The 2000AD forums are currently voting for the covers of the year but the ECBT2000AD crew have got together and had our own little selection. Here goes with the Prog first.
There was a clear winner this year. Greg Staples’ instantly iconic cover image for the jumping on Prog 1900 was way out in front.
Mick: “Just perfect. The tone, the image, the craftsmanship and skill, Dredd’s old but mean and badass.”
Orlok: “Immediately iconic from the skin tone where you can see every muscle to the raindrops dripping off the helmet, it oozes pure thrillpower. Coupled with the new
logo it delivers the kind of brilliance that makes you want to buy two of it.”
Pete: “This is a stunning image, the lighting, the flesh tones and the rain interacting with Dredd’s uniform are wonderful.”
In second place and also out in front of the pack was Chris Weston and that Sensitive Klegg on 1889.
Scowlin Munkeh: “This was instantly cover of the year for me. Dredd defending a Klegg? What the hell? I love the line work, and it looks great in cover. The detail in the background is staggering.”
Iz: “Drawn by one of the nicest men in comics and it contains Sensitive Klegg, I’m a fan of both – more please. ”
Luke: “It’s Chris Weston, so the composition is great, and it’s a funny cover, which we don’t see a ton of but could really make someone interested to see what’s inside.”
After that the votes were very evenly distributed so in join third place we have Clint Langley’s ABC Warriors on Prog 1864.
Stacey: “Sexy robots, glowing eyes, chain saws and outstanding composition and colouring as well as speech thingymabobbies on the cover.”
Rich: “Giant robots, vibrant colours and WORD BALLOONS! Three boxes ticked. ”
and joint third was Greg Staples again on 1908.
Orlok: “A gorgeous action shot this. The slight downward angle of the pose, the blur of the ejecting cartridge and the interplay of light here is phenomenal”
Pete: “This cover ramped up the excitement even further for Dark judgement and it was cool to get another sneaky peek of the Mk3!”
John: “I think the colours of the expelled gases work really well by lighting up the image and that they’re not just a puff of smoke. The uniform is portrayed well, as it’s showing the way it fits the body with all the creases and reflections on it.”
And then there is another tie for fifth place with Nick Percival’s fantastic Ichabod Azrael on Prog 1901
Luke: “An eerie image, great composition, beautiful painting, just a gorgeous piece all around.”
Eamonn: “An epic apocalyptic design by Percival.”
John: “Love the starkness of this image. Ichabod stood there on a desolate landscape, coat blowing in the wind and the smoke from one of his pistols drifting up into one of the skull clouds in the sky.”
And finally in equal fifth it’s Alex Ronald schoolyard romp on 1904
Rich: “Looks amazing and extra points for not wussing out and having the girls fight as viciously as every other crazy drokker in the Big Meg. Also love Dredd’s no nonsense attitude with the kid. All darkly humourous with Dredd in the centre as the ultimate straight man. Great stuff.”
Luke: ” It’s Alex Ronald. Need I say more?”
And that’s it. We’ll see how our ranking compared with the forum vote.
To wrap up here’s the summary of how we all voted. First place on the left, fifth place on the right.
John “Troll Hunter” Burdis
And that’s all, folks. Let us know your choices in the comments. And the Megazine covers vote will be up in a day or so.