2000 AD in Stages

The Mean Arena

Parkour meets Rollerball. In a hyper-violent, near-future, close-combat, team sport: star player Matt Tallon seeks revenge for his brother's suspicious death. Where Harlem Heroes focussed on the team, this wisely has a central hero and a dramatic question, with other members of the team sketched in as needed. There's a theory that this may have been cribbed from the novel Killerbowl.

The 90s outing (minus the "The") is not a reboot or a retcon: just a brand new story that uses the same name. This is more like Gladiators (the tele show) crossed with that spikey platform from Flash Gordon, but not as exciting as either of them (together or alone).

The Mean Arena
(1980-1982)
Mean Arena
(1993)

Art by Steve Dillon, then Anthony Williams

Story Title Parts Pages
w indicates a
wraparound cover
Covers
Year(s) Issues Writer Artist Colourist Letterer
[Wakefield Warriors] 5 19 0 1980
Reprints:

X26 (skips page 1)
178-180,182-183
Tom Tully John Richardson [b&w]
Peter Knight: 1‑4
Bill Nuttall: 5
various
[Florida Fiends] 4 16
187: Dave Gibbons
1
1980
Reprints:

X26
184-187
Tom Tully John Richardson [b&w] Peter Knight
[The Southampton Sharks] 10 40 0 1980-1981
Reprints:

X26
191-194,197-202
Tom Tully
John Richardson: 10‑15, 18
Steve Dillon: 16‑17
Johnny Johnstone: 19
various
[b&w]
Peter Knight: 10‑11, 13, 16‑18
Tony Jacob: 12, 14
Steve Potter: 15
Bill Nuttall: 19
various
[The Jensens] 6 25 0 1981
Reprints:

X26
218-223
Tom Tully Steve Dillon [b&w] Peter Knight
[The Penzance Riggers] 6 24
226: Steve Dillon
1
1981
Reprints:

X27
226-229,234-235
Tom Tully Eric Bradbury [b&w]
Peter Knight: 1‑3, 5‑6
Bill Nuttall: 4
various
[The Salford Slicers] 3 12 0 1981
Reprints:

X27
236-238
Tom Tully
Mike White: 1
Eric Bradbury: 2‑3
various
[b&w]
Peter Knight: 1, 3
Tony Jacob: 2
various
[Edinburgh Executioners] 8 32
243: Mike White
1
1981-1982
Reprints:

X27
239-244,246-247
Tom Tully Mike White [b&w]
Peter Knight: 1‑7
Tony Jacob: 8
various
[The Oxford Invaders] 9 36
248: Brian Bolland
1
1982
Reprints:

X27
248-251,253-255,258-259
A. Ridgeway: 1‑2, 4‑9
Tom Tully: 3
various
Mike White [b&w]
Peter Knight: 1, 3‑9
Tony Jacob: 2
various
[The Allerton Ants] 7 33 0 1982
Reprints:

X28
261-267
A. Ridgeway Mike White [b&w] Peter Knight
[Mother Vlad's Vampires] 11 42
279: Mike White
1
1982
Reprints:

X28
268-277,279
A. Ridgeway Mike White [b&w] Peter Knight
[The Video Game] 3 12 0 1982
Reprints:

X28
280-282
A. Ridgeway
Jim Eldridge: 1
Mike White: 2‑3
various
[b&w] Peter Knight
>> Posters <<
Star Pin‑Up.Matt Talon … Shadow of the Slayers
1 1 0 1981 210 n/a Steve Dillon <-- n/a
Star Pin‑Up.Brazen of the Mean Arena
1 1 0 1982 267 n/a Mike White <-- n/a
>> Features <<
Design a Team for … The Mean Arena 1 2 0 1981 219 editorial Readers' Art [b&w] n/a
The Mean Arena 1 2 0 1981 2KA'82 editorial reprints [b&w] n/a
Designs in Action 1 2 0 1982 2KA'83 T.M.O. reprints [b&w] n/a
>> Floating Covers <<
Balls of Steel! ~ ~ 0 2008 X26 n/a Neil Googe Jim Charalampidis n/a
Into the Thames Valley of Death ~ ~ 0 2008 X27 n/a Simon Davis <-- n/a
Blockbuster ~ ~ 0 2008 X28 n/a Mark Harrison <-- n/a
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