No. 191 – The Valley of Gwangi

The Valley Of Gwangi image ©Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, Inc.

Flesh from prog 1 (1977) written by Pat Mills and drawn by Joan Boix Solà-Segalés v The Valley Of Gwangi* (1969)

Gwangi was originally conceived by special effects and stop-motion animation pioneer Willis O’Brien (1886–1962), responsible for King Kong (RKO Radio Pictures, 1933), and the shelved production was revived by his acolyte Ray Harryhausen (1920–2013). It was to be Harryhausen’s last dinosaur-themed film, and was released with little studio promotion or fanfare at a time when audiences’ interest in monster movies was on the wane; and while not exactly a classic, it does pop up in cultural references from time-to-time; Steven Spielberg notably paying it homage in a scene in Jurassic Park (Universal Pictures, 1993) where the tyrannosaur appears suddenly and snatches up a fleeing ornithomimus.

The design of the infamous Fleshdozer appearing in the 2000 AD story – a nightmarish robotic contraption employed by Trans-Time Corp. to covert** dinosaurs into meat for transport to the future – is often thought to be a swipe, but as Angus McKie, the artist who painted a similar robot for the cover of Harry Harrison’s† (1925–2012) War with the Robots (Pyramid Books, 1962, [1976 ed.]), worked as a colourist on 2000 AD anyway, it’s really only been borrowed with permission.

*Poster by Frank McCarthy (1924–2002)
**Having first “humanely” stunned them
†Of Stainless Steel Rat fame, featured in HoH No.59

No. 187 – Spider-Judge No More

2000 AD FCBD 2014 cover featuring Judge Dredd by Henry Flint v classic panel from Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man #50* (1967) written by Stan Lee (1922–2018), pencilled by John Romita Jr. and inked by Mike Esposito (1927–2010)

One of the most beloved and copied panels in comics history, the cover for this particular Spider-Man issue was also used as a reference for The Incredible Hulk (Universal, 2008) theatrical poster.

Also featured in the 2000 AD FCBD 2014 issue is an homage to Marvel’s Galactus, located in HoH here; and the 2000 AD FCBD 2017 issue, also featuring a Marvel comics homage on its cover, is located in HoH here. Marvel homages on 2000 AD covers for FCBD seem to be bit of a thing.

*The Amazing Spider-Man #50 also featured the fist appearance of the character Kingpin