Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Judge Dredd: The Judge Child, Part 19 – Salesman!

NAME
Judge Dredd: The Judge Child, Part 19 – Salesman!

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. and Tornado Prog 174

DATELINE
23 Aug 80

This prog also featured Robo-Hunter, The Stainless Steel Rat, The V.C.'s and The Mind Of Wolfie Smith, Part 1 of the Galactic Olympics Micro-guide to cut-out-and-keep and a Galactic Olympics cover by Kevin O'Neill.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
Judge Dredd In The Judge Child Quest 4, The Complete Judge Dredd 16, Judge Dredd Epics: The Judge Child 3, Judge Dredd Epics: The Judge Child Quest, Judge Dredd Epics: The Complete Judge Child Quest, Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 04 and The Judge Child.

SYNOPSIS
A travelling salesman shrinks the Judges.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First time Dredd shrinks.

INFORMATION
(This part begins 79 days after Part 7)

The Groat is the common unit of galactic currency, nicknamed the Shug. Under galactic convention, distress calls from Refuge Stations must be answered and hitchhikers must be picked up. There are many Refuge Stations between Ab and Xanadu.

The Terlian Warpers can build objects that are bigger on the inside. Nanja Dragons weigh a hundred tonnes and spit fire.

Justice 1 is equipped with deep sleep facilities and at least four cabins.

JUDGE DREDD
He declines to do business with Rinus Limpopop Quintz. Quintz shrinks Dredd, but the Judge manages to get his respirator on and so remains conscious.

OTHER CHARACTERS
RINUS LIMPOPOP QUINTZ
A travelling salesman who sells merchandise from seventeen systems from a suitcase that is bigger on the inside. He sends a distress call from a Refuge Station and asks for passage aboard Justice 1. He shrinks the Judges for later sale at 400 Groats for a set of three.

JUDGE HERSHEY
Rinus Limpopop Quintz shrinks her and puts her in his suitcase. Dredd brings her round with his respirator.

JUDGE LARTER
Rinus Limpopop Quintz shrinks him and puts him in his suitcase. Dredd brings him round with his respirator.

ARRESTS
None.

DEATHS
None.

BEST LINES
Quintz: "Perfumes and spices from the seventeen systems! Cloth from the galaxy's finest weavers! Precious stones and rottlebones! Synthetic Hair and tableware! Large things and small things, things that don't make sense at all things!...Rinus can supply!"

WORST LINES
Dredd: "My guess is, we're in the salesman's suitcase!"

Well, yeah.

CATCHPHRASES
A tiny Dredd says "Stomm!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
None.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
A suitcase that's bigger on the inside recalls Mary Poppins' carpet bag (1934) and Doctor Who's TARDIS (1963). While shrinking characters may be references to Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (1865).

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
The Refuge Stations are similar to space stations later seen in Ace Trucking Co.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: John Howard
Artist: Ron Smith
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
We were just getting back on track and now this. At least Rinus Limpopop Quintz looks great.

Next Prog: Mayhem Of The Micro-Judges!