2000 AD Prog Slog

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Judge Dredd Yearbook 1993

Great cover by Brendan McCarthy which, thanks to the format of the current yearbooks, folds out into a panorama of joy with a blue strip down the middle thanks to the spine. The Judge Dredd Yearbook doesn’t seem to be taking advantage of this format in the same way that the 2000 AD one does. In the 2000 AD one, the interior of the fold-out cover features the opening pages of a strip; in Judge Dredd, there are just some pretty patterns.

Remember when the annuals used to trail behind what was happening in the main titles, often by several years? Well, that isn’t the case anymore. Unfortunately, this isn’t good news like it would have been fourteen years earlier as what is happening in the fortnightly isn’t much to care about. Here we get new Soul Sisters and Straitjacket Fits strips which, despite the art, really, really stink worse than an open sewer. Why is Managing Editor Steve MacManus allowing Editor David Bishop to abuse his position like this?

On the plus side, we get a Judge Joyce solo adventure and a Red Razors short. My favourite strips, however, are the Judge Dredd story, Serial Killer, (I like a decent sized Dredd written by Wagner as you know) and Anderson PSI Division by Alan Grant and Russell Fox. In it, when faced with a gigantic satanic tapeworm, Anderson produces a crucifix… and stabs it through the head with it. I just can’t help but admire Grant’s audacity at writing such a scene.

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  • You know me, huge McCarthy fan, yet I didn't even buy this as a young 'un. Obviously, 2000AD was well on the outs in my life at the time.

    By Blogger Mark, at 6:46 pm  

  • Yeah. I was still buying the Progs at this point (another year and a half of that in fact) but I've never owned any of these Yearbooks.

    By Blogger Peter, at 9:02 pm  

  • Mark, it also reprints that Atlantis story he drew and it looks lovely much better here.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:26 pm  

  • Peter, yeah, the yearbooks lack a certain zing.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:27 pm  

  • For me, hailing from the Bishop homeland, there's a sad irony in that this particular yearbook never made it this far south. It's a shame because with a Judge Joyce story (which I've still not read and would love to track down - any chance of a Megazine GN compilation of this, Em Is and Innocents Abroad I wonder?) I'd have bought it, Atlantis reprint or not.

    Ooh, but I'd have hated Soul Sisters still.

    By Blogger Peter A, at 9:33 am  

  • Peter, maybe it's still on its way by sea.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:57 pm  

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