Saturday, 8 February 2014

Judge Dredd: Judge Death, Part 1

NAME
Judge Dredd: Judge Death, Part 1

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. and Tornado Prog 149

DATELINE
26 Jan 80

This prog Blackhawk, Captain Klep, Ro-Jaws' Robo-Tales, The Stainless Steel Rat, Timequake and The V.C.'s, yet another postergraph featuring The V.C.'s and a Blackhawk cover by Massimo Belardinelli.

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
The Best Of 2000AD, The Best Of 2000AD 3, The Complete Judge Dredd 14, Judge Death: Dredd vs. Death, Judge Death Classic Judge Dredd, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 1, Judge Death: Judge Dredd featuring Judge Death, Judge Dredd 1, Judge Dredd Paperbacks vs The Dark Judges and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 03, as well as being available to read online.

SYNOPSIS
Death walks Mega-City One.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearances of Judge Death. First use of the word "scrotnig".

INFORMATION
The Rabbit Hutch is a Mega-City One night spot. 'Who Put The Boop?' is a number one hit in Mega-City One.

Named Judges: Judge Ross.

JUDGE DREDD
He is investigating the murder of Tiny The Tap.

OTHER CHARACTERS
JUDGE DEATH
He wears a version of a Judge's uniform. He can kill by reaching into an individual's chest and squeezing. He leaves a stench of decay. His skin is in an extremely advanced stage of decomposition. He is immune to bullets. He may have been dead for centuries. He kills Tiny The Tap.


TINY THE TAP
He is in trouble with the Judges, but becomes a victim of Judge Death.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
Maybe a hundred. Death kills Tiny The Tap, the Rabbit Hutch DJ, presumably all the patrons and probably Judge Ross.

BEST LINES
Death: "You cannot kill what does not live!"

WORST LINES
Judge: "There he is! Dressed like a Judge - Or a mockery of one!"

CATCHPHRASES
Death says "My name iss Death. I have come to Judge you!" twice and "You cannot kill what does not live!" once, the DJ uses the word "scrotnig" and Tiny and a Judge both say "Dok!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
'Who Put The Boop?' is a parody of the song 'Who Put The Bomp?' (1961) by Barry Mann.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: John Howard
Artist: Brian Bolland
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
Fantastic. Judge Death makes an immediate impact. An excellent character design with intriguing motivations and a stark objective. The art is stunning and the dialogue brilliant throughout. A cut above.

Next Prog: The Guilty...And The Damned!