No. 122 – More Cursed Earth Uncensored Villains & Victims

Prog 78’s epic Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth story Soul Food, illustrated by Brian Bolland, featuring Bibendum (“Michelin Man” in English) (highlighted, left panel, top left), Dr. Gribbon (highlighted, left panel, top right) and various unnamed parodies of corporate mascots of 1978, and duplicates thereof vs. (right panel, clockwise from top left) Bibendum® of Michelin, Colonel Saunders® of KFC (1978 logo), Freddy Fyffes® of Fyffes, Mr. Cube® of Tate & Lyle Sugars, Mr. Peanut® of Planters (formerly KP) Peanuts, and Speedy® of Alka-Seltzer (centre)

The Jolly Green Giant® [either Elmer or Abner in the Cursed Earth story] of Green Giant looms in the background, but we’ve dealt with him in HoH No. 64.

The two troublesome storylines in the Cursed Earth saga (progs 6185 (1978)) were Battle of the Burger Barons! in prog 71 and Burger Law! in prog 72 (together known as Burger Wars [HoH No. 63]), and Giants Aren’t Gentlemen! in prog 77 and Soul Food in prog 78 (together known as Soul Food) which wildly transgressed the copyright laws of the day and brought the wrath of several corporations down upon the publisher’s head, but have since, by a European Union directive, been repealed to allow for parody, and so may once again see the light of day in Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth Uncensored (Rebellion, 2017).

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No. 64 – Jolly Green Cursed Earth

Jolly Green Giant® B&G Foods

Brian Bolland’s cover for Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth Uncensored (Rebellion Publishing, 2016) vs. the Jolly Green Giant®

Jolly Green Giant evolution from gremlin to übermensch, 1928–2014 (click to enlarge)

The Jolly Green Giant is the mascot of B&G Foods which owns the Green Giant and Le Sueur brands of frozen and canned vegetables.

Four episodes in the original Cursed Earth series (progs 6185 (1978)), written by John Wagner and Chris Lowder (aka Jack Adrian), featured trademarked characters used without permission that prompted a lawsuit in 1978 involving the publishers of 2000 AD (then IPC Magazines), Burger King, McDonald’s and B&G Foods. In 2014 a European directive on copyright law was implemented into UK law sanctioning the use of copyright-protected characters for parody, thereby allowing for the republication of the stories in 2016, after a hiatus of nearly 38 years.

The two troublesome stories were Battle of the Burger Barons! in prog 71 and Burger Law! in prog 72 (together known as Burger Wars [featured in HoH No. 63]), and Giants Aren’t Gentlemen! in prog 77 and Soul Food in prog 78 (together known as Soul Food).

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No. 63 – Cursed Earth With Fries

Ronald McDonald® McDonald’s Corporation

Mike McMahon’s cover for Judge DreddThe Cursed Earth Uncensored (Rebellion Publishing 2016) vs. Ronald McDonald®

McDonald’s is the world’s largest toy distributor: Happy Meals, which include a toy, account for 20% of all McDonald’s sales, which marginally exceeds 75 hamburgers per second (USA Today).

Four episodes in the original Cursed Earth series (progs 6185 (1978)), written by John Wagner and Chris Lowder (aka Jack Adrian), featured trademarked characters used without permission that prompted a lawsuit in 1978 involving the publishers of 2000 AD (then IPC Magazines), Burger King, McDonald’s and B&G Foods. In 2014 a European directive on copyright law was implemented into UK law sanctioning the use of copyright-protected characters for parody, thereby allowing for the republication of the stories in 2016, after a hiatus of nearly 38 years.

The two troublesome stories were Battle of the Burger Barons! in prog 71 and Burger Law! in prog 72 (together known as Burger Wars [featured in HoH No. 64]), and Giants Aren’t Gentlemen! in prog 77 and Soul Food in prog 78 (together known as Soul Food).

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