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2000 AD comics featuring Star Wars

This post will showcase two of the biggest pop culture entities that have appeared together … Star Wars and 2000 AD. If you know of any other 2000 AD titles that feature Star Wars please let me know. Here are the issues I’ve collected so far.


Prog 166. 1980. Brian Bolland artwork dedicated Empire Strikes Back competition cover.

UK. 2000 AD and Tornado. 1980.

UK. 2000 AD and Tornado. 1980.


2000 AD and Tornado, prog 166, 1980, features the above Brian Bolland cover used to promote Chad Valley’s Star Wars Electronic Battle Command game. Inside the comic is a page with competition details on how to win one of fifteen of these electronic games, along with twenty runners-up prizes of Star Wars large action figures.

UK. 2000 AD and Tornado. 1980.

UK. 2000 AD and Tornado. 1980.


This is not the first time I’ve come across 2000 AD and Star Wars together. Here is my copy of prog 44 from 1977, which devoted some of its cover along with a two-page photo review on the upcoming movie that would prove to be a worldwide sensation.

1977. Kevin O'Neill cover.

UK. 2000 AD. Kevin O’Neill cover. 1977.

2000 AD, prog 44. Photo Review.

2000 AD, prog 44. Photo Review.

2000 AD, prog 44. Photo Review.

2000 AD, prog 44. Photo Review.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1980. The Empire Strikes Back Photo Special.

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1980.

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1980. The Empire Strikes Back Photo Special. Double Page. First Page.

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1980. The Empire Strikes Back Photo Special. Double Page. Second Page.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1983. Return Of The Jedi Colour Scan.

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1983. Return Of The Jedi Colour Scan.

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1983. Return Of The Jedi Colour Scan. Double Page. Page One.

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1983. Return Of The Jedi Colour Scan. Double Page. Page Two.


2000 AD. Prog 320. 1983.

Prog 320 devoted its cover and two inside pages to a competition to win Return of the Jedi prizes.

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Advert from Prog 319 announcing Prog 320.

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.


Prog 333 announcing ROTJ album and stickers

UK. 2000 AD. Prog 333. 1983.


Do you know of any other 2000 AD issues that feature Star Wars during the late 70s and the early 80s? Please let me know. Until then, “Splundig Vur Thrigg” and “May The Force Be With You!” 🙂

Latest ads: Star Trek, Dredd, Hex and V

Recently I picked up some 1980s French issues of Judge Dredd comic published by Aredit. As with the UK versions published by Eagle comics, most of the adverts featured inside are for other comic book publications. Here are four cool ads I found.

France. Judge Dredd 18. 1985. Legendary gunslinger Jonah Hex travels to the future in his latest adventure. Cover by Mark Texeira and Klaus Janson.

France. Judge Dredd 18. 1985. Legendary gunslinger Jonah Hex travels to the future in his latest adventure. Cover by Mark Texeira and Klaus Janson.

 

France. Judge Dredd 13. 1985. V... They're here...

France. Judge Dredd 13. 1985. V… They’re coming…

 

France. Judge Dredd 8. 1984. Star Trek II The search for Spock.

France. Judge Dredd 8. 1984. Star Trek II The search for Spock.

 

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.

 

Comic covers: 2000 AD Judge Dredd and Co.

British comic 2000 AD has always been a firm favourite since I was a kid. For me their titles have consistently provided a colourful and anarchic, black-humoured universe full of sharply-observed characters.

My favourite characters were often the ones found in Mega-City One… Judges Dredd, Anderson and Hershey, The Dark Judges, the Angel Gang and so on. I’ve pulled a few random covers from my collection to show here. Some of the covers are from Eagle Comics which reprinted 2000 AD stories in a US style format during the mid-eighties. Hope you enjoy.

Historical overview: 2000 AD history


As I was preparing this post during the week I learned the sad news that Brett Ewins had passed away on the 16th February. Brett was a major contributor to many 2000 AD titles. The first two pictures in this post are by Brett. RIP dude.

1986. Brett Ewins cover.

1986. Brett Ewins cover.


Judge Anderson 11 1986 Brett Ewins POST

1986. Brett Ewins cover.


1977. Kevin O'Neill cover.

1977. Kevin O’Neill cover.


1985. Eric Philips cover.

1985. Eric Philips cover.


1985. Brian Bolland cover.

1985. Brian Bolland cover.


1985. Dave Gibbons cover.

1985. Dave Gibbons cover.


1986. Brian Bolland cover.

1986. Brian Bolland cover.


1986. Brian Bolland cover.

1986. Brian Bolland cover.


1986. Ad for Strontium Dog. Carlos Ezquerra.

1986. Ad for Strontium Dog. Carlos Ezquerra.


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.


 

The first Forbidden Planet store: 23 Denmark Street, London WC2

I’m pleased to add this 1980 advert to my collection. It’s a Forbidden Planet promotion inviting fans along to their original and first London store to welcome visits by Dave Prowse (Darth Vader) and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO).

UK. Starburst 22. 1980.

UK. Starburst 22. 1980.

The ad style reminds me of an old-school boxing poster or a concert venue ad. It has a certain ‘seasoned’ quality to it – and not just because of the foxing of the paper: the store premises, located in London – number 23 Denmark Street – was Forbidden Planet’s first High Street store, opening in 1978.

This 1978 ad below is probably one of the first adverts for the Denmark Street store. The artwork is by Brian Bolland. Beneath an impressive line up of famous comic stars all trying to snatch a peek over Superman’s shoulders at what the Man of Steel is reading, the advert proudly proclaims: “Londons Newest Comic & Science Fiction Book Shop!!!” 

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Due to its success and the demise of some of London’s older comic book outlets, Forbidden Planet grew up quickly and offered a broad product base, attracting fans of not just comics but also TV and film. A second store purchase (nearby in St. Giles High Street) was required to cope with its popularity. Later, further location moves were necessary and the Denmark Street and St. Giles High Street stores eventually combined and moved to new premises.

Mail Order Catalogues

The following two adverts, with artwork by Brian Bolland, are both 1980 Denmark Street survivors. This first invites readers to send off for a catalogue of their choice from three categories: film & TV; science fiction & horror; and comics.

UK. Starburst 24. 1980.

UK. Starburst 24. 1980.


UK. Starburst. 1980.

UK. Starburst. 1980.


Denmark Street in 1983

This 1983 ad features a range of Return of the Jedi merchandise and a Star Trek 1984 calendar available for order by sending a cheque or postal order to the Denmark Street address.

UK. Photoplay. July 1983.

UK. Photoplay. July 1983.

The quarter-page adverts below all feature titles from 2000 AD.

UK. 2000 AD progs 317 / 318. 1983.

UK. 2000 AD progs 317 / 318. 1983.

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.

UK. 2000 AD. Prog 315. 1983.

2000 AD and Judge Dredd badges.

2000 AD. Prog 333. 1983.

Forbidden Planet Bookshop small ad. Doctor Who Monthly N°78. 1983. UK.


Denmark Street in 1986

This superb colour ad (recognise Bolland’s work again?) mentions both the Denmark Street and St. Giles Street shops. The former is credited as ‘The science fiction and comic book shop’ while the latter is credited as ‘The cinema and television shop’. The advert also appears as a variation in 1984 showing alternative merchandise pictures to the later version below.

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

UK. 2000 AD’s Dice Man #1. 1986.


Denmark Street in 1987

Forbidden Planet 2000 ad scifispecial 1987 post

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special. 1987.


Denmark Street in a comic strip!

23 Denmark Street the shop actually makes a surprise appearance in the 1987 photo story Nemesis The Warlock published in 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special.

Nemesis the Warlock photo strip. 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special. 1987.

I mean, it’s got to be it, hasn’t it? Forbidden Planet logo on the window, 23 on the door…

23 Denmark Street.


Denmark Street in 1988

Here we can see the appearance of other branches outside of London: Milton Keynes, Brighton and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

UK. 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special. 1988.

Forbidden Planet Today

The company eventually split into two entities: Forbidden Planet and Forbidden Planet Scotland (later renamed Forbidden Planet International). To date they have some thirty stores between them situated all across the UK including well-known associate stores such as Nostalgia and Comics in Birmingham and Liverpool’s Worlds Apart, along with a US store in Manhattan, New York. Forbidden Planet also offers an established webstore and online presence. Not bad for its humble beginnings as a small high street comic store on Denmark Street, WC2.

Forbidden Planet 40th anniversary 1978 – 2018

I picked up this rather cool souvenir magazine at the FP store in Birmingham, England on a recent visit. So pleasing to see the Brian Bolland original artwork used to commemorate their big 40. Congrats FP, and here’s to another 40!

Forbidden Planet 40th anniversary magazine. 1978 – 2018. UK. Artwork by Brian Bolland.


Post updated with new images Sept 2018.

Further Reading:

Article and photos on Forbidden Planet stores by Darkest London

Official Site: Official Forbidden Planet site

Retro Comic Covers: Tom Sutton & Brian Bolland

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I spend a lot of time browsing for ads in retro comics and magazines, so why not spotlight some of the great cover art, and learn about a few artists along the way? To kick off, let’s take a look at the work of Tom Sutton and Brian Bolland.

TOM SUTTON

Tom Sutton (also used the names Thomas F. Sutton, Sean Todd, and Dementia) worked as an artist throughout the 1960s up to his death in 2002. More a specialist of the supernatural than superheroes, Sutton worked on titles such as Ghost Rider, Doctor Strange, Vampirella, Planet of the Apes, I Vampire, and Star Trek among many others.

Tom Sutton Wikipedia page

The Three covers below are all from Charlton Comics publications.

Charlton Ghostly Haunts 41 Nov 1974 Tom Sutton

Cover art by Tom Sutton. USA. Charlton Comics. Ghostly Haunts issue 41. Nov 1974.

Cover art by Tom Sutton. USA. Charlton Comics. All New Ghostly Tales issue 113, Feb 1975.

Cover art by Tom Sutton. USA. Charlton Comics. All New Ghostly Tales issue 113, Feb 1975.

Cover art by Tom Sutton. USA. Cgarlton Comics. All New Haunted issue 20. Feb 1975.

Cover art by Tom Sutton. USA. Charlton Comics. All New Haunted issue 20. Feb 1975.

BRIAN BOLLAND

Brian Bolland is probably best known for his Judge Dredd covers in the British comic publication 2000 A.D. Some of his other works include Batman: The Killing Joke, and Batman: Black and White. Bolland also created Star Wars line-drawing adverts for the Palitoy toy company.

Brian Bolland Wikipedia page

Brian Bolland Website

The two covers below are both from Judge Dredd, Eagle Comics.

Destiny’s Angels Part II. Fink and Mean turn Dredd on his head!

Cover art by Brian Bolland. UK. Eagle Comics. Judge Dredd issue 32. June 1985.

Cover art by Brian Bolland. UK. Eagle Comics. Judge Dredd issue 32. June 1985.

Otto Sump’s Ugly Clinic. Get wise – Get ugly – Get Otto Sump!

Cover art by Brian Bolland. UK. Eagle Comics. Judge Dredd issue 25. Nov 1985.

Cover art by Brian Bolland. UK. Eagle Comics. Judge Dredd issue 25. Nov 1985.