2000 AD Prog Slog

Monday, September 24, 2007

Judge Dredd Annual 1982

It’s Judge Dredd’s second annual and once again, it’s great. All colour pages are by art robot Mike McMahon, even the cover this time, plus there are Walter the Wobot, Mean Machine Angel and Max Normal strips. Yay!

At this time, cool 2000 AD characters still experience a high mortality rate so it’s interesting to me that there is a new Mean Machine Angel strip who, if you recall, was shot dead by Dredd during The Judge Child Quest. It’s as if Alan Grant (who writes this story with, probably, some input from John Wagner) has realised that killing off great characters like Mean Machine and Judge Death (although, can you really kill that which does not live?) might have been a touch premature.

In the Judge Dredd story Vampire, McMahon uses double page spreads containing a dominant, single image with the rest of the panels scattered across it. It’s an accessible but bold style nonetheless and reminds me very much of the one used by Frank Miller in the more widely known 300. In fact, some of the spreads are so reminiscent of 300 that I wonder how often Miller might have encountered McMahon’s artwork before drawing it.

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  • I am living in hope that we'll one day see a proper Mike McMahon collection from Rebellion, with the contents of these annuals, all those Meg and Complete Dredd covers he did in the early 90s, Howler, etc. That would be the greatest book ever.

    Also, Chickenhead from The Fear That Made Milwakuee Famous... what a great villain!

    By Blogger Grant, at 7:10 pm  

  • Grant, Titan did a collection years ago of McMahon's colour annual work but you're correct, a more definative, high end collectors edition og his work would be lovely.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 9:08 pm  

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