Thrill-Power Over­load: 2000 AD

Iconic comic Cel­e­brate four decades of 2000 AD with this fully il­lus­trated and hon­est read, up­dated with six years of new ma­te­rial

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Cel­e­brate four decades of 2000 AD with this in-depth, fully il­lus­trated and eye-pop­pingly hon­est read.

Back in 1977, few would have bet that a small Bri­tish sci-fi comic would be­come a global sen­sa­tion and launch the ca­reers of leg­endary artists such as Neil Gaiman, John Wag­ner and Alan Moore.

Four decades on and 2000 AD is alive and kick­ing, and more in­flu­en­tial than ever. So to cel­e­brate, here’s an up­dated ver­sion of its de­fin­i­tive his­tory, first pub­lished in 2009.

In Thrill-Power Over­load, for­mer 2000 AD ed­i­tor David Bishop and jour­nal­ist Karl Stock de­scribe in de­tail how the comic was first con­ceived and cre­ated, and its strug­gle for sur­vival over the years. Some can­did in­ter­views pull no punches in de­scrib­ing the an­tag­o­nisms, the in­dus­trial ac­tion and the cre­ative fall­outs that nearly led to the comic’s demise on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

On a more pos­i­tive note, there are also hun­dreds of il­lus­tra­tions, in­clud­ing sin­gle-frames, cover art and full strips, as well as a se­lec­tion of rarely seen art­work, all re­pro­duced won­der­fully in full and vivid colour.

It’s not a cheap buy by any means, but this is must-read for any fan of this unique, ground-break­ing UK comic. Rat­ing

Close-up of Jim Mur­ray and Dondie Cox’s cover art from Judge Dredd: Law­man of the Fu­ture, which was based on the Sylvester Stal­lone film.

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