Comic Archive: Beyond 2000 AD
Edited David McDonald,
Ireland has a very interesting comic fanzine tradition, with Tony Roche in Dublin producing some in the 1960’s. David McDonald has released Beyond 2000AD a fabulous zine, full of interviews, artwork that has previously been considered lost or even unseen, and some smashing articles.
Published under the Comic Archive imprint through Hibernia, this is a decent 68 pages of lovingly researched material.
McDonald decided to focus on 2000AD with this zine as he explains ‘Outside of 2000AD there is very little discussion on British comic, and Comic Archive intends to shine a light on the lesser know parts of British comics and creators.’
Richard Burton, who wasn’t interviewed for 2000AD’s Thrill Power Overload is interviewed here, and Kelvin Gosnell was on board for the Starlord and Tornado pieces, so in a way, the account given of these two comics is probably as accurate as it gets. McDonald even found the logo ‘Heroes’ that Tornado was going to be.
Some of the gems include a reprinting of ‘Scatha’ an eight part Newspaper strip by Pat Mills and Glenn Fabry that was published in 1987 in the News on Sunday, a left wing newspaper that only lasted a couple of months.
Other interesting art includes some that was censored from the final episodes of ‘Inferno’, some unseen Kevin O’Neil and a very interesting two page RPG comic, by Pat Mills and Ian Gibson, entitled Masquer also from the News on Sunday.
It is indeed an excellent selection of articles and interviews, and some very welcome artwork and images. For fans of the great names in 2000AD, it is quite amazing to see unpublished, or rare work, and have it be so accessible.
McDonald explained that more Comic Archives were planned, but that they take time, unsurprisingly. In many ways, there is a very seriously well-researched aspect to this zine, in actual fact it feels like a fanzine meeting a historical journal on comics.