2000 AD was first published in 1977 as a swift cash-in project on the back of the huge popularity of Star Wars, and even though it had built in obsolescence with its then futuristic title, and even though the smart.money was on it disappearing after a few issues, it is still with us.
At the time of writing, the publication has reached 2117 issues, and I intend to read all of them. All. Of. Them. And, not only that - I intend to write a blog post about every single, motherf**ing one of them. I don't have any particularly good reason to do this, nevertheless it shall be done.
Some of that journey will be a lot of fun for me. I remember reading some of these issues when they were first published, so there is a nice taste of nostalgia, and there are some absolute classics, featuring creative talents who went on to become giants of comic book writing and art.
Some of this journey will not be much fun, because 2000 AD, like any long-running publication, has some periods in its history where it lost its way. There are some diabolically bad issues out there to be read, and I shall read those ones, too.
Anyway, now that the project has been outlined, here is a listing of the posts I have written thus far. Most posts are about 2000 AD, but some posts are about the various short-lived sister titles and are slotted in among them, at the appropriate point in the chronology.
2000 AD - Issue 0001 - Awesome.
2000 AD - Issue 0002 - Super.
2000 AD - Issue 0003 - Great
2000 AD - Issues 0004 to 0085 - Haven't gotten round to them yet.
Starlord - Issue 01 - Stands up pretty well
Starlord - Issue 02 - Ripsnorting space operaStarlord - Issue 03 - A cyborg t-rex
Starlord - Issue 04 - A bright spot among all the gloom
Starlord - Issue 05 - The most eye-catching cover yet
Starlord - Issue 06 - A great cover and three strong strips
Starlord - Issue 07 - Steeped in its time, this issue more than many
Starlord - Issue 08 - With a full-page color advert for Wagon Wheels
Starlord - Issue 09 - A doozy
Starlord - Issue 10 - With the Jackal TroopersStarlord - Issue 11 - Astrange one
Starlord - Issue 12 - A great issueStarlord - Issue 13 - A beautiful Strontium Dog cover
Starlord - Issue 14 - Ardeni and Tilman find a planet to rest from their adventures
Starlord - Issue 15 - Quality stories
Starlord - Issue 16 - Ro-Jaws and Hammerstein cover
Starlord - Issue 17 - Average issue
Starlord - Issue 18 - Horrible, airbrushed cover
Starlord - Issue 19 -
Starlord - Issue 20 - One of Starlord's best covers
Starlord - Issue 21 - Cool Johnny Alpha poster
Starlord - Issue 22 - Sad day - Starlord ends its run
2000 AD - Issue 0086 - Joins with Starlord
2000 AD - Issue 0087 - Pleasantly savage
2000 AD - Issue 0088 - Classic shark action
2000 AD - Issues 0089 to 0092 - Haven't gotten round to them yet.
2000 AD - Issue 0093 - Classic Ro-Jaws story
2000 AD - Issues 0094 to 0124 - Haven't gotten round to them yet.
2000 AD - Issue 0125 - Powerful impression
2000 AD - Issue 0126 - The last Starlord
2000 AD - Issue 0127 - A feeling of betrayal
2000 AD - Issues 0128 to 0244 - Haven't gotten round to them yet.
2000 AD - Issue 0245 - Filler
2000 AD - Issue 0246 - Intriguing
2000 AD - Issue 0247 - Show its age
2000 AD - Issue 0248 - Iconic cover
2000 AD - Issue 0249 - Great cover
2000 AD - Issue 0250 - Bitter-sweet
2000 AD - Issue 0251 - Quite political
2000 AD - Issue 0252 - Weird cover
2000 AD - Issue 0253 - A lot of fun
2000 AD - Issue 0254 - Vintage 2000 AD
2000 AD - Issue 0255 - Very pleasing
2000 AD - Issue 0256 - Nice cover
2000 AD - Issue 0257 - Not great
2000 AD - Issues 0258 to 0335 - Haven't gotten round to them yet.
2000 AD - Issue 0336 - Problematic
2000 AD - Issues 0337 to 2116 - Haven't gotten round to them yet.
2000 AD - Issue 2117 - Tempts me to jump back in