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Messages - AlexF

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You guys! Necrophim is secretly great, and deserves all the votes. OK, there's a LOT of people walking along (decayed, rotting) corridors and chatting about their evil plans without actually doing those plans, but as such it speaks to the banality of Hell as well as the wickedness of its denizens.

One the other side, I struggle to remember a single plot from a Past Imperfect, although I think maybe there was an Arhtur Wyatt one about Laika returning as a space ghost that was quite fun? Or was that a Terror Tale?

Anyway, Necrophim.

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Gosh, I hadn't realised we were launching straight into the next and most Mega of tournaments! I can't in good conscience say I have a strong memory of either of these thrills, but I know I like the art in Fervent and Lobe more, and admire its ambition even if I remember it ebing an absoliute arse to try to make sense of. American Gothic is almost the exact opposite - it's pretty straightforward but for whatever reason I found it kinda bland. Chalk up another one for Fervent & Lobe, please.

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Thanks Colin for an inspired tribute idea, seen through with extreme passion!
And alos thanks for helping identify what is, objectively now, the greatest single Strontium Dog story. I had been wondering.

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General / Re: FINAL!!!! - The Killing v Rage - Bolt-01 Cup
« on: 22 October, 2021, 09:12:57 AM »
Getting my vote in for RAGE before it's too late!

..because I love you all.

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Am rubbing my hands in crazy amounts of glee at this prospect, There are sure to be some days when I have to scratch my head to decide between halkf-forgotten delights like Darkness Visible and Go Machine. And then the days when Rogue Trooper (original flavour) will be crushing Valkyries like a grape.

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General / Re: FINAL!!!! - The Killing v Rage - Bolt-01 Cup
« on: 19 October, 2021, 09:40:00 AM »
I re-read a bunch of late-period Stront for this Tourney, but didn't bother with the classics because I feel I know them well enough... but maybe I don't? Is it cheating ot go an read both these stories before voting? At the moment my heart says Rage but my head says Killing, and I'm generally more of a head than heart kind of guy (which is how you end up deciding that Origins is better than Tour of Duty, y'know).

Good final!

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General / Re: Art Star Comp Winner - Angel Gang
« on: 18 October, 2021, 09:04:46 AM »
Bloody hell! That's three astonishingly good peices of work right there. Thanks for sharing.

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I mean, it's the original versus its own sequel, which is always fun.
Portrait for me.

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BIG surprise! But following the Tourney from the start you could always see a lot of love for the Killing, and it is surely the best of the 'purely fun' Stront stories. And in that vein, it's made for a worthier final, having a comdey battling it out with a revenge-tragedy.

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Film & TV / Re: Larry Cohen
« on: 14 October, 2021, 11:40:40 AM »
It's so obvious when you say it, but I hadn't thought of it! Would love someone to attempt something like Prince of Darkness or They Live in the Prog.

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Just been looking into that whole timeline of 'death games' stories question, and it's not something the internet seems to have agreed upon...

Per TV Tropes (https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DeadlyGame), it's all more or less based on Roman Gladiators (and similar to various Aztec/Maya/Meso-American ballsports)* but the earliest versions of this in fiction apparently start with 'The Most Dangerous Game' (1924; the 1932 movie is excellent BTW) - but that's basically just rich people hunting humans for sport. Arguably Han's Tournament from Enter the Dragon (1973) is more similar, with its contestants routinely dying at the end ofeach fight, rather than just being knocked out.

The nearest I can see that is much more like the Killing is, apparently, a Modesty Blaise strip from 1976 called 'Those about to Die', something it's easy to imagine Wagner and Grant having read. Although I think, again, that's more about peole being rounded up for a death sport, not willing volunteers on a Game Show, in the manner of your Battle/Hunger/Squid Game Royale variety.

And then of course there's Judge Dredd: You Bet Your Life' (1977, Prog 25) and 'The Game Show Show' (1982, Progs 278-9), which sees willing contestants risk their lives for money (although they're not killing each other). Wagner and Grant definitely read those strips, because they wrote 'em!

And frankly, after doing even this cursory research, I'm giving my vote to the Killing for being super fun and, perhaps, an original story idea!

*Pat Mills might like to wave Murderball in your faces, too

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General / Re: List of series in 2000ad and Megazine
« on: 13 October, 2021, 10:45:04 AM »
Thumbs up on all counts, from me! America and The Dead Man are the two best Dredd stories,
(https://dreddepicsranked.blogspot.com/2020/12/epics-3-1-bitter-end.html)
 although not, perhaps, the two best stories ever to appear in the 2000AD-azine. Perhaps.

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Film & TV / Re: Larry Cohen
« on: 13 October, 2021, 10:38:24 AM »
Oh, phone booth definitely counts, although I can't quite see it working as a 2000AD series :)

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General / Re: Outlaw v Rage - Bolt-01 Cup - SEMI-FINAL 1
« on: 12 October, 2021, 09:37:19 AM »
A dream draw for me as although there is a lot to admire in Outlaw, Rage works for me more on pretty much every level. Even down to the Chums of Dennis being a funnier bit than the Dogs disguising themselves as hoioded monks.
So, Rage!

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General / Re: List of series in 2000ad and Megazine
« on: 12 October, 2021, 09:11:04 AM »
Black and white, episodic Metalzoic is an ENTIRELY different beast, it defeinitely counts! And the covers were newly commissioned for the Prog, right? So even on a technicality it's legit...*

Funt, I see your Politician and raise you a Civil Servant.


*but it's not better than Nemesis

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