Judge Dredd

2000AD prog 168 cover by Mike McMahon; 2000 AD and Judge Dredd copyright Rebellion A/S 2005.
Publication information
Publisher IPC Media to 1999, thereafter Rebellion Developments
First appearance 2000 AD #2
Created by John Wagner
Carlos Ezquerra
Pat Mills
In-story information
Full name Joseph Dredd
Team affiliations Mega-City One Justice Department
Academy of Law
Luna 1 Justice Department
Notable aliases The Dead Man
Abilities wields a 'lawgiver' pistol and rides a 'lawmaster' motorbike; excellent marksman and quick thinker; expert in unarmed combat; bionic eyes grant 20/20 vision and reduced blinking rate.

Judge Joe Dredd is a comics character whose strip in the British science fiction anthology 2000 AD is the magazine's longest running . Dredd is a law enforcement officer in a violent city of the future where uniformed Judges combine the powers of police, judge, jury and executioner. Dredd and his fellow Judges are empowered to arrest, sentence and even execute criminals on the spot. He was created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra, although editor Pat Mills also deserves some credit for his early development.

Judge Dredd is amongst Britain's best known home-grown comic characters. So great is the character's reputation that his name is sometimes invoked over similar issues to those explored by the comic series, such as the police state, authoritarianism and the rule of law. Judge Dredd was named the seventh greatest comic character by the magazine Empire.

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