Thursday, 25 July 2013
Judge Dredd: 'Dr. Panic'
Judge Dredd: 'Dr. Panic'
2000 A.D. Annual 1979
1 Sept 1978
The second 2000 A.D. Annual also featured Judge Dredd, Tharg's Future Shocks, Invasion, M.A.C.H.1, Dan Dare, The Phantom Patrol, Guinea Pig and Doctor Sin strips alongside four one-off text stories and features about subjects like lunar timekeeping on the moon, cruise missiles and profiles of Von Braun, Gagarin, Glenn, Armstrong, Aldrin, Collins and Verne.
Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 03 and Judge Dredd: The Restricted Files 01.
Dredd investigates a series of deaths and takes on Dr. Panic.
FIRSTS & LASTS
(This strip is set in 2099)
Mega-City One has more crime than other cities. The Mega-City Morgue has at least 45 levels and requires security clearance for entry. The Cosmo Café is a dining establishment. The Panic Robot Repair Company operates out of a warehouse on the Lower Eastside.
Anti-Caffeine Laws forbid the use of Synthi-Caf. Gambling is illegal.
100 Credit banknotes are in circulation.
His security pass number is A14472. He investigates the tramp deaths and Max Normal leads him to Dr. Panic's Suicide Alley. Dredd is captured and set against a Robo-Judge with a single bullet. He shoots out the electricity supply, steals Panic's gun and destroys the Robo-Judge.
WALTER THE WOBOT
He serves Dredd Synthi-Caf despite the Anti-Caffeine Laws.
Dredd gives him 2,000 credits for information on the Panic Robot Repair Company.
A cyborg. He runs the Panic Robot Repair Company as a front for Suicide Alley, a games arcade with deadly stakes. Dredd arrests and sentences him to 20 years in the time stretcher
One. Dr. Panic is sentenced to 20 years in the time stretcher.
Corpse 568 is the fourteenth tramp murdered in ten days. Dredd witnesses the fifteenth .
Dredd: "This is the fourteenth death, Judge - in ten days we've had fourteen killings of the city's down and outs - they're the dregs of society, but..."
Morgue Attendant: "...They have a right to live...very true, citizen!"
Dredd: "Walter! Will you shut up snivelling and clean up that mess you've just made while I'm gone!"
Walter says bwought, fwightening and howwid. Dredd says "Stomm!" twice and brilliantly asks "Who the drokk are you, Tin-Face?"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Set as it is in 2099, this could take part at any point between Max Normal's first appearance in 'The Comic Pusher' and Dredd's appointment to 'Luna 1'
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Synthi-Caf is illegal? Dredd drinks it all the time!
Artist: Brett Ewins & Brendan McCarthy
The artwork of Dr. Panic himself is fantastic, everything else here is pretty dreadful.