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2000 AD => General => : Colin YNWA 06 May, 2020, 06:44:52 AM

: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: Colin YNWA 06 May, 2020, 06:44:52 AM
Its not often, if ever that the call 'Its their writing for Tharg we asking about' will need to be called out quite so loud as  when one of these two appear. Today whose writing do you prefer for Tharg.

Si Spencer http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=droid&page=profiles&choice=SIS (http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=droid&page=profiles&choice=SIS)

or

Steve McManus http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=droid&page=thrills&Comic=2000AD&Field=Writer&choice=stevem (http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=droid&page=thrills&Comic=2000AD&Field=Writer&choice=stevem)

Whose 2000ad writing do you prefer? Voting - just add a comment here with whose work you prefer (and anything else you might wish to say to discuss their work) closes sometime Wednesday 13th May?

What the heck is all this about? https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=46406.0 (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=46406.0)

Next face off starts tomorrow...
: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: broodblik 06 May, 2020, 07:10:35 AM
Well I am not sure about any of the candidates so I will go with Steve McManus
: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: abelardsnazz 06 May, 2020, 08:09:20 AM
Si Spencer, as Creep and Harke & Burr both had their moments. Steve McManus did write or co-write a couple of decent one-offs, but also the Rogue Trooper Hit debacle, so Spencer's level of consistency clinches it for me.
: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: Dark Jimbo 06 May, 2020, 10:05:42 AM
I think I have to agree with abelardsnazz - Si Spencer, for being just that much more consistent.
: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: Bolt-01 06 May, 2020, 12:13:09 PM
Si Spencer.
: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: Aaron A Aardvark 06 May, 2020, 12:27:06 PM
Er... Spencer.
: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: Greg M. 06 May, 2020, 12:39:33 PM
I haven't read all of Mac-1's output, but he didn't do puns about undead hamsters, so I guess I vote MacManus.
: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: TordelBack 06 May, 2020, 12:42:52 PM
Spencer for me too.

I have a great deal of nostalglc affection for M.A.C.H. Zero, it was something I read in the first tranche of backprogs I ever scored, long before I ever set eyes on M.A.C.H. 1 and its harried grotesque and obviously doomed protagonist seemed like an excitingly different Frankensteiny prospect to clean-cut government heroes. But The Hit and B.L.A.I.R. 1 undid all that goodwill. Great editor, really loved his TMO book, but as a 2000AD writer, not a lot to love...

Spencer on the other hand delivered some personal-nostalgic oddities in Plagues of Necropolis and Masque of the Judge, Death as well as the wonderfully creepy Creep.  Never a fan of Harke & Burr, but I think the former are strong, and unique, enough to edge out McManus.
: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: Dandontdare 06 May, 2020, 01:46:18 PM
I do like Creep and Plagues of Necrpolis, but Mach 0, Mach 1 and Shok! easily swing my vote for MacManus. I hadn't realised he also co-wrote VCs with The Notorious GFD, but let's not dwell on 3000ad
: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: Funt Solo 06 May, 2020, 03:22:46 PM
I wonder if Steve McManus, as the Tharg of the era, is responsible for the T.M.O. / The Mighty One strips? Like Revenge of the Thrill-Suckers.

Any road: Creep was the negative side of Marmite for me. Shok! (http://www.2000ad.org/?zone=thrill&page=thrillviewer&choice=shok) on the other hand, is not only a perfect little slice of 2000 AD, but was so good someone nabbed the idea and it got turned into a movie (https://youtu.be/NnPdHSbUd-g).

So, my vote goes for Steve McManus.

: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: Richard 06 May, 2020, 03:28:06 PM
MacManus, for MACH Zero.
: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: von Boom 06 May, 2020, 03:40:49 PM
Steve McManus for me.
: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: Proudhuff 06 May, 2020, 05:04:48 PM
Si for me!
: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: Rogue Judge 07 May, 2020, 12:23:48 AM
MacManus
: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: AlexF 07 May, 2020, 08:51:35 AM
A fascinating pair-up! I'm a fan of much of Mac-1's writing output, especially MACH Zero, and have been an anti-fan of quite a bit of Spencer's work - but I do admire the man's ideas.
Creep, Havn, the Returners all started really strong but just got stuck up their own arses by the end.
Harke and Burr I liked all the way through. I'll suggest that he's had a LOT of help from great artists, though.

Be that as it may, I'm inclined to vote for the man with the ideas, not the man who can write competent stories using other people's characters.

So yeah, Si Spencer for me.
: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: Woolly 11 May, 2020, 03:44:09 PM
MacManus without a shadow of a doubt.

Not gonna lie - I see these two as equal writers, but Steve MacManus has one of the best ASMR voices I've ever fallen asleep to, so Steve wins.

I fully appreciate that this makes my vote pointless.... ;)
: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: Colin YNWA 12 May, 2020, 06:54:43 AM
Last chance on this vote. This one seems close so any votes at the wire could swing it either way. Get 'um in folks.
: Re: Qualifying 1: 3 - Si Spencer or Steve McManus - Ultimate not Wagner Tournament
: Colin YNWA 13 May, 2020, 06:52:24 AM
Wow well there's a pattern forming here. One writer get a clear lead, but then the other comes back strong. Round 3 was no exception and in this case the brilliant Si Spencer couldn't hold of a relentless charge by Steve McManus who goes through 8 to 7. So

Steve McManus

Next result up tomorrow.