Some absolutely terrific Thrill-Powered™ tributes, in last month’s (June) competition, so before we have to do this month’s (July) - which has thrown up some equally fabulous fan art BTW, but more on that later! - let’s have a look at the worthy winners, plus an extra ‘Art Droid’s Choice’: chosen by one of our very own world-class art droids - none other than top Sláine artist, the great Glenn Fabry!
So, without further ado…
First Place: The Death Of Judge Dekker (Judgement Day, Prog791,11Jul’92). In a heartbreaking scene Dredd's most promising former Cadet, radio’s through to her passing Senior Judge & mentor, surrounded by legions of the undead, requesting back-up. Unfortunately, a despondent Dredd tells his one-time Rookie partner that he would never make it in time. Dekker isn’t surprised, bravely pulling the pin on a frag grenade and signing out over Dredd's Lawmaster-screen, with her final words: “See you on the streets, Joe…”. Dredd's shoulders visibly sag as he realises that he just lost the best Cadet he ever passed. Bar none. Original art: Carlos Ezquerra, Repanelled byMartin Smyth.
Second Place: Rogue Trooper Finally Tracks Down The Traitor General (To The Ends Of Nu-Earth, Prog392,17Nov’84). After the disastrous Quartz Zone landings, which saw the Rogue Trooper's fellow cloned super-soldiers massacred as they were dropped in their life-pods and shot from the sky, the majority never even making landfall. The few who did were gunned down quickly, including Rogue's soon-to-be bio-chipped buddies, Helm, Gunnar & Bagman. The lone surviving Genetic Infantryman, now with the personalities of his clone brothers housed in his gun, helmet & backpack, Rogue discovers that his entire platoon had been betrayed by a top-ranking Souther General. Living up to his nickname, Rogue goes AWOL, deciding that none of the top brass at Mili-Com can be trusted, and vows that he will not surrender until he finds the Traitor General - and thus the legend of the Rogue Trooper is born… Original art: Cam Kennedy, RepanelledbyJames Newell
Third Place:Dredd's Plans To Infiltrate The Sov’s Missile Base (The Apocalypse War, Prog267,5Jun’82) Dredd plans to infiltrate an East-Meg One (Sov Blok) silo, housing the deadly ‘Twister' missiles. Original art: Carlos Ezquerrahilariously Repanelled with Dredd's really real plans by Shaolin Monkey!
Tharg’s Choice: The Death Of Johnny Alpha! (The Final SolutionPt.2, Prog686,7Jul’90). Possibly the most shocking panel in 2000AD, or even comics’ history! Lord Sagan (hated half-brother of Johnny Alpha), and his mother, have seized power in the name of the anti-mutant, New Church and set up base in Salisbury Cathedral. Joining forces with a dark Lyran sorcerer named Charn-el, they have utilised his power, incorporating the bones of another wicked magician - killed by Alpha - Malak Brood, which has opened up a portal to another dimension. Sold to the mutant population as Utopia, unsurprisingly it is in fact a gateway to a nightmarish world of flesh-hungry demons! As thousands of mutants line up and pass through the gateway, situated in the centre of Stonehenge, a place of huge magical energy, it is presided over by master of the black arts, Charn-el. A suspicious Johnny Alpha decides to enter the dimensional doorway himself. When he learns the horrendous truth, Alpha calls a monstrous flying beast toward him, as it attacks he invokes a spell read from the mind of the sorcerer and with the massive release of energy from Johnny's body, re-opens the portal, allowing the surviving mutants to escape. Just one, Alpha's young protogee Feral, allows himself a backward glance, only to see his mentor eviscerated and his corpse incinerated - the young mutant can’t believe what he has just seen: Johnny Alpha, hero to mutants everywhere, finest S/D agent in the galaxy - dead! Surely he can’t really die…can he? Original art: Colin MacNeilRepanelled byAllister Mackerel.
Finally we come to this month’s Art Droid’s Choice, so a warm welcome to much-loved veteran art droid, Glenn Fabry. He has chosen a riotous retro remake of a famous Judge Dredd Panel, via vintage UK comedy, The Goodies! Judge Dredd Stops Illegal Road Race - The Mega-City 5000 (Progs40-41,26Nov-3Dec’77) - The Hard Way! Original art:Brian BollandEcky-ThumpedbyDavey Candlish!
Ok, sorry for the lateness once again, now I have all of 6 hours to put up this month’s winners! Sorry to Owen ‘CFM’ Watts - don’t forget to remind me every month!
The cover of Clowes’s Eightball #18 (1997) features an apocalyptic sci-fi scene: a human/robot plays a drum with one hand (announcing the Apocalypse?) and the other hand holds a ray-gun that shoots pink goop, turning people into naked monstrosities. All this while emitting some weird oval…