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On this day, 17 September 1988: 2000AD (Prog 592)

On this day, 17 September 1988: 2000AD (Prog 592)

 Cover artwork: Liam Sharp

Cover artwork: Liam Sharp

As Crisis – ‘designed for the older model of Earthlet’ – was launched as part of former 2000AD editor Steve MacManus’ ‘Casa Mac’ development of the Fleetway Publications comics list, 2000AD itself was quietly ripening into a title suitable for just such a market. This issue, complete with a free Crisis poster, brings us an early episode of the PJ Maybe saga – one of the darkest, tightest, deliciously perverted murder arcs in Judge Dredd’s history – an instalment from Phase II of Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell’s louche and dimension-warping superhero tale, Zenith, and a scene from Nemesis the Warlock in which Torquemada goes clubbing, viscerally drawn by the amazing John Hicklenton. ‘They flaunt their deviancy openly!’ splutters the cosmic inquisitor. Torque is right: 2000AD isn’t really for kids any more. This is the comic that grew up with its readers, which is why it’s still here with us today.

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 Zenith: Grant Morrison (writer), Steve Yeowell (artist)

Zenith: Grant Morrison (writer), Steve Yeowell (artist)

 Zenith: Grant Morrison (writer), Steve Yeowell (artist)

Zenith: Grant Morrison (writer), Steve Yeowell (artist)

 Zenith: Grant Morrison (writer), Steve Yeowell (artist)

Zenith: Grant Morrison (writer), Steve Yeowell (artist)

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 Moon Runners: Alan McKenzie and Steve Parkhouse (writers), Massimo Belardinelli (artist)

Moon Runners: Alan McKenzie and Steve Parkhouse (writers), Massimo Belardinelli (artist)

 Judge Dredd: John Wagner (writer), Liam Sharp (artist)

Judge Dredd: John Wagner (writer), Liam Sharp (artist)

 Crisis poster: Carlos Ezquerra (artist)

Crisis poster: Carlos Ezquerra (artist)

 Judge Dredd: John Wagner (writer), Liam Sharp (artist)

Judge Dredd: John Wagner (writer), Liam Sharp (artist)

 Nemesis the Warlock: Pat Mills (writer), John Hicklenton (artist)

Nemesis the Warlock: Pat Mills (writer), John Hicklenton (artist)

 Nemesis the Warlock: Pat Mills (writer), John Hicklenton (artist)

Nemesis the Warlock: Pat Mills (writer), John Hicklenton (artist)

 Judge Dredd: John Wagner (writer), Liam Sharp (artist)

Judge Dredd: John Wagner (writer), Liam Sharp (artist)

 Judge Dredd: John Wagner (writer), Liam Sharp (artist)

Judge Dredd: John Wagner (writer), Liam Sharp (artist)

 Judge Dredd: John Wagner (writer), Liam Sharp (artist)

Judge Dredd: John Wagner (writer), Liam Sharp (artist)

 The Daily Dredd: John Wagner and Alan Grant (writers), Ian Gibson (artist)

The Daily Dredd: John Wagner and Alan Grant (writers), Ian Gibson (artist)

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 Judge Dredd poster: Chris Weston (artist)

Judge Dredd poster: Chris Weston (artist)

On this day, 18 September 1976: Tammy

On this day, 18 September 1976: Tammy

On this day, 16 September 1989: Ring Raiders

On this day, 16 September 1989: Ring Raiders