Judge Dredd #1

200px-Batman Judge Dredd Vol 1 1

Batman/Judge Dredd: Die Laughing Vol 1 1

From August 1994 to January 1996, America's DC Comics (see DC Comics (British Reprints)) published a licensed Judge Dredd title based on the 2000AD character, which lasted 18 issues. The stories, by Andrew Helfer and Michael Avon Oeming, bore scant resemblance to the original series however, much of the satirical humour of the British Dredd strips being lost and the character treated as more of a standard action hero than the borderline fascist beloved of his fans at home in the UK. DC also published a companion title, Judge Dredd: Legends of the Law, which debuted in December 1994 and ran for 14 issues (this title benefited from having scripts submitted by John Wagner and Alan Grant, though it still exists outside regular Dredd continuity), and a licensed adaptation of the Judge Dredd Movie in 1995, by Helfer and Carlos Ezquerra. In addition, DC published several crossover titles in partnership with 2000AD, including Batman . Judge Dredd: Judgement on Gotham , Batman/Judge Dredd: Vendetta in Gotham, Batman/Judge Dredd: The Ultimate Riddle, Batman/Judge Dredd: Die Laughing Vol 1 #1-2 and Judge Dredd/Lobo: Psycho Bikers vs the Mutants from Hell, all of which were also published in the UK. The Judge Dredd licence in the USA was later picked up some years later by IDW comics, and still later by Titan.

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