DROKK BACK IN ANGER: 35 great things about 2000 AD

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Police dealing with Occupy Londoners, yesterday (satire!)

It’s 35 years since Tharg the Mighty, a gentleman alien from Betelgeuse with a penchant for eccentric phraseology that looks as though the cat’s got on the keyboard, first shared with us Earthlets his mighty, thrill-powered organ, 2000 AD!  And so, to celebrate three-and-a-half decades of drokking good comic-strip stories, here are – in no particular order – 35 great things about 2000 AD…

1) “GAZE INTO THE FIST OF DREDD!” – (See above).

2) Fetishising King’s Reach Tower – Built in 1972, and pretty shabby to be honest, the 364ft-tall building was refashioned as ‘Tharg’s Nerve Centre’ upon the comics’ launch. And remained as such until 2000 AD retired to the less pulse-pounding locale of Oxford in the space year 2000.

3) “Note for readers on Mercury – your delivery shuttle delayed by solar storm.”

4) That logo.

5) The first TV advert…

6) “NO! PLEASE LET ME DROWN BEFORE THE GIANT SCORPIONS GET TO ME!” – (suggested by Joe McNally)

7) IPC sub editor Kevin Gosnell’s original pitch document for 2000 AD, circa 1976 – “It must make money while riding the crest [of the Star Wars sci-fi boom] and could be used for a merge when it becomes uneconomic”.

8) “WE – ER – BROUGHT YOU THESE FLOWERS AND CHOCS, BUT I GUESS YOU WON’T BE NEEDING ‘EM NOW” – The final page of 2000 AD prog 1 sees one of the Harlem Heroes left as but a brain in bell-jar following a hover-powered road-liner accident.

9) “20p Earth Money ($1.45 Malaysia; 0.5g Asteroid Belt; 100g Saturn)”

10) Rob Hubbard’s music for the Nemesis The Warlock computer game…

11) Ro-Jaws’ movie review of TRON – “A real treat for the old optic circuits” (suggested by SOTCAA)

12) “In Orbit Every Monday”

13) Papier-mâché-inations! – in the Nemesis The Warlock photo-strips.

14) “SOME KIND OF ELECTRO-MAGNETIC BEAM!” – Dan Dare is made-over as a superhero, complete with beam-ejaculating ‘cosmic claw’.

15) …And his subsequent rebuttal in Prog 500’s self-referential strip ‘Tharg’s Head Revisited': “First you made me a complete freak, then a Biggles look-alike with a clunky space fort, and, finally, you gave me this… this cosmic claw and turned me into a – choke – super-hero™”

16) “KEEP CALM + + + THRILL FACTOR OVERLOAD + + + KEEP CALM”

17) Postage stamp dealer advertisements not much larger than a postage stamp

18) How many can you name? – That Prog 500 wraparound cover.

19) “I’M JUST NOT SCRATCHING” – (suggested by RedSharlach)

20) “COMMUNICATION TERMINATED” – The 1994 revamp merits a TV ad…

21) “NEXT PROG: SOMETHING SOMETHING ORANGES SOMETHING…” – (suggested by Calum Benson) NB. Additional points for Clive James cameo

22) “AIEEEE! BLAKEE PENTAX!”

23) Zenith – smart-arsed, self-centred superhero-cum-pop star from the SAW era, who’d more likely be hanging out with Big Fun than fighting big baddies. Managed by Richard-Wilson-in-TUTTI-FRUTTI-lookalike Eddie. Once battled Noel Edmonds.

24) The 1993 Summer Offensive

25) Mutants In Mega-City One…

26) “Enter Our Bubblicious 2000 AD Competition! Win a super Sansui Hi-Fi System!”

27) “IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT… CREEP!” – Long overdue reinstatement of classic (but non-chrome) logo.

28) “NEXT PROG: HAVE A NICE DEATH!”

29) Warp spasm!

30) “Define the playing keys”…

31) The Tharg’s Future Shocks exclamation-mark.

32) Kevin O’Neill draws himself into an episode of Nemesis.

33) Destruction of the Cyril Lord block. – “BUT CHIEF JUDGE, CYRIL LORD’S A LISTED BLOCK!”/”CYRIL LORD’S A LUXURY WE CAN’T AFFORD!”

34) …And the coda to that - “ARGUING WITH THE CHIEF JUDGE – YOU’LL BE ON THE CARPET FOR THIS, WILTON!” – (Both suggested by Robert Seabury)

35) “Sole agents for Australia and New Zealand: Gordon & Gotch Ltd.”

- NB: Thanks to David Bishop for providing a lot of the above to us, way back when. His scrotnig book Thrill-Power Overload: Thirty Years of 2000 AD is still available to buy.

One Response to “DROKK BACK IN ANGER: 35 great things about 2000 AD”

  1. Rupert says:

    Ace Garp trying to romance Feek’s wife”I loooves Yah!” in Ace Trucking Co

    Wulf Sternhammer gives Hitler the “Sterhnhammer Silencer” in Strontium Dog

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