Blazer Comic Cover Revealed – is this MacManus ‘Perfect Comic’

The Blazer kickstarter begins this week – here’s the cover.  BLAZER! is the creation of legendary British comics editor, Steve MacManus, aka 2000AD’s Tharg, ACTION’s ‘Action-man’, creator of Best of 2000AD, CRISIS, Judge Dredd Megazine, author of Mighty One – My Life Inside the Nerve Centre and The SheerGlam Conspiracy.

Steve told ComicScene his ‘Perfect Comic’ back in January 2018 – read it here

Before several books from Steve, Pat Mills, John Sanders, David Bishop/Karl Stock and the film ‘Futureshock’ about the Galaxy’s Greatest comic there was the 2000AD AKA Tapes!

This 28 page zine exposed the world of Tharg for the first time in October 1983. You can now read this rare magazine digitally by making a donation of £1 or more here (you also get 2000+ ComicScene Publications Pages too!)

It has candid and raw interviews from Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons, Kevin O’Neill, Mick McMahon and the editorial team. It’s not clouded by faded memories as these interviews happened at the height of 2000ADs success in what is now regarded as the classic era of the comic. The stories told are enlightening, sharing many of 2000ADs secrets for the first time in print!

The book covers Judge Dredd, Slaine, Nemesis, Rogue Trooper, Camelot 3000, Powerman, Green Lantern, Batman, Doctor Who, Dan Dare and more.

Less than 300 of the original zine were printed and go for around £40 on eBay.

Highlights include

  • Creators rights
  • The story behind the first collected stories of 2000AD
  • 2000AD and Dan Dare
  • The Launch of the new Eagle
  • Plans for an older 2000AD at the time – Zarjaz!
  • Starlord, Warrior and working for Tharg
  • The story of Slaine before he appeared
  • Putting together a 2000AD annual and the comic
  • Pat Mills writing style!  TB Grover!  Massimo Belardinelli and the out of control scarf
  • Judge Dredd film rights
  • Strontium Dog
  • Mick McMahon and how he got to draw Dredd
  • Kev O Neill – from  Monster Fun to 2000AD
  • Violence in comics
  • The humour of 2000AD
  • Drawing Nemesis
  • Working with Gerry Anderson and in the movies
  • Slagging off DC Comics
  • Why has Dredd got big feet, Mick?
  • The return of ABC Warriors
  • Grobbendonk
  • Working for DC Thomson
  • The art of drawing comics by Brian Bolland and Dave Gibbons
  • Oz and the pornographic Rupert Bear
  • The Big E
  • Brian Bolland on Powerman
  • Camelot 3000
  • Dave Gibbons on Doctor Who
  • Judge Death Lives and drawing Judge Dredd
  • Re-writing Rogue Trooper
  • Beginning to work for Marvel and DC from a UK perspective
  • and more…

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