It's been exactly 40 years today since the first issue of 2000AD went on sale in newsagents across the UK on 19th February 1977. Since I've already looked back at Prog 1 in a previous post (see here) I thought that today I'd look to the future, to show you preview pages of the anniversary editions coming your way this Wednesday.
There's not one but two editions of 2000AD out this coming week. The regular weekly edition plus the 2000AD 40th Anniversary Special! The special comes with a choice of two covers. The one above, by Carlos Ezquerra, or the one below by David Aja...
Here's the contents of this impressive special, along with a few sample pages...
• UK & DIGITAL: 22 February 2017 £3.99
• NORTH AMERICA: 22 March 2017
• DIAMOND CODE: DEC161858
• COVER: CAROS EZQUERRA (COVER A) DAVID AJA (COVER B)
In this issue:
Interlude 01 by Jock (a) Simon Bowland (l)
Judge Dredd: Blood by John Wagner (w) Carl Critchlow (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Interlude 02 by Rufus Dayglo (a) Simon Bowland (l)
Zombo: Z.O.M.B.0 by Al Ewing (w) Henry Flint (a) Simon Bowland (l)
Interlude 03 by Mark Sexton (a) Simon Bowland (l)
Ro-Busters: Seeing Red by Pat Mills (w) Clint Langley (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
Terra-Meks poster by Cliff Robinson
Interlude 04 by Patrick Goddard (a) Simon Bowland (l)
Durham Red: The Judas Strain by Lauren Beukes, Dale Halvorsen (w) Carlos Ezquerra (a) Simon Bowland (l)
Interlude 05 by Bryan Talbot (a) Simon Bowland (l)
Sláine: Red Branch by Pat Mills (w) Simon Davis (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
Interlude 06 by Mike Collins (a) Simon Bowland (l)
Nikolai Dante: Devil May Care by Robbie Morrison (w) Simon Fraser (a) Gary Caldwell (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)
The same day sees 2000AD Prog 2019 published too. Here's the info and a few sample pages...
UK & DIGITAL: 22 February 2017 £2.65
NORTH AMERICA: 22 March 2017 $7.99
DIAMOND CODE: DEC161857
COVER: GREG STAPLES
In this issue:
Judge Dredd: Deep In The Heart by Michael Carroll (w) Henry Flint (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Kingmaker by Ian Edginton (w) Leigh Gallagher (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
Kingdom: As It Is In Heaven by Dan Abnett (w) Richard Elson (a) Ellie De Ville (l)
The Order: Wyrm War by Kek-W (w) John Burns (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)
Sinister Dexter: One-Hit Wonder by Dan Abnett (w) Steve Yeowell (a) Abigail Bulmer (c) Simon Bowland (l)
Available in print from: UK newsagents and all good comic book stores via Diamond
Treat yourselves to some 2000AD goodness this week and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Galaxy's Greatest Comic!