Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth, Chapter 11 – Battle Of The Burger Barons
2000 A.D. Prog 71
1 July 78
Dredd becomes embroiled in a war between two Burger Barons.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First time that a story has reached eleven parts and this is also the first of the 'banned' strips.
The Great Atomic War turned Kansas into a nuclear dustbowl and it suffers from dust storms. In Between is a town with a population of 99, mainly normal. The town got its name because it is 'In Between' the land of the neighbouring burger barons. 'Ronald MacDonald' leads Macdonald's Marauders from a base in Macdonald City to the north of In Between, while the 'Burger King' leads the Burger Boys from Burgerville to the south.
He fights in the battle between the MacDonald's Marauders and the Burger Boys, but is kidnapped when 'Ronald MacDonald' wins.
SPIKES HARVEY ROTTEN
He rides into In Between with Dredd and orders a hamburger from a café, which causes the locals to pull a gun on him believing he is spying for one of the Burger Barons. He fights in the battle between the MacDonald's Marauders and the Burger Boys, but is kidnapped when 'Ronald MacDonald' wins.
'THE BURGER KING'
Burger Baron in charge of the Burger Boys. He is not the original Burger King. He gave the people of In Between an ultimatum to decide which side they were on. When it ran out he and his troops entered the town to discover the result only to find that MacDonald's forces were also present. They clashed and the Burger King was beaten by MacDonald and his forces fled.
Burger Baron in charge of the MacDonald's Marauders. He is not the original Ronald MacDonald, but instead the son of the man who ran MacDonald's before the Great Atomic War. His troops clash with those of the Burger King in In Between and win. MacDonald orders the town set on fire and the inhabitants kidnapped.
At least four. We see three soldiers of indeterminate affiliation die in battle, while 'The Burger King' is killed by 'Ronald MacDonald'.
'Ronald MacDonald': "You'll have to stay a MacDonald customer till this war is won - An' that might be quite a spell yet....This is big country - Burger Country!".
The 'Burger King': "You've bitten off more'n yuh kin chew this time Ronald!"
Dredd understandably asks "What the drokk are you talking about?", a fast food fighter shouts an "Aieeeee!" and 'Ronald MacDonald' says "There's a difference at MacDonald's - - A difference you'll enjoy", which was a McDonalds advertising slogan between 1974 and 1986.
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
M(a)cDonalds and Burger King are fast food restaurants.
At one point Dredd's badge reads Dreed.
This strip was not banned per se, but after encountering problems with another trademark infringing two-part section of The Cursed Earth, IPC decided to play it safe and chose not to reprint this part or its successor.
There is very little here to draw attention to the fact that Tweak is now part of Dredd's crew. He appears in the background of one panel.
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Mike McMahon
Letters: T. Frame
Mike McMahon's interpretation of 'Ronald MacDonald' is great and the genuine corporate rivalry left unchecked premise behind this strip is brilliant, but the end result is mostly ham-fisted.
Next Prog: Burger Law!!