I’m reading another issue of an ancient British comic book for this post, a comic book called 2000 AD. I’ve been reading back issues of 2000 AD for months, and I have reached issue 108. This is another classic of the comic’s run, and is a great example of what I think of as the golden years of 2000 AD. There is a lot of good stuff inside this issue, but let’s start with the cover.
This post is just the latest in a long line of posts I have written about a comic book called 2000 AD. This comic book is still going today, but in these posts I am writing about classic issues from decades in the past, and I suddenly wondered why on earth I’m doing it. Posts about back issues of old comic books are not the most popular on my site, not by a long way.
I’m reading back issues of an ancient comic book that I first read, long ago, when I was a kid. A big part of the reason I’m doing it is nostalgia, and this issue comes with a big hit of that. That’s because this issue, issue 106, was published on 31 March 1979, which was the date of the 24th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, and that is high-power nostalgia for a kid growing up in the UK in those dark days.
Judge Dredd is on the cover of issue 105 of 2000 AD. This comic book came out way, way back on 24 March 1979. The cover is a scene from this week’s story where a hideous and insane tyrant is manufacturing fake news. With Trump in the White House, it is so timely it is a little spooky. This cover is by Brian Bolland, even though the interior art on the story is by somebody else, which has become the standard way for Bolland to work.
This time we are looking at issue 104 of 2000 AD, which came out way back on 17 Mar 1979. It has a great cover, of two men fighting on top of a speeding train, by Carlos Ezquerra. A fight on top of a train is an iconic image, and fairly screams action. Some would even say a train-top battle is a trope. The futuristic clothes and skillful posing of the figures is thrown into sharp relief by the simple, organic lines of the train.
This has a much better cover than some we have seen recently. It is drawn by the talented Kevin O’Neil, and actually features some action. There are a group of robots being tortured and killed by evil humans. One of the robots has “KILROY WAZ HERE” scratched into its chest, the way people scratch graffiti into train and bus windows with the point of a key. Kilroy was here is an expression that became popular during World War II, and is often seen in graffiti.
I have been slowly working my way through a stack of CBR files containing scans of a comic book from my long-ago youth. The comic book is called 2000 AD, and this post delves into the treasures available within issue 102 of this publication. Issue 102 was published on the third of March 1979, which is so long ago it is hard to remember what life was like back then.