Prog 502 – A Real Xmas Story

Story: A Real Xmas Story
Appears: 2000AD Prog 502
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Ron Smith
Dated: 27 December 1986

It’s terrible. A surrealist nightmare that is all actually a dream with a fourth-wall breaking narrator. All in the name of Christmas.

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Prog 499 – Hell’s Packers

Story: Hell’s Packers
Appears: 2000AD Prog 499
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Ron Smith
Dated: 6 December 1986

It’s an excuse to have lots of airborne art and introduce yet another unit to the Justice Department – the Flying Squad. And to come up with as many variations of “AAH!” As possible.

Prog 448 – A Day at the Block Wars

Story: A Day at the Block Wars
Appears: 2000AD Prog 448
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Ron Smith
Dated: 14 December 1985

This has plenty to like. The huge spectacle of Block War, Judge Cadets from the Academy of Law, Dredd being surly, humorous Block names and of course biting social commentary. Plus a tiny peak into Dredd’s training and the evolution of the Judges.

Prog 445 – The Lemming Syndrome

Story: The Lemming Syndrome
Appears: 2000AD Prog 445
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Ron Smith
Dated: 23 November 1985

Citizens leaping to their death for no reason.
The fact that the future has become so dystopian a primal urge will subconsciously trigger mass suicides is a psychologically terrifying idea. Unfortunately it does quote bad science in that lemmings (the rodents) don’t do this. But the fact this syndrome now exists in the mega-city and could make a reappearance adds to the horror.