So great is the character's name recognition that his name is sometimes invoked over similar issues to those explored by the comic series, such as the police state , authoritarianism , and the rule of law. When Pat Mills was developing AD in , he brought in his former writing partner, John Wagner , to develop characters. Wagner had written various Dirty Harry -style "tough cop" stories for other titles, and suggested a character who took that concept to its logical extreme. Mills had developed a horror strip called Judge Dread but abandoned the idea as unsuitable for the new comic; but the name, with the spelling modified to "Dredd" at the suggestion of sub-editor Kelvin Gosnell , was adopted by Wagner.
The task of visualising the character was given to Carlos Ezquerra , a Spanish artist who had worked for Mills before on Battle Picture Weekly.
Wagner gave Ezquerra an advertisement for the film Death Race , showing the character Frankenstein played by David Carradine clad in black leather on a motorbike, as a suggestion of Dredd's appearance. Ezquerra added body-armour, zips, and chains, which Wagner initially declined. The hardware and cityscapes Ezquerra had drawn were far more futuristic than the near-future setting originally intended; in response to which, Mills set the story further in the future.
By this stage, Wagner had quit, disillusioned that a proposed buy-out of the new comic by another company which would have given him and Mills a greater financial stake in the comic had fallen through. Their scripts were given to a variety of artists as Mills tried to find a strip which would provide a good introduction to the character, all of which meant that "Judge Dredd" would not be ready for the first issue of AD , launched in February The story chosen to introduce the character was submitted by Peter Harris, and extensively re-written by Mills.
The strip debuted in "prog" issue No. His " Robot Wars " storyline was drawn by a rotating team of artists including Ezquerra , and marked the point where Dredd became the most popular character in the comic, a position he has rarely relinquished. Since Dredd has also headlined his own title, the Judge Dredd Megazine. Their efforts were not popular with fans, and sales fell. Judge Dredd has also been published in a long-running comic strip — in the Daily Star ,  and briefly in Metro from January — Numerous infamous criminals or "perps" in the story's argot have featured over the years, including:.
Street Judges act as police, judge, jury, and executioner. Capital punishment in Mega-City One is rarely used,  though deaths while resisting arrest are numerous. Numerous writers have used the Judge System to satirize contemporary politics. Judges, once appointed, can be broadly characterised as "Street Judges" who patrol the city , and administrative, or office-based judges. Dredd was once offered the job of Chief Judge ; but refused it. As such this political model has become the most common form of government on Earth, with only a few small areas practicing civilian rule.
There is therefore an international "Judicial Charter" which countries and city states join upon instituting a Judge System. The setting of Judge Dredd is a dystopian future Earth damaged by a series of international conflicts; much of the planet has become radioactive wasteland, and so populations have aggregated in enormous conurbations known as 'mega-cities'. Within Mega-City One, extensive automation including intelligent robots has rendered the majority of the population unemployed. Mega-City One's population lives in gigantic towers known as City Blocks , each holding some fifty thousand people.
Eastwood would later play the lead in Dirty Harry — one of the thematic influences by which Judge Dredd was inspired. A number of stories feature rivalries between different blocks,  on many occasions breaking into full-scale gun battles between them  most notably in " Block Mania " . The Judges' powers reflect the difficulty of maintaining order. The story Origins revealed that Mega-City One was formed by urban sprawl rather than deliberate design, and by it was recognised as the world's first mega-city.
There are four other major population centres in Dredd's Northern America: the first is Texas City, including several of the southern former United States and based on Wild West manners.
Far north is Uranium City. Canada remains a nation now called Canadia with scattered communities. Nuclear desert also stretches across western Europe. Mongolia, lacking a Mega-City or Judge system, has called itself the Mongolian Free State and criminals have flocked there for a safe haven; East-Meg Two performed vicious clearances there in The Middle East is without major cities, being either nuclear or natural deserts, and only the mega-city of Luxor , Egypt has survived; the Mediterranean coast is heavily damaged by mutagens.
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In Africa much of the south is nuclear desert and a 'Great African Dustbowl' has formed in the north-west; but a large number of nation states have survived, whereof Simba City Gabon , New Jerusalem Ethiopia , Zambian Metropolitan, and Dar es Salaam are the largest cities.
Nuclear fallout and pollution appear to have missed Antarctica and the Arctic , allowing one mega-city Antarctic City to be constructed there. The high levels of pollution have created instances of mutation in humans and animals. The mega-cities largely operate on a system of genetic apartheid, making expulsion from the cities the worst punishment possible. Earth's moon has been colonised, with a series of large domes forming Luna City;  another colony, Puerto Luminae, exists but is lawless.
There have been a number of Judge Dredd storylines that have either significantly developed the Dredd character or the fictional world, or which depict a story on a grand scale. These are listed below. For a complete list of all stories see here. All of the stories from both comics are currently being reprinted in their original order of publication in two series of trade paperbacks. This series began in This four-volume series began in and concluded in Shortly before the release of the movie , three new comic book titles were released, followed by a one-off comic version of the film story.
An American film loosely based on the comic strip was released in , starring Sylvester Stallone as Dredd  it was said that Arnold Schwarzenegger was originally requested for the role,  but declined because in the original script, Dredd would keep the helmet on during major parts of the film. The film received negative reviews upon its release. In the comic, he very rarely removes his helmet, and even then his real face is never revealed.
Also the writers largely omitted the ironic humour of the comic strip, and ignored important aspects of the "Dredd mythology". For example, in the film a "love interest" is developed between Dredd and Judge Hershey , something that is strictly forbidden between Judges or Judges and anyone else for that matter in the comic strip.
In the United States, the film won several "worst film of the year" awards.
Reliance Entertainment produced Dredd , which was released in September It was directed by Pete Travis and written by Alex Garland. Michael S. Murphey supervising producer on District 9 was co-producer with Travis. The main Judge Dredd writer John Wagner said:. The film was shot in 3-D and filmed in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Funding was secured from Reliance Big Entertainment.
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There have been multiple Judge Dredd games released for various video game consoles and several home computers such as the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and Commodore At one time, an arcade game was being developed by Midway Games , creators of the Mortal Kombat series but it was never released. It can however be found on the internet and has three playable levels. A game loosely based on the first live action film, simply called Judge Dredd was developed by Probe Software and released by Acclaim for both the Sega Genesis and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. The game sees the return of the Dark Judges when Mega-City One becomes overrun with vampires and the undead. Cancel anytime. Mega-City One, Cassandra Anderson is destined to become Psi-Division's most famous Judge, foiling supernatural threats and policing Mega-City One's hearts and souls.
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Within his brain might just be the greatest scientific breakthrough of the millennium, if anyone can figure out how to access it. Enter the agent code named Watson. Working at a dead-end retail job in the middle of nowhere can be hard. The long hours. The helpless customers. The enormous eldritch horror living deep below the building. As the only full-time employee at the 24 hour gas station at the edge of town, Jack has pretty much seen it all. But when he decides to start an online journal documenting the bizarre day-to-day occurrences, he unwittingly attracts the attention of much more than just a few conspiracy theorists.
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Malem is a breaker. He breaks the minds of beasts, exerting the steel vise of his will over their own, bending them to his wishes. His ability is severely limited in terms of the types of creatures he can control and how many. Most monsters have always been beyond him. And then one day he accidentally breaks a monster girl. Doors begin to open for him faster than he thought possible. Judge Joe Dredd's first year on the streets as a full-eagle Judge. Bred for justice, trained in law, Dredd's no helpless rookie, but he's not the seasoned veteran we know either.
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Three tales follow the first adventures of the future city's greatest lawman. With an introduction by the Mighty Tharg! Unless Dredd can stop it, chaos will be unleashed. But when he gets in over his head, he has to risk everything on the word of a corrupt lawman and break every rule he has.