Prog 489 – Block Rite

Story: Block Rite
Appears: 2000AD Prog 489
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Cliff Robinson
Dated: 27 September 1986

This is a great little story that shows Dredd isn’t just a fascist robot but does look at the bigger picture. There is a great gag about the block names although overly explaining it lessens the value. Some great art by Robinson.

Progs 485 to 488 – Atlantis

Story: Atlantis
Appears: 2000AD Progs 485-488
Issues: 4
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Brendan McCarthy
Dated: 30 August 1986 to 20 September 1986

This is a great little murder mystery/ thriller with some complex motivations. It is an unusual setting and introduces a Brit Cit Judge too. The art is also noteworthy because of some thumbnail sized panels.

Prog 484 – Fists of Stan Lee

Story: Fists of Stan Lee
Appears: 2000AD Prog 484
Issues: 1
Writers: John Wagner and Alan Grant
Art: Barry Kitson
Dated: 23 August 1986

For a single issue story this causes a lot of fuss. Once again we see the return of Dredd’s racism against those of Far Eastern descent. Obviously you expect Perps to show such behaviour as it is a shortcut to telling you they are the bad guys. A technique slightly better than making them have a black hat or a disability. But Dredd is famously neutral in his treatment of all criminals and citizens. How does calling people Charlie Chan as a denigration reflect this? If it is revealed later that Dredd has some bias about a particular ethnic group this would make an interesting story but I suspect that won’t be the case.