Category Archives: COMICS

Modern vs Vintage

I was wondering how to present these ten modern paperworks I recently scanned – and I thought let’s see if I can twin them up with vintage counterparts. A sort of new versus old. Shiny versus retro. It took me a while to go through my archives looking for suitable matchups – especially anything vintage I might have with Spider-woman on it! Ultimately it was a fun exercise involving adverts and comic covers. Here are the results…  (click pics to go bigger)


Spider-woman. 2008 vs 1980.


Hulk. 2008 vs 1977.


Superman. 2013 vs 1979


Wrestling. 2008 vs 1989


G.I. Joe. 2009 vs 1988


2000 AD. 2017 vs 1988


Doctor Who. 2013 vs 1979


Playmobil. 2014 vs 1978


Lego. 2014 vs 1978


Iron Man. 2014 vs 1978

Thanks for looking 🙂

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special: posters, features and adverts

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.

Aside from its regular weekly issues (known as PROGS), British comic publication 2000 AD also published summer special issues known as 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special. The comic was released each summer from 1978 up to 1996, and recently underwent a reboot by the current publishers. Typical issues contained new and reprinted stories, posters, fan art, film and book reviews, puzzles and fact files. I really like the Sci-Fi Specials and tend to regard them as ‘summer break’ versions of the UK hard back Annual which is traditionly published each Christmas, 2000 AD being no exception. I’m also a fan because the stories are complete and not serialised.

2000 AD Thrill-Power rating: a no nonsense ten out of ten!

Here are some selected scans.

Various artists from credits: Gibson, Fabry, Davis, Demarkus, Percival, Bisley, Smith, Kennedy, Rowley.

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1981.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1981


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1986.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1987.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1986.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1985.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1983.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1984.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1980.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1994.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1994.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1994.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1980. Thargus Maximus.

Is there a cheap analyst out there?

1970s and 80s slightly unhinged comic covers

Is the world dangerous or mad? Or both? Do you continue to possess your own name? What’s that growing silently in the corner of your mind? And why so serious all of a sudden? Because nothing’s very funny anymore, and in case you didn’t notice we’re sinking slowly into the mire. Yes, but why so angry? So changeble? Because we’ve painted ourselves into a corner we can’t get out of, and have finally conquered ourselves. Ah, that would be the inherent human condition to destruct itself, yes? Yes. Now how much do I owe you?

Time to let off some steam with comic covers from the 1970s and 80s featuring characters, stories and themes whose worlds have come undone. Artwork by Kirby, Kubert, Alcala, Severin, Veitch, Trimpe, Sutton, Colan, Ordway, O’Neill and Dillon.

Please pay the therapy bill on the way out.

2000 AD. Sci-Fi Special. Cover by Steve Dillon. 1988.


Marvel 50th Premiere. Alice Cooper. Sutton and Austin. 1979.


Little Shop of Horrors. Cover by Gene Colan. 1986.


Batman Official Movie Adaption. Cover by Jerry Ordway. 1989.


Swamp Thing No.85. Cover by Tom Veitch. 1989.


The Mighty World of Marvel No.107. Cover by Herb Trimpe. 1974.


Weird War Tales No.25. Cover by Alfred P Alcala. 1974.


Kull No.19. Cover by Severin, 1976.


Claw the Unconquered No.11. Cover by Joe Kubert. 1978.


Marshal Law. Cover by Kevin O’Neill. 1988.


 

Happy 40th birthday 2000 AD

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Forty years ago today British comic 2000 AD published its first Prog and introduced us to a galaxy of characters that continue to thrill, amaze, astound, horrify and charm us to this day. Its characters, adverts, toys and covers have been popular here at TVTA over the past six years, so here is a selection of previously published images and a few new ones to celebrate the milestone. Happy 40th 2000 AD!

 


1977. Kevin O'Neill cover.

1977. Kevin O’Neill cover.


France. Judge Dredd 4. 1983. Brian Bolland back cover art for Judge Dredd.

France. Judge Dredd 4. 1983. Brian Bolland back cover art for Judge Dredd.


Bad Company Goodbye, Krool World Peter Milligan Brett Ewins Jim McCarthy Steve Dillon 2000 AD 2005 cover by Brendan McCarthy

Bad Company Goodbye, Krool World Peter Milligan Brett Ewins Jim McCarthy Steve Dillon 2000 AD 2005 cover by Brendan McCarthy


1985. Eric Philips cover.

1985. Eric Philips cover.


2000 AD Dice Man #1 cover art by Glenn Fabry.

2000 AD Dice Man #1 cover art by Glenn Fabry.


1986. Brett Ewins cover.

1986. Brett Ewins cover.


2000 AD and Tornado. 1980.

2000 AD and Tornado. 1980.


2000 AD Monthly. 1987.

2000 AD Monthly. 1987.


1986. Brian Bolland cover.

1986. Brian Bolland cover.


UK. 2000 AD's Dice Man #1. 1986.

UK. 2000 AD’s Dice Man #1. 1986.


1995 Mega Heroes figures. Mattel.

1995 Mega Heroes figures. Mattel.


1995 Mega Heroes figures. Mattel.

1995 Mega Heroes figures. Mattel.


1999 Re-Action figures.

1999 Re-Action figures.


1999 Re-Action figures.

1999 Re-Action figures.


1999 Re-Action figures.

1999 Re-Action figures.


1986. Ad for Strontium Dog. Carlos Ezquerra.

1986. Ad for Strontium Dog. Carlos Ezquerra.


Prog 320. 1983.

Prog 320. 1983.


Prog 578. 1988.

Prog 578. 1988.


2000 AD. 1977.

2000 AD. 1977.


2000 AD. Tharg pin up.

2000 AD. Tharg pin up.


 

1971 Moon Monster

Horrifying! Exciting! Thrilling!
It’s the life Size MOON MONSTER free when you joined the Monster Fan Club. Advert from Teen Titan 32, 1971, US.

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More 2000 AD art and covers

“It’s really quite simple. I don’t destroy anything. I just move my mind into things. And make their atoms dance.Sheeva.

Sheeva by Brett Ewins. Prog 578. 1988.

Sheeva by Brett Ewins. Prog 578. 1988.


As we near the 40th anniversary of British comic publication 2000 AD, TVTA presents yet another thrill-tastic selection of artwork and covers featuring Bad Company, Judge Dredd and Slaine, with art by Brett Ewins, Jim McCarthy, Glenn Fabry and Ian Gibson.


Megrim and Robyn. Cover by Glenn Fabry. Prog 524. 1987.

Megrim and Robyn. Cover by Glenn Fabry. Prog 524. 1987.


Bad Company II. Cover by Brett Ewins. Prog 548. 1987.

Bad Company II. Cover by Brett Ewins. Prog 548. 1987.


Pit Rat. Cover by Jim McCarthy. Prog 524. 1987.

Pit Rat. Cover by Jim McCarthy. Prog 524. 1987.


Full Mental Jacket. Cover by Ian Gibson, Prog 578. 1988.

Full Mental Jacket. Cover by Ian Gibson, Prog 578. 1988.