Prog 597 – A Night at the Opera

Story: A Night at the Opera
Appears: 2000AD Prog 597
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner
Art: John Ridgeway & Tim Perkins
Dated: 22 October 1988

It’s just a bit of slapstick. Or possibly a six page set up to a terribly bad pun.

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Prog 596 – A Night at the Circus

Story: A Night at the Circus
Appears: 2000AD Prog 596
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Chris Weston
Dated: 15 October 1988

Was this inspired by a contemporary outcry about circuses? Or is this just an underused colourful backdrop. Either way the garish nature of the setting certainly benefits the new colouring.

Prog 595 – Strange Customs

Story: Strange Customs
Appears: 2000AD Prog 595
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Will Simpson
Dated: 8 October 1988

It’s not a riveting action spectacular but it does add another piece to the procedural background of Dredd.

It is odd seeing Dredd in colour but the biological nature of the story certainly comes alive with all the pink and red.

Progs 592 to 594 – What I Did During the Summer Holidays By PJ Maybe, Age 13

Story: What I Did During the Summer Holidays By PJ Maybe, Age 13
Appears: 2000AD Progs 592-594
Issues: 3
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Liam Sharp
Dated: 17 September 1988 to 1 October 1988

We have been waiting to PJ to return for some time and he does not disappoint. This is a very British use of black humour. The teenage narration, both in words and lettering style really sets the tone and you can see the homage to Sue Townsend’s Adrian Mole very clearly.

The fact the story is now in full colour also adds a youthful dimension to things. Whilst the departure of the grim black and white style with its oppressive blacks is very much missed the use of colour in this story does add to the tone of the piece.

Not only does PJ return but we see a well-chosen cameo by taxidermist Mr Sardini.