Script: J ohn Wagner (as John Howard)
Art: Brian Bolland
Letters: Tom Frame
JUDGE DEATH LIVES PART 1
Scripy: John Wagner & Alan Grant (as T.B. Grover)
Art: Brian Bolland
Letters: Ton Frame
Colours: Charlie Kirchoff
Originally published in 2000 AD Progs 149-151 & 225
The original Judge Death story and the sequel, Judge Death Lives, introduced one of the most iconic villains of Judge Dredd history.
Here those originals are presented, colourised but in the original ratio. You’ll see how that is handled in a US format in the preview pages that follow. These 5 pages are the first episode of Judge Death from 2000AD Prog 149, dated 26th Jan 1980. There are spoilers below, I’d say they are minor. For more spoilers you can read my ‘Who are The Dark Judges‘ article.
Judge Death and his colleagues, Fear, Fire and Mortis, are the twisted form of Justice Department from another dimension. Their world was cleansed of all life because, after all, all crime is commited by the living.
These stories also introduce Judge Anderson, Psi Division’s golden girl. Now a brief comment on helmets, Dredd obviously takes his off, we just never see that. Similarly Anderson wears a helmet, we just don’t see that. The 2012 movie handled that well, in the comic it is just SO, no in-world reason really.
The script is great, Death is a villain to fear and the threat levels seem real. Great storytelling from Brian Bolland. I’m hoping plenty of new readers pick this up. I didn’t care much for the 13 Dark Judges in IDW’s own version.
If you don’t read 2000AD give it go and get up to date with Judge Death and co as they are currently in a new Epic, Dark Justice. You can see a preview of that elsewhere on this blog. Remember that though North America and other territories have to wait for paper copies of 2000AD they are available digitally ‘day and date’ worldwide on the same day the UK & Ireland get the physical copies.
Please note, I put the borders around the preview pages to make the formatting clear.