2000 AD - issue 115

Continuing my quest to read every issue of 2000 AD – an impossible task – I have reached number 115. After a run of classic covers, this issue has a very uninspiring image on the front. It features the silly old trope of attack beams meeting and canceling each other out. It’s also cramped and badly framed, so that even this hackneyed imagery is robbed of any drama. The hero shown here is Dan Dare, who has been with the comic book, off and on, since the very start.

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2000 AD - issue 114

Issue 114 of 2000 AD was published way back on the 26 May, 1979, so why the blazes am I reading it? The thing is, I’m not just reading this old back issue of 2000 AD, I’m reading a whole bunch of them. It’s a nostalgia trip, mostly, but there is an awful lot to love about these old comic books, still. There is also a lot that is not so good about them, such as a white, male, heterosexual world view that is taken to such a ridiculous extreme that entire issues of the comic book can slip by without a single female character or person of color being presented within its pages.

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I’m wondering if I should keep on with my project of going back and once again reading issues of 2000 AD from the late 1970s and early 1980s. The problem is that there is a lot of sexism and racism in these comic books, and by writing about them, I may be validating this. They’re sexist in their lack of female characters, and racist in the ethnic stereotypes that appear now and again in the pages of this comic book.

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Here comes another blog post in my ongoing series where I read old back issues of a comic book called 2000 AD. I have reached issue 112 on my journey, and the cover is an absolute classic, a work of genius. It is so good that I start to wonder if there is a Comic Book Hall of Fame to put it in. I quickly Google Comic Book Hall of Fame and apparently, people are working on a Comic Book Hall of Fame, but it does not yet exist.

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I am reading comic books of yesteryear at the moment, specifically back issues of 2000 AD. This one is from May 1979 and is issue 111 of the comic book. It is a very good issue, a classic even. First the cover, which is drawn by Ron Smith, has the comic book’s most popular character filling the frame, posed like an American superhero. I’m not a huge fan of Ron Smith, usually, but this art is just right for a comic book cover.

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For this post, I’m reading 2000 AD, but not a current issue of the venerable British, sci-fi comic book, I’m reading an ancient back issue from April 1979. Usually 2000 ADs of this era were produced on newsprint, but this one is different. This issue was printed on smoother, more colorful paper. As Paul Rainey, the original Prog Slogger says: The ink would often come off on your fingers when you read it.

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I’m gratified to see that the posts I’ve been doing about reading an old comic book from my youth have been becoming more popular, if Google Analytics is to be believed. The comic book in question, which was originally published way back in 1979 is called 2000 AD. It is a weekly British science-fiction comic book that serializes stories in each issue. 2000 AD is a fixture of British sci-fi culture, producing artists and writers such as Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Brian Bolland, and Mike McMahon.

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