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2000 AD Prog Slog

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Prog 102

When it was announced that Prince Andrew was to marry Sarah Ferguson and we learned that she was known to her friends as 'Fergie' I was really looking forward to seeing panels from the Judge Dredd epic 'The Day The Law Died' being reproduced in the tabloid newspapers. It never happened as far as I am aware.

Script robot John Wagner's dark sense of satire and the absurd is really coming to the fore in the current Dredd epic. Last prog, Judge Schmaltz gives a moving final speech before dieing. The other Judges present walk away from his body, remarking on his bravery. Suddenly, Schmaltz sits up again and continues his speech where he left off before dieing again for good this time.

We also get to meet Fergee, the under city dweller being driven mad by the constant swarm of flies buzzing around his head. Already we've seen him drop a net onto his head in an attempt to catch the swarm (they just flew through the gaps) and, coming up in an episode I remember from reading before, he tries to kill them by running head first into a wall.

Thinking about it, making comparisons between this Fergee and a future member of the royal family might have been a bit much even for the British tabloids during the eighties.

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3 Comments:

  • And there were Fergee's songs too. 2000AD always made a commitment to putting music in the strips - didn't Robohunter once do an entire opera? - but me and my friends could at least have a little Eurovision to decide the tune for the one that ended "Fergee pretty heavy guy..."
    Splundig vur thrigg!

    By Blogger Ben, at 11:47 pm  

  • Furgee's songs have been great! There have been few strips in rhyme, I remember.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 2:12 pm  

  • Judge Shmaltz? Genius. I always remember that Pat Mills named the first character to die in the Cursed Earth Judge Fodder, I guess to hint at the carnage that was to follow.

    By Blogger dmstarz, at 3:07 pm  

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