Prog 2008 (Christmas Special)
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.
Terror has descended upon the galaxy. Once a place of peace and order, now races wage war upon one another unchecked by any authority. But a vengeful figure calling itself SHAKARA has emerged from the chaos, striking at targets with a ruthless determination, bent on wreaking revenge on those responsible for the destruction of its people...
Earth, the far future. Mankind has been all but destroyed, the few survivors forced into hiding by Them - insectile creatures that have taken over the world. Charged with protecting the last pockets of humanity are genetically engineered dog-soldiers like Gene the Hackman...
Year of the Tsar 2674 AD, and bastard son of the Romanovs NIKOLAI DANTE has bonded with a cyborganic Weapons Crest, an alien combat computer, which allows him to extrude lethal bio-blades...
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.
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.
During the Second World War, Q Department was formed within the Ministry of Defence to combat Nazi occult warfare. In the 21st century, however, its funding was withdrawn. Enter reclusive millionaire rock star Ethan Kostabi, who bought up its employees and together with some freelance ghosthunters constructed a brand-new outfit - CABALLISTICS, INC. - to investigate paranormal phenomena.
Late 22nd century. After the Atomic Wars of 2150, many survivors were warped by the Strontium 90 fallout. These 'mutants' became a vicitmised underclass, and the only job open to them was bounty hunting. One such STRONTIUM DOG is Johnny Alpha, partnered with his Viking buddy Wulf Sternhammer.