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2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Prog 72


Back at 2000 AD, the second of four Judge Dredd episodes, which have been described as banned, appears in this prog. Two rival towns, The McDonald's and The Burger Kings, are fighting for burger dominance of lawless territory that is The Cursed Earth. In one scene, a McDonald's employee is shot dead for not cleaning a table in one of the restaurants fast enough.

EBay sellers describe these stories as being banned, insinuating that the burger giants had threatened legal action against publishers IPC, and given the legal cases McDonalds have bought against individuals and small businesses since, it's not an unreasonable assumption to make. In fact, IPC lawyers, after seeing the offending issues of 2000 AD, advised that they never be reprinted just to be on the safe side.

On the surface, it's not easy to tell that John Wagner wrote this two-part chapter given that the first is mistakenly credited to Pat Mills and for the second his pseudonym of "TB Grover" is used. It’s interesting to see, having read these strips for the first time, early examples of his astute sense of satire (McDonald's had only opened their first restaurant in the UK four years before) and his grasp of American dialects (in this case, Ronald McDonald talking with a deep southern accent). In fact, Wagner seemed to learn from this experience that it only takes the tinniest tweaking for his sense of satire to be equally effective and for the lawyers to find his work acceptable.

2 Comments:

  • Paul, have you been silenced by the threat of litigation from Ronald McD and B King? ;))

    By Blogger Ken Davidson, at 7:07 pm  

  • I've heard that the banned stories are not as good as legend has it. Still, the employee getting shot, boy, that's a brave (or very naive) bit of writing.

    By Blogger dmstarz, at 12:40 pm  

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