Saturday, 22 February 2014

The Galaxy's Greatest Top 10 Lists...

A few days ago I was flicking thru my 2000AD collection and inside the 1989 Judge Dredd annual I was pleasantly surprised to come across a set of Top 10 Lists put together by the 2000AD staff - top ten films, books, albums and so on. I'm a bit of a list junkie so I thought these might be interesting to share, especially the selection of favourite films. I would have been about 11 years old when my Mom bought me this annual, so I can't imagine something like Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and Vanishing Point making a big impression on me, but I'd like to think I was filing these titles away in the back of my mind for later...

The lists also feature a roll-call of favourite records and it would be nice to imagine the 2000AD staff knuckling down to fulfill a deadline while The Stooges and The Fall were belting out of the office hi-fi. Interestingly, Crisis, a 2000AD spin off which emerged in 1988 for more mature readers, featured a number of music references throughout its run, from Dead Kennedys to Napalm Death, but two of my favorites include a nod to Throbbing Gristle in Crisis #1 ("Hamburger Lady"), while in Crisis #6 a character is seen reciting the words to a Coil song playing of a nearby stereo ("See the black sun rise from the solar lodge").


  1. Hey Wes, interesting post. The thing that shouts out to me is Grant Morrison being a Terry and June fan, the mind boggles!

  2. Hey Mart. Yeah, that's funny, God, Terry and June, dreadful comedy ! The TV list is a real time capsule - I'd completely forgotten about the likes of World In Action and St. Elsewhere ! For what its worth, I was a huge Miami Vice fan back in 1989...

  3. Fantastic scans, I really love seeing this, especially as I didn't get into Dredd until around 1992-1993. The TV stuff definitely sticks out as just being some of the oddly popular shows, but the music and film choices are spot on. Thanks for sharing these!