Hundred’s Die in Latest Firebug Attack

CF 01Fire crews worked late into the night on the tenth blaze attributed to the mysterious ‘Firebug.’ The death toll would have been higher if not for mandatory Glide Chutes.

Charles “Chuck” Q McCracken, owner of the burnt-out buildings was charged with arson and 718 counts of Homicide.

Dredd was heard to say “That machine there will remove the top layer of skin from your body.”

Story: Firebug
Appears: 2000AD Prog 60
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Mike McMahon
Dated: 15 April 1978

“Look Out you Lawbreaking Scum! Judge Dredd’s Back in Town!”

Prog 59Those were the first words of Judge Dredd after being sworn back in following his six-month secondment to Luna-1. Shortly after he busted three South Side Boys for breaking up a bar because the owner would not pay protection and collared the infamous Suction Gang following another jewellery heist.

Dredd was heard to say “God help me I love it.”

Story: Return to Mega-City
Appears: 2000AD Prog 59
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Mike McMahon
Dated: 8 April 1978

Here is a great twist with Dredd acting completely contrary to your expectations completely hooking you in till the reveal at the end.

Full Earth Sees Crime Epidemic – All Judge Leave Cancelled

CF 01Last night’s full Earth saw record arrests as Judge-Marshal Dredd ordered all Judges out on the streets. Increased incidents of graffiti, looting, and public brawling kept the Judges busy throughout the night. Even Robodogs were feeling the effects.

Dredd was heard to say “So sue me.”

Story: Full Earth Crimes
Appears: 2000AD Prog 58
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Brian Bolland & Mike McMahon
Dated: 1 April 1978

53,000 dead and over 500,000 injured

CF 01In an almost perfect crime four unnamed criminals pumped Tranq gas into the Luna-1 oxygen supply causing virtually all Luna-1 citizens to fall asleep instantly. While traffic crashed to a halt, fires burned unchecked and people toppled to their deaths the criminals robbed people and businesses alike.

They would have got away without trace but for a small twist of fate. All four were found suffocated with their loot after they neglected to pay their oxygen bill.

Dredd was heard to say “It sure pays to keep your gas bills up to date.”

Story: The Oxygen Board
Appears: 2000AD Prog 57
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner
Art: Brian Bolland
Dated: 25 March 1978

This is a classic example of Dredd. A major threat to the city (albeit Luna-1), a solid sci-fi edge and the criminals undone by their own action. And Bolland art to provide the cherry on the cake.