What's this? It's only the fourth ever post and already I've given up on comic strips? No, not at all.
Futuregraph: Mega-City 1
2000 A.D. Programme 3
12 Mar 77
Judge Dredd Annual 1981 and Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 01 as part of Bank Raid (see NOTES below)
Judge Dredd patrols Mega-City 1 and reminds its citizens that he is the law.
FIRSTS & LASTS
Last use of recycling from Bank Raid.
The year is 2099 A.D.
Mega-City 1 spreads across the Eastern Seaboard from what what was once Montreal in the North, to what was once Georgia in the south. It has a population of 100,000,000 people. The city is watched by cameras labelled Police Scan.
The United States of the West (USW) is apparently a nation state which neighbours Mega-City 1.
Dredd is on a clean up patrol.
Dredd: "I am the law and you'd better believe it!" (It's nearly verbatim the slogan from the preview in Prog 1)
"We really flipped over this city of the future and we know you will too."
Dredd says "I am the law" for the first time.
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Strictly speaking this is the first spinoff from the Judge Dredd comic strip.
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Where 'Judge Whitey' showed us a New York City that had outgrown the Empire State Building, this is the first real glimpse of the enormous scale of Mega-City 1 and informs the look of the city for years to come.
This is a coloured version of the last page of Bank Raid.
There are no credits printed in the strip itself and so the following is taken from Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 01.
Artist: Carlos Ezquerra
Take Another Pic-Trip Into Your Future In 2000 A.D. Next Week!
(Next week is still in your future. I'll be back tomorrow.)