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2000 AD programme 1, 1977

2000 AD is a science fiction comic that began in 1977 and, against the odds, is still running.

After reading a newspaper article predicting a rise in public interest in science fiction, IPC employee Kevin Gosnell hit on the idea of a sci-fi comic. Editorial director John Sanders put Pat Mills in charge of the project. Early talks between Mills and John Wagner produced the ideas of reviving Dan Dare and the inclusion of a new strip named Judge Dredd.[1]

Preparations for the first issue's release coincided with moral outrage over Action, and so a number of its strips had to be reworked so as not to offend Disgusted of Tumbridge Wells.[2]

Features[]

A sampling of the many strips that have appeared in the publication:

  • The ABC Warriors
  • Ace Trucking Co.
  • Bad Company (first appeared 1986)
  • The Ballad of Halo Jones (first appeared 1984)
  • Big Dave
  • Button Man
  • Cradlegrave
  • Dan Dare (first appeared 1977)
  • Defoe
  • Durham Red
  • Flesh (first appeared 1977)
  • Harlem Heroes (first appeared 1977)
  • Indigo Prime
  • Invasion (first appeared 1977)
  • Judge Dredd (first appeared 1977)
  • Lobster Random
  • MACH-1 (first appeared 1977)
  • Maniac 5
  • Nikolai Dante
  • Nemesis the Warlock
  • Really and Truly
  • The Red Seas
  • Robo-Hunter
  • Ro-Busters
  • Rogue Trooper
  • Second City Blues
  • Sinister Dexter
  • Sláine
  • Skizz (first appeared 1983)
  • Stickleback
  • Strontium Dog
  • Tyranny Rex
  • The V.C.s
  • Zenith (first appeared 1987)
  • Zombo

Dredd spin-offs[]

There have also been a large number of Dredd spin-offs, often appearing in the sister title, Judge Dredd Megazine:

  • Anderson: Psi Division
  • Brit-Cit Babes
  • Cal-Hab Justice
  • Citi-Def
  • Devlin Waugh
  • Harke & Burr
  • Harmony
  • Inaba
  • The Inspectre
  • Insurrection
  • Jack Point: Simping Detective
  • Johnny Woo
  • Judge Death
  • Judge Hershey
  • Judge Karyn
  • Judge Janus
  • Juliet November
  • Low Life
  • Marauder
  • Missionary Man
  • Pussyfoot 5
  • Red Razors
  • Shimura
  • Tales From The Black Museum
  • Tempest

Creators[]

A large number of British comics creators have worked at 2000 AD including:

Fanzines[]

The comic has also inspired a number of small press comics:

Fanzines featuring 2000 AD characters and settings:

  • Class of '79
  • Dogbreath, a Strontium Dog fanzine
  • Zarjaz

The active fanbase has also been inspired to produce original comics and comics magazines:

  • The End is Nigh
  • FutureQuake
  • MangaQuake
  • Omnivistascope
  • Solar Wind
  • Something Wicked

See also[]

References[]

  1. Kibble-White, Graham (2005). Ultimate Book of British Comics. London: Alison & Busby. p.23. ISBN 0-74908-211-9
  2. Kibble-White, Graham (2005). Ultimate Book of British Comics. London: Alison & Busby. p.24. ISBN 0-74908-211-9

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