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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, #7, Judge Dredd
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, Judge Dredd

AKA: JOE DREDD

Created at least partially to ram home the point that comic book superheroes and gun-wielding cops are inherently fascist, Judge Dredd � like Dirty Harry, the Punisher and Charles Bronson in Death Wish � wound up as an enormous success, demonstrating that even liberal audiences find certain types of fascism inherently appealing. In the chaotic future of MegaCity One, Dredd is part of a corps of judges who act simultaneously as arresting officer, legal system and executioner when dealing with criminal scum. Like another long-standing British comics institution, Desperate Dan, the Judge Dredd strip is partially a British viewpoint satire on the excesses of America and Americanism � and Dredd, like the cow pie-eating cowboy, is a violent, deranged but inherently decent take on the concept of the right-thinking American hero. A problem for writers on the strips has been coming up with villains so unreasonable that Dredd looks good � but they managed the trick with Judge Death.

FIRST APPEARED IN 2000 AD PROG 2 (1977)
CREATED BY JOHN WAGNER, PAT MILLS, CARLOS EZQUERRA

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Big stubbly chin (with Clinty sneer), shiny helmet and leathers, enough chains to earn him a back-up spot in The Village People, inflexible attitude to criminal behaviour. Catchphrase: �I am the Law�
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Sylvester Stallone played the Judge in a film which started off okay, but collapsed as soon as Sly took off the helmet to break a longstanding Dredd tradition by showing his face.
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Outspoken celebrity fans of Dredd include Terry Pratchett, Jonathan Ross, Lemmy and Simon Le Bon.
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