Friday, 9 May 2014

Judge Dredd: Otto Sump's Ugly Clinic, Part 2

NAME
Judge Dredd: Otto Sump's Ugly Clinic, Part 2

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 AD Featuring Judge Dredd Prog 187

DATELINE
22 Nov 80

This prog also featured Dash Decent, The Mean Arena, Meltdown Man, Return To Armageddon and Strontium Dog, a Nemesis the Warlock Star Pin-Up and a cover bearing The Mean Arena by Dave Gibbons.

PAGE COUNT
6

REPRINTS
The Best Of Judge Dredd, The Best Of 2000AD 11, Judge Dredd Classics 68, The Complete Judge Dredd 18, Judge Dredd Chronicles Book 3, Judge Dredd 25, Judge Dredd Paperbacks vs Otto Sump, Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 04.

SYNOPSIS
Dredd tracks the bombings down to the Mantis Brothers and fools them into coming to him.

FIRSTS & LASTS
First use of advertising within the narrative.

INFORMATION
Sump Tower is in Mega-City One's District 12. Marcus Welby General Hospital has an Intensive Care Unit.

Sump products include: Blobtrex makes eyes bulge, Fuzz promotes unsightly hair growth, Bogle Drops makes a nose run, Odour Makers causes foot odour, Sump's Stick-On Ears, Sumparin causes pain and discomfort, packets of bellybutton fluff and Qwiklime Shampoo.

Race News is a publication available in Mega-City One.

Using the image of a Judge in commercial venture is illegal.


JUDGE DREDD
He interviews Otto Sump and is at Sump Tower when it is attacked by the bombers. He pursues and catches them.

OTHER CHARACTERS
OTTO SUMP
He has received a ransom note demanding 50,000 credits every two weeks, but failed to report it. He regards Judge Dredd as the founder of his Ugly empire.

MERC RAMSEY & SPIDER SCHULTZ
They work for the Mantis Syndicate. They have been attacking Otto Sump's Ugly Clinics. Dredd catches them fleeing Sump Tower after another bomb attack. They are killed during the Judge's pursuit, but he announces to the press that they are receiving treatment at Marcus Welby General Hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

THE MANTIS BROTHERS
They run the Mantis Syndicate. When Dredd takes Ramsey and Schultz to Marcus Welby General Hospital has an Intensive Care Unit, they arrive at the hospital dressed as medics and attempt to intervene before their employees can talk. Dredd shoots Con Mantis dead, but his own bullets cause a Robosurgeon to malfunction and attack Dredd and his surviving brothers.

ARNOLD SWARZENBURGER
He is known as Mr Body Ugly 2120 and features in adverts for Flabbon claiming it is responsible for his weight gain from 90lb to 364lb.

ARRESTS
Dredd attempts to arrest the three Mantis Brothers

DEATHS
At least seven. An unknown number are killed in the Sump Tower bombing, while Ramsey and Schultz are killed in a Dredd car chase related crash. Dredd shoots Con Mantis dead.

BEST LINES
Mantis posing as a 'Medic': "Intensive Care Unit - Quickly! We've got a croaker!"

WORST LINES
None.

CATCHPHRASES
Dredd shouts a "Drokk!"

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Charles Atlas Bridge was previously seen in Judge Death, part 3.

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
Marcus Welby is a reference to Marcus Welby, M.D., US TV show (1969-1976).

MISTAKES
Arnold Swarzenburger's 2120 is presumably meant to be the year.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: T.B. Grover
Artist: Ron Smith
Letters: Tom Frame

REVIEW
The story itself is simple here and while Dredd's reunion with Otto Sump is nice it's the fantastic adverts for Sump's products that are the real highlights.

Next Prog: Otto's Empire Strikes Back!