Judge Dredd: Outlaw
2000 A.D. and Starlord Prog 87
21 Oct 78
Judge Dredd Epics: Judge Caligula 1, Judge Dredd Epics: The Complete Judge Caligula, The Complete Judge Dredd 8, Judge Dredd Epics: The Day The Law Died, Judge Dredd 9 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 02. The story also formed part of the Judge Dredd radio adaptation of The Day The Law Died.
Dredd escapes and Cal orders the Judges after him.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First strip credited to two artists.
Mega-City One's Kennedy Spaceport has a restaurant.
Named Judges: Judge Ochs
Dredd breaks free of his chains aboard the penal shuttle and orders the pilot to land at gunpoint. The resulting crash leaves the shuttle's bow inside Kennedy Spaceport's restaurant. He acquires a taxi the same way and flees the scene.
DEPUTY CHIEF JUDGE CAL
He orders all Judges to find Dredd and relieves them of all other duties. His office contains several images, busts and figurines of himself and one of Adolf Hitler. He appears to have written a book called Cal's Book. He also has a facsimile of Dredd locked in a drawer.
CHIEF JUDGE GOODMAN
He agrees to Cal's orders.
He fears for the Chief Judge's mental stability.
WALTER THE WOBOT AND MARIA
They comply with the Judges searching Dredd's home.
Pilot (after witnessing shuttle crash): "Get the name of that pilot!"
Security Guard (in the path of a crashing space shuttle): "Dive!"
Dredd gives us another "Drokk it!", while Walter says Dwedd and wats.
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
We pick up where we left off at the end of Crime And Punishment . Dredd mention Rico's imprisonment on Titan, seen in The Return Of Rico.
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Dredd's line "Don't worry I got nothing to declare -- -- except my innocence" recalls "I have nothing to declare except my genius", a quote famously attributed to Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) at Customs in New York in 1882, but there is no contemporary evidence for the remark and it first appeared in print in Arthur Ransome's book Oscar Wilde: A Critical Study (1912), thirty years later.
Dredd appears to take his guard's lawgiver, which would be useless and potentially explosive.
Script: John Wagner
Letters: Dave Gibbons
The artwork is fantastic throughout and the set pieces are brilliant. These are exciting developments and both Goodman's fragility and the onset of Cal's madness are well conveyed.
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