Walter The Wobot: 'Tap Dancer'
2000 A.D. Prog 50
4 Feb 78
Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 01.
Walter prepares for a fancy dress ball.
FIRSTS AND LASTS
First Walter The Wobot strip.
There is a robot fancy dress ball on Luna-1.
Acme Plumbing is a plumbing company based on the Moon.
Robots take oil baths.
WALTER THE WOBOT
He has been invited to a fancy dress ball and decides to have an oil bath in preparation. He gets his toe stuck in the tap and calls a plumber. The tap remains attached to Walter and he elects to go to the fancy dress ball as tap dancer Fred Astaire.
His accommodation has a videophone in the bathroom.
Walter: "What will I wear tonight? Something extwavagant, perhaps?"
Acme Plumbing Representative: "Your call is noted!"
Walter says cwipes, Dwedd, dwess, extwavagant, Fwed, pwepawation, wed, wepair, wemarkable, wude, sowwy and twouble. Dredd says "Drokk it"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Walter, Dredd and Luna-1 all previously appeared multiple times in Judge Dredd, while a company called Acme appeared in Harlem Heroes, Part 6.
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Fred Astaire (1899–1987) was indeed a remarkable tap dancer.
Walter was revealed to have detachable feet in Judge Dredd: Meet Mr Moonie, which would make this dilemma pretty easy to solve.
In an astonishingly prescient move, the plumber bears more than a passing similarity to Bob Hoskins who would subsequently play a plumber in the Super Mario Bros movie (1993).
Script: Joe Collins
Artist: Ian Gibson
Letters: Tom Frame
Joe Collins wrote fourteen Walter The Wobots in 2000 A.D. in all and drew Action Mouse for Action.
Understandably the story here is slight, but it's interesting that our first real insight into Walter's Dreddless adventures isn't his day to day life , but instead something more out of the ordinary and yet not particularly extravagant either. It's very telling that we don't see Walter at a party, but instead preparing for it. It's also interesting that Dredd is unseen, although we hear his words from the next room as if actually seeing him would cross some line.