No. 87 – Enter the Ninjas

Prog 1192’s (2000) Sinister Dexter cover by Jason BrashillBruce Lee [born Lee Jun-fan, Chinese: 李振藩] (1940–1973) in a still from Enter the Dragon (1973)

Considered one of the greatest martial arts films of all time, Enter the Dragon was released on 26 July 1973 in Hong Kong, six days after Lee’s death. Lee himself is widely regarded as a pop icon of the 20th century, and is credited with changing the way Asians are portrayed in American films.

Lee also developed his own hybrid martial art known as Jeet Kune Do (or Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, after Lee himself), “The way of the intercepting fist,” based on the Wing Chun[1] [Chinese: 詠春] concept of interception or attacking when one’s opponent is about to attack.

  1. A traditional southern Chinese Wushu [Chinese: 武術] Kungfu (an umbrella term for Chinese martial arts) form of self-defence utilising both striking and grappling in close-quarter combat

No. 82 – Off With Her Head!

Prog 1048’s Anderson: Psi-Division cover by Jason Brashill vs. one of Sir John Tenniel’s (1820–1914) illustrations from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Macmillan and Co., 1865) by Lewis Carroll (1832–1898)

Tenniel is remembered as the principal political cartoonist for Punch magazine for over 50 years, but is especially celebrated for his illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871), which have had an enduring influence on the appearance of Carroll’s much-loved menagerie of characters

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No. 47 – Space Girls

Jason Brashill’s prog 1062 cover debuting Space Girls* vs. The Spice Girls (pictured here in 2008)

Formed in 1994 The Spice Girls consisted of (left to right) Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice), Victoria Beckham [née Adams] (Posh Spice), Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), Melanie Brown (Scary Spice) and Emma Bunton (Baby Spice)

Their debut single Wannabe reached number one in 37 countries in 1996 and established them as a global phenomenon

*universally agreed not to be one of 2000 AD‘s finest moments

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No. 31 – Gone With the Wind

Prog 1131’s Nikolai Dante cover by Jason Brashill vs. Howard A. Terpning‘s classic poster for the 1967 re-release of Gone with the Wind (1939)

Although Terpning painted the finished poster, the design was conceived by freelance art director Tom Jung, who also conceived the posters for Star Wars (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), the original theatrical poster for the latter employing a similar pose with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher (1956–2016)).

Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back poster by Roger Kastel (image ©20th Century Fox)

In-depth graphic design analysis of the 1967 Gone with the Wind poster at The Guardian

Art director Tom Jung also features in HoH No. 129
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No. 1 – Bat Out of Hell

Bat Out of Hell image ©Cleveland International/Epic

Jason Brashill’s Judge Dredd Mega Special 1996 cover v Richard Corben’s cover for Meat Loaf’s [Michael (born Marvin) Lee Aday] classic 1977 album Bat Out of Hell

The Bat Out of Hell trilogy of albums consists of Bat Out of HellBat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (MCA Inc./Virgin Records Ltd., 1993) and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose (Mercury/Virgin Records Ltd., 2006). The original Bat Out of Hell remained in the charts for over nine years and still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually.

In 2001, Q magazine listed Corben’s cover No. 71 in its list of The Hundred Best Record Covers of All Time.

Richard Corben also features in HoH No. 211 – Den (& Conan)

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