2000AD is a British Sci-Fi comic that distributes its progs (short for programmes) weekly as anthologies. It was created by writer and editor Pat Mills and John Wagner for Kelvin Gosnell, a sub-editor at IPC Magazines Ltd who had been inspired by the flux of Sci-Fi films released at the time. The first issue was released on 24th February 1977 and ran under its Fleetway subsidiary until 1987, when it was sold to Egmont UK. Fleetway continued to produce the title until it was bought by Rebellion in 2000.
Under Rebellion 2000AD flourished, with new editors including Andy Diggle (who would later go on to write for Vertigo and Marvel), Alan Barnes and Matt Smith, who took over from Barnes after his move to American comics. He is also editor of 2000AD's sister comic, Judge Dredd: The Megazine. 2000AD has recently discovered new talent in artists Boo Cook, Dom Reardon and writer Al Ewing.
2000AD has now been made available online through Clickwheel, a Rebellion-owned company. It is available to be downloaded and read on an IPod and IPod Touch or in PDF/CBZ format.
Some of the best loved and most famous 2000AD characters are futuristic lawman, Judge Dredd, genetically modified soldier Rogue Trooper, mutant and intergalactic bounty hunter Johnny Alpha, Celtic barbarian Slaine, thief, rogue and nobleman Nikolai Dante, and Shaun of the Dead.
Tharg The Mighty
Tharg is an alien from the fictional planet Quaxxann who works as the "editor" of 2000AD; he writes the intro, answers letters and gives out prizes for art work and stories. Readers could choose whether they wanted paid in pounds sterling or "galactic groats". Other than Judge Dredd, he is the only other character that has appeared in nearly every issue, with the only notable absence being in prog 1014 when the editorial was taken over by the mysterious Vector 13. His favourite food is polystyrene cups.
There have been several games based on 2000AD characters. In 1987 Martech released Nemesis The Warlock and Slaine for Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum. In 1991 Krisalis Software devolved Rogue Trooper for the Atari ST and Judge Dredd games have also been released on the Game Boy, Game Gear, PlaySation, Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Following the purchase of 2000AD by Rebellion several other games have been made or are under development:
Judge Dredd Vs Death
Judge Dredd Vs Death was a first person shooter released in 2003 for the Xbox, PlayStation 2 and GameCube. It starred Judge Dredd in his fight against the Dark Judges and an invasion by Deathworld.
In 2006 Rogue Trooper was released for the Xbox, PlayStation 2 and then a revised edition was released in 2009 for the Wii. The player takes control of Rogue as he goes AWOL after the death of all other G.I's to try and hunt down the traitor responsible.
Hardware was a 1990 Sci-Fi horror film based on the 2000AD short story called Shok! Walter's Robo-Tale. Directed by Richard Stanley and starring Iggy Pop, Dylan McDermott and Motorhead bassist Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister. Although it had mixed reviews at the time it later went on to be a cult classic.
Judge Dredd (1995)
Directed by Danny Cannon and starred Sylvester Stallone, Rob Schneider, Diane Lane and Max Von Sydow.
Dredd is an upcoming film directed by Pete Travis and written by Alex Garland. It has been produced through Danny Boyle's production company DNA Films. Starring Karl Urban as Judge Dredd, it is not be related to the 1995 Judge Dredd movie and is instead a complete reboot. The film will have a darker Sci-Fi edge, with the cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle stating they are going for a Blade Runner crossed with A Clockwork Orange feel.
The comic has had many talented creators with some of the most famous being: Brian Bolland, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Dave Gibbons, Alan Davis, Steve Dillon, Garth Ennis and David Hine.