Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dredd hits 350!

I don't cover 2000AD or related product here that often because those comics already receive good coverage in various places (such as the Everything Comes Back to 2000AD blog). However, a milestone is worth mentioning and currently on the stands is the 350th issue of Judge Dredd Megazine.

The 64 page issue kicks off with a brand new cover by Brian Bolland, and there's a free A3 poster of the same artwork, sans masthead, bagged with the comic. Inside, three new stories begin; Judge Dredd: Deadzone by John Wagner and Henry Flint, Lawless by Dan Abnett and Phil Winslade, and a series set in the movie continuity, Dredd: Uprise by Arthur Wyatt and Paul Davidson.

There's also the third part of The Man from the Ministry by Gordon Rennie and Kev Hopgood. Speaking of which, the comic also features a four page interview with Kev.

There are also interviews with the artist Trevor Hairsine, plus a chat with Leah Moore and John Reppion about their writing career. 

As always, the Megazine comes bagged with a 68 page collection of past material and this month it's Harke and Burr by Si Spencer and Dean Ormston, reprinting the 2000AD strip from 20 years ago. 

All in all issue 350 is a great package with high quality content. The price of £5.70 may seem steep at first glance, but you're getting a lot for your money here. This issue will be on sale until August 19th, but grab it before it sells out. 


Also on the stands now is 2000AD Prog 1891 which sees the start of Moore and Reppion's great new series, Black Shuck, with art by Steve Yeowell. Cover by Alex Ronald. £2.45  


Paul McScotty -Muir said...

Thanks for the details on the magazine Lew, Ive bought a few issue in the last 6 or so months and I haven't been impressed at all so decided to giv eit up (its not cheap) but this look really good (so will pop out later today and pick it up) 2000AD on the other had has been excellent in recent months with some good stories and outstanding art.

Lew Stringer said...

You're welcome Paul. I only started buying the Meg again myself recently. I've always found it a bit hit and miss but it seems pretty good at present.

I always buy 2000AD as most if not all of the strips appeal to me, although I tend to get rid of the issues after a year.

Anonymous said...

I have never read 2000 AD - not a single issue, ever. The first issue came out a few days after my 11th birthday so I would have been the target age-range but I was a 100 per-cent Marvel fan and not interested in anything else. Of course I know who Judge Dredd, Slaine, Strontium Dog etc are but I'm yet to read my first issue of 2000 AD - the title sounds very dated though, couldn't they have renamed it 3000 AD by now ?

Lew Stringer said...

That's often been a debate for years, but by the time the year 2000 rolled around the comic had been established for over 29 years so they stuck with it. They did do one issue of 3000AD as a free gift though, perhaps to establish copyright to the title in case someone put out a rival version.

I don't think most people feel it matters what it's called now. If you've never read it you've missed some of the best stories and artwork in the history of British comics. If you're interested I'd recommend picking up some of the early works to familiarise yourself with the characters, or wait until the next jumping on point of the weekly in September. It's an acquired taste though, with a different style of writing to Marvel and DC comics.

John Pitt said...

Depending on my mood, it is a contender for the best British comic ever in my opinion , ( along with TV21 ). But I preferred the stories during the pulp cover years. I just don't understand the more modern stories.

Lew Stringer said...

One problem with the modern stories is that they're written for the book collection, so they often lack the great cliffhanger endings to each chapter that the early stories had. Also, they're now written for a more sophisticated reader, but I do miss the shouty, more simplistic plots of old.

2000AD keeps going though, so it must be doing something right. I still enjoy it, I must admit.

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