2000 AD - January 1985.
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There's only one reason you're reading this post.
And that's because it has a domain name which enables you to actually find it.
And, for that, this post can thank the month of January 1985.
Verily, it be true. In that very month, the internet's Domain Name System was created - and things would never be the same again.
But, away from such futuristic fare, January saw a project that some may have feared was lagging behind the times a little, as the charity single We Are the World was being recorded by USA for Africa, making it far too late for that all-important Christmas market. Then again, maybe it was merely spectacularly early for the next Christmas market.
No such tardiness on the UK singles chart where, thanks to it being mere days after the Festive Season, the month kicked off with Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? in top spot. But, inevitably, with Yuletide gone, it soon had to relinquish its crown. And it did so to Foreigner's I Want to Know What Love Is.
Love is, of course, a failure to score in tennis. I'm surprised a band of their resources and clout didn't have any means of discovering that.
Over on the British album chart, the month began with Various Artists' The Hits Album sitting pretty before forced to move aside for Alison Moyet's Alf which then, itself, gave way to Foreigner's Agent Provocateur.
That was all delightful. But what of the galaxy's greatest comic?
It was still giving us the familiar diet of Rogue Trooper, Tharg's Future-Shocks, Nemesis the Warlock, Judge Dredd, The Stainless Steel Rat, The Hell Trekkers and Ace Trucking Co.
However, there was one new element, thanks to the addition of the 2000 AD 1985 Calendar, Parts 1&2.
Interesting to see Prog 400's cover giving us a tribute to Roy Lichtenstein.
Or perhaps it was a tribute to whichever artist Roy'd borrowed the image from. Who can know? Not me, I'm a Philistine.
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