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Judge Kurten

Barrymo
Real name
Barry Kurten
Current alias
Judge Kurten
Aliases
Diablo
Alignment
Affiliation
Universe

Characteristics
Gender
Eyes
Hair
Unusual features
Small demon sitting on shoulder
Status
Citizenship
Marital status
Occupation
Judge (later rogue)
Education
Academy of Law
Origin
Place of birth
First appearance
Death

2000 AD prog 615
2000 AD prog 625

History

Barry Kurten was a Judge in Mega-City One, whose best friend was a small blue demon called Mo which lived in his head, and occasionally came out and sat on his shoulder. Mo would tell Judge Kurten to dole out extra-harsh treatment to perps who 'deserved it' — a head smacked against a plascrete wall, a broken arm, perhaps the 'accidental' death of a creep for whom thirty years in an iso-cube didn't seem nearly enough... And, thanks to Mo's cunning, Judge Kurten got away with it.

Sadly for Judge Kurten, Mo was not, in fact, real, but a persistent delusion caused by a combination of a childhood trauma and his harsh Justice Department training. Kurten's excessive violence eventually came to the attention of Judge Dredd, who ordered him to undergo a special psychiatric assessment. Kurten passed the assessment by letting Mo take control of his brain temporarily, but Dredd's instinct told him that Kurten was a rotten Judge and he had him placed under surveillance. The cameras picked up Kurten assaulting a drug dealer, but before he could be arrested he stole ten million creds and escaped (with Mo) to Ciudad Barranquilla.

Kurten became a Judge in Ciudad Barranquilla's spectacularly corrupt Justice Department, and was so brutal that the citizens called him 'Diablo' or 'Devil'. A Mega-City One Psi-Judge had a psi-flash of his whereabouts, so Judge Hershey and Dredd travelled to Ciudad Barranquilla, under the cover of a diplomatic mission, to bring Kurten in. Kurten didn't want to undergo psychiatric treatment that might burn Mo out of his head, so he tried to kill Dredd, but ended up being killed by the very nerve gas he had intended to use on his pursuer. Mo died too.

Powers and abilities

Abilities

Chasing and catching perps; armed and unarmed combat.

Strength level

Peak human male.

Weaknesses

Bit mental.

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Accessory pouch containing three heatseeker shells; helmet containing internal visor display (including infra-red) and respirator; uniform made from plasti-steel reinforced material.

Transportation

Lawmaster bike.

Weapons

Lawgiver handgun which can fire six types of shell: heatseeker, rubber ricochet, incendiary, armour-piercing, high explosive and standard execution. Also daystick and bootknife.

Notes

Barry and Mo appeared in two stories: 'Crazy Barry, Little Mo' in progs 615 to 618, and 'Banana City' in progs 623 to 625. The first story was illustrated by Chris Weston, and the second by Will Simpson.

Trivia

  • Barry respected Judge Dredd and his long record of upholding the law, but thought that he was too soft on criminals.
  • Mo should not be confused with Little Mo from the Ro-Busters strip.

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