It’s competition time in the Big Meg and to celebrate a never before seen nor heard of again tournament, the great John Byrne has been drafted in to lift the strip to something that the Americans may want to look at. I wonder how that will work out…
John Wagner and Alan Grant throw a bone out and John Byrne tries his best to catch it.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
An inter-block competition degenerates into violence.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Judge Boyle attempts to get the Brecht/Askey fighting under control and is given grief by Dredd.
ANY LAW LORE?:
The Judges use ridiculous hovering air hoses are used for crowd control.
Movement Assisting Vehicles (People Ploughs) are also used to round up creeps.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
Fess Housego is doubtless a nod to Fred Housego, the London cabbie who had won the top spot in the TV show Mastermind only three years previously.
Keddy Tennedy is clearly a play on car accident deserter Teddy Kennedy.
Doris Day was a cloying musical actress, lifelong Republican and animal welfare activist. Only one of those is admirable.
Bert Brecht was a German theatre practitioner, playwright, and poet. He also wore some very bad spectacles.
Bianca Jagger is an odd reference to the a Nicaraguan social and human rights advocate and a former actress.
Derek Batey was a British television presenter known for several game shows.
Art Megus is probably a nod to Arthur Negus, a British broadcaster and antiques expert.
Arturo (Arthur) Askey was a much loved and imitated English comedian and actor.
The Crater Bowl is built on a “first war” rad pit. What’s the “first war”?
Knee and elbow pads are wrongly coloured.
The catch wagon appears to be a cage on wheels that would not look out of place in Planet Of The Apes. Or Sunderland.
WHAT THE DROKK?:
Dredd fires a heatseeker at the sniper which seems a hell of a risky shot.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
This is not bad. It is detailed when it needs to be but it feels weird seeing Byrne draw this. The designs work ok for the most part but each time I read this one I think “really?”.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
Some of the terminology is off here with descriptions such as “dumbos”, “drongos” and “wiseguys”. It’s almost like this was intended for an American audience, even though there seems to have been no real drive to push it there. The humour works OK, with the Keddy Tennedy joke making me snort. And I don’t know what the Otto Sump Facial is, but it doesn’t sound pleasant. Two links.