Based on the Roger Zelazny (1937–1995) novel2] of the same name (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1969; itself based on his novella of 1967), the plot of Damnation Alley follows convicted murderer Hell Tanner [ostensibly the inspiration for Spikes Harvey Rotten] on a suicide mission to deliver a plague vaccine, in exchange for a full pardon, from the police states of Los Angeles to Boston through Damnation Alley, a post-nuclear wasteland of violent, unpredictable weather that prevents air travel.
The Judge Dredd story included a toy tie-in with Matchbox (now owned by Mattel, Inc.) of their K-2001 Raider Command vehicle (1976), and the artists were given the toy as a model for the combined K-2001 Land Raider (front) and Killdozer (rear) vehicles – so yes, the toy came first.
- Poster art by by Paul Lehr (1930–1998)
- Kevin O’Neill has stated that The Cursed Earth epic (progs 61–85 (1978)) was indeed inspired by Damnation Alley (interview, Death Ray #17, Blackfish Publishing, February/March 2009)
- Vicious Imagery: 28 Days of 2000 AD #24: Brian Bolland Pt. 1 (24 February 2007), interview by David Bishop