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The main reason behind the launch of 2000AD in 1976 was the article by Alexander Walker that appeared in the Evening Standard on the many science fiction movies that were destined to be all the rage in 1977. Star Wars was one of them and Steven Spielberg's UFO movie Close Encounters was another defining film.

There had been 1028 issues of 2000AD published by January 1997 and a copy of issue #1, in which Dan Dare had been revived, would cost you around 80 with the free gift of a "Space Spinner".

The first appearance of Judge Dredd came in issue 2 and a copy of that with the free "Bionic stickers" that came with it, is now worth 90 in near mint condition.

The official 2000AD site is at www.2000adonline.com

Does anyone remember that the third issue had a blue cardboard Secret Agent wallet, with an ID card and a radiation detector? In other issues there were some cool centrespreads, such as a cut-away diagram of Judge Dredd's pistol (Lawmaker?). I collected and treasured the first 30-40 issues but alas my mother discarded them when I left home in my teens, much to my chagrin. - Joanne

Wow, I have one of these wallet's and the sticker that Joanne is taking about,but like her my father tossed them out. I had every issue 1-500 all in bag's and my dad tossed them out while i was in austrialia,I was going to give them to my kids one day. - Joe Mika-Hunt

One of the early strips in 2000AD was about Britain being invaded in 1999. The first episode showed a picture of King Charles III leaving Britain. It would be interesting to see this panel to see how close they were in depicting Prince Charles in his fifties. In 1999 they did consider renaming 2000 AD as 2000 AD would no longer be in the future, but they decided to stick with the original title because it's such a brand name. - Clive Huggett

Issues 76-79 of 2000AD will never have their Judge Dredd stories re-published as part of the 'Cursed Earth Walk' included 'Battle Of The Burger Barons'.

This was due to the writers going for a 'Ben Elton' by being topical but funny. Alas the corporations that Wagner et al took a swipe at showed no sense of humour and threatened to sue the buttocks off the publisher. Fortunately most of the companies (McDonalds, Burger King and KFC) settled for a written promise of no re-print as these images could be classed as slander against their corporation.

However, the company owning the copyright for Jolly Green Giant (JGG) Sweetcorn went a little further and demanded a written retraction. This was published in issue 81/82 (I could be wrong), as a half page issue/advert, where the JGG dropped off the equivalent of ration packs to Spike (The Hells Angel biker type) and Judge Dredd leaving both characters to say what a great guy the JGG was. - Colin Noble

I remember Tharg's Future Shocks, especially the story about the hyrdogen atom that was about to bond with another atom during the Big Bang. Unfortunately the formation of the earth and its gravitational pull yanked them apart, leaving the hydrogen atom with a massive grudge! Eventually it manufactured its way into the mother of all hydrogen bombs that destoyed the Earth. Sweet revenge! All time classic tale has to be 'Kev, Bev, and the Two Trevs' satire of 1982 World Cup, with Robodonna, the gifted droid footballer. - Matthew Peak

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