Saturday, 20 May 2017
2000AD and Tornado #129 (1979)
Whenever the words "great news inside" or a banner that says "together at last" appeared on the cover of comics it meant there was a merger and the latter named title had failed so the publishers were attempting to bring those readers to a another comic..
Thus we saw 2000AD absorb the short lived Tornado comic, which was actually a good comic but just didn't make the grade to survive.
2000AD was still a young title back in 1979 though Judge Dredd was already beginning to pick up a cult following. The comic had already merged with Starlord and was the lead title despite on that occasion being the lesser selling title.
The merger brought a strong lineup to 2000AD: Judge Dredd, Black Hawk, The Mind of Wolfie Smith and Disaster 1990. The other strip, ABC Warriors has it's fans but I'm not one of them. Oh and there was also Captain Kelp, a one page humour strip.
This was the last merger that 2000AD had despite other comics frantically swallowing each other up until this comic was the sole survivor.
2000AD and Tornado ran from prog 129 to 177.