Max Normal, known as "the Pinstripe Freak", was once Judge Dredd's most reliable informant, passing on information gathered in his 'day job', playing Shuggy (a 22nd Century version of Billiards) for money. Eccentric even by the standards of Mega City One, Max preferred to distance himself as much as possible from his own era (aside from habitually using bizarre futuristic slang terms) by dressing as a mid 20th Century businessman, complete with Bowler hat and umbrella. His refusal to drink anything but Shampagne (real Champagne is illegal in MC1) protected him from the Block Mania virus introduced into the city's water supply buy Orlok in 2104. He ceased working for Dredd after he was used as a hostage by criminals attempting to kill the Judge, but was later drawn back into Dredd's life under similar circumstances. He has since become involved with the schemes of former Judge turned criminal Lenny Zero, whose associate Shuggy Bear runs a Shuggy Hall which Max frequents.
Max has at times had his own recurring series in the Judge Dredd Annuals (1981-84 and 1987) and also appeared in Big Finish's series of Judge Dredd audio adventures, voiced by Toby Longworth.
Max was apparently the inspiration for the Bowler hatted businessman who appeared in Russell T Davies' Doctor Who episode Gridlock.
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