The first issue I got was Prog 231, in September 1981. I was aged nine at the time and it was the best 16p ever spent! Rogue Trooper and a big tank on the cover. I couldn’t get my head around the idea that Rogue’s gun (and backpack and helmet) could talk!
Favourite Character or Story?
It’s got to be Judge Dredd, really. Sorry if that’s a bit of an obvious choice. The character and his world was just mind-blowing, with amazing stuff like Block Mania and The Apocalypse War. I also loved Strontium Dog, Nemesis The Warlock, Rogue Trooper and Bad Company.
What do you like most about the 2000AD?
The fact that each week there will always be something new. And ultraviolent. And darkly humorous.
What would you most like to see in 2000AD as it heads to its Forties?
It’s just reassuring that it’s still going strong, and doing what it does best. Happy birthday to Tharg and the droids, past and present!
If you worked on 2000AD, do you have an anecdote you'd like to share about your experience of Tharg and his minions?
Just over 15 years ago, when I was a young freelance journo, would-be comic writer and 2000AD geek, I was thrilled when the phone rang one day and Tharg himself (disguised as editorial droid John Tomlinson) asked if I’d be interested in writing an article about the complete chronology of everyone’s favourite blue-skinned super soldier for The 1996 Rogue Trooper Action Special. Of course I said yes. And the rest was future history.