Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Greatest Cover You've Never Seen

From 2000 A.D. #17 (1977) (click to embiggen to full mind-blowingness):

Aside from the Brian Bolland-y goodness, the most stunning thing is that this scene actually happens!!

(OK, that panel is actually from the next issue, but it's the one with the explanation, so I went with that one. Sue me.)

The series, Flesh, ran through the first 19 issues of 2000 A.D., and was about time-traveling space cowboys who went to the past to harvest dinosaurs for their delicious flesh, because all the animals we usually eat were extinct by the 23rd century, and I guess Soylent Green never caught on. No, I'm not making any of that up.

Oh, and a clone of one of those dinosaurs ended up becoming a recurring Judge Dredd villain, and after the clone (named Satanus) was killed, his supporters staged a demonic invasion of Mega-City One in order to free his soul from Hell. Again, I'm not making any of that up.

Man, British comics are under-rated. Extraordinarily odd, but underrated...

3 comments:

The Acrobatic Flea said...

A lasting image from my childhood! Thanks for the memory jog :D

Gary said...

Have you read Nemesis The Warlock? Now THAT'S odd!

Satanus turns up later in the story as Nemesis's son's pet...

googum said...

Those early Judge Dredd/Satanus stories are a lot like Jurassic Park (cloning dinosaurs, theme parks, goes bad) but I think they predate the book! And Dredd's not above shooting a dinosaur repeatedly, so they're better.