Saturday 17th October 2015
General release in print & digital
Wednesday 21st October 2015
Cover: Barry Kitson
Genre – Sci-Fi
25 years ago Judge Dredd Megazine was launched with issue 1 in October 1990. Without wishibg to complicate things there were relaunches restarting the numbering but in the end it was decided to consolidate all the versions in to one. So issue 365 is indeed the 365th issue.
You might think ‘365? That sounds like more than 25 years worth of issues for a Monthly magazine’. You’d be right; the Megazine has shifted its printing schedules. I’m not going to get in to that here either. Numbering and regularity of issues isn’t the main thing. The main thing here is staying power.
Bryan Kitson, back with the House of Tharg after 23 years, supplies the art on the cover. His talent was shown in titles such as Judge Dredd and Anderson: Psi Division. He may be better known internationally for his work with Marvel on Fantastic Four, and The Amazing Spider-Man. Barry is back with At the end of this article is an image of the cover without branding and lettering as well as preview pages of the strips inside.
And what about inside?
Issue 1 brought America, often said to have ushered in the ‘modern era’ of Judge Dredd. Some might say that The Pit and Origins have since fulfilled similar roles. The creators of America, John Wagner and Colin MacNeil, are again reunited with a new story starting this issue, Terror Rising.
Issue 1’s full line-up, inside a gatefold cover by Glenn Fabry and Sean Phillips, was:
- Judge Dredd – Midnite’s Children (part 1)
Script: Alan Grant
Art: Jim Baikie
- Chopper – Earth Wind and Fire (part 1)
Script: Garth Ennis
Art: John McCrea
- The Mega-City News
Script: Tony Allen
- Young Death – Boyhood of a Superfiend (part 1)
Script: John Wagner (writing as Brian Skuter)
Art: Peter Doherty
- America (part 1)
Script: John Wagner
Art: Colin Macneil
- Beyond our Kenny (part 1)
Script: John Wagner
Art: Cam Kennedy
That list of greats above features those that moved on, such as Garth Ennis, and those that are still firmly involved in Judge Dredd, John Wagner and Colin MacNeil.
This current issue boasts, alongside John Wagner and Colin MacNeil huge talents such as Dan Abnett and the very popular young gun – Tom Foster. Full details are below.
Oh, I knew I wasn’t going to go in to this but here’s how the numbering works:
- Volume 1: issues 1-20 (1-20)
- Volume 2: issues 1-83 (21-103)
- Volume 3: issues 1-79 (104-182)
- Volume 4: issues 1-18 (183-200)
- Volume 5 ongoing, started with issue 201
So there are no issues ever printed with numbers 84 to 200, don’t search anywhere trying to buy them.
Judge Dredd: Terror Rising part 1
Writer: John Wagner
Artist: Colin MacNeil
Colours: Chris Blythe
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Demon Nic: Dead Friends part 5
Written & Drawn by Paul Grist
Colours: Phil Elliott
Storm Warning: The Relic part 5
Writers: Leah Moore & John Reppion
Art: Tom Foster
Colours: Kirsty Swan
Letters: Simon Bowland
Lawless: Between Badrock & A Hard Place part 5
Writer: Dan Abnett
Art: Phil Winslade
Letters: Ellie De Ville