Prog 139 – The Great Plasteen Disaster

CF03Story: The Great Plasteen Disaster
Appears: 2000AD Prog 139
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner
Art: John Cooper
Dated: 17 November 1979

A nice piece of sci-fi and prophetic warning about the folly of man’s creations. A wonderful twist at the end.

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Prog 137 – Death of a Judge

CF03Story: Death of a Judge
Appears: 2000AD Prog 137
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Ron Smith
Dated: 3 November 1979

The first female judge. It has only taken them 137 issues. That is over two years. Up until now women in 2000AD were there to scream and swoon. Even the first female judge is just required to die and provide a silent love interest for coiffured Clark Gable lookalike Judge Bryce.

Once again Dredd kills another judge. Between him and Cal there aren’t many of them left. Ironic as the issue begins with a speech on how long their training takes.

Prog 134 to 135 – The Invisible Man

CF03Story: The Invisible Man
Appears: 2000AD Prog 134-135
Issues: 2
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Ron Smith
Dated: 13 October 1979 to 20 October 1979

An interesting idea for a series of crimes that leaves both Dredd and the reader genuinely on the back foot. The criminal himself is just a cypher but the star of the show is serial confessor Edwin Parsley. The criminal suffers as a result of his actions and once again Dredd jails someone to make them happy. Bonus points if you spotted the advert for Umpty Candy which won’t pay off for another ten progs!

Prog 131 to 132 – Sob Story

CF03Story: Sob Story
Appears: 2000AD Prog 131-132
Issues: 2
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Ron Smith
Dated: 22 September 1979 to 29 September 1979

A few pokes at unemployment, mobile homes and another glimpse into the reality TV of the future. What 1979 would consider the future anyway. A well thought-out crime drama and the first appearance of Otto Sump.