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Short version: The 2000 AD Hall of Homage is an affectionate and elucidating collection of pop culture swipes, allusions and tributes from the British sci-fi/fantasy comic 2000 AD.

Long version: The 2000 AD Hall of Homage (HoH) is a whimsical, nostalgic (not to mention pretentiously faux-academic), illustrated collection from the pages of the award-winning comic 2000 AD and its sister publication Judge Dredd Megazine, showcasing various tokens of admiration, amusing allusion, subconscious inspiration and irreverent lampoon[1] to be found within their pages – not the other way around – we’re not interested in where 2000 AD has been referenced elsewhere (although a handful of opportunistic screengrabs have been published on our Twitter feed).[2]

2000 AD introduced to readers many of the now-legendary names in comics such as Simon BisleyBrian BollandSteve Dillon (1962–2016), Garth Ennis, Neil GaimanDave GibbonsCam Kennedy, Kevin O’NeillPat Mills (or he introduced it, in Pat’s case), Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, John Wagner and Ashley Wood – to name a few – and has exerted a broad influence on the comics industry, some on the film industry (Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop (Orion, 1987), Richard Stanley’s Hardware (Phaze UK/Miramax, 1990)), and beyond; while its current stable of creatives also produce concept art for sci-fi blockbusters like Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros./Village Roadshow Pictures, 2015) and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, 2017).

As much a celebration of pop culture and historical trivia as anything else, the blog is a case-by-case study of how 2000 AD adeptly absorbs and reflects popular culture, an attribute that has helped what was initially expected to be a short-lived publication in 1977 to survive and maintain an exceptionally high standard of creativity for over 40 years. In its own way HoH is our homage to 2000 AD (and it keeps us relatively sane, considerately clear of polite society and mercifully off the streets, while gratifying our compulsive obsession with footnotes and lists).

If you have a suggestion for an entry, please feel free to post it in the Leave a Reply (word balloon icon) sections within each entry or send it via the Contact link (About submenu), bearing in mind that this is primarily an illustrated blog. If it qualifies, a comparison, including graphic, shall presently emerge and we’ll let our readers decide for themselves.[3]

The 2000 AD Hall of Homage is an unofficial, non-profit, fan-created blog

Notes:

  1. And perfectly legally too, as an exception to copyright is provided under UK Copyright Law, implementing the EU Copyright Directive, “for the purposes of caricature, parody or pastiche”
  2. While we’re on the subject: Skizz was developed by Alan Moore and Jim Baikie (1940–2017) independently of Melissa Mathison (1950–2015) and Stephen Spielberg, and probably owes more to Boys from the Blackstuff (BBC2, 1982) than it does to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Universal Pictures, 1982)
  3. 2000 AD/Judge Dredd‘s own homages to themselves don’t qualify: eg. Judge Death appearing in the Droid Life strip wouldn’t count, nor would Adolf Hitler or Ronald Reagan popping up as themselves in Strontium Dog, or William S. Burroughs appearing in Indigo Prime, as they’re really references rather than homages; and do please state issue numbers where possible

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