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Welcome to the eighteenth of The Lockdown Tapes as The 2000 AD Thrill-Cast continues to broadcast the joys of Thrill-power during the COVID-19 pandemic! Got a theme or interview you’d like to hear? Let us know at thrillcast@2000AD.com

With the Smash! Special bursting onto shelves and digital soon, the Thrill-Cast takes a look at three very British superheroes! Journalist and writer Helen O’Hara talks about her take on the origin story of the new Thunderbolt the Avenger and discusses the cultural impact of superheroes, before writer Rob Williams and artist John McCrea return to the Thrill-Cast to talk about reintroducing the ‘King of Crooks’, The Spider, and the different ways you can breath new life into classic characters. We’re then joined by journalist Abraham Riesman to take a deep-dive into Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell’s superbrat Zenith, examining its satire of superheroes and the comic book industry, taking the mickey out of Richard Branson and Morrison’s place as post-modernist prophet.

The Thrill-Cast is increasing its broadcasts during this difficult time, so make sure you’re keeping yourselves and your loved ones safe – and stay tuned for more from the Galaxy’s Greatest Podcast!

The 2000 AD Thrill-Cast is the award-winning podcast that takes you behind-the-scenes at the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic! As well as interviewing top creators and famous fans, we bring you announcements, competitions, and much more! You can subscribe to the Thrill-Cast on your favourite podcast app, iTunes and Spotify, you can listen now at 2000AD.com/podcast or you can watch at youtube.com/2000ADonline