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.
The swollen city of Downlode lies sprawled across the heart of future Europe like a hit-and-run victim. Here, life is cheap - if you want someone whacked, you can't buy better bullet monkeys than Finnigan SINISTER and Ramone DEXTER, the city's primo hitmen.
Inspired by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction.
Artist Jason Brashill declined the chance to co-create Sinister Dexter but he did paint the cover image to promote the characters' first appearance in Prog 981.
Sinister is Latin for left, while Dexter is Latin for right.
Mega-City One, 2096. When the psychically powerful three-year-old Cassandra ANDERSON killed her abusive father, she was taken into the custody of Justice Department, who blocked the memories of her traumatic childhood. Anderson was inducted into Psi-Division as a cadet, and is now being trained to use her telepathic and precognitive abilities to help combat crime...
Mega-City One, 2135 AD. Judge Dan Francisco was a vid-star, presenting his show The Streets of Dan Francisco to viewers across the metropolis as he tackled crime live on air. Becoming Chief Judge, his tenure was cut short by the events of Chaos Day, and he resigned. Now, he returns to the streets, haunted by guilt, and determined to bring stability to a broken city...
The near future. Human society has all but been destroyed, with ragtag bands of survivors existing amongst the ruins and trying to escape the attention of the Gods and their Followers. The Gods came to Earth several years ago, offering to help makind with their incredible powers, and for a time it seemed the planet had its own protectors - but the Gods wanted humanity to bow down before them and accept them as their rulers. Those that refused are now fighting a guerrilla war against the superbeings - but a person's life expectancy in such a battle is just ten seconds...