Each issue of 2000AD was called a 'programme' (later to be shortened to 'prog'.
This first issue featured five stories:
Flesh was a story set in both the future and the past, where future man have exhausted their supplies of fresh meat, so have used time-travel to send herders back to the age of the dinosaurs to round up prehistoric meat sources.
There was M.A.C.H.1 - Man Activated by Compu-puncture Hyperpower, about as contrived an acronym as you could wish for. This was about a man named John Probe imbued with super-powers and a computer brain by a government scientific experiment. The character clearly owed a lot to the American TV series The Six Million Dollar Man, which had been airing since 1974 and was hugely popular at the time.
Completing the line-up was Harlem Heroes, a futuristic sports strip about an African-American aeroball team, apparently loosely inspired by the Harlem Globetrotters. Aeroball, was a bit like basketball, but played with jet-packs, and all the body contact of ice-hockey.
Harlem Heroes was the only strip not to get a mention on the cover. It was mostly given over to the free gift, but the other four strips all got a mention somewhere around the perimeter. Kevin O'Neill was the artist.
Behind the ScenesEdit
The launch prog sold approximately 220,000 copies.
Though he didn't appear in a story, Judge Dredd did appear in an advert in this prog.
- Welcome to your Future!
- Invasion!: The Resistance Part One
- Flesh: Book One Part One
- Dan Dare: The Biogs Part One
- Meet Tharg
- M.A.C.H.1: Vulcan Part One
- Harlem Heroes: Harlem Heroes Part One