Prog 506 – They Shoot DJs, Don’t They?

Story: They Shoot DJs, Don’t They?
Appears: 2000AD Prog 506
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Barry Kitson
Dated: 24 January 1987

This is a great story hook, a believable and very sympathetic character and an interesting lettering/ word balloon technique.

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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.

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.”

Prog 484 – Fists of Stan Lee

Story: Fists of Stan Lee
Appears: 2000AD Prog 484
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Barry Kitson
Dated: 23 August 1986

For a single issue story this causes a lot of fuss. Once again we see the return of Dredd’s racism against those of Far Eastern descent. Obviously you expect Perps to show such behaviour as it is a shortcut to telling you they are the bad guys. A technique slightly better than making them have a black hat or a disability. But Dredd is famously neutral in his treatment of all criminals and citizens. How does calling people Charlie Chan as a denigration reflect this? If it is revealed later that Dredd has some bias about a particular ethnic group this would make an interesting story but I suspect that won’t be the case.