Judge Dredd: 'Bank Raid'
(When included in Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 01 it was called The First Dredd)
2000 A.D. Annual 1981
1 Sept 80
Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 4 and Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 01.
Dredd foils a bank raid.
FIRSTS & LASTS
Technically, this is full of firsts.
New Manhattan has a Street Level 95.
Jay-walking is a crime and the sentence is four hundred days in a special prison, Jug 1. Bribing a Judge is an offence.
Mega-City Law Control informs Judges of crimes-in-progress. Judges ride Lawmaster 5000 Bi-Mobiles. Number three on a Judge's gun fires rubber titanium ricochet shells, nicknamed 'dodgems', while number six fires heat-seeking shells.
He is called to a bank robbery in progress. Dredd terminates three surrendering robbers and an overenthusiastic onlooker turned jay-walker.
Ten. The bank robbers kill six people during their robbery, Dredd terminates the three of them and then a fourth jay-walker/briber.
Future Jay-walker: "Yeah! You give it to 'em Judge!"
Dredd: "I would remind you, citizen - I take no pleasure in terminating law breakers."
Bank rober: "Look out - It's Judge Dredd! Smoke him!"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Dirty Harry (1971), Death Race 2000 (1975) and 'Judge Dread' by Prince Buster (1967).
Dredd "termintates" the bank robbers.
There are no credits printed in the strip itself and so the following are taken from Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 01.
Script: Pat Mills and John Wagner
Artist: Carlos Ezquerra
The artwork is great and one citizen's brief trip from innocent bystander to jay-walker to attempted briber to corpse is well realised. The judge, jury and executioner aspect of the character is quite shocking and it's easy to understand why it was initially played down.