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Gavin Hanly: What
I really look for from 2000AD covers is something that stops me in my tracks
when I pull the comic from the envelope - and to me the best example of that
was Colin MacNeil's Dredd cover from prog 1488. A stunning
cover that is a perfect example of work from an artist who is riding a high at
1488 by Colin MacNeil
gorgeously exaggerated cover for 1512. Funny
yet serious, witty yet deadpan, old skool yet new, it marked a new high for an
increasingly confident droid. I’m
still not a huge fan of his strip work, but this encapsulated the appeal of Origins
in a way no other droid quite matched.
Robert Cornell: The first cover of the year,
Carlos Ezquerra, made me chuckle and none of the subsequent ones have produced
quite the same “what
No one can get away with “cartoony” quite as well as Carlos Ezquerra.
Alex Frith: Putting aside prejudice against
the character, best cover was surely Dylan Teague's effort
on Synnamon for Prog 1473.
Sultry lady in a Sci-Fi setting with a beautiful design sensibility. The same
droid also came up trumps for me with Megazine
248 and the volley of
bombs surrounding the Judge's eagle.
1473 by Dylan Teague
Stephen Watson: Not the best year for covers
but the standout for me was Dylan
Teague’s excellent Synnamon for Prog
1473. Eye-catching and sexy as well
being unashamedly sci-fi.
Harry Kipling (Deceased) in Ghoul Britannia by Boo Cook in 1492. Gadzooks! Boo
Cook's dynamically coloured riff on the well-known (and oft-referenced) 1914
Lord Kitchener army recruitment poster stands out as the single most attention
grabbing cover of the year. For a non-scrot punter
to be able to walk past this prog without further investigation, they'd
have to be a zombie themselves.
Andrew Howe: The top five, in chronological
1475 – Clint
Langley snaps Sláine at
the end of an era, compressing twenty years into a single haunting frame. Majestic. Prog
1491 – Jim Murray follows last year’s impressive reinterpretation
of Nikolai Dante with a remodelling job on Jack Dancer and a dinosaur that’s
considerably more terrifying than anything in the actual prog. Prog
1495 – Anthony Williams's R.I.P.
definitely overstating the case (sayonara Keege was about it), but rarely has
a cover made me so eager to tear open the prog and devour the story in question. Anthony
Williams directs. Prog
1508 – Finnegan’s back
on the smokes courtesy of Simon Davis. Prog
1513 – Arthur
Ranson sees a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand, and the crowd
Bryan Coyle: Most likely Simon
Coleby's 1514 wraparound cover - very old-school Dredd, and the colours and textures don't
distract from good solid linework, which sometimes gets lost under digital colours.
1514 by Simon Coleby
Adam Crabtree: Simon
Origins cover on 1514 is the definite cover highlight for me. I’m not so
much of an aesthete when it comes to covers, which really strike me as simple
static images cooked up purely for the purpose of advertising and it takes something
really special to strike me. Coleby’s bright, busy and bloody two page
epic boasts a certain visual polish that’s hard to beat. It makes
up for the sense of OCCASION lacking from Brian Bolland’s pedestrian Dredd
cover, and Boo Cook’s pretty but not particularly interesting Prog 1500
David Knight: Prog
the Brian Bolland cover commemorating the start of Origins.
Jordan Smith: Prog
1494 by Nick Percival.
did a hell of a damned good job with this one. I'm not sure how to describe why
this is so good. The hand looks life-like yet also dead and cold and is just
simply a lovely painted cover. And of course I had other favourites so it was
a miracle that I could decide. I loved the covers this year, almost every
one kicked ass!
Martin Charlton: Prog
1511: The return of Simon Fraser to Nikolai Dante. In glorious techni-colour, packing into one image
more vibrancy that 4 years of John burns could ever manage.
WR Logan: Some great covers this year but
my fave is Jock's from 1503.
1488 Mark Harrison
Pete McCosh: Prog
1504: Mark Harrison captures the spirit of Dante perfectly. The pulpy design, the lurid
taglines and the digital creases: everything simply works to give you an idea
of Dante which is far more evocative of the series’ high
points than the story inside. It’s probably too late in the day now but,
on this evidence, I’d love to see Harrison tackle a full Dante strip.
Dom Reardon’s putrescent Harry Kipling from 1499 and Dylan Teague’s
Synammon from 1473 run it close.
Joseph Saxton: I think I’ll go for 1501
by Cliff Robinson here, lovely hues of green, well posed and
some nice leaves in the background, to be honest there haven’t been many
bad covers this year, often the best have been character portraits rather than
also like to give special mention to 1473, probably the best thing about