No. 36 – La Placa Rifa

Anarchy in the U.K. image ©Universal Music/Parlophone

Prog 1293’s (2002) La Placa Rifa Judge Dredd cover by Simon DavisJamie Reid’s iconic 1976 décollage for the Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the U.K. poster [not the single cover]

This particular piece by Reid is regarded as the pivotal work in establishing the visual aesthetic of punk.

La Placa Rifa translates roughly from Spanish as “the badge rules,” and originates in prog 718’s (1991) Judge Dredd story of the same name where Dredd, having vanquished several rumbling gangs, scrawls “LA PLACA RIFA” on a wall as a reminder to them. The phrase has since come to denote among fans those 2000 AD and Judge Dredd covers that feature the judge’s badge as their primary visual element.

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