Prog 480 – Russell’s Inflatable Muscles

Story: Russell’s Inflatable Muscles
Appears: 2000AD Prog 480
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: John Higgins
Dated: 26 July 1986

We first heard of Russell’s Inflatable Muscles back in Prog 430 in the Nosferatu storyline. Now we meet the man himself.

This Pokes fun at the “Build Muscles Fast” advertisements that appeared in comics of the period and the success and commercialisation of bodybuilder Charles Atlas amongst others. As well as playing up the stereotype that comics readers may have been a little weak and nerdy.

Progs 477 to 479 – The Art of Kenny Who?

Story: The Art of Kenny Who?
Appears: 2000AD Progs 477-479
Issues: 3
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Cam Kennedy
Dated: 5 July 1986 to 19 July 1986

Is it a highbrow statement on the meaning and commercialism of art? Is it a more personal true story? Who can say but this represents one of the less disposable stories of Judge Dredd with a likeable protagonist and a relatable situation.