DescriptionSimon Bisley 2000 AD Program #556 "A.B.C. Warriors" First Published Bisley Cover Original Art (Fleetway, 1988). "Spread the word -- the A.B.C. Warriors are back," in this masterful first-published-cover-ever illustration by the legendary Bisley. A.B.C. Warriors, the long-running 2000 AD comic strip written by Pat Mills first appeared in program #119 in 1979, and continues to run today. According to comics lore, while still a student, Biz created a painting of a robot holding a baby, that he mailed in to the offices of 2000 AD. The piece was spotted by Pat Mills and it inspired him to relaunch his ABC Warriors strip, with Biz as the new artist, in 1988. The auction price for this landmark piece is simply unpredictable -- how often is such a seminal piece by such an important talent offered in the marketplace? The A.B.C. Warriors are a team of war robots designed to withstand "Atomic," "Bacterial," and "Chemical" warfare. They were built to take part in the long-running Volgan War, which Pat Mills had described in several previous 2000 AD strips, including Invasion and Ro-Busters. Each robot has a distinctive personality -- often one programmed by its human creators -- but each is more or less able to act with free will. Rendered in mixed media on heavy paper, the image area of this cover measures 17.5" x 22.5". In Excellent condition.
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