Thursday, 31 August 2017

Judge Death Lives!



From the early years of The Galaxy's Greatest Comic, here's the first appearances of Judge Dredd's standout co-star and best arch-nemesis, Cassandra Anderson of Psi-Division and the awesome Judge Death.
Tharg had been trailering this one for a while, promising we wouldn't be disappointed. And we absolutely were not. Brian Bolland's art was, and still is, breathtaking, and like everybody else, I fell in love at first sight with both of these characters.
















9 comments:

  1. How soon till Anderson appeared again? Reading this, one could guess that she was only meant to be a one-off character.

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  2. This was January of 1980, B, and she ( and Judge Death ) returned the following August. I think there were a few more appearances until she got her own series in 1985, so yeh, it did take the Mighty One a while to realize he had a hit on his hands.

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  3. The reprint from the color eagle comics in the US were my first encounters to Judge Dredd. Thanks for bringing back pleasant memories, Pete. This also introduced me to Brian Bolland's work and UK comics in general.

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  4. An unimpeachable classic.

    So far as Anderson being intended as a one-off or not goes, I'd say generally one of the strongest aspects of John Wagner's writing on Dredd has been the way he continually bought back seemingly minor elements of stories in ways you wouldn't expect.
    Like Boing, here and in Pinboing Wizard (thought I'd mention that one as well because the title always makes me smile:)

    -sean

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  5. BTW there's a really good documentary about 2000AD called Future Shock I recommend. Favourite bit: Kev O'Neill is asked to define the legend of 2000AD and he says
    ' It's not so much a legend. More of a stain.'

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    1. The great earlier tenth anniversary doc about the progs has been posted at www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvoOZ1LzSAig
      Its even better than Future Shock imo as its all about the original "heroic era". And its got Mike McMahon and Alan Moore in it.

      -sean

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  6. Excellent, just watched it, thanks Sean.

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  7. Keith O'Connor3 September 2017 at 09:21

    Brilliant! I loved this story as a kid and its still great. Brian Boland's art is sublime :)

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