Prog 513 – The Comeback

Story: The Comeback
Appears: 2000AD Prog 513
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Garry Leach
Dated: 14 March 1987

This is a poke at Michael Jackson. But for legal reasons they need to spell it Jaxon. The likeness in the art is unmistakeable however. It’s definitely weird seeing such a direct reference to our own world, especially pop culture. The whole thing seems a bit mean-spirited.

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Progs 511 to 512 – The Beating Heart

Story: The Beating Heart
Appears: 2000AD Progs 511-512
Issues: 3
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Steve Dillon
Dated: 28 February 1987 to 7 March 1987

It is “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. But reframed with seamless aplomb into a modern and tragic romance. It works.

Progs 507 to 510 – The Taxidermist

Story: The Taxidermist
Appears: 2000AD Progs 507-510
Issues: 3
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Cam Kennedy
Dated: 31 January 1987 to 21 February 1987

A strong story built around a sympathetic character that has a high enough page-count to breathe and develop. There is plenty of attention to detail both in the art and narration and an unusually cheerful ending for the Big Meg.