Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Judge Dredd: 'Night Of The Fog'

NAME
Judge Dredd: 'Night Of The Fog'

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. and Tornado Prog 127

DATELINE
25 Aug 79

2000 A.D. and Starlord is dead! Long live 2000 A.D. and Tornado! The first ever prog of 2000 A.D. and Tornado contained ABC Warriors, Disaster 1990, Blackhawk, Captain Klep and The Mind Of Wolfie Smith strips and a cover featuring Tharg and the characters crossing over from Tornado by Dave Gibbons.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Best Of 2000AD 50, The Complete Judge Dredd 12, Judge Death: Dredd vs. Death, Judge Dredd Definitive Ed. Metal Fatigue, Judge Death: Classic Judge Dredd, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 1, Judge Death: Judge Dredd featuring Judge Death, Judge Dredd (Volume 2) 14 and Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 03.

SYNOPSIS
Fog descends on part of Mega-City One and Dredd investigates a series of disappearances.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First female Judge.

INFORMATION
The Mega-City Chamber Of Horrors and Luigi's Diner are in Mega-City One's Weather District 6.

A Lawmaster's infra-red beam can detect footprints. Named Judges: Judge Kelly


JUDGE DREDD
He investigates the disappearances and confronts the replica of Sweeney Todd, exposing him to be

OTHER CHARACTERS
THE MANAGER OF THE MEGA-CITY CHAMBER OF HORRORS
He manages the Mega-City Chamber Of Horrors. It was losing money, so when the fog descended on Weather District 6 he reprogrammed his robot replicas of Sweeney Todd, Burke And Hare and the Hunchback of Notre Dame to rob and bring back the money, but their original programming was too strong and they killed instead.

ARRESTS
One. The manager of the Mega-City Chamber Of Horrors.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Dredd: "The fun's over, Citizen! I'm taking you in!"
Victim: "Oh good! Can I come down now?"

WORST LINES
Dredd (having nothing about robots whatsoever): "I was right- a robot!"

CATCHPHRASES
Dredd "Crime never pays, Citizen! You're under arrest!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Sweeney Todd first appeared in The String Of Pearls: A Romance, a penny dreadful published from 1846 to 1847, author unknown. Dredd believes Todd to be a genuine historical character and although there is no proof, rumours persist. Burke (1792–1829) and Hare (1792 or 1804-1829), were very real and killed sixteen people in 1828 and sold the corpses to Doctor Robert Knox as dissection material for his well-attended anatomy lectures. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is the protagonist of the 1831 novel The Hunchback Of Notre Dame Victor Hugo (1802-1885), and he bears a resemblance here to the character as he appeared in the 1923 film version, played by Lon Chaney (1883-1930). In the last panel, the manager the Mega-City Chamber Of Horrors looks a bit like actor Boris Karloff (1887-1969).

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: John Howard
Artist: Brian Bolland
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
A brilliantly moody piece with a very simple story.