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.

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Art by Cliff Robinson

1979
Story Title Parts Pages
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Covers
Year(s) Issues Writer Artist Colourist Letterer
Cold Kill 1 3 0 1979 94 Mike Cruden Garry Leach [b&w] Peter Knight
Brain Drain 1 4 0 1979 95 Steve Moore Ron Tiner [b&w] Peter Knight
The End of the Universe? 1 2 0 1979 96 Gary Rice Brett Ewins [b&w] Peter Knight
Dear Mum 1 1.5 0 1979 97 John Richardson John Richardson [b&w] Peter Knight
The Four-Legged Man 1 1.5 0 1979 98 Mike Cruden Mike Dorey [b&w] Peter Knight
Linked to [Alec Trench]A Close Encounter of the Fatal Kind
1 6 0 1979
Reprints:

2KA'91
M402 (supplement)
102
Alan Grant Carlos Ezquerra [b&w] Peter Knight
Together 1 3 0 1979 108 John Higgins John Higgins [b&w] John Aldrich
Sacrifice 1 7 0 1979 109 Alan Hebden Mike White [b&w] Jack Potter
First Encounter 1 2 0 1979 SFS2 Oleh Stepaniuk Alan Craddock [b&w] S. Richards
The Last Jungle in the World 1 4 0 1979 SFS2 Alan Grant N. Neocleous [b&w] Peter Knight
Colin's Dream 1 2 0 1979 116 Chris Stevens Massimo Belardinelli [b&w] Peter Knight
Hand of Friendship 1 1.5 0 1979 117 John Richardson John Richardson [b&w] Peter Knight
No supertitle.Benny's Tale
1 5 0 1979 2KA'80 unknown David Jackson <-- unknown
No supertitle.Going Straight
1 5 0 1979 2KA'80 unknown Jose Luis Ferrer [b&w] unknown
No supertitle.Programmed to Destroy
1 8 0 1979 DDA'80 unknown Massimo Belardinelli [greyscale] unknown
No supertitle.The Prisoner of Xendor
1 6 0 1979 SLA'80 unknown unknown <-- unknown
Time Trap 1 3 0 1979 135 Roy Preston John Cooper [b&w] Paul Bensberg
1980
A Holiday in Hell 1 5 0 1980 SFS3 Alan Moore Dave Harwood [b&w] Tom Frame
Linked to Tharg the MightyThe Mumps From Beyond the Moon
1 5 0 1980 2KA'81 Alan Grant Robin Smith [b&w] Jack Potter
Duel in the Dunes 1 6 0 1980 2KA'81 Oleh Stepaniuk Rob Moran [spot color] John Aldrich
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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
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2000735
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20021262
2003631
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200515
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