John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s 1977 policing super-fascist – Judge Dredd – has been a staple of the UK Comic’s anthology diet for the guts of 35 years now and with the new DREDD movie starring Karl Urban as ole ‘chin face’ and a fresh cut deal with comics franchise giant IDW, he doesn’t seem to be going anywhere for a time yet.
A much loved British character, Dredd ironically was an American, written and conceived by British creators envisioning a fascist future America that during the Regan era politics of the 80′s the US could neither fathom nor tolerate.
Dredd is described as: An American law enforcement officer in a violent city of the future where uniformed Judges combine the powers of police, judge, jury and executioner. Dredd and his fellow Judges are empowered to arrest, sentence, and even execute criminals on the spot.
He’s not just a bastard. He’s the ‘ultimate bastard’! And everyone loves a bastard. So much in fact that he’s been ripped off to varying degrees of success since his beginnings way back in the arse end of the 70′s.
On that note – below are the 5 most notable Dredd rips that you forgot ever existed. Perhaps the only Dredd rip-offs that you forgot ever existed. And if not DROKK YOU Wikipedia!
Anyway, here they are, so check them the Drokk out Creep! And see if you agree:
Justice Peace is a time hopping merc hired by The Time Variance Authority to become the leader of their Temporal Law Enforcement Department and (one of) Marvel’s homage(s) to Judge Dredd. Originally an officer of the Federal Police in future USA’s Brooklynopolis, Peace’s timeline saw genetic encrypting at birth to keep crimes to a minimum. The character was created by Walt Simonson and debuted during his run on Thor (Vol #1 #373) and would go on to appear in Fantastic Four, Death-Lok and She-Hulk.
He notably packs a Peacemaker sidearm (the equivalent of Dredd’s Lawgiver) and is a double hard bastard, so much so he once subdued Thor and killed Doctor Doom (well, a duplicate anyway). As far as Dredd rip-off’s go he’s not the worst. And did I mention he subdued Thor (HE’S A GOD!). What a guy!Tags: boss cage, dark avengers, demolition man, judge dredd, u.s. agent, warhammer 40k