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.
Earth, the far future. Mankind has been all but destroyed, those still surviving forced into hiding by Them – insectile creatures that have taken over the world. Charged with protecting humanity are genetically engineered dog-soldiers like Gene the Hackman — savage warriors that patrol the wilderness, directed by Urgings from their Masters. Gene led his pack in ‘Anarchticy’, the one place that Them had not yet encroached upon, but his comrades were decimated when the monsters built a land bridge and invaded. Without a pack to lead, Gene went wandering, no longer Alpha-dog, seeking out his Masters, waging constant war against Them. Most recently, he fell in with the Wild Bunch, mongrel aux that he has taken to lead out into the wilds of Auxtralia...
London, the end of the nineteenth century. STICKLEBACK is a master criminal, pulling the strings amidst the denizens of the capital's underworld, and leads a gang of freaks, oddballs and semi-supernatural entities that have got the city under their thumb.