Classic Moments Of Thrill-Power™:The Death Of Chief-Judge MacGruder.
The alarmingly unhinged behaviour of former Chief-Judge Hilda Margaret MacGruder has seen her pushed from the halls of power in Mega-City One and is living out her days in an euthanasia centre,awaiting death.
Judge Dredd decides this once great leader deserves better,and in an increasingly frequent display of humanity,takes the confused but still sprightly MacGruder on one last,dangerous mission to the Cursed Earth to clear a nest of cannibals.
As Dredd suspected,MacGruder doesn’t make it but offers his former Chief-Judge a dignified end,and in a moment of clarity she thanks him before dying.
MacGruder,of course was a cypher for former British Prime Minister,Margaret Hilda Thatcher,both being the first female to hold her position and also developing senility in older age,the similarities are stark-even their names are the same,almost!
So,with the Iron Lady passing away this week,although not a huge fan,having lived through those depressing times,it feels appropriate to post this tribute to a former world-leader,whose glory days were long behind them.
Top:Explosive cover art(Prog1009,17Sep’96)from Mark Harrison.
Below:Interior art from Judge Dredd story,Death Of A Legend(Prog1009,17Sep’96)from Peter Doherty.Script:John Wagner.
Galen DeMarco comes undone when it is revealed that she is having an illicit affair with fellow Judge,Warren,in Judge Dredd scandal and corruption mega-epic,”The Pit”(Progs970-99,15Dec’95-5Jul’96).
Classic cover art by Mark Harrison(Prog987,12Apr’96)
The Changing Face(s)of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic™!(Pt.2)
Having remained pretty much the same for seven years,a new logo conceived by former design droid,Steve Cook,was introduced..
- Prog555(2Jan’88)Judge Dredd-John Higgins
- Prog589(27Aug’89)Judge Dredd(1st glossy cover)-Simon Bisley
- Prog843(3Jul’93)Tabloid newspaper mock-up,featuring “Manchester’s hardest man”,Big Dave!-Steve Parkhouse
- Prog950(28Jul’95)Radical redesign for Judge Dredd movie(1995)Dermot Power
- Prog1033(11Mar’97)Judge Dredd-Jason Brashill Another 90’s design overhaul
- Prog1199(28Jun’00)Sláine takes his axe,Brainbiter to the old logo!-Mark Harrison
- Prog1200(5Jul’00).Judge Dredd-Trevor Hairsine.Yet another short-lived redesign,surely something had to be done…
- Prog1234(21Mar’01)With John Higgins reprising his classic Judge Dredd cover(see above)common sense prevails as Steve Cook’s timeless logo is reinstated!
- Prog1500(9Aug’06)Monolithic character montage!-Boo Cook
- Prog1567(2Jan’08)Strontium Dog-Cliff Robinson Banner title is added to the classic logo that bring us up to date.
Will we see another change in cover/logo design?Probably,but as the big man himself says:”If it ain’t broke,don’t fix it..creep!”