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February 26th -  2000AD 40th anniversary by kanyiko February 26th -  2000AD 40th anniversary by kanyiko
A Year in Comics - February 26th

40th anniversary of 2000AD prog 1


On February 26th 1977, the first issue of the British comic anthology 2000AD hit the bookshelves.

The first prog (or issue) featured as its main hero - and intended flagship comic of 2000AD - a revamped version of Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, a British comic which was originally conceived by Frank Hampson and which had first ran from 1950 to 1967 in the Eagle comic, about a space pilot from the year 1999  (how promising the future was in those days...)  The new, revamped 1977 version saw Dan Dare flung far into the future (sometime in the 22nd century), in a far more grim and grittier world.  Other strips included in that first issue were INVASION!, about the invasion by the Soviet Volgan Army of Britain and Europe on January 1st 1999 (again, then 22 years in the future); FLESH, about time-travelling cowboy dinosaur hunters; M.A.C.H.1, about a bionic secret assassin; and HARLEM HEROES, a comic set in 2050 with athletes taking part in a future death-game.

Most of these comics had actually made their first appearance months earlier in the (unpublished) test shot Prog 0; only Flesh didn't feature in that issue, its place taken by INVISIBLE MAN, a series which would ultimately make a short and unremarkable run in the magazine.  (Invasion! originally featured in the test shot as Invasion 1988, about an actual Soviet invasion.)

However, the intended hierarchy within 2000AD was upended almost immediately with the appearance of a new comic in the second issue, which was only ever planned to have a short run: JUDGE DREDD, a story set in a dystopian, authoritarian future (originally New York in 2099).  While Judge Dredd became unexpectedly popular, the 'new' revamped version of Dan Dare proved unpopular even after numerous editorial interventions, eventually disappearing sometime during the magazine's second year...

Both Judge Dredd and Dan Dare will be covered in full at a later date - Judge Dredd in the entry for Carlos Sanchez Ezquerra on November 12th; and Dan Dare in the entry for Frank Hampson on December 21st.

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70th entry of ?

February 25th - Ramir by kanyiko <- February 25th -- other February 26th entry February 26th - Tex Avery by kanyiko -- February 27th ->  February 27th - Desperate Dan by kanyiko  February 27th - Stan Mott by kanyiko
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FuriousClown43 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017
He is the law! :)
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... And we wouldn't want it any other way! :3
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FuriousClown43 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Yees! :)
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zkfanart Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Quite cool, is nice see some good old 70´s style chars here ;)
Oh yes, on that times future was lookin so bright ^^;
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kanyiko Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL! XD
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zkfanart Featured By Owner May 11, 2017
;)
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burstlion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neat!
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!! :glomp:
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larqven Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
Very interesting info on Judge Dredd's origins!  His distinctive lantern jaw hadn't been established by this time?
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, it hadn't - yet.  Dredd's distinctive chin was probably the only feature that had yet to develop in those early stories, although the rest of his uniform was pretty much established after that first story.

That said, the different takes that numerous artists made on it made this first incarnation pretty difficult to research - and I have still made a number of mistakes... :(
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larqven Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Thanks for the info!
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure!! :hug:
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Ropeman1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
I thought Dan Dare died with Eagle...  (Good bit before my time, I got a box of Eagle / 2000ADs from an older cousin.)

"New" DD looks a bit of a prat though, maybe that's why he failed?  =P
He reminds me of this little atrocity...
F4a93ae1ec2e52bbdecd9dfacdadd581 by Ropeman1   ARGH 
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dan Dare, as so many others, had numerous incarnations.

Dan Dare I appeared in the Eagle comics between 1950 and 1967.

Dan Dare 2 was 2000AD's attempt, but eventually they had to admit defeat - even going as far as to satirise their own shot at the character in the 500th issue, where an alcoholic Dan Dare bemoans his fate and various incarnations during his run in the magazine and asks to be deleted from the editor's memory - www.internationalhero.co.uk/d/…

Dan Dare III appeared in the New Eagle Comic between 1982 and 1994, disappearing when the New Eagle failed.  Some of these episodes were drawn by one of the artists from the original run; generally it was a continuation of Dan Dare I, completely ignoring the Dan Dare 2 run.

Dan Dare IV was a one-shot in the sole Planet issue (1996).

And then there's Dan Dare V - Dan Dare's appearance in the Spaceship Away magazine, which first started in 2003 and is still ongoing.

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Also, got to bleach that image from my mind now. :stare:
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Ropeman1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017
It must be the 80s version I'm thinking of.  Pointy chin, contemporary uniform, fat man comic relief.  (Bigby or Rigsby or something like that...)

And Sean's posing pouch IS rather hard to forget, isn't it?  =P
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Digby, apparently.

And yes, the pouch is imposing.  I'm pretty sure it's filled with the cash that he was given for the role.  He must be crying all the way to the bank for the fact we remind him of the role... >.>
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Ropeman1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
Surely no amount of cash would be enough?  XD
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dunno, didn't he also do The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? >_>
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Ropeman1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
To be fair, who would have thought you could mess up an Alan Moore (18 November 1953 in case you'd missed him  =P) masterpiece so badly?

Although it happens all the time now...  >_>
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Marked and underlined in my list as part of one of those 'oh no, not one of those weeks again' lists (starting with Dave Cockrum on November 11th and ending with Chester Gould on the 20th)

Hollywood has been having a really, really bad time at translating the full potential of an Alan Moore story to the big screen.

Although, with that said, who ever thought Hollywood would ever be able to mess up the Joker? Or Judge Dredd? >__>
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