Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Judge Dredd: The DNA Man, Part 1

NAME
Judge Dredd: The DNA Man, Part 1

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. and Starlord Prog 113

DATELINE
19 May 79

This prog also featured Dan Dare, Rick Random, Ro-Busters and Strontium Dog strips and bore a Judge Dredd cover by Brendan McCarthy.

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd 29, Judge Dredd Annual 1988, The Complete Judge Dredd 10, Judge Dredd (Volume 2) 43, Judge Dredd: Rough Justice and Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 02.

SYNOPSIS
Professor Frankenstein's clone kills his assistant and Dredd begins investigating.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First example of cloning.

INFORMATION
Mega-City One's Old Mega-City Garbage Dump is equipped with garbage shredders. Mega Tech is a university.

Garbage shredders grind everything down to the size of a grain of sand.

Cloning is possible.

Named Judges: Judge Louis

JUDGE DREDD
He is investigating the possible death of Beaker.

OTHER CHARACTERS
PROFESSOR MILTON D. FRANKENSTEIN
Scientist. Thirty years old. He was a professor at Mega Tech, but was dismissed last year for unorthodox ideas. He uses the deoxyribonucleic acid present in a sample of his blood to clone himself.

CHARLES BEAKER
A student at Mega Tech and Frankenstein's lab assistant. Smoker. He disapproves of cloning his boss. At Frankenstein's instruction Dennis kills Beaker and disposes of his body at the Old Mega-City Garbage Dump.

DENNIS
The first DNA man. An imperfect clone of Frankenstein named by his progenitor. He can sense when the Professor is in danger.


ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
One. Dennis strangles Beaker.

BEST LINES
None.

WORST LINES
Beaker: "M-my life - there's something...something growing in there! growing fast!"

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Any relation to Frankenstein 2?

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Beaker shares his name with a Muppet who also worked as a lab assistant in ­The Muppet Show (1976–81), while Frankenstein
shares his with the main character of Frankenstein, Or The Modern Prometheus (1818), by Mary Shelley (1797-1851).

MISTAKES
Why is cloning so taboo. The Judges have been doing it for years.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: J. Howard
Artist: B. Ewins
Letters: T. Frame

REVIEW
This is fun, but Frankenstein again?

Next Prog: The Legion Of Horrors!