Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Judge Dredd: Cityblock 1

NAME
Judge Dredd: Cityblock 1

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 117

DATELINE
16 June 79

This prog also featured Dan Dare, Tharg's Future Shocks, Rick Random and Strontium Dog strips and a Judge Dredd cover by Ron Smith.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Complete Judge Dredd 11, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 5, Judge Dredd 26, The Best Of 2000AD 47 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 03.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd chases a citizen through a Cityblock.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First reference to City Blocks.

INFORMATION
Mega-City One's population is over 800 Million. Most live in huge cityblocks, each housing over 60,000 citizens. Each cityblock contains a hospital, crematorium, cinema, shopping centre, recreation park and a holographic beach. Cityblocks include Charlton Heston Block.

JUDGE DREDD
He is on patrol in Charlton Heston Block.

OTHER CHARACTERS
None.

ARRESTS
One. Dredd arrests a citizen for vehicle theft, kidnap, assault, possible manslaughter, littering and seventeen other penal code violations as well as reckless driving and six other traffic offences.


DEATHS
None. Although Mr Armitage might not make it.

BEST LINES
Dredd: "Crowd him in close under the flyways. I'm going to put n end to this."
Ambulance Robot: "Yes, sir. And may I say, sir, what a thrill it is to be working with you, sir. I've followed your career ever since I was built."

WORST LINES
Ambulance Robot: "Hey, baby, you can't do that!"

CATCHPHRASES
Dredd says "Stop in the name of the law, citizen!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Fergee: The True Story is being advertised at the Cityblock's cinema, a biopic of some of the events of The Day The Law Died.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Charlton Heston Block is named after Charlton Heston (1923–2008), the actor famous for starring in The Ten Commandments (1956), Ben-Hur (1959), El Cid (1961) and Planet Of The Apes (1968).

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
The Cityblock will become a central concept in the depiction of Mega-City One.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: John Howard
Artist: Ron Smith
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
The innovation of the Cityblock is brilliantly explored via the chase through it. The story is slight, but ultimately rewarding.

Next Prog: Cityblock 2