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Max Normal

Max Normal
Real name
Max Normal
Aliases
The Pinstripe Freak
Alignment
Universe
Base of operations

Characteristics
Gender
Hair
Status
Citizenship
Marital status
Occupation
Shuggy hustler; former informant
Origin
Origin
Normal human birth
Place of birth
First appearance
Last appearance

2000 AD prog 20
2000 AD prog 2015

History

Max Normal is a character from the 2000 AD strip Judge Dredd]. Known as 'the Pinstripe Freak', he 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 Mega-City One) protected him from the Block Mania virus introduced into the city's water supply by 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.

Powers and abilities

Strength level

Human flâneur.

Weaknesses

Vanity.

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Umbrella.

Notes

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.

Trivia

Max was apparently the inspiration for the bowler-hatted businessman who appeared in Russell T Davies' Doctor Who episode 'Gridlock.'

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