First ever Mick McMahon drawn JUDGE DREDD! 2000ad Prog 6 final page - Mick / Mike McMahon

Media Type: Pencil and Ink
Art Type: Interior Page

Holy Drokk! Here is a piece of 2000ad History!

Mick McMahon was the first published Judge Dredd artist in 2000ad. After Carlos left the strip ( Pre launch of 2000ad in 1976 ), Mick McMahon was selected to draw the first stories. He quickly came to be Judge Dredd's finest and most influential artist.  This strip is also remarkeable as it contains the FIRST ever published image of JUDGE DREDD on his bike, firing the cannons, which was used to advertise 2000ad in other comics prelaunch! This is the first published Judge Dredd image anywhere.

This first JUDGE DREDD strip that Mick was commissioned in 1976 was ' Body Snatchers / Frankenstein2 ', and was eventually scheduled to be published in Prog 6, 2nd April 1977 ( it had to be editted for excessive violence, which you can see on this original art!  These stories were commissioned at the same time as things went wrong for ACTION weekly comic in the UK, and the editorial staff were forced to rein in violent content by IPC Publishers. )

In the uneditted strip Judge Dredd executes the felon on this final page. These have been censored. In Panel 4 he is shooting the perp, and that has been whited out, and underneath the 'Receiving stolen goods' balloon is dredd's gunblast as he executes Frankenstein 2. This was deemed to violent in the wake of Action. Hence this story was censored and held back.

You will also notice that in this early strip JUDGE DREDD's badge says 'Judge', not 'Dredd', as Carlos's first strip had utilitarian badges, not personalised. Mick followed suit, but editorial decided to make them named badges, so readers would more easily distinguish Judges from each other!   This page is Mick's very first ever Judge Dredd Image.

The editor selected a later drawn strip ( a story called 'Judge Whitey' )  to be published first in Prog 2, as that story better encapsulated what Judge Dredd was about.

Art is 39 x 49cm. on board in fine condition. All original speech balloons attached.

£ 9,000.00 pounds  Time payments available.

The whole story is available on request at an inclusive price. DM for details.



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