Prog 23 – Smoker’s Crime

Prog 23Story: Smoker’s Crime
Appears: 2000AD Prog 23
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Mike McMahon
Dated: 30 July 1977

Plot: Dredd Catches bank robbers though a cigar butt.

Verdict: It’s ok. I am guessing that there was an anti-smoking vibe going on and just as Superman had Nick O Teen then Dredd had to do his part too. Although it might be just so he can deliver the line “Now you know too late that smoking can damage your health,” after he has just killed someone. Speaking of clunky dialogue, “old-time space astronaut helmets” anyone?

We see the Smokatorium for the first time and it turns out Dredd has a beat. He actually puts up signs too. Who would have thought it? The police are still part of mega-city life and they even have a bank squad.

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