I'm on a Judge Dredd kick right now, so I feel like story-timing "The Cursed Earth". This was the first JD Epic storyline, and one of my favorites.
Included are also the missing chapters that where removed from later collected editions due to trademark infringement. More on that later
Now, The Cursed Earth...
Wow, color pages are so pretty. I wish the black and white pages were cleaner, but I understand 2000AD was printed on really cheap newsprint for the longest time.
How long is The Cursed Earth anyway?
164 Pages. I may not get though them all in one shot but I will try.
It ran from March to September, every week in 1978.
He did that one book for the Epic imprint at Marvel, The Last American. Which I have yet to read.
A bunch of reasons. Mills has two speeds in writing: extreme political/religious soapboxing, and increasingly awkward satire. When he's good, he's really good, but when he's bad, he can get really unbearable. He's also very outspoken and irritable by many sources, so odds are he's not easy to work with, and he's gotten old man syndrome these last few years. His storytelling in particular has suffered quite a bit. And of course, the genres he does very rarely tend to be the general public's cup of tea. Still a magnificent editor with a razor-sharp eye for artists, but not something that you can stand for prolonged periods of time unless you're into his stuff.
Last American IIRC was actually Wagner and McMahon. Mills did Marshall Law with Kev O'Neill.
How about some appropriate music?
>Last American IIRC was actually Wagner and McMahon. Mills did Marshall Law with Kev O'Neill.
Shit, your right. Also, have yet to read in it's entirety, just bits and pieces. Apparently there was a crossover with Clive Barkers Hellraiser, which sounds cool as fuck.
I think that goes without saying that the majority of early 2000AD and Judge Dredd is really cult.
I mean even with two movies( both doing varying business in the box office), JD has never broken out of comics like the Marvel, DC superhero have. Even other indi comics like TMNT and Bone have had more generational success.
Now, here it is. The Banned episodes! You will never see this reprinted in any Judge Dredd book unless you find the original Progs on ebay.
>The Cursed Earth was also notable for a lawsuit involving the publishers of 2000 AD, McDonalds, Burger King, and the Jolly Green Giant. Four episodes in the series, written by John Wagner and Jack Adrian, featured copyrighted characters used without permission. One storyline depicted wars between rival gangs, headed by the Burger King and Ronald McDonald - including scenes of Ronald executing a gang member who spilled a milkshake. Unsurprisingly, the owners of these characters objected to the use of their trademarks and sued. Publishers IPC settled out of court, publishing a half-page retraction and agreeing never to reprint the offending episodes.
This is one of the best comic pages of all time. No doubt.
>he didn't want to waste any of the goodness
You're welcome! Here you go.
Bumping - and on a related note I received Judge Dredd chronicles 9 in the mail today. These thematically organised 1980s Titan reprints are a nice way of plugging gaps in Case Files collections, or just a way of cherry picking stories, and the presentation is very nice. A nice large softback format on good quality paper that you can open right up, with an introduction. Nice covers too (pic related, taken from 2000ad forums.)
Maaaan, I'd love to have some of those if only for dem Bill S covers.
I'm very impressed with them. Dredd 9's introduction elaborated on Steve Dillon's research and visual references for Cry of The Werewolf (The Howling, American Werewolf in London.) If they're all of similar paper quality (my 1987 copy hasn't yellowed at all) I'll be picking up a couple more like #10/Graveyard Shift.
Graveyard Shift? Like, a whole book of nothing but Graveyard Shift? Hot.
Yep, well mostly. They tend to be about 70 pages long and have a story and then a couple one-offs by the same artist. The format is slightly bigger than Case Files too.
>[...] the vow we made on the day we crawled out from the fall out... all norms must die!
>Death to the norms!
Why do mutants insist on making laws about killing norms? Whether it's Muties in Dredd, or Mutos in Who, or other packs of mutants in fiction. They're almost lawless in every other way, but with non-mutated humans it's always "all NORMS must DIIIIIE - it is THE LAAAAAW!" They're some spiteful bastards.
I used to have that Landraider toy when I was a kid. Matchbox made it. Really enjoyed it up until some cunt pal of my older brother stole it and one of my Space 1999 Eagles.
Pic is the full set. The wings on the car broke off pretty easy. :( Think IPC had to do a merchandising deal with Matchbox to include it in the comic.
£439.00 on ebay.co.uk for the full unopened set
Individual models in various states going for so little as 99p.
Thanks for the pic! Clearest I've seen of that set yet. Also, fuck that cunt pal.
Good afternoon bump. The next epic storyline would be The Day The Law Died/Judge Caligula...