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General / Re: Hivemind, Please Help!! - What are these two Dredd stories?
« Last post by Lobo Baggins on 23 June, 2019, 01:24:03 pm »
1) A father who only has three sons, with the last one being a mutant. The father only has a head, no body!!

Midnite's Children, written by Alan Grant and art by Jim Baikie, Meg vol 01.01 - 01.05.
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1/ The Sons Of Katie Didd, by John Wagner & Staz Johnson, progs 1248-1249, Johnson's first Dredd strip.


2/ An Everyday Disaster, dated 18th September 2002, the late Jim Baikie's final Dredd strip.

Wrong on the first one, but right for the second. I should have said that the father in the first story had survived the Atomic War, was using parts of his body to create three sons for himself (The first two being perfectly ordinary people, but the last being a mutant) and had only a head left (Meaning that he had no body, arms or legs).
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Film & TV / Re: Good Omens Series
« Last post by Mister Pops on 23 June, 2019, 01:04:54 pm »
20,000 Christians have petitioned Netflix to cancel this show. Netflix have apparently agreed.

There you go, petitions work, we'll have a Dredd Sequel by Tuesday.
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General / Re: Hivemind, Please Help!! - What are these two Dredd stories?
« Last post by Frank on 23 June, 2019, 12:52:15 pm »

1/ The Sons Of Katie Didd, by John Wagner & Staz Johnson, progs 1248-1249, Johnson's first Dredd strip.


2/ An Everyday Disaster, dated 18th September 2002, the late Jim Baikie's final Dredd strip.


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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« Last post by IAMTHESYSTEM on 23 June, 2019, 12:35:53 pm »


The actor William Simons, PC Alf Ventress in  Heartbeat aged 79

I always remember him from that episode of Bergerac 'A Man Of Sorrows' where he played the seemingly corrupt Chief Chater. He was memorable as the working class Chater who resented Jack Galloways more Middle-class Hallowes. Indeed, he'd sent him out as a lure to trap Big Criminals, like George Bakers thuggish Drug and Gangland Chief Higgins. Competent Actor who worked solidly far as I can tell for over six decades.
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1) A father who only has three sons, with the last one being a mutant. The father only has a head, no body!!

2) Wagner’s homage to 9/11, in which a block tower collapses.
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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« Last post by Frank on 23 June, 2019, 11:55:57 am »



Thanks to Bruce Gray and Alan Marshall of the 1977 Group.  Few strips have the benefit of the same writer for forty years.


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Prog / Re: Prog 2136 - Last Chance To Shine!
« Last post by Tiplodocus on 23 June, 2019, 11:54:25 am »
Top proggage is much appreciated here in the Tips household.

Scarlet Traces has really wowed me on this run. That DREDD final page also full of shock and awe. Thislebone alsoo great. But best of all is Absalom. Perfect combination of art and script.
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Books & Comics / Re: Thrillpower Overload: the missing chapters
« Last post by Frank on 23 June, 2019, 11:33:32 am »

If you control for the overnight loss of 20,000 readers caused by the change of distributor in early 1993 (TPO p.158), 2000ad lost between 5000-6000 readers most years during the nineties, whoever was in charge.

Bishop gives a really good account of the numbers and the various factors that affected them here. His predecessor, Alan McKenzie, does the same here. Bishop's successor, Andy Diggle, confirms the weekly sales total when he took over here.

TPO says sales were starting to dip under 100k per week at the start of 1990 (p.138). McKenzie says sales were at 85k before the distributor switch and 65k after, falling to 55k per week by the time he left (Nov 1994), Bishop says sales were 'under 50k' per week when he took over (Dec 1995) and Diggle says sales were around 25k per week when he became Tharg (circa 2000). *


* That's 100k down to 85k in the three years between Jan 1990 and Dec 1992 (-15k), then 65k down to 55k in the two years between Jan 1993 and Nov 1994 (-10k). 55k down to somewhere under 50k a little over a year later, when Bishop succeeded Tomlinson as Tharg (more than 5k). Then more than 5k per year in the four years between Dec 1995 and Dec 1999 gets you to 25k when Diggle got the keys to the Command Module.

Bishop says there was a sales boost around the release of the 1995 Judge Dredd film, shortly before he joined 2000ad, just as there was following marketing pushes in the early nineties, but sales fell back to previous levels (and lower) following these blips.


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