Walter’s Robo-Tale: Shok!, Prologue
Judge Dredd Annual 1981
1 Sept 80
2000AD Prog 612 , Judge Dredd (Volume 2) 35, Hardware DVD liner notes and online here
Mike buys Lyn a present.
FIRSTS & LASTS
First Dreddverse one-off.
Mega-City Two's shuttle port has at least 81 pads.
Strato-Bat pilot. He buys the remains of a war robot from Tombstone Toothbrush for Lyn to use in her metalwork.
He sells souvenirs from Judge Dredd's crossing of the Cursed Earth. He sells Mike the remains of a war robot.
Tombstone: "Not so loud, Cobber. Vid screens have faces!"
CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Judge Dredd's crossing of the Cursed Earth was seen in The Cursed Earth.
INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
This strip served as inspiration for a 1990 film directed by Richard Stanley, called Hardware. The original theatrical release failed to mention Shok! despite having a very similar storyline. Following legal action, a notice was added to later versions and Steve MacManus and Kevin O'Neill received writer's credits.
Letters: T. Jacob
Rogan/O'Neill are Steve MacManus and Kevin O'Neill while T. Jacob is Tony Jacob.
It's a good set-up, the goods Tombstone Toothbrush has for sale are a nice call back to The Cursed Earth and the artwork really lends itself to the grotesque, most obvious in the panel of T.T. seen above.