Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Judge Dredd: 'Judge Minty'

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NAME
Judge Dredd: 'Judge Minty'

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. and Tornado Prog 147

DATELINE
12 Jan 80

This prog also contained Blackhawk, Captain Klep, Ro-Jaws' Robo-Tales, The Stainless Steel Rat and The V.C.'s, alongside a postergraph focussing The V.C.'s and a cover by Carlos Ezquerra featuring The Stainless Steel Rat.

PAGE COUNT
5

REPRINTS
The Best of 2000AD 1, Judge Dredd Classics 66, The Complete Judge Dredd 14, Judge Dredd Definitive Ed. Hall Of Justice, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 2, Judge Dredd 15 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 03. It was also the inspiration for the fan film Judge Minty.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd accompanies an ageing Judge and assess his compassion.

FIRSTS & LASTS
The Long Walk is shown for the first time. First appearance of Judge Minty.

INFORMATION
The Kovaks Mob are a criminal gang operating from the headquarters of Move It Ltd. in Mega-City One.

A retiring Judge has the the right to teach at the Academy Of Law or to take The Long Walk which sees them head into the Cursed Earth to take the law to the lawless. Named Judges: Judge Minty, Judge Young.

Possession of burglary tools carries a sentence of one year, while illegal firearm two years, traces of tobacco three months

JUDGE DREDD
He and Minty are searching for the Kovaks Mob. He kills two members of the Mob and then Kovaks himself. He puts in an adverse report based on Judge Minty's performance.

OTHER CHARACTERS
JUDGE MINTY
He and Dredd are searching for the Kovaks Mob. He was supposed to deal with them three months ago alone. He attempts to negotiate with Kovaks, who shoots him. He survives, but Dredd puts in an adverse report. Two weeks later he retires with honour and takes the Long Walk.


TOMMY
Judges Dredd and Minty question him about the Kovaks Mob. They arrest him for possession of burglary tools, an illegal firearm and traces of tobacco

KOVAKS
Leader of the Kovaks mob. He is wanted on seventy four counts of murder. During a fire fight, Judge Minty gives him the opportunity to turn himself in. Kovaks shoots Minty and Dredd shoots Kovaks.

ARRESTS
One. It's implied that Tommy's sentence for possession of burglary tools, an illegal firearm and traces of tobacco will be one year, two years and three months consecutively giving a total of three years, three months.

DEATHS
Three. Dredd kills two members of the Kovaks Mob and Kovaks himself.

BEST LINES
Minty: "When you get old, you start getting strange notions...like maybe people aren't so bad. Maybe if we treat 'em with kindness, the good in them will come out!...I guess that's when it's time to quit."

WORST LINES
Dredd: "One of 'em in there! Dodgems"

Lawgivers even respond to nicknames?

CATCHPHRASES
None.

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Unknown.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: John Howard
Artist: Mike McMahon
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
Fantastic. Great art combined with a wonderful tale of another Judge that can't measure up to Dredd's standards. A classic.