Judge Dredd: The Blood Of Satanus!, Part 1
2000 A.D. and Tornado Prog 152
16 Feb 80
The Best Of 2000AD 1, The Complete Judge Dredd 14, Judge Dredd Definitive Ed. Bad Science, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 3, Judge Dredd 17 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 03.
Ratfinkle turns his neighbour into a human Tyrannosaur.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First appearance of a half man, half Tyrannosaur creature.
Drinking Dinosaur plasma can alter your DNA.
Synthi-Plonk is synthetic wine.
He lays siege to a building during a hostage situation and dismisses Lynsey Peters' request for help. He arrests the hostage taker and regrets not assisting Lynsey Peters.
CYRIL J. RATFINKLE
He steals the Satanus plasma sample and takes it home. He drills a hole in his floor and pours it down a line into a wineglass below.
He is married to Lynsey. Whilst they are celebrating their first wedding anniversary, Ratfinkle spikes his drink with Satanus' plasma. The next day he has black scales on his stomach. A few days later Ratfinkle meets him and gives him the Satanus' plasma sample under the guise of being medicine. Twelve days later, the black scales cover his legs and abdomen. He has also developed a taste for raw meat and eats Mrs Potts' pet alien. He builds a nest in his home and turns into a creature part man, part Tyrannosaur.
She is married to Rex. Concerned for her husband she contacts Judge Dredd.
One. Dredd arrests the hostage taker.
One. Rex eats Mrs Potts' pet alien.
Ratfinkle: "Ah, it's a new virus. The doctors can't do anything. As a matter of fact, I'm working on the remedy now."
Rex: "Really? I always thought you did the photocopying."
Dredd: "Suck my kid glove, punk!"
Dredd thinks a "Drokk it!"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Script: Pat Mills
Artist: Ron Smith
Letters: Tom Frame
Ron Smith's art and inventive page layouts help this rather silly premise for a story whip along quickly.
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