2000AD just turned 40, so here’s a list of 40 must-read stories

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BORAG THUNG EARTHLETS! For four decades, some of the wildest comic book stories ever told have sprung out of the hundreds of “progs” published by 2000AD. If you’re familiar with the name, then you’re more than likely familiar with its star series that stars a certain lawman of the future by the name of Judge Dredd.

But 2000AD is more than just a vehicle for stories set in Mega City One. Over the years, comic book artists and writers have cut their teeth working on the British magazine every week, resulting in tales that are wild, unpredictable and quite often way ahead of the curve in the comic book landscape right now. So where does one start reading? Ideally, by hitting eBay and ordering a crate of more than 2000 issues published so far.

But that would take up an absurd amount of space, so Plan B: Graphic novels. You can find pretty much any of these tales up for sale online, whether it be digital or physical collections. Except for Chronocops, which was only a single five page story to begin with, but holy crap it was brilliant. Anyway, in no particular order except alphabetical, here’s a list of 2000AD progs that your eyeballs deserve:

  • ABC Warriors
  • Age of the Wolf
  • Anderson: Psi Division
  • Al’s Baby
  • Armitage
  • Armoured Gideon
  • Bad Company
  • The Ballad of Halo Jones
  • The Bendatti Vendetta
  • Big Dave
  • Chiaroscuro
  • Chopper
  • DeFoe
  • D.R and Quinch
  • Devlin Waugh
  • Durham Red
  • Flesh
  • Future Shocks
  • Harlem Heroes
  • Hewligan’s Haircut
  • Indigo Prime
  • Judge Dredd
  • Judge Hershey
  • Kingdom
  • Leviathan
  • London Falling
  • Missionary Man
  • Nemesis the Warlock
  • Nikolai Dante
  • The Red Seas
  • Rogue Trooper
  • Sinister Dexter
  • Slaine
  • Strontium Dog
  • The Ten Seconders
  • Time Twisters: Chronocops
  • Tyranny Rex
  • Young Middenface
  • Zenith
  • Zombo

Top picks from me personally? Devlin Waugh, Slaine and Zenith are well worth a read. But for a solid swashbuckling adventure that has a definitive beginning, middle and end I’d say go for too cool to kill Nikolai Dante. Here’s to forty years of some of the best damn comic book stories ever printed, and to another four decades of Thragg’s almighty rule within 2000AD!

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