2000 AD Prog Slog

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Judge Dredd Annual 1984

Although the quality of the material in the Judge Dredd annual remains high, the rapid improvement in the performance of the 2000 AD one has undermined it slightly. Even this year’s Judge Anderson strip chooses to appear in 2000 AD even though appearing here seems more appropriate and in line with previous years. Fortunately, Max Normal remains loyal.

Once again, Carlos Ezquerra draws all the Dredd colour strips. Most memorable is Dredd’s fight with Satan in Beat the Devil which takes place in rhyme. My favourite, however, is Halloween. A group of mutants have broken into the city and embark on a brutal and merciless crime spree, until Dredd stops them, that is.

Most curious of all is the fun piece where a drawing of a judge’s helmet is placed over the face of a Hollywood actor and we have to guess who they are. Judge E is Sylvester Stallone, over a decade before he helps to ruin the character’s reputation in the movie. Incidentally, they all, without exception, look shit.

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  • ***Incidentally, they all, without exception, look shit.***

    Really?, I thought James Coburn's mug looked the closest to Ezquerra's "true" Dredd.

    The picture they chose of Clint was a weird chubby one that doesn't look much like the grizzled Dreddy one we know today.

    By Blogger garageman, at 4:23 pm  

  • I think the flaw is that they chose pretty poor photos of the 'stars' to stick the dran helmets onto.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 1:19 pm  

  • This was a very fine annual and the weird devil story, told in folklore rhyme like the tales of Robin Hood in medieval times, was very funny.

    By Blogger dmstarz, at 5:13 pm  

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