At the end of 2000AD's first year in print, Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons & Mike McMahon collaborated on this jam cover for 1977's Comics Media News #33, which features Dan Dare, the Harlem Heroes, Judge Dredd, Walter The Wobot, Red Sonja, Spider-Man, Green Lantern & Wonder Woman. Inside, the fanzine’s editor Richard Burton took the chance to laud the new British comic and wrote;
"… I thought it would be fun to feature some sort of confrontation between the "old" and the "new" guys. As is my wont, I mentioned this in conversation to Dave Gibbons and Brian Bolland at a comic mart and, fortunately, they seemed to like the idea. At that time, it was planned to have one artist do the whole thing. When I later met Mike McMahon it was suddenly clear that, between all of them, three of 2000AD’s top strips were covered … Brian Bolland was responsible for laying out the whole thing and drawing the Marvel and DC characters in the foreground. Dave Gibbons then added Dan Dare and the two Harlem Heroes. Making his debut in CMN and in front of fandom is Mike McMahon, who rendered Judge Dredd and his loyal servo-robot Walter."
A Brian Bolland ad for the New York branch of Forbidden Planet, from 1981’s Amazing Heroes #6. I may be wrong, but I think this once disposable example of well-wrought merchandise is now available as a rather expensive and somewhat massive poster. What were once vices, etc etc …
A Brian Bolland cartoon of Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan The Barbarian. One of the pleasures of leafing through old fanzines is in unexpectedly coming across such early work by now esteemed artists. And of course, Conan isn’t a character that’s immediately associated with Mr Bolland. The first Conan movie starring the future Governor of California didn’t arrive until the year after 1980’s BEM #29 appeared, in which this appeared, so there’s a pleasing sense of BB as fan as well as professional at play here.
A Brian Bolland Joker, a George Perez Starfire, a Mike McMahon Judge Cal, a John Bolton King Kull, an Alan Weiss/Joe Rubenstein Namor, a Steve Dillon Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer, a John Byrne Captain America, a Gary Leach Hulk, and a couple of artist’s contributions that I can’t be certain of; this was the jam that featured on the centre-pages ad for Wolverhampton’s long-defunct comic shop The Place in 1985’s Fantasy Advertiser #92. I wish I could feature the whole advert, but I fear my budget-photocopier can’t cope with two whole sides of A4. (My thanks to sebpatrick - here - for gently pointing out I’d missed the Byrne Cap. The signature is quite plain on the page; I fear I just forgot to type it out.)