Walter The Wobot: 'Meet Mek-Quake', Part 1
2000 A.D. Prog 84
30 Sep 78
Walter needs repairs, finds himself in the robo-pound and .
FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of Maria in Walter The Wobot. First appearance of Mek-Quake (and therefore Ro-Busters) in a Dreddverse strip.
Mega-City One has a robo-pound for abandoned robots. Robots left unclaimed after 24 hours are destroyed.
WALTER THE WOBOT
He needs to get his scanner fixed, but the required part is unavailable and he is forced to wear glasses instead. He is mistaken for Elton Droid and mobbed by fans who are disappointed when they realise his true identity and leave him in the gutter.
Walter mistakes her for a hatstand.
Spectacle wearing robot that has become a big star in Mega-City One.
He plans to destroy Walter.
Judge: "What are you doing in the gutter, Pal? Vagrant, eh?"
Walter: "Oh no, Officer! Walter is not a vagwant, he's Judge Dwedd's servo-wobot!"
Judge: "The Cursed Earth you are! I'm taking you down to the robo-pound!"
Walter: "But you can't! I'm a fwee wobot - fwee!"
Elton Droid Fan: "Boy, what a creep, impersonating Mega-City's top-star!"
Walter says bwats, cwikey, destwuction, Dwedd's, fwee, gwief, Mawia, wobot, wuined, vagwant and, for no good reason, Mek-Qwake. Mek-Quake says "Big Jobs".
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
The Judge mentions the Cursed Earth, which of course is where Dredd currently is, Walter was declared a free robot in Judge Dredd: 'Robot Wars', Part 8, while Mek-Quake crosses over from Ro-Busters.
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Elton John (or Sir Elton Hercules John CBE) was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight and one of the most successful musical artists of all time. His hits include 'Rocket Man', 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' with Kiki Dee, 'Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting', 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', the brilliantly named 'Just Like Belgium' and 'Candle In The Wind 1997', which sold over 33 million copies worldwide and is the best selling single in the history of both the UK and US Charts.
Souvenir is mis-spelt Sovenir.
Script: G. P. Price
Artist: B. McCarthy
Letters: P. Bensberg
G. P. Price is presumably a pseudonym for G. P. Rice.
P. Bensberg might be a clue to the identity of Bennsberg.
Walter needs glasses. It's a very Walter premise, but this bizarre strip lurches into an Elton John parody, then homelessness before execution. To compound this, the executioner has nipped over from Starlord to do Walter in. It's astonishing that Ro-Busters, and therefore A.B.C. Warriors, owe their place in Dreddverse not to the Volgan war, Hammerstein meeting Dredd or Golgotha's parentage, but instead to Mek-Quake's appearance here.
Next Prog: 'Mama Mia! What Am I Going To Tell Da Judge?'