Last week a great milestone in one of my favorite comic book publisher's history snuck up on me. A relatively unknown company called 2000 AD hit their 40th anniversary on February 26. This British company has been operating since 1977 and has published some great and interesting comics in those 40 years. 2000 AD is different from other publishers because their comics aren't really about superheroes, they are about characters living in relatively fantastical worlds. In honor of the fact that 2000 AD has reached a great milestone, and the fact that few people I know have heard about them, I wanted to take a moment to send some recognition to a great publisher.
2000 AD is most well known for their properties of Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, and Rogue trooper. It's the former of which that really drew me into the company. Judge Dredd was my gateway into 2000 AD, and into comics outside of the superhero genre. While the character himself is very heroic, he has no super powers. He is just a lawman in the far future that takes on the extraordinary as part of his job. Dredd is absolutely committed to the law and upholding it. The stories of Dredd are deeply satirical at times, and that is part of the charm. Two movies have been made about the character, and he is perhaps the most popular character out of the 2000 AD line up.