Prog 493 – Dead Ringer

Story: Dead Ringer
Appears: 2000AD Prog 493
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Barry Kitson
Dated: 25 October 1986

Potentially a juicy little mystery but sadly it is given away on the third page. With some restructuring this could have drawn the suspense out for longer. But it ends up more of a crime documentary albeit with a strong ending.

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Prog 492 – Attack of the 50ft Woman

Story: Attack of the 50ft Woman
Appears: 2000AD Prog 492
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Garry Leach
Dated: 18 October 1986

Another classic film gets given the 2000AD treatment. But it isn’t a single borrowed joke stretched paper-thin. Even in seven pages we have a sophisticated structure that re-arranges the timeline. Narration is provided in the form of a letter written after the events too so there is there is a great deal for your mind to get its teeth into.

Garry Leach has only ever done one Dredd strip before (Prog 138 – Night of the Bloodbeast) but his art is great with fantastic lines, great characters and a real organic feel to things. The framing and close-up action is fantastic.

 At eight pages this is one of the longest single issue stories.

Prog 491 – The Peeper

Story: The Peeper
Appears: 2000AD Prog 491
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Barry Kitson
Dated: 10 October 1986

If you are going to borrow, then borrow from the best, and Hitchcock’s Rear Window is just that. The real meat of the story comes as it ends with the narrator telling us about “…the secret army of criminals sanctioned by the Justice Dept to ply their trade.”