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Appearing in "Robo-Hunter: The Beast of Blackheart Manor (part 4)"

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Villains:

  • The foul Beast of Blackheart
  • Talbot the butler
  • Robo-knights

Other characters:

  • Police sergeant

Location:

Items:

  • Sam's blaster

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for "Robo-Hunter: The Beast of Blackheart Manor (part 4)"

Sam Slade's day goes from bad to worse as the Beast strikes! Left to his own devices, Hoagy tries to assist the police with their investigation but ends up being abducted by Talbot the sinister butler instead.

Appearing in "Tharg's Future Shocks: Alec Trench — Zombie! (part 1)"

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Villains:

  • Frankenstein

Other characters:

  • Igor
  • Constable Macnab

Location:

  • London, February 1986

Items:

  • Resurrector machine (gathers potent cosmic rays)

Vehicles:

  • Police cars

Synopsis for "Tharg's Future Shocks: Alec Trench — Zombie! (part 1)"

A descendant of Baron Frankenstein uses a 'resurrector machine' to harness the energy of a comet and raise an army of zombies. Among them is the mouldering corpse of one Trench, A., aspiring author (deceased).

Appearing in "Judge Dredd: The Apocalypse War (part 19)"

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  • War-Marshal 'Mad Dog' Kazan
  • Kadet Izaaks

Other characters:

  • Leaders of Mega-City Two and Texas City
  • Judge Macintyre
  • Judge Underhill
  • Judge Ocks (part of Dredd's crack squad)
  • Judge Kwan (ditto)
  • Judge Costa (ditto)

Locations:

Items:

  • Bandages (on Dredd's torso)

Vehicles:

  • Lawmasters

Synopsis for "Judge Dredd: The Apocalypse War (part 19)"

Refugees from Mega-City One stream into the Cursed Earth; Maria is cured of Block Mania; Dredd assembles a crack team of Judges to take the fight to East-Meg One.

Appearing in "Ace Trucking Co.: Last Lug to Abbo Dabbo (part 4)"

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  • One of the crew of the Bloo Maru

Other characters:

  • Chugger Blinx, a missing lugger

Locations:

  • Space

Items:

  • Kiffee and boskits (traditional end to any decent meal)

Vehicles:

  • Bloo Maru
  • Speedo Ghost

Synopsis for "Ace Trucking Co.: Last Lug to Abbo Dabbo (part 4)"

On board the abandoned space clipper Bloo Maru, Ace and his crew are all as high as kites, thanks to the influence of a psychotropic drug. Feek and his new friend go for a ride on a sledge pulled by pig-rats, while Ace and G.B.H. play a game of crucket (sic). But the revelry is interrupted by an alarming discovery: a hold containing dozens of missing pilots, apparently in suspended animation. (One of them looks just like Massimo Belardinelli.)

Appearing in "The Mean Arena"

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Supporting characters:

  • Ryk Rogan
  • Napoleon Jones
  • Hangman
  • Brazen
  • Sourpuss

Villains:

  • Mysterious cloaked figure

Other characters:


Locations:

  • Northallerton, 2025 AD

Items:

  • Blastmaster
  • Las-stiks

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for "The Mean Arena"

Matt Tallon fights androids in a graveyard and exchanges quips with the mysterious cloaked man controlling them. Unfortunately, the wise-cracking controller is killed by Hangman before he can be questioned. Brazen is tardy in answering Matt's distress call — could she be in league with the deadly robots? Meanwhile, there is still an actual game of street football going on, and the opposition are closing in on the Slayers' goal.

Notes

Published by Fleetway on 8th May 1982. Sold for 16p in the UK.

Trivia

  • Also contains letters and pictures from readers in the Nerve Centre.
  • The centre spread showcases some of the cards sent in by readers to celebrate the fifth birthday of 2000 AD.
  • The back cover is the final part of a 'Total War' poster based on the world of the Rogue Trooper.


Recommended reading

Some of these stories are also collected in trade paperbacks.

Links and references

The official website of 2000 AD includes an online shop.

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