2000AD, Treasury of British Collections and Specials – 2020

Last Updated: Friday 23rd October 2020

Latest Update: Transferred all known 2021 Releases to a separate page

A guide to all announced 2000AD and Treasury of British Collections and Specials for 2020. Links where available are AmazonUK Affiliate Links – using these helps support downthetubes, thank you

Check out our guide to all Roy of the Rovers collections, new books and graphic novels here

JANUARY 2020 RELEASES

Third World War - Cover

Third World War
Pat Mills, Carlos Ezquerra, Angela Kincaid, D’Israeli
ISBN: 9781781087510
Out: Now
UK £19.99 // US $24.99
Pages: // Paperback

Using brand new scans of the original artwork supplied by the family of the late Carlos Ezquerra, this definitive collection of Pat Mills and Carlos Ezquerra’s ground-breaking, highly-political comic book classic of global capitalism, rebellion and exploitation is collected in its entirety for the very first time! Eve is unemployed after leaving university and is immediately conscripted as a soldier working for a corporation and discovers just how South American countries are being exploited to create food needed to feed the increasing population for their profit under the guise of western paternalism.

Third World War is suffused with economic, political, and social issues, and deals with ever-more prescient issues around capitalism and global politics. Ezquerra’s painted colour artwork is a highlight of his long and distinguished career. A truly anti-establishment graphic novel from the late 1980s, this is unlike anything else published by the Treasury of British Comics so far.

• Read Luke Williams review of Third World War

Billy's Boots - Final Cover

Billy’s Boots
Fred Baker, Colin Page, Mike Western, Tom Kerr, Bill Lacey
ISBN: 9781781086711
Out Now
UK £14.99
Pages: 120 // Hardcover

A brand-new restoration paperback of one of the most popular football comic strips ever produced! Young Billy Dane was one of the most passionate football fans at Bingley Road Junior school… unfortunately he was also one of the worst players! Then, one afternoon, Billy’s grandmother got him to clean out her attic and Billy finds a pair of old fashioned football boots that belonged to ‘Dead-Shot’ Keen – a famous centre forward who once played for England.

Perfect for nostalgic gift purchase for dads, this is the beginning of the popular serial that ran for over 20 years . A brilliant companion comic to the new Roy of the Rovers comics and fiction, these fantasy infused sports stories are sure to delight and surprise.

FEBRUARY 2020 RELEASES

Battle Stations: War Picture Library

War Picture Library: Battle Stations
Donne Avenell, Hugo Pratt
ISBN: 9781781087527
Out Now
UK £14.99 // US $19.99
Pages: 64 // Hardcover

The first in a major series of new collections bringing the long lost UK war comics of Italian art maestro Hugo Pratt to the public in stunning new editions. Two brothers of differing rank have to make extraordinary sacrifices in the line of the toughest duty. This is a true story of courage under fire; a high-octane story of a blistering World War Two naval battle.

All illustrated by Hugo Pratt, one of the world’s most renowned comic book artists. This thrilling war picture story marks the beginning of the Treasury of British Comics mission to return all of Pratt’s UK work to print and is published in an oversized format befitting the importance of his incredible and highly influential artwork.

Part of a new ‘War Picture Library’ series showcasing the finest combat comics illustrated by legendary and iconic artists, this oversize book highlights the extraordinary the artwork of the international comics luminary and creator of Corto Maltese.

• Read our Advance Review of War Picture Library: Battle Stations

MARCH 2020 RELEASES

Judge Dredd - Mechanismo: Machine Law

Judge Dredd – Mechanismo: Machine Law
John Wagner, John McCrea, Colin MacNeil
ISBN: 9781781087541
Out Now
UK £10.99 // US 13.99
Pages: 96 // Paperback

A buddy cop tale like no other! Man and mechanismo, on the mean streets of Mega-City One. The next chapter in the legendary Judge Dredd epic, penned by incomparable Judge Dredd co-creator John Wagner! With art by renowned DC Comics artist John McCrea (Deadpool, Wonder Woman), this is the new blockbuster collection from Judge Dredd’s co-creator.

With Mega-City one eating Judges faster than they can be replaced, the Justice Department prepares once more to trial a radical solution for their manpower shortage: The Mark-8 RV Mechanismo unit, robotic judges programmed to deal with everything the city can throw at them.

Judge Dredd has never hidden his feelings on robot Judges, but the responsive, resilient and ultimately expendable machines may be the answer to the justice department’s problems. Dredd is ordered to put aside his prejudices and conduct an assessment with one of the latest models, nicknamed HARVEY…

The Rise and Fall of The Trigan Empire Volume One

The Rise and Fall of The Trigan Empire Volume 1
Mike Butterworth, Don Lawrence
ISBN: 9781781087558
Out Now
UK £19.99 // US $24.99
Pages: 304 // Paperback

The Trigan Empire was a landmark 1960s science fiction series which rivalled Game of Thrones in popularity and was the precursor to every mythic sci-fi adventure to come! Under the leadership of Trigo, the Vorg tribesmen band together to resist the Lokan invaders, forming a new country, The Trigan Empire.

This is the epic story of its rise and fall. Featuring an extraordinary combination of the Roman Empire and ancient Greece, Trigo’s story is told in ground breaking fully painted artwork. Originally published in Ranger magazine, it transferred to the hugely popular Look and Learn where it ran for over a decade.

This is the first in a series collecting all the stories painted by the legendary Don Lawrence.

The Incredible Adventures of Janus Stark - Cover

The Incredible Adventures of Janus Stark Volume 2
Written by Tom Tully, Various Artists
Out Now – Treasury of British Comics Exclusive
Pages: 48, Perfect Bound

A perfect-bound 48-page magazine showcasing one of the forgotten heroes of the heyday of British comics – a rubber-boned Victorian escapologist capable of incredible feats of agility and able to squeeze through the smallest gaps!

Janus Stark is an escapologist in Victorian London who appears to be a simple music hall act, but who privately uses his extraordinary abilities to battle crime and injustice. With an unusually flexible bone structure, he’s able him to get out of an astonishing variety of tight situations at will, all the while either dressed in a three-piece suit or with his shirt off – a unique, unusual, and quintessentially British character.

This is second in a series of specials from Rebellion bringing classic British heroes out of the archive and back onto the page and follows the company’s acquisition of the vast IPC back catalogue in 2017, creating the world’s biggest archive of English-language comics and encompassing more than a century of comic book publishing.

• Read our Janus Stark Profile Feature
• Check out foreign language collections of Janus Stark on AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)

APRIL 2020 RELEASES

Kingmaker: A World Lost

Kingmaker: A World Lost
Ian Edginton, Leigh Gallagher
ISBN: 9781781087572
Out: Now
UK £14.99 // US $19.99
Pages: 144 // Paperback

The Magic is Gathering! The inhabitants of the nine kingdoms fought hard to liberate their world from the tyranny of Ichnar the Wraith King. Little did they suspect that a greater threat would soon fall upon them in the form of the Thorn – a race of aliens intent on strip mining all of the magic from the world.

Now old enemies have formed an alliance – Wizard Ablard, ork Crixus and the dryad Princess Yarrow have set aside their differences and are seeking to use the Ebora world spirit against the invaders…

The first book in a thrilling post-modern fantasy action saga, written by one of 2000AD’s modern masters Ian Edginton (Scarlet TracesBrass Sun).

Masters of British Comic Book Art

Masters of British Comic Art
David Roach
ISBN: 9781781087596
Out: Now
UK £39.99 // US $50
Pages: 384 // Hardcover

This wildly entertaining and educational tome is a journey through the history of British comics – from the birth of the 20th century to the ‘80s invasion of American comics and through to today’s best contemporary artists! A high-production hardcover compendium perfect as a coffee table book or academic encyclopaedia, Masters of British Comics is painstakingly researched.

Behind a brand new cover by superstar artist Brian Bolland, and featuring artwork from a vast number highly-acclaimed artists carefully scanned from original artwork, Masters of British Comic Art is the definitive study and celebration of a beloved industry!

Featuring a Who’s Who of talent, including Brian Bolland, Yvonne Hutton, Dave Gibbons, celebrated greats such as Don Lawrence and lost masters like Reg Bunn and Shirley Bellwood. Author and 2000AD artist David Roach takes us on a journey through time detailing the surprising and fascinating evolution of the art from its humble beginnings to its current world-conquering status.

War Picture Library: Battle of Britain

War Picture Library: Battle of Britain
Ian Kennedy
ISBN: 9781781087794
Out Now
UK £14.99
Pages: 128 // Paperback

The second in the new ‘War Picture Library’ series showcasing the finest combat comics illustrated by legendary and iconic artists. Two true stories of aviation heroism and derring-do – “Never Say Die” and “Steel Bats” – set during the Battle of Britain in 1940 and drawn by comics legend Ian Kennedy!

A talented pilot who never loses his determination to defend his country against immense obstacles both technical and personal. A squadron undertakes heart-stopping missions to combat the intense night-time assaults of the Axis air force. Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Britain comes an enthralling collection of aviation and heroism featuring daredevil pilots and the lengths they go to stop the German Luftwaffe attacking Britain.

The Complete Johnny Future

The Complete Johnny Future
Alf Wallace, Luis Bermejo
ISBN: 9781781087589
Out Now
UK £19.99 // US $24.99
Pages: 208 // Hardcover

Read Peter Duncan’s review of Johnny Future here

One of the most memorable comic strips of the 1960s, which asks the question “What if King Kong became Superman”? This is the complete hardcover collection of breathtaking Pulp adventure comics – beloved by fans and the creators it inspired – Alan Moore among them!

‘The Missing Link’ – a creature of limitless strength, is drawn to Britain in pursuit of an expedition party he encountered in his homeland. The man-ape causes havoc until he accidentally stumbles into an experimental nuclear research facility and is bombarded by radiation. Instead of killing him, the creature evolves into an advanced human. Now possessing a genius mind, super-strength, enhanced senses and the ability to fly, as Johnny Future he protects mankind from such sinister beings as The Master, Disastro, Animal Man and the Secret Society of Scientists.

MAY 2020 RELEASES

Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files #35

Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files #35
John Wagner, Alan Grant, Gordon Rennie, Richard Elson, John Higgins, Ian Gibson, Siku, Ben Willsher, Colin MacNeil, Kevin Walker, Paul Marshall, Cam Kennedy, Carlos Ezquerra
ISBN: 9781781087541
Digital release – Out Now
Standard print edition postponed to 1st October 2020
UK £19.99
Pages: 304 // Paperback

The latest in the smash-hit, best-selling graphic novel series! Almost half a million copies sold! The floating multi-story metropolis of illegal delights known as “Sin City” has anchored outside Mega-City one, and Dredd has seemingly been sent aboard to keep what order can be kept on a lawless floating city.

His real task? Locate Ula Danser, the De-Megification terrorist determined to destroy the Mega-Cities at any cost! But Danser isn’t working alone – Dredd’s old enemy Orlok is coming to meet her, and he’s carrying a cargo intended to pay back everything Dredd did to East-Meg one – with interest!

The latest in the world-wide best-selling, flagship 2000AD graphic novel series which has become a perennial classic. Includes artwork by some of 2000AD’s very best, including Cam Kennedy, Ian Gibson, Carlos Ezquerra, and Marvel artist Kev Walker!

Sláine: The Horned God Collector's Edition

Sláine: The Horned God Collector’s Edition
Pat Mills, Simon Bisley
ISBN: 9781781087626
Digital and webshop-exclusive edition – Out Now
Standard print edition postponed to 3rd September 2020
UK £19.99 // US $24.99 // CAN $33.99
Pages: 208 // Paperback

Rediscover one of the most influential graphic novels ever, with the Sláine: The Horned God – Collector’s Edition. Timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of its first publication, this new, larger edition of the bestselling 2000AD collection, written by industry visionary Pat Mills, features the groundbreaking fully-painted art of comics legend Simon Bisley.

One of the most popular stories ever published in the pages of 2000ADThe Horned God is a heady mix of Celtic mythology, extreme violence, and beautiful artwork. As well as Mills’ fascinating characters and saga-like storytelling, the stunning enormity of Bisley’s work on the series cannot be understated, with epic battles and vast landscapes evoking everything from the work of Frank Frazetta to Gustav Klimt.

This deluxe collector’s edition returns us to the mist-wreathed realm of Tír na nÓg, the ancient land suffering under the dominion of the Drunes; strange druids who have poisoned the land with their magic. Sláine has had enough of their tyranny and, through the Earth Goddess, he learns some shocking truths about the priesthood and his own future. Now Sláine must unite the four kings of Tír na nÓg and use their mystical weapons as he and the Sessair tribe prepare for all-out war!

JUNE 2020 RELEASES

Strontium Dog: Search & Destroy

Strontium Dog Search and Destroy: The Starlord Years
John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra
ISBN: 9781781087657
Digital and webshop-exclusive edition – 11th June
Standard print edition postponed to 12th November 2020
UK £19.99
Pages: 144 // Hardcover

The earliest adventures of one of 2000AD’s greatest series – Strontium Dog – are to be reprinted in colour for the first time in decades. Reprinted with its original colour pages, Strontium Dog: Search and Destroy is a sumptuous hardcover 144-page collection collecting the origins of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s hard-hitting story of prejudice and violence.

Strontium Dog: Search and Destroy brings back into print one of the seminal series of British comics, a science fiction Western that merges everything from time travel to a trip to Hell itself. This new collection is a must for fans and collectors alike, restoring this series to its rightful place as one of the key series in the annals of British comics.

Originally published in Starlord2000AD’s sister comic, these early stories had a profound effect upon readers, including future film director Edgar Wright.

After the comic merged with 2000AD, Johnny Alpha quickly became a fan favourite character and Strontium Dog remains one of the most iconic strips in the history of British comics!

Roy of the Rovers: The Best of the 1970s: The Tiger Years

Roy of the Rovers: The Best of the 1970s: The Tiger Years
Tom Tully, Yvonne Hutton, David Sque
ISBN: 178108792X
11th June 2020
UK £19.99

The best comic strips from the golden age of Roy of the Rovers.

The 1970s was a very turbulent time in Britain. Following the optimism of the 1960s, the country faced a decade of strikes and power cuts. Luckily for the fans of Melchester Rovers, Roy Race and his loyal time mates provided great moments of glory for their fans, starting with European Cup final win in 1973 in the year that the club celebrated its 50th anniversary.

It was the decade in which footballers became real superstars a time when Melchester goalkeeper Charlie Carter had to choose between staying at the club or perusing a burgeoning career as a pop singer. And it was a period when Roy Race truly cemented himself as the heart, soul and brain of the club by taking on the role of player manager.

Concrete Surfer

Concrete Surfer
Pat Mills, Christine Ellingham
ISBN: 9781781087633
Digital and webshop-exclusive edition – 25 June
Standard print edition postponed to 17th September 2020
UK £9.99
Pages: 80 // Paperback

A skateboarding rivalry, timed to coincide with skateboarding’s 2020 Olympic debut! Sent home to Britain after her parents fail to establish a new life in Australia, Jean Everidge is forced to rely on family charity, moving in with her Aunt, Uncle and cousin Carol, successful gymnast, beloved of teachers and pupils alike, and all round charming “top girl”. Jean has one solace left to her – skateboarding, surfing the concrete pavement, while forgetting all her troubles, and feel free.

But Jean’s freestyling talent soon attracts attention, and if there’s one thing Carol can’t stand, it’s being out of the spotlight. With the new skatepark freestyle contest coming up, just how far will Carol go to stay number one?

JULY 2020 RELEASES

War Picture Library: Battler Britton

War Picture Library: Battler Britton
V.A.L. Holding, Hugo Pratt
ISBN: 9781781087664
Digital – 9th July 2020
Standard print edition postponed to June 2021
UK £14.99 // US $19.99 // CAN $26.99
Pages: 64 // Hardcover

In this second book in the series of collections reprinting every story drawn by Hugo Pratt, the Italian art maestro meets one of the most popular British comic book characters: Battler Britton! Battler Britton is a World War Two air ace as skilled a fighter on land as he is in his Spitfire. In 1960, Hugo Pratt drew two of his adventures – “Wagons of Gold” and “Rockets of Revenge” – and they are to be reprinted in graphic novel format for the first time.

These fast-paced adventure stories feature the classic character facing off against the Nazis and this second book continues Rebellion’s mission to bring all of Pratt’s work back into print. Readers of Corto Maltese will love these forgotten classic war stories from the world-renowned comic book artist, published in a format larger than originally published to show off his impressive and universally-lauded artwork.

Judge Dredd - Control

Judge Dredd: Control
Rob Williams, Chris Weston
ISBN: 9781781087770
Digital – 9th July
Print edition postponed to 10th December 2020
UK £14.99 // US $19.99 // CAN $26.99
Pages: 128 // Paperback

Writer Rob Williams follows up his smash hit Judge Dredd: Small House with a brand new collection that sees him at the mercy of Judge Pin – his most sinister opponent since Judge Death! The psychopathic SJS Judge murders officers that fall short of her standards, and Judge Dredd is in her sights in this collection of stories featuring flesh-eating Kleggs, hijacking ape gangs and out of control war robots reprogrammed by insane accountants in tales ranging from deathly serious to outrageously funny, all from one of the most popular contemporary Dredd creative teams – Rob Williams and Chris Weston.

Entirely drawn by Weston, the talented artist for DC Comics (The Filth), Image (Ministry of Space) and Marvel Comics (The Twelve), this storyline is a game changer for the Dredd universe.

AUGUST 2020 TITLES

Hope Under Fire 2

Hope … Under Fire
Guy Adams, Jimmy Broxton
ISBN: 9781781087718
Digital – 20th August
Print edition postponed to 21st January 2021
UK £9.99 // US $9.99 // CAN $12.99
Pages: 64 // Paperback

The second volume of the dazzling 2000AD debut – mixing Hollywood noir and occult magic! In an alternate post-war 1940s Los Angeles, where dark magic is a fact of life, Mallory Hope is a private detective haunted by his past…and by the occult forces he uses. An inspired new classic in the making, a stylish supernatural detective noir for fans of The Fade Out (Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips) and the novels of Raymond Chandler, James Elmore and Dashiell Hammett.

SEPETEMBER 2020 TITLES

Essential Judge Dredd: America

Essential Judge Dredd: America
John Wagner, Garth Ennis, Colin MacNeil, John Higgins
ISBN: 9781781088609
Print and digital – 3rd September 2020
UK £19.99 // US $25 // CAN $34
Pages: 160 // Paperback

Beginning a brand new series of essential stories from one of the greatest ever comic characters, the Essential Judge Dredd is the perfect jumping on point for new readers! In Mega-City One, the Judges are the law – acting as judge, jury, and executioner. But how do the citizens really feel about a system where they are powerless? America Jara and Bennett Beeny grow up as best friends, living a fairly trouble-free life in a dangerous city… bar the odd, negative encounter with a Judge.

Time draws them apart, and when they are brought back together, Beeny is a successful singer and America has become involved with a terrorist organisation known as Total War, which has the Justice Department in its sights! This dark and complex tale is considered to be one of the best stories to ever come out of the Judge Dredd universe. Now it has been contextualised with contemporarily thematic stories and recoloured art by John Higgins (Watchmen).

OCTOBER 2020 TITLES

The Dracula Files - Rebellion Publishing Cover by Chris Weston

The Dracula File
Paperback edition
Print edition – 1 October 2020

COUNT DRACULA GOES BATTY FOR BRITISH BLOOD!

Fleeing vampire hunters from behind the iron Curtain, Count Dracula returns to Great Britain with an unquenchable thirst for blood! Unable to accept that the supernatural defector has slipped through his fingers, Rumanian KGB officer Stakis decides to defy his disbelieving superiors and destroy the unholy horror that has plagued the world for centuries. Will 1980s London become the Count’s permanent, new feeding ground?

Written by 2000AD stalwart Gerry Finley-Day and featuring Eric Bradbury’s nightmarish vision of horror’s greatest icon, The Dracula File is a book that you can really sink your teeth into!

The Thirteenth Floor Volume Two

The Thirteenth Floor Volume Two
John Wagner, Jose Ortiz
ISBN: 9781781087725
Print and digital – 15th October 2020
UK £14.99
Pages: 176 // Paperback

Collecting the darkly comical series from the pages of Eagle, this second volume of the hugely popular The Thirteenth Floor continues the misadventures of the murderous machine A.I., Max!

The Thirteenth Floor exists in Maxwell Tower – an experimental tower block run by an A.I. called Max who looks after his tenants and take revenge on those who threaten them by sending them to The Thirteenth Floor – a place where nightmare and reality become one!

This second collection of the popular series which began in Scream! and continued in Eagle carries the story further into the 1980s, with the authorities becoming more aware of Max’s out of control vindictiveness, and their attempts to shut him down.

NOVEMBER 2020 TITLES

Faceache Volume One: The First Hundred Scrunges - Final Cover

Faceache Volume 1: The First 100 Scrunges
Paperback edition
Print edition – 12th November 2020

Ken Reid is consistently name-checked by the greats of comics – from Alan Moore to Kevin O’Neill, John Wagner to Pat Mills – for his unique art that is matched only by his enduring sense of humour. 

Befitting his status as one of the all-too-forgotten greats of British comics, with some strips by others, here’s his timeless Faceache – the humorous adventures of Ricky Rubberneck, the boy with a “bendable bonce” whose skin stretches like rubber. 

At will, he can scrunge his face into anything, whether it’s mimicking others or turning into monstrous creatures – but always coming a cropper!

Steel yourselves for some jazzy, classic action adventure from the Treasury of British Comics. Sharper than Bond, cooler than The Saint – the indefatigable British spy John Steel is back, as Rebellion recalls another of its classic characters from the golden age of spy fiction back into action – for a 128-page comic book special out in November 2020.

The John Steel Files 
Out: 11th November 2020

The John Steel Files - Cover

The John Steel Files will collect two Steel stories featuring stunning art from legendary artist Luis Bermejo, who drew later episodes of Eagle‘s classic strip “Heros the Spartan” in the 1960s, and, in US comics, worked on titles such as Creepy and Vampirella.

While Book Palace have published limited edition black and white collections of John Steel, this Rebellion project offers two never-before-reprinted comics, coloured by breakout colourist Pippa Bowland (2000AD), with a brand new cover by V. V. Glass (The Last Witch).

• The John Steel Files lands on 11 November, priced at £7.99, and will be available from comic book stores, the Treasury of British Comics webshop, and the 2000AD apps

Strontium Dog Search and Destroy: The Starlord Years - Standard Edition

Strontium Dog Search and Destroy: The Starlord Years
John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra
ISBN: 9781781087657
Standard print edition out: 12th November 2020
UK £19.99
Pages: 144 // Hardcover

The earliest adventures of one of 2000AD’s greatest series – Strontium Dog – are to be reprinted in colour for the first time in decades. Reprinted with its original colour pages, Strontium Dog: Search and Destroy is a sumptuous hardcover 144-page collection collecting the origins of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s hard-hitting story of prejudice and violence.

Death Squad

Death Squad
Alan Hebden, Eric Bradbury, Carlos Ezquerra
ISBN: 9781781087688
Print and digital – 26th November 2020
UK £14.99 // US $19.99 // CAN $26.99
Pages: 128 // Paperback

Meet the deadliest band of fighters on the Eastern Front in an all-out all-action, complete-in-one brutal war story from the pages of the classic war comic, Battle! During World War Two the Eastern Front was Hell on Earth – German Punishment Battalions were thrown into the thick of the conflict where they were expected to fight well and die hard. In these harshest of conditions only the strongest warriors survived.

Enter the Death Squad – Grandad, Swede, Licker, Gus and Frankie. Alone they were failures and outcasts, but together they were one of the most formidable combat units the Russians ever faced!

One of the all-time classics from the groundbreaking and hugely influential Battle comic, this features gritty art from Eric Bradbury and Carlos Ezquerra, bringing the horrors of the Eastern Front to readers in a brand new collection!

Cor!! Buster Bumper Fun Book - May not be Final Cover

Cor!! Buster Bumper Fun Book
Cavan Scott, Neil Googe, Hilary Barta, Tom Paterson, Sheli Paroline, Olivia Hicks and Brett Parson
ISBN: 9781781088647
Print and digital – 26th November 2020
UK £10.99 // US $13.99
Pages: 96 // Paperback

Brighten up the Christmas holidays with this bumper collection hilarious stories filled with laughs and fun, for kids of all ages! Britain’s golden age of humour comics returns for the 21st century, with brand new stories by today’s top talents.

Featuring characters like Kid Kong, Grimly Feendish, Faceache, and Frankie Stein are given new life in this compendium of hilarity by Neil Googe (The Flash), Cavan Scott (Doctor Who), Tom Paterson (The BeanoThe Dandy), Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time) and Hilary Barta (DC Comics Plastic Man)!

The Best of Sugar Jones

The Best of Sugar Jones
Pat Mills, Rafael Busóm
ISBN: 9781781087701
Print and digital – 26th November 2020
UK £14.99
Pages: 112 // Paperback

Sugar Jones is the charming twenty-something host of her own late night variety show, beloved by viewers up and down the nation. Only her assistant Susie knows her secret – Sugar is really selfish, sour, scheming – and 40 years old! She do anything to make a quick buck.

Written by 2000AD legend Pat Mills, Sugar Jones features stunningly beautiful art from Spanish illustrator Rafael Busóm – it’s not just a comic book but an archive of 1970s fashion too!

A luscious collection that will appeal to readers young and old, a morality tale that combines fashion and soap opera in only the way ‘70s British comics could! Sugar Jones is a forgotten gem from The Treasury of British Comics’ archive.

DECEMBER 2020 TITLES

The Trigan Empire Volume 2

The Trigan Empire Volume 2
Mike Butterworth, Don Lawrence
ISBN: 9781781087756
Print and digital – 10th December 2020
UK £19.99 // US $24.99 // CAN $33.99
Pages: 288 // Paperback

The lost sci-fi classic from the 1960s continues in gloriously restored collections! Among the distant stars, fractious tribes come together to found a mighty empire that will wage war against aggressive kingdoms, battle alien invaders, and conceive of incredible new technologies.

This extraordinary volume continues to chart the glorious Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire, a landmark in British comics history, painted by the legendary Don Lawrence in stunning, classic style, and springing from the grandiose pen of Mike Butterworth.

This is an epic tale that creates a new far-future science fiction mythos that captured the imagination of a generation, featuring an introduction from one-time Don Lawrence apprentice Chris Weston (Judge Dredd).

See Also: 2000AD, Treasury of British Collections and Specials – 2021

2020 SPECIALS FROM REBELLION

On Sale in all good comic shops and newsagents, and direct from the 2000AD web shop

Action 2020 Special - Final CoverMarch 2020: Action Special

Available now from the Treasury of British Comics Web Shop

It horrified prudes and censors alike – but the ground-breaking Action is back! The 1970s comic they tried to ban returns with the same blend of unbeatable characters and no-holds-barred action – all brought to you by the best talents of today! Featuring the killer shark Hookjaw by Dan Lish, juvenile delinquency in “Kids Rule OK” by Ram V and Henrick Stahlstrom, frontline German Panzer with “Hellman of Hammer Force” by Garth Ennis and Mike Dorey, merciless secret agent action with “Dredger” by Zina Hutton with art by Staz Johnson, and the brand new “Hell Machine” by Henry Flint and Jake Lynch.
Plus, the exclusive edition available from the 2000 AD website will come with a bagged reproduction of the ‘banned’ issue of Action from October 1976, an issue “pulped” on the orders of company management, very few copies surviving… which have fetched a huge price at auction.

Cor!! Buster Easter Special 2020 cover by Neil Googe, colour by Jim Boswell
April: Cor!! Buster Easter Special 2020

Available now from the Treasury of British Comics Web Shop

On sale Wednesday 8th April 2020 in WHSmith and from all good newsagents with a sense of humour, comics shops and via digital platforms

The biggest and brightest humour comic in Britain is back for another 48-page special! A smash hit with kids, the Cor!! Buster Easter Special brings together two of Britain’s most beloved humour comics for 48 pages of belly laughs and silly japes from some of the best creators around, including Lew Stringer and John Freeman on “Buster and Delbert“, “Sweeny Toddler” and “Gah!” by Tom Paterson, “Grimly Feendish” by Ned Hartley and Tom Paterson, “Frankie Stein” by Cavan Scott and Steve Mannion, “Daisy Jones’ Locket” by Olivia Hicks and Shelli Paroline, “Birdman and Chicken” by Edward Whatley, “Swines of Anarchy” by Lee Langford and Pye Parr, “Faceache” by Matt Smith and John Lucas, “Gums” by Lizzie Boyle and Abigail Ryder, “Deadly Hedley” by Paul Goodenough and Rositsa Vangelova, “Kid Kong” by Alec Worley and Tiernen Travallion, and “Duck Turpin” by Robin Etherington and David Follett.

SMASH! Special 2020 - CoverMay: Smash! Special
Print and digital release – 27th May 2020

Order now from the Treasury of British Comics web shop

They’re the home-grown superheroes who gave Superman and Spider-Man a run for their money – and now their back in the Smash! Special!

Featuring some of the most original and unusual caped crusaders you’ll ever encounter, this 64-page special features super-villain-turned-hero The Spider by Rob Williams and John McCrea, supercharged secret agent The Steel Claw by Charlie Higson and Charlie Adlard, Cursitor Doom by Maura McHugh and Andreas Butzbach, the ‘Missing Link’ who became the man of the future Johnny Future by Tom Raney, giant robot ape Mytek the Mighty by Suyi Davies Okungbowa and Anand Radhakrishnan, “Thunderbolt” by Helen O’Hara, and The House of Dolmann by Simon Furman and Chris Weston (replacing Davi).

June: Roy of the Rovers Summer Special

2020 Roy of the Rovers Summer Special Cover

On Sale from 10th June 2020

Featuring the talents of the Roy of the Rovers creative team – Rob WilliamsLisa Henke and Tom Palmer – this 48-page special kicks off this June!

The 2020 Roy of the Rovers Summer Special has all the football action you and your kids need, featuring characters old and new in thrilling new comic strips, fantastic features – including the return of iconic Roy of the Rovers artist David Sque.

This Summer Special jam-packed with fab football action – perfect for football fans of all ages – can be pre-ordered now.

No Euros? No worries!

Check out our guide to all Roy of the Rovers collections, new books and graphic novels here

June: Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 421 featuring The Vigilant

June: Judge Dredd Megazine Issue 421
Print and digital: 17th June 2020

While not a Special as such, fans of Rebellion’s super-team of classic British comic book characters, The Vigilant, will want to grab this issue of the Meg as the story comes to a reality-shattering conclusion within the issue.

After two spellbinding special issues, these home-grown superheroes – Dr. SinBlake EdmondsThunderbolt the AvengerThe Steel CommandoPete’s Pocket ArmyDeath-ManYāo and The Leopard from Lime Street – leap forth once again from the Treasury of British Comics archive of more than a century of classic comics.

Writer Simon Furman (Transformers), artist Simon Coleby (Judge Dredd), colourist Len O’Grady (Jaegir), and letterer Simon Bowland (The Boys) reunite for this explosive climax to The Vigilant saga.

In the finale, Nightcomer Beth Rogan has had a vague vision that one of the team will betray his or her comrades, and that’ll allow the evil Doktor Von Hoffman to usher in a Hell on Earth.

Can Dr Sin’s crew stop the demon Mazoul’s terrifying Blood Rapture from becoming a reality?

Readers will once again get the chance to enjoy the return of these iconic British characters as they face their deadliest threat – one that may destroy them for good!

This issue of the Judge Dredd Megazine will also come bagged with a 64-page graphic novel featuring stories from the original incarnations of these legendary comic book heroes, giving readers fascinating context to The Vigilant’s final mission.

As noted above, the complete story of The Vigilant, featuring work by Simon Furman, Simon Coleby, DaNi, Henrik Sahlstrom, Warwick Fraser-Combe, Staz Johnson, Will Sliney, and Jake Lynch, will be collected in a 128-page paperback graphic novel this September.

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June: 2000AD Sci-Fi Special: Twenty Years of Rebellion
Print and digital – 24th June 2020

2000AD Sci-Fi Special: Twenty Years of Rebellion

2020 marks two decades since Rebellion stepped in to save the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic. The 2000AD Sci-Fi Special celebrates 20 Years of Rebellion with a specially-curated look at 2000AD during the tenure of its longest-serving owners and longest-serving editor; featuring some of the best talents of the past 20 years, this 48-page special celebrates the evolution of 2000AD since its namesake year with comics and features about Britain’s biggest and best comic!

July: Tammy & Jinty Special
Print and digital – 29th July 2020

Tammy and Jinty Special 2020 Cover by Marguerite Sauvage

Tammy & Jinty return for two feature-length stories from modern creators in a new 48-page comic, continuing the work of last year’s hit special! Tammy and Jinty were ground-breaking female-led comics covered that everything from science fiction and fantasy to romance and domestic drama.

Now retooled for the 21st Century, the Tammy & Jinty Special pays tribute to this legacy of trail-blazing comics while introducing a new audience to the medium!

September: Battle (of Britain) Special
Print and digital – 19th September 2020

Battle (of Britain) Special 2020 Cover by Nelson Daniel

It was the comic than inspired a generation and introduced readers to some of the reality of war – Battle is back and it’s bigger than ever! This 96-page special features the returns of Rat PackDestroyerEl Mestizo, and more of your favourite characters – direct from the comic book front lines!

Inspired by the classic comic and ground-breaking characters, creators such as Garth EnnisAlex De CampiAlan HebdenBrent McKeeKeith BurnsRob Williams, and more bring you stories of war inspired by real events but with the flair and excitement that made Battle the innovative comic it was!

September: Misty & Scream! 2020 Special
Print and digital – 30th September 2020

Misty & Scream! Special 2020 Cover by Andrea Bulgarelli

Following the success of last year’s fright-filled outing, the Misty & Scream! Special returns this Hallowe’en! Two of Britain’s best loved comics reunite for an anthology of brand new tales that are guaranteed to terrify and entertain you – courtesy of a coven of creators, including Kek-WSimon ColebyVincenzo RiccardiCavan ScottAlec WorleyDaNi, and many more!

November: The Return of Sexton Blake
Print and digital – 9th December 2020

The Return of Sexton Blake Special 2020

He’s the world’s greatest detective and now one of the most popular fictional characters of all time, Sexton Blake, is back! Part Sherlock Holmes, part action hero, Blake was created by Harry Blyth in 1893 and his instant success saw him become the subject of countless novels, comics, radio, and TV, making him one of the last century’s most popular characters.

Featuring a guide to his adventures alongside just some of his timeless comic book adventures, The Return of Sexton Blake is a 96-page collection that will reintroduce the master of mystery and suspense!

Written by Chris Lowder (Dan DareJudge DreddTharg’s Future Shocks) and illustrated by Mike Dorey (Hellman of Hammerforce with Garth Ennis), presented here for the very first time in its full glory is the last Sexton Blake comic strip, originally published under the title “Victor Drago.” Philip K. Dick Award winning writer Mark Hodder (The Burton & Swinburne Adventures) introduces Blake to a new audience, and George Mann (Doctor WhoStar Wars Adventures) and Jimmy Broxton (Hope) brings us the first new comic in decades! Karl Stock (2000 AD) interviews the writers and artists.

Misty Winter Special 2020

Release Date December: Misty Winter Special 2020
Out: 16th December 2020
Creators: Lizzie Boyle, Anna Savory VV Glass, David Roach
Cover: Simon Davis

The Misty Winter Special contains two new chilling tales to make you shiver in the winter months. Infection, is a disturbing tale about how far people are expected to conform to societal standards no matter how warped the rules become, is written by Anna Savoury & V.V. Glass, and illustrated by V.V. Glass. Home for Christmas, a harrowing ghostly home-invasion story dealing with the sins of the past, is written by Lizzy Boyle and drawn by David Roach. Cover by Simon Davis.

Christmas is the perfect time for a ghost story and this year’s Misty Presents... special will bring a few seasonal scares with a 48-page special that will shock your Xmas stocking off the wall and have you cowering under the tree with your presents! Prepare yourselves for a Yuletide shocker as M.R. James meets Black Mirror in a brand new title to round out a very special year!

2000AD Prog 2212 Christmas Special
Creators: Various

2000AD Prog 2212 Christmas Special

Another barnstorming bumper 100-page Xmas issue sees out the year – super-intelligent ape Noam Chimpsky tangles with Judge Dredd again in “Three Kings” by Ken Niemand and PJ Holden; Johnny Alpha has a Kreeler scientist in his sights in “Once Upon a Time in Der Vest” by Rob Williams and Laurence Campbell; Proteus Vex returns to investigate secrets from the past in “The Shadow Chancellor” by Mike Carroll and Jake Lynch; former Chief Judge Hershey’s quest of vengeance continues in the next arc “The Brutal” by Rob Williams and Simon Fraser; we return to Deadworld for a series of short tales in “Visions of Deadworld” by Kek-W and Dave Kendall; the origin story of Captain Constanta is revealed in Fiends of the Eastern Front: “Constanta” by Ian Edginton and Tiernen Trevallion; and we catch up with the Survival Geeks for a one-off story, courtesy of Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby and Neil Googe.

Release Date TBA: Evil Genius 2 Special

Evil Genius 2: World Domination is coming to Steam in 2020 in a fully-fledged sequel to the 2004 classic PC game – and, like all the best villains, now that Rebellion have you captive we’re going to reveal the inner workings of our fiendish plans in a 64-page special! In this spy-fi lair builder you take control of an Evil Genius, with your aim nothing less than taking over the world and the Evil Genius 2 Special will take you behind-the-scenes on this long-awaited sequel!

• All 2000AD and Treasury of British Comics Specials are one sale all good newsagents and comic book stores – and all the 2020 specials are also be available from the 2000 AD webshop

• 2000AD-related books and more on AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)

• Judge Dredd-related books and more on AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)

See Also: 2000AD, Treasury of British Collections and Specials – 2021

Check out our guide to all Roy of the Rovers collections, new books and graphic novels here

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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