No. 183 – Sagrada Família

Halls of Justice on Deadworld from the Judge Dredd story Judge Death Lives (progs 224228 (1981)) written by John Wagner and Alan Grant and drawn by Brian BollandSagrada Família basilica in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926)

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família [from the Catalan: “Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family”], a minor basilica* in the Catalan modernisme style combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms, has been officially under construction since 1882 [136 years, at time of entry post], with less than a quarter of the building having been completed by the time of the architect’s death in 1926. Completion of the structure is said to be expected mañana.

*Proclaimed a minor basilica – as distinct from a cathedral – by Pope Benedict XVI when he consectrated the building in 2010


No. 108 – Skreemer!

Judge Dredd Mega-Special 1991 cover by Dean Ormston vs. Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X (1953, Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, US) by Francis Bacon (1909–1992)

Bacon created around 50 variants of Velázquez’s painting, having only viewed the original once before putting brush to canvas.


No. 6 – The Killing Joke

The Killing Joke ©Warner Bros.

Frazer Irving’s limited edition subscriber’s cover* for Judge Dredd Megazine 211 v Batman: The Killing Joke (DC Comics, 1988) cover by Brian Bolland

The tag line “Portrait of a Ssserial Killer!” is an homage to the critically acclaimed film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (Greycat Films, 1986)

*Interesting making-of page at Barney’s Cover Zone (scroll down)

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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