Sov-Cities athlete Nicolai Zilch, famed for his bionic thighs, was disintegrated just before crossing the finish line in the 100 meters sprint. His alleged assassin was apprehended by visiting Sov-Cities Judges but in a scuffle that followed involving Judge-Marshal Dredd Judge Kolb was killed.
Official Statement is that “it was an accident, a ricochet.” Immediately afterwards Judge Cosmovich speaking for the Sov-Cities, who were joint first in the medal table, declared war on Luna-1.
Dredd was heard to say “The Sovs are touchy.”
Story: The First Luna Olympics
Appears: 2000AD Prog 50
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Brian Bolland
Dated: 4 February 1978
A superb story with some good sci-fi politics and weaponry. Here is the first appearance of the Sov Judges. Cold War-a-go-go.