Late 22nd century. In 2150, atomic war broke out on Earth, and Britain was devastated by nuclear holocaust. While the survivors attempted to rebuild their lives, many were warped by the mutating effects of Strontium 90 fallout. The 'mutants' became a vicItmised underclass, unable to live or find work amongst the 'norms'. The only job open to them was bounty hunting - these Search Destroy Agents track down criminals too dangerous for the Galactic Crime Commission. One such STRONTIUM DOG is Johnny Alpha, who played a significant role in the mutant war against the Kreelers...
Mega-City One, 2130 AD. Justice Department has many divisions within it - Tek, Psi-Div, PSU - and for undercover operations there is Wally Squad. So called because Judges have to adopt the bizarre fashions of the citizens to blend in, it's a dangerous job living on the streets.
The Acoma System, a Souther-held warzone in their galaxywide conflict with the Norts. Centred around a gas giant, its ore-rich moons make it a valuable mining site, and the job of protecting the regular supply routes falls to the 86th Air Support Reconnaissance Squadron - more commonly known as THE 86ERS - a dumping ground for every failure and freak. Based in The Citadel, a giant asteroid fortress that was built by an alien race long before humanity's expansion into the universe, life amongst the 86ers is short and brutal - trust no one, especially not those in charge...
The lands of Hell. Following the angel Lucifer’s failed rebellion against God, he was cast down, where he became the ruler of his own dark dominion. Those seraphim that fell with him remained his lieutenants and trusted aides, warriors that would protect their master at all costs – now no longer seraphim, they are the NECROPHIM!
Mega-City One, 2130 AD. This vast urban nightmare on the east coast of post-apocalyptic North America is home to 400 million citizens, every one a potential criminal. With lawlessness rife, only the Judges can prevent total anarchy. These future lawmen are judge, jury and executioner. Toughest of them all is Judge Dredd - he is the law!
Inspired by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry; the film poster for Death Race 2000. The name Judge Dredd came from Pat Mills who was originally going to use it for a different character.
The first Judge Dredd story published was drawn by Mike McMahon, not co-creator Carlos Ezquerra. Ezquerra was so upset that he didn't draw Dredd for five years afterwards, only returning for the Apocalypse War mega-epic.