Reality is the playground of the unimaginative
Home Of Superheroes, the Supernatural, Swords, Sorcery, and Star Stuff

Friday, 30 September 2016

2000AD's Landmark Issue Two Thousand!!!


Venerable British anthology sci-fi sci-fi comic 2000AD published its 2,000th issue this week.

I can still remember reading the first issue, in 1977, in the back seat of my parents' car and so, even though I haven't been a particularly loyal follower for a very long time, I couldn't really miss out on this landmark issue.

Issue 2,000 came out on Wednesday, but I couldn't make it to the shops that day as I was puppy-sitting.

However, when I went out on Thursday every newsagent in Tonbridge that I visited had been picked clean of its copies (I suspect by scalpers looking to flip them on the secondary market).

So, I turned to eBay, found the copy for sale with the lowest mark-up and hit "buy it now". And kudos to the seller, not just for their friendly communications, but for getting the copy to my door this morning.

The issue is a veritable "greatest hits", leading off with a Judge Dredd/Strontium Dog team-up, some Nemesis The Warlock (one of my all-time favourite strips from 2000AD of old), Rogue Trooper, Judge Anderson, Sinister Dexter, and, finally, a new strip, Counterfeit Girl.

All this is interwoven with linking panels featuring the comic's fictional editor, Tharg, celebrating 2000AD's long, unbroken, run with cameos from many, many familiar faces that have appeared in the title over the last four decades.

You have to admire the fact that for 2,000 issues they've stuck with the idea of a fictional alien editor, who bandied around his own (made-up) phrases (such as "zarjaz" and "Squaxx dek Thargo"), that never caught on, never became part of the public psyche as I suspect they hoped.

It was a ridiculous conceit when it was introduced, even as a kid I found it kind of cringe-worthy, and I'm still not sold on the idea almost 40 years later.

But the team behind the title stood by Tharg (and his silly "alien" phrases) because they believed in what they were doing, had confidence in their product.

A less committed team would have ditched him after a few years as part of some marketing-driven corporate make-over, but - for better for worse - Tharg is as much a part of 2000AD's DNA as Judge Dredd.

Sure, the production values may have improved, and the stories have changed (although Dredd has been a weekly fixture since issue two), but the essence, the framework, of 2000AD remains the same as it did in 1977.

Think about that for a moment. Two thousand issues, straight form issue one to issue two thousand. No reboots, no renumbering. Sure it's a weekly title, rather than a monthly like mainstream American comics, but that's not really the point. 2000AD has never seen its high issue numbers as a barrier to entry, but rather a selling point, a sign of longevity.

Look at Marvel these days and they can barely get a comic run (with a few exceptions) into double digits without getting cold feet and relaunching it with a fresh issue one.

Even DC - which has finally gone back to its classic numbering for Detective Comics and Action Comics - has yet to prove that its Rebirth initiative, which has seen the welcome return of a lot of old school ideas and attitude, will be any better when it comes to numbering.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Tags

10th Doctor (190) 11th Doctor (212) 12 monkeys (3) 12th Doctor (76) 13th doctor (4) 1st Doctor (77) 2000AD (58) 2nd Doctor (61) 3rd Doctor (65) 4e (44) 4th Doctor (99) 50th birthday (10) 5e (27) 5th Doctor (60) 6th Doctor (53) 7th Doctor (64) 7th Voyage (5) 7TV (21) 8th Doctor (41) 9th Doctor (50) A41 (15) Aaron Allston (11) abney park (18) academy of heroes (10) Acrobatic Flea (46) action figure archive (10) action figures (130) Adam Buxton (9) Adam West (21) addams family (21) adventure time (13) agent 47 (4) Agent Carter (65) AHS (12) airship 27 (1) alcatraz (4) alec (48) alice (102) all out war (1) almost human (5) alphas (18) amazon streaming (28) American Gods (3) Amy Dallen (22) Ancient Aliens (27) anime (56) anniversary hop (35) ant (1) ant-man (46) Anya Taylor-Joy (4) Apama (4) aquaman (39) arduin (45) arrival (2) arrow (156) arrowstorm (38) artist appreciation (69) ask heropress (1) assassin's creed (1) AT-43 (21) atlantis (22) atticus institute (1) audio (227) auton (9) Avengers (259) Aviator (12) Axanar (8) Babylon 5 (21) babymetal (16) baking (8) band maid (4) banshee (14) Barack Obama (16) barney (39) bates motel (14) batgirl (13) bathroom watch (8) batman (440) Battlefield Evolution (8) Battlestar Galactica (82) Beacon Point (5) bedlam (7) beowulf (6) bettany (11) big hero 6 (6) biggles (1) Bill Willingham (11) birthday (56) black guardian (3) black hood (3) black lightning (5) black panther (21) black sails (33) blackest night (28) Blackmoor (17) blade runner (23) Blair Witch (25) Blake's 7 (21) blood drive (7) Bloodshot (5) BMG (9) boardgame (66) BoL (5) book (842) book of the month (61) borgias (7) boston legal (5) bottom of the pile (24) bournemouth (29) brave (8) breaking bad (9) bright (1) brothers barbarian (1) BtM (25) BTTF (5) BtW (13) Buck Rogers (17) buffy (213) buffy campaign notes (4) Bukowski (9) Bushido RPG (4) C and C (78) c and t (93) Caity Lotz (4) Call Of Cthulhu (113) calvin and hobbes (11) Caper (10) Captain America (284) captain britain (20) captain marvel (5) cara (2) carcosa (9) card game (20) carnacki (1) carnevale (1) Carnivàle (1) Caroline Munro (12) castle (15) cataracts (5) cathryn (4) cats (5) charity (2) Charlie's Angels (9) charmed (28) chin scratcher (27) China (88) chitty (1) Chris Hadfield (9) christmas (282) christmas village (2) Cidri (130) clangers (1) clare (225) Class (1) cloak and dagger (2) clone wars (48) clovenstone (16) cloverfield (9) clown (22) cody deal (3) CoE (12) Coggershall (15) colin (3) colliders (3) colour out of space (9) comics (2015) community table (13) competition (48) computer (81) Conan (125) constantine (49) cool website (3498) copper (4) Cortex (10) cosplay (455) cosplay goddess (9) creepypasta (8) Crime Nation (1) crimson peak (6) critical role (3) crossbones (1) Cyberman (57) D and D (785) da vinci (24) dad's army (3) dalek (157) damage control (1) damien (4) Dan Abnett (10) dan dare (5) daredevil (117) dark matter (2) dark tower (11) Darkseid (17) darna (1) David Bowie (19) DC Fancast (4) DCC (3) de strange (1) deadlands (14) deadpool (25) Deathstalker (17) Deathstalker Week (6) decorating (83) defenders (28) defiance (20) dejah thoris (8) demons (12) desolation (2) devo (2) Dexter (19) Dick Garrison (7) Dickensian (15) dilbert (3) dining room watch (5) dinosaur (79) disney (147) doc savage (27) doctor steel (1) Doctor Who Skirmish (3) dollhouse (17) dolls house (29) dominion (3) doom patrol (13) Dorian Gray (14) Dr Horrible (19) Dr Strange (78) Dr Who (1116) DR WHO RPG (145) draconians (8) Dracula (55) dragon age (8) dragon warriors (2) dragonlance (14) Dresden Files (58) dune (2) dungeon bastard (67) dvd (1168) dvd of the week (385) e-space (4) EAP (5) eBay (141) Egypt (38) Elementals (6) elm street (40) Elric (38) Elvis (8) enormous (2) episode VII (58) episode VIII (5) equipment (2) ercia (3) erica (44) Erik Menard (9) eureka (7) eurovision (13) Evil Dead (45) EWDG (2) exorcist (28) Facebook (316) faction paradox (13) faith (7) FAL (1) falling skies (1) Fantastic Four (193) Fantazia (6) farscape (5) FCBD (28) FDTD (11) felicia day (21) FEMM (9) FFL (1) fiction (4) film (3449) film night (33) Firefly (74) firestorm (34) flash (289) Flash Gordon (39) flashback (856) fleamarket friday (598) fleapit (77) Flintloque (6) fmj (10) FoG (14) Formula De (26) foxy friday (5) France (33) Frankenstein (35) fringe (47) fu manchu (1) funky dice (18) funny (1192) GAFDOZ (37) GAH (1) gal gadot (21) galavant (1) game of thrones (320) gamesroom (124) garden watch (33) geek god (5) geek pin-up (140) Gen Con (47) generator (12) GFT (16) ghost (192) ghost in the shell (8) Ghost Rider (8) ghostbusters (67) Gillian Hills (3) glee (36) godzilla (20) googleplus (51) Gor (8) Gotham (58) Grant Morrison (45) green hornet (4) Green Inferno (17) green lantern (149) greywulf (9) grimm (19) grindhouse (10) growler (1) Guardians (156) Guardians RPG (9) gublin (18) guest post (13) gunther (2) hack slash (23) Hackmaster (31) halloween (161) hammer glamour week (8) hangman (1) Hannah Spearritt (7) hannibal (42) Harley Quinn (47) Harry Potter (53) harryhausen (48) Hattie Watson (7) Haunted Mansion (2) Hawk The Slayer (67) Hawkeye (47) Hawkgirl (15) hawkman (24) health (218) helix (8) hellboy (1) Hercules (28) hero kids (17) HeroClix (20) Heroes (62) HeroPress (680) Hertsmonceux Castle (9) Hever (13) HEX (115) HEX campaign notes (6) hey kids (4) HHGTTG (37) HIMYM (20) HMP (5) hobomancer (1) holiday (30) Hollyoaks (15) hollywood me (3) hook (3) hornets' nest (5) horror (1292) houdini & doyle (1) houserules (57) HOW (177) HOW spell (6) HOW treasure (4) howard the duck (12) hrumph (2) hulk (115) hunger games (12) Hunter S Thompson (6) ice warriors (12) ICONS (77) ID4 (15) IHMN (2) illuminati (4) ilyat (2) Immortal Iron Fist (41) immortals (1) indiana jones (68) infographic (21) ingrid pitt week (7) inhumans (56) InspiroBot (3) interview (41) into the odd (5) IRBKM (74) iron man (209) Ironclad (7) irrepressible (1) iTunes (40) izombie (9) Jack Herman (58) james bond (80) James Purefoy (8) Jane Seymour (5) Japan (163) Jason Statham (4) Jason Voorhees (23) jason xmas (11) Jeff Dee (80) jekyll and hyde (12) jeni (10) jericho (1) Jessica Alba (4) jessica jones (55) JLC (25) jody mills (8) joe gilgun (5) John Carrigan (5) john carter (56) john carter RPG (5) John Wick (3) Josh Trank (10) Josie and The Pussycats (4) Joss Whedon (67) JSA (9) Judge Dredd (57) Judges Guild (9) judoon (21) jumanji (3) jungle book (2) Jupiter Ascending (6) jupiter's moon (1) justice league (118) K9 (73) Kai (8) Karen Gillan (48) keira knightley (22) Ken Hulsey (9) kevin (113) Kevin Bacon (15) key to time (7) KFC (5) Kickstarter (370) killjoys (2) king kong (14) kitchen watch (17) Klingon (16) Knight City (112) knightfall (1) Knightmare (7) knights of badassdom (6) kom (11) KOTDT (56) Krampus (6) Kree (12) krod mandoon (6) krypton (3) labyrinth lord (51) Lady GaGa (7) larp (34) Lauren Cohan (4) Legends of Tomorrow (40) legion (2) LEGO (21) leverage (17) Life on Mars (13) light city (8) limitless (6) LoA (37) lodoss (9) Lois Lane (30) Lost (103) LotFP (33) LOTR (168) LoTS (23) lou (5) lounge watch (11) love and rockets (2) Lovecraft (300) LSH (57) lucy (5) luke cage (62) Lulu (41) mack bolan (6) mad max (26) Maelstrom (3) magazine (250) Maleficent (13) man in the high castle (1) mapamonday (103) Marama Corlett (8) Mars (116) Mars Attacks (15) Mars McCoy (1) marvel rpg (5) mary poppins (1) Matrix (25) matt (19) max neptune (12) megan fox (24) melin (1) meredith (95) merlin (193) Merlins Miscellany (15) MG (3) midale (12) mike the knight (1) Military Odyssey (8) mindprobe (9) miracleman (3) Misfits (26) miss peregrine (2) misty (1) MLP (2) mob city (1) Moby Dick (6) MoC (11) model train (28) model village (1) mojo (2) monkey (124) monster (621) monster mash (40) monty python (43) moorcock (38) mor (1) morgan (1) Most Wanted (2) mr robot (3) ms marvel (6) MSP (13) MtG (2) mummy (31) muppets (43) murdoch (8) murmurs (1) music (534) musical monday (247) musketeers (4) mutant future (6) Mutants and Masterminds (41) MV (7) My Chemical Romance (7) my first (8) my life and roleplaying (34) Mythica (38) narnia (11) nashville (12) natalie dormer (11) natalie portman (18) Necronomicon (21) nemesis (1) nemo (5) nerf (1) netflix (159) new spell (12) nick g (22) nick l (244) Night Blogger (7) nightwing (9) Ninjak (5) NOF (7) nosferatu (3) NPH (10) Oats Studio (5) Oculus (6) odd thomas (2) officer downe (1) Olivia Cooke (10) Olympics (21) olympus (3) Once Upon A Time (20) one ring rpg (10) opinion poll (47) orange is the new black (9) Orin Rakatha (4) orphans (1) orville (2) ouija (9) outcast (2) outcasts (16) OVC (19) oz (22) ozombie (7) pacific rim (21) paranoia rpg (1) parks and recreation (14) Pathfinder (23) Patreon (19) paul (109) pembury (17) Pendragon RPG (11) penny dreadful (28) peri (21) period slang (6) pete (280) Philip Reeve (110) philosophy (42) pick of the pods (27) picture parade (91) pirates (109) Playboy (32) PMF (4) podcast (179) poldark (6) polly (5) Poltergeist (7) PotA (68) power rangers (3) powerless (4) preacher (13) Pride and Prejudice (23) Primeval (45) primeval RPG (20) Prince Valiant (14) Prisoner (4) prometheus (9) Pulp (225) Punisher (56) pushing daisies (2) PVF (10) QB (9) quantum and woody (1) quatermass (23) Quentin Tarantino (28) rachel (734) railhead (7) reading list (15) real life (2334) rebels (46) Red Dwarf (11) red sonja (18) rendel (7) Resident Evil (9) retro comic (101) Richard Sharpe (10) riddick (4) riese (4) rip hunter (13) Ripper Street (11) riverdale (120) roan (1) Robin Hood (30) robocop (14) robotech (3) rochester (4) rocket age (11) rocket raccoon (63) roger corman (14) rogue one (14) roleplaying review (38) rom (6) round-up (57) RPG (2537) rpgaday (33) runaways (1) Runequest (11) Russia (79) s and s (1) s w (80) sabrina (21) salem (1) Salute To The 40s (8) sara jean underwood (7) satine phoenix (3) saturday morning matinee (388) savage worlds (100) SB (6) scooby-doo (25) scorpion king (5) Season 10 (5) Season 16 (6) Season 18 (6) Season 19 (6) Season 22 (5) Season 26 (4) serial thrillers (26) sevenoaks (13) seventh son (2) shadowrun (5) shakespeare (44) Shannara (3) shark (47) sharknado (36) shazam (34) Shedward (14) sheep (5) sherlock (41) shield (216) Shyamalan (8) sick (12) sick week (9) sidcup (1) silurians (15) simon (101) sinbad (56) sinbad week (7) SixoftheBest (61) SJA (106) slaine (20) sleepy hollow (10) sls (11) smallville (78) smurf (6) snake plissken (2) snoopy (12) snow (42) snow white (16) sns (2) soap box (62) sontaran (29) space 1889 (109) space 1889 library (3) space 1999 (3) spam tasting (5) spartacus (82) Spawn (3) spellfury (34) spelljammer (5) Spider-Man (272) sponsored post (2) sport (76) Squadron UK (3) st trinians (2) stacks (1) stacktastic (6) staghind (5) staircase watch (1) Stan Lee (83) Star Trek (334) star wars (723) Stargate (53) statistics (90) steampunk (118) steve (135) Steve Costigan (1) STO (1) STP (3) stranger things (14) stroke survivor (27) strontium dog (2) sucker punch (7) suicide squad (49) Sunday Funny (380) sunday specials (14) sunflower (5) Supergirl (135) Supergirl Sunday (29) superhero 2044 (3) superman (452) Supernatural (363) superteam (159) survivors (15) swing (11) t and t (11) t-shirts (32) tales from the loop (3) tales from the vault (4) tales of the gold monkey (9) tarzan (26) TBBT (60) TCM (29) Teen Titans (57) tekralh (201) tekralh reborn (17) tekumel (29) Terminator (40) terra nova (3) TFT (43) Thanos (13) the 100 (4) The 4400 (14) The Asylum (64) The Atom (37) the cape (8) the following (32) the gifted (10) The Guild (11) the hobbit (76) the hoff (8) the librarians (9) The Lurking Fear (3) The Mist (6) the quest (3) the ray (1) the river (2) The Shadow (7) this defiant earth (1) this is england (3) Thomas Jane (5) Thor (206) thrilling locations (11) throwback thursday (66) Thunderbirds (7) thundercats (2) Tick (5) Tim Peake (2) timeless (1) tina guo (3) tintin (12) TMNT (16) tomorrow people (4) tomorrowland (2) Tonbridge (138) Toni Darling (4) top of the pile (184) Top Secret RPG (85) top shelf (11) Torchwood (137) torn from the headlines (189) trailer (2341) transformers (14) Traveller (43) treasure trove (38) Trial Of A Time Lord (5) trigan empire (1) trope tuesday (1) True Blood (42) True Detective (11) tuesday knights (437) tumblr (57) Tunbridge Wells (144) tv (2993) Twin Peaks (46) ubiquity (73) unisystem (46) Urban Exploring (8) urban knights (3) V (25) V and V (334) Valerian (14) valhalla (2) valiant (23) Valorie Curry (4) vampire (253) vampirella (20) van allen plexico (5) vandal savage (8) vault (1) venture bros (4) Venus (31) video (25) vikings (30) vixen (16) voltron (3) wales (6) warcraft (36) warehouse 13 (49) wargame (409) Watchmen (85) wayward pines (3) wedding (69) week in geek (111) week in TV (47) Weekly World News (26) weird wednesday (37) wentworth (6) werewolf (89) western (189) westworld (8) WGA (12) white canary (21) wii (6) wil wheaton (39) wild cards (10) wild dog (5) Wildthyme (14) william shatner (15) Winnie The Pooh (8) WoH (6) Wolverine (77) wonder girl (13) wonder woman (536) wonderland (33) World of Darkness (6) WRC (18) wrinkle in time (1) wuxia (47) www (361) wynonna earp (1) X-Files (55) x-men (179) x-o manowar (7) xena (40) yggdrasill (3) ZD (9) zelda (4) zenescope (19) zombie (431) zorcerer of zo (4) zorro (1) zot (1) zygon (17)