Real name
Current alias
Elmer Angel
Fink Angel (son, deceased); Link Angel (adopted son, deceased); Mean Angel (son); Junior Angel (son); Ma Angel (wife, deceased); Ratfink (grandson); Mean Angel, Jr (grandson); Sarah Suggs (daughter-in-law); original family (all deceased)
Base of operations

Marital status
Normal human birth
Place of birth
Texas City
First appearance


Elmer 'Pa' Angel is a character from the 2000 AD strip Judge Dredd, and maybe the protagonist of the Judge Dredd Megazine strip Angelic.

One possible version of Angel's early life has it that his true name is unknown. According to this version, his family (including a son he called 'Junior') were apparently killed and the unknown man injured seriously enough to induce permanent, near total amnesia by a vicious Texas City lawman named Hess. The man, who could remember only the word 'Angel' in connection with himself, fought back and killed Hess and his men, in the process becoming the unofficial guardian of an orphan boy named Lincoln. Before the man killed him, Hess's associate, a psychic mutant, showed 'Angel' a vision of his own future, which included four adult sons and a boy with an eagle-shaped birthmark who could be "the end of everything." With Hess dead, 'Angel' and the boy set out to find their new family.

What is known for certain is that years later a man called Elmer 'Pa' Angel was the patriarch of the Angel Gang, a family of vicious criminals originally from Texas City who preyed on travellers in the Cursed Earth. Pa was enormously proud of his boys' evil and brutality, and actually kidnapped a surgeon and forced him to perform experimental surgery on his gentle and placid son Mean (whom he considered a disappointment) to turn him into a violent cyborg psychopath.

Eventually, on the run from the law, Pa hatched a plan to kidnap the mutant boy known as the Judge Child (the same boy he had seen in his vision) and trade him to the Grunwalder, ruler of a kingdom on the planet Xanadu, in exchange for sanctuary. Unfortunately, Pa and his boys were pursued by Judge Dredd, who apparently killed them all.

Years later, it was revealed that Pa and his youngest son Junior Angel had actually survived their apparently fatal fall into a volcano and been stuck in suspended animation. They were revived and challenged Dredd again, but have not been seen since.

Powers and abilities


Designing and building the Pa Angel Mark One Super-Scream Torture Machine.

Strength level

Peak elderly human male.



Pa Angel Mark One Super-Scream Torture Machine.



Pa and his boys appeared on film in the 1995 Judge Dredd movie, in which they were portrayed as cannibal religious fanatics; in the novelisation of the film, Pa had actually sewn up his own eyes, ears and mouth to keep out "evil spirits" and communicated by muffled grunts. Pa was played by Scott Wilson.


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