Prog 521 – What If… The Judges Did the Ads?

Story: What If… The Judges Did the Ads?
Appears: 2000AD Prog 521
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Brett Ewins, Ian Gibson, Robin Smith, Kevin O’Neill, Cam Kennedy
Dated: 9 May 1987

Possibly inspired by the Marvel “What If…” comics of the period this is a series of parodies of advertisements that would have been on British television at the time. Because the title prefaces the nature of the stories you know not to take it seriously. Unlike the clanger “A Real Xmas Story” from Prog 502.

If you aren’t familiar with the actual adverts themselves, which are now at least 20 years old they won’t make any sense. But if you are there is some sharp humour in here. Each of the five stories is drawn by a different artist helping to keep them separate.

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Prog 412 – Monsteroso

Story: Monsteroso
Appears: 2000AD Prog 412
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Robin Smith
Dated: 6 April 1985

Here is the very opposite of the previous story and the epitome of filler. As it concerns an out of control construction robot there is no characterisation, no empathy and no reason for this story to exist. The only point of note is the ‘playboy’ style vertical double page spread which may have caused some mothers a moment of consternation.