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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.

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.


 

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.