some alien wizards to bring Johnny back to life.