Happy Birthday, 2000AD! From script droid Steve White

The origin of the infamous One Eye, in 2000AD Prog 3
The origin is retold on Everything Comes Back to 2000AD here

Name: Steve White

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Senior comics editor, Titan Comics

First memory of 2000AD

A school friend of mine picked up the second issue and, knowing I had a particular interest in them, told me there was a new comic out that had dinosaurs in it. I snapped it up and went on to buy it regularly for about a decade.

Favourite Character or Story?

Old One Eye (naturally); and Rogue Trooper.

What do you like most about the 2000AD

There’s always something in there to love. Great artwork or an excellent script or a brilliant cover. I guess from a personal perspective, it was also instrumental in my own development as a comics creator – from learning to copy Mike McMahon and Kev O’Neil’s art as a kid to writing Rogue Trooper years later.

What would you most like to see in 2000AD as it heads to its Forties? 

Me. Or, more realistically, more Shakara (the comic, not the singer) – my fav strip in years.

If you worked on 2000AD, do you have an anecdote you’d like to share about your experience of Tharg and his minions? 

I remember the softball games between 2000AD and Marvel UK in Regents Park. They were great fun – and so damned competitive. I especially remember the day Brian Bolland joined the 2000AD team then bought me a pint after!

• This post is one in a series of tributes to 2000AD to mark its 35th birthday on 26th February 2012. More about 2000AD at www.2000adonline.com 

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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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