2000 AD in Stages

Tharg's Future Shocks

Rebranded in the year 2000 as just "Future Shocks" (after the long hiatus of Tharg during his ousting by the Vector 13 crowd), these are a staple of 2000 AD - a place to tell a short, one-off thrill.

Sometimes things don't quite fit in the bracket of being either futuristic or having a particularly twisty ending (or even neatly fitting in a single episode), so the one-off idea is also served either without any branding, or as (with varying longevity) Ro-Jaws' Robo-Tales, Tharg's Time Twisters, Tharg's Dragon Tales, Tales From Beyond Science, Terror Tales, Vector 13, Pulp Sci-Fi, Tales of Telguuth or Past Imperfect. A modern take on the idea has been to do specifically three-parters under the Tharg's 3rillers banner. The Dreddverse gets similarly served with the sporadic Tales From Mega-City One and more successful Tales From the Black Museum.

1977 1978 1979-1980 1981 1982 1983-1984 1985 1986
1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992-1993 1994-2000 2001
2002-2003 2004-2007 2008-2011 2012-2014 2015-2017 2018-2020 2021

Art by Cliff Robinson

Story Title Parts Pages
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Covers
Year(s) Issues Writer Artist Colourist Letterer
King of the World 1 3 0 1977 25 Steve Moore Blasquez <-- 2pp, [b&w] Tom Frame
Food for Thought 1 2.5 0 1977 26 Steve Moore Horacio Lalia <-- 2pp, [b&w] Jack Potter
First Contact 1 3 0 1977 27 Alan Hebden Medraho <-- 2pp, [b&w] John Aldrich
No supertitle.Hunted
1 3 0 1977 2KA'78 unknown Kevin O'Neill [b&w] unknown
No supertitle.The Monsters
1 4 0 1977 2KA'78 unknown Keith Page [b&w] unknown
No supertitle.The Symbiote
1 8 0 1977 2KA'78 unknown unknown [b&w] unknown
Wings 1 2 0 1977 28 Kevin O'Neill Kevin O'Neill [b&w] Peter Knight
Just Like Home 1 3 0 1977 29 Peter Harris Ron Turner [b&w] Peter Knight
[Beautiful World] 1 2.5 0 1977 30 unknown Ron Turner [b&w] Peter Knight
A Promised Land 1 3 0 1977
Reprints:

SFS7
31
unknown Horacio Lalia [b&w] Peter Knight
Excursion 1 4 0 1977 32-33 Peter Harris
As Panacomics.
Horacio Lalia
[b&w]
Jack Potter: 1
Peter Knight: 2
various
Fangs 1 3.5 0 1977
Reprints:

2KA'85
34
Chris Lowder Carlos Ezquerra [b&w] John Aldrich
The Ultimate Warrior 1 3 0 1977 35 Robert Flynn Marzal Canos [b&w] Peter Knight
[Play Pool] 1 1.5 0 1977 36 Kelvin Gosnell Kevin O'Neill [b&w] Peter Knight
Robot Repairs 1 5 0 1977 37-38 Robert Flynn
Brett Ewins
Brendan McCarthy
various
[b&w] John Aldrich
[Space Prospector] 1 2 0 1977 40 Martin Lock Trevor Goring [b&w] Peter Knight
The Runts 1 3 0 1977 41 Steve Moore Pat Wright [b&w] Peter Knight
[Time Past] 1 1.5 0 1977 42 Martin Lock Jose Luis Ferrer [b&w] Peter Knight
[Killer Car] 1 4 0 1977 45 Robert Flynn Mike Dorey [b&w] Tom Frame
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19771961.5
19783181
19791764.5
1980316
198137157
19822996
1983617.5
19842264
19852268.5
19862277
19873087
19882885
198932116
19901346
19911671
19921042
19931050
1994423
1995735
199600
199700
199800
199900
2000735
200120100
20021262
2003631
2004840
200515
2006525
2007420
2008630
2009630
2010626
2011417
2012416
2013416
2014937
2015625
2016416
2017728
2018731
2019730
20201047
2021734

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