Friday 22 November 2013

1997: JFK IN 2000AD's VECTOR 13

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Dallas assassination of President JFK so, to mark the occasion, I've unearthed two themed items from the vault.

This is 2000AD prog. 1070, cover-dated 25 November 1997 (so, technically, a year-or-so outside the usual scope of STARLOGGED).  The cover relates to a Vector 13 short, by Abnett (him again) and Brand, set in Dallas that fateful day.

Vector 13 was the successor to the twist-in-the-tale shorts (Tharg's Future Shocks and Time Twisters) that had long been a page-filling mainstay of the venerable weekly.  This being the era of THE X-FILES, V13 had a men in black/ conspiracy vibe running throughout and - for a while - the strip's host replaced the Mighty One himself as the weekly's figurehead editor.

As far as I know, none of the V13 run has ever been collected and reprinted which is a shame... as I'd certainly snap up a volume if they did.

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