2000ad’s 40th anniversary_ how the iconic sci-fi comic continues to be relevant, satirical and fun _ the independent

When, on the 26 February 1977, the first edition of the science fiction comic 2000AD appeared in newsagents, it’s important to understand the context which contributed to it becoming an icon of British pop culture.

At this point Action comic, its stablemate at IPC Magazines, was still going strong, albeit in recovery from an onslaught led by the Evening Standard, The Sun and Mary Whitehouse aimed at curbing its hyperviolent tendencies, while the anti-authority sound and attitude of punk culture was still raw in the minds of sensible adults incensed by the impression that youth culture had become a breakdown in society.

An employee hangs works of art with “Grand Teatro” by Marino Marini (R) and bronze sculpture “Sfera N.3” by Arnaldo Pomodoro seen ahead of a Contemporary Art auction on 7 October, at Sotheby’s in London

With an array of thrift store china, humorous souvenirs and handmade tile adorning its walls and floors, the Mosaic Tile House in Venice stands as a monument to two decades of artistic collaboration between Cheri Pann and husband Gonzalo Duran

A gallery assistant poses amongst work by Anthea Hamilton from her nominated show “Lichen! Libido!(London!) Chastity!” at a preview of the Turner Prize in London

A technician wearing virtual reality glasses checks his installation in three British public telephone booths, set up outside the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague, Netherlands. Facebook live stream The installation allows visitors a 3-D look into the museum which has twenty-two paintings belonging to the British Royal Collection, on loan for an exhibit from 29 September 2016 till 8 January 2017

An Indian artist dressed as Hindu god Shiva performs on a chariot as he participates in a religious procession ‘Ravan ki Barat’ held to mark the forthcoming Dussehra festival in Allahabad

A woman looks at an untitled painting by Albert Oehlen during the opening of an exhibition of works by German artists Georg Baselitz and Albert Oehlen in Reutlingen, Germany.

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A view of the artwork ‘You Are Metamorphosing’ (1964) as part of the exhibition ‘Retrospektive’ of Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo at Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany. Football scores nfl today The exhibition runs from 25 September 2016 to 1 January 2017

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Art installation The Refusal of Time, a collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Galison, which features as part of the William Kentridge exhibition Thick Time, showing from 21 September to 15 January at the Whitechapel Gallery in London

Bethenny Frankel attends the special screening of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” to celebrate the 25th Anniversary Edition release on Blu-Ray and DVD in New York City

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Tracey Emin’s “My Bed” is exhibited at the Tate Liverpool as part of the exhibition Tracey Emin And William Blake In Focus, which highlights surprising links between the two artists

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Visitors look at artworks by Chinese painter Cui Ruzhuo during the exhibition ‘Glossiness of Uncarved Jade’ held at the exhibition hall ‘Manezh’ in St. Fantasy football team names Petersburg, Russia. Louisville slugger field More than 200 paintings by the Chinese artist are presented until 25 September

A visitor looks at Raphael’s painting ‘Extase de Sainte Cecile’, 1515, from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence during the opening of a Raphael exhibition at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, Russia. Mls softball riverside The first Russian exhibition of the works of the Italian Renaissance artist Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino includes eight paintings and three drawings which come from Italy. Landscape urbanism Th exhibit opens to the public from 13 September to 11 December

Sakari Oramo conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Chorus and the BBC Singers at the Last Night of the Proms 2016 at the Royal Albert Hall in London

A sculpture of a crescent standing on the 2,140 meters high mountain ‘Freiheit’ (German for ‘freedom’), in the Alpstein region of the Appenzell alps, eastern Switzerland. Basketball rio 2016 schedule The sculpture is lighted during the nights by means of solar panels. Baseball diamond images The 38-year-old Swiss artist and atheist Christian Meier set the crescent on the peak to start a debate on the meaning of religious symbols – as summit crosses – on mountains. Youth basketball tournaments ‘Because so many peaks have crosses on them, it struck me as a great idea to put up an equally absurd contrast’. Basketball positions ‘Naturally I wanted to provoke in a fun way. Front yard landscaping ideas pictures But it goes beyond that. Facebook apple watch The actions of an artist should be food for thought, both visually and in content’

Wheatley sounds anything but horrified, more stunned and impressed by the bravery of the creators. Garden city ks “I think I’ve been chasing that kind of boldness in my storytelling and my reading ever since,” he says. Usfa softball texas “A lot of the writers and artists went off to shake up the US comics market and by extension they’ve shaken up cinema too. Alabama softball camp Mark Millar’s the one really, isn’t he? Obviously Alan Moore had a big part in it, but Millar’s rejigging of the Marvel Universe with (2002 Avengers reboot series, alongside artist Bryan Hitch). Wyevale bicester The Ultimates is the bedrock of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Softball pitching quotes And that’s cinema at the moment, or a big part of it.”

For Alan Grant, sometime co-writer with Wagner of Dredd, mutant bounty hunter saga “Strontium Dog”, robot bounty hunter comedy “Robo-Hunter” and more, the subversive social awareness of 2000AD in the 1980s was at least partly a reaction to the Thatcher era. Fantasy football rankings defense “I know that John Wagner, Pat Mills and myself have always had a healthy dislike of authority, and I think that’s reflected in our stories,” says the Scot. Asphalt 7 apk free download for android “Our motto was, ‘if it makes us laugh, it’ll make other folk laugh, too.’ I was probably the most political on 2000AD – I’d joined the Young Socialists for romantic reasons when I was a teenager, then when I moved to London I joined the Young Conservatives because their meeting place was conveniently close to my home. Fenc They asked me to leave because I was disruptive and my views were too left wing, so I became the Father of the Chapel for my NUJ branch and was surprised to discover that left-wingers are every bit as corrupt as right-wingers.”

Pleasingly, the title also continues to revel in both uncanny prescience and a lack of respect for authority, as when Zombo featured “President Trump” as a character in 2011. High pitch sound in ear “It was a total accident, I’m afraid,” says writer Al Ewing. Baseball field clip art “Most of the gags in there aren’t specific to Trump – even the ‘you’re fired’ riff was more a generic ‘business leader’ riff when I wrote it – and it was only when Henry (Flint) designed the character that the parallels became apparent. Flood irrigation Even then, in Zombo the President’s hair is lush and full, he looks vaguely healthy, and he gains some measure of humanity and decency over the course of the strip…”

Last year, Nigel Farage was also the subject of a caricature cameo in Dredd from writer Edginton and artist Dave Taylor. How to install a fence “That was a very strange experience,” says Edginton. Lanscape “Dave and I hadn’t purposefully set out to take potshot at Nigel, but we needed someone just like him for the story, so borrowing from life just seemed more fun and in-keeping with the 2000AD tradition of taking potshots at authority figures. Sprinkler world colorado springs And then it took off with a rocket, it was in all the newspapers, in print and online. Lattice energy equation I think it even made the TV. Dot furniture I think now, more than ever, it’s vital to keep on tipping over those sacred cows and taking authority figures to task. Francesca battistelli songs list At its very core, 2000AD made its readers question that authority, to not accept what they were told, be it from the left or right.”

The 2000AD: 40 Years of Thrill-Power festival is at Novotel London West Saturday 11 February, and the 40th anniversary edition is available in comic shops, newsagents and online on Wednesday 22 February. Pitch definition For more information, visit 2000adonline.com

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