The 2000AD Re-Read 2012
Don’t I Know You From Somewhere?
Cameos aplenty from Ramon Sola as John Wayne’s Earl Reagan meets Yul Brynner’s Sheriff, clearly based on the gun-slinger from Westworld, and Lee Marvin, possibly recreating a touching moment from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
Glenn Fabry draws Vanilla Ice into an issue of Sláine?
Also in Prog2001 are a grinning vacant puppet,Tony Blair and a pair of washed-up Gallagher brothers-so pretty much spot on then!
From Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell the brilliant Zenith turns up for a one-off visit in “zzz zenith.com”
Celebrities go in to the “Bad Mother” house in Prog 2001(13Dec2000-2Jan’01,a full 3 months before the actual Channel 4 Big Brother version was aired!)
From l-r Tory slaphead William Haig;pre-Dr. Who,Billie Piper;fat-tongued chef,Jamie Oliver;Radio 1 D.J and all round jerk,Chris Evans,again!;gold-digging trophy(ex-)wife Ivana Trump;fading football star,Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne;reluctant T.V bimbo Melinda Messenger;soap actress turned “You’ve Been Framed” voice over(!),Lisa Riley;gardening fiddler and professional bore,Alan Titchmarsh and former “Countdown” brainbox Carol Vorderman.
Needless to say they all meet grisly ends,despite Judge Dredd’s efforts to save them!
Art by 2000AD great Cam Kennedy
Following on with pop/rock cameo theme,in 2004 there were two such outings.First with black metal band Funeral for a Friend(poster mag given away with Megazine219,1Jun’04)the second,indie pop darlings Placebo(poster mag in 2000AD Prog1405,1Sep’04).
Funeral for a Friend-script:Tharg,art:Simon Coleby.Placebo-script:Rufus Dog,script,art:John McCrea
More 2000ad cameos.This one of the Gallagher brothers comes from “The Pit”,Judge Dredd,Prog(s)970-999.
They’re also apparently sharing a “meat-wagon” with Jarvis Cocker….!Artwork by Lee Sullivan
In another installment of Celebrity Squaxx, where we look at famous fans of thrillpower, there is China Mieville:
What’s the first comic book series you ever read?
CM: Almost certainly one of the British ones, from 2000AD - Judge Dredd, or my beloved Nemesis the Warlock, or something like that.
Perhaps one day Tharg could tempt him into writing for his mighty organ, we can but dream…