Sunday, 28 July 2013

Judge Dredd: Ryan's Revenge

NAME
Judge Dredd: Ryan's Revenge

FIRST PUBLISHED
Dan Dare Annual 1979

DATELINE
1 Sept 78

PAGE COUNT
4 and a 1/2

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd: The Restricted Files 01.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd must protect Mayor Amalfi from Ryan's revenge.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First full colour Judge Dredd strip and the first use of the name organ-legging.

INFORMATION
There are at least seven Penal Rafts in Mega City Bay.

Soybeef is a meat substitute. Grapes, bananas, apples, oranges and strawberries are all highly prized.

The bones of the dead can be grafted onto the living. Organ-Legging is the theft and sale of body parts for spare part surgery. The Litter Act contains at least 1034 sections

A Judge's armour can withstand the ammunition of a four-shot, short range anti-personnel pistol.

JUDGE DREDD
He dislikes Mayor Amalfi. The last eight lawbreakers that Dredd killed weren't in a fit state for the morgue. Dredd's diet includes soybeef and synthi-caf.

OTHER CHARACTERS
CHIEF JUDGE
He orders Dredd to protect Mayor Amalfi.

RYAN
Ex-morgue employee. He was locked up in Penal Raft Seven as a convicted organ-legger. He attempted to implicate the Mayor during his trial. He attempts to kill Amalfi, but Dredd intervenes. He falls to his death.

MAYOR AMALFI
He would prefer dead lawbreakers to be suitable for the morgue. He grows his own fresh fruit. His rooftop garden is known as the last refuge of the banana. Ryan was supplying him with bones from the morgue to fertilise his plants. He slips on a banana peel and falls to his death.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Amalfi: "Bet you've never even seen a grape, eh, Dredd?"

Amalfi: "Don't mock, Dredd - banana is a thing of beauty!"

WORST LINES
Dredd: "Goodbye, Mayor - Guess you've slipped away from justice and perhaps it's better this way..."

CATCHPHRASES
"Subside, Fatso!" is Ryan's odd way of telling the Mayor to get out of the way. Dredd repeats it later and chalks up another "Stomm!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
We last saw the Mega-City Morgue in Judge Dredd: Dr. Panic.

There is no information on offer here to establish the setting of this strip.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
Dredd drinks Synthi-Caf? But that's illegal! Sometimes.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Unknown
Artist: Kevin O'Neill

REVIEW
Amalfi gets some great lines and the artwork for Ryan's special delivery is nice, but overall this feels odd. Dredd is acting very oddly.