All That Zar­jaz

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re­leased OUT NOW! 2015 | e | dVd Di­rec­tor Paul Good­win Con­trib­u­tors Pat Mills, dave Gib­bons, Kevin O’Neill, Neil Gaiman

Urged into ex­is­tence by the prom­ise of Star Wars and crack­ling with an up­start punk-era en­ergy, 2000 AD didn’t so much ar­rive in 1977 as det­o­nate, an ex­plo­sive new dream-fuel for a gen­er­a­tion.

This doc­u­men­tary cel­e­brates nearly four decades of Bri­tain’s most vi­tal con­tri­bu­tion to the comics world. There’s an im­pres­sive, en­gag­ingly frank ar­ray of talk­ing heads, from key tal­ent (Neme­sis The War­lock’s Kevin O’Neill de­clares “We were a gang of repro­bates”) to cre­ators caught more fleet­ingly in the comic’s or­bit (Neil Gaiman weeps for Alan Moore’s un­fin­ished Halo Jones saga). There’s a place, too, for fans in the mu­sic world, from An­thrax to Por­tishead.

Punc­tu­ated by cool an­i­mated in­ter­ludes that bring orig­i­nal pan­els to life, Fu­ture Shock! favours a the­matic ap­proach over a strictly his­tor­i­cal one. At the heart of it all is orig­i­nal ed­i­tor Pat Mills, on fine form, his undimmed anger and en­ergy clearly the true cre­ative en­gine be­hind The Galaxy’s Great­est Comic.

Ex­tras An e-comic fea­tur­ing the first printed sto­ries of 10 clas­sic char­ac­ters. Nick Setchfield

Judge Dredd was orig­i­nally the name of an oc­cult de­tec­tive strip that never made the comic’s pages.

The vel­vety-voiced Strand is the best char­ac­ter!

Orig­i­nal 2000 AD ed­i­tor Pat Mills.

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