2000 AD - Issue138
I've been going back and rereading some comic books from my youth lately, focusing specifically on issues of a comic book called 2000 AD. Reading this comic book it was a very formative experience for me, and I get a real kick out of reading it again today. I have a 2000 AD page where I link to all the issues I have talked about on this site because writing about them is almost as much fun as reading them.
The issue of 2000 AD I'm looking at this time has a pretty uninspiring slate of stories, with ABC Warriors as the only real standout strip. And that meant that I didn’t buy it when it was first published. You see there was a shiny new comic book that had caught my eye and lured me away from 2000 AD, and that was the Doctor Who comic book. It even had a strip featuring one of 2000 AD’s best artists at the time, Dave Gibbons. Faced with a choice of a strange looking robot on the cover of a comic book with a mixed bag of stories or Tom Baker in his full pomp in his Time Lord regalia, with a story with art by Gibbons, it wasn’t difficult to decide. The Doctor Who comic book was also printed on glossy paper, rather than the newsprint used for 2000 AD. I invested my pocket money in that rather than 2000 AD and I think I made the right decision. I’m only really reading it now for the sake of completeness.
This may not be a classic issue, but the cover of number 138 is certainly beautiful. It is a giant robot, something I love, drawn by McMahon, an artist whose work I really enjoy. It’s a shame that the concept for this giant robot is an uncoordinated and goofy looking giant robot, rather than the usual cool ones of anime and Hollywood movies. But even a clumsy and stupid robot is cool if it is giant and drawn by McMahon. The way the volumetric explosions highlight his gunmetal color body in lime green is so cool.
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