No. 176 – Klegg-Hai!

Doctor Poo ©Time Inc. UK[1]

Kleggs, here pictured on prog 98’s (1979) Brian Bolland cover for Judge Dredd: The Day the Law Died (progs 89108 (1978–79)), written by John Wagner v Zarkons from Monster Fun #39’s (6 March, 1976) Doctor Poo[2] [character pictured right panel, bottom] created by Leo Baxendale[3] (1930–2017)

Judge Caligula Book Two

Ranked among the most memorable villains in the Judge Dredd universe, the Kleggs are an extraterrestrial, feudal race of reptilian mercenaries hired by the tyrannical Chief Judge Caligula to quash a rebellion in Mega-City One led by Dredd. Perhaps also with a nod to the warlike Klingons (also known to consume human flesh on occasion) of Gene Roddenberry’s (1921–1991) Star Trek universe, Kleggs demand payment in meat and hunt down quarry with Klegg-hounds – dog-like creatures with crocodilian heads – usually while chanting catchy, improvised war songs such as, “Slicey-dicey, oncey-twicey, claw and fang’ll kill Dredd nicely! Meaty-beaty, chop ’em neatly, death or glory – no retreatee!”[4] generally followed by their war cry: “Klegg-Hai!”

Judge Cal also features in HoH here.

Notes:

  1. Formerly IPC Media
  2. Ostensibly based on the fourth incarnation of the Doctor played by British actor Tom Baker (1974–1981) in the science fiction series Doctor Who (BBC, 1963– )
  3. Thanks to David Moloney of the Great News For All Readers! blog, and Lew Stringer of Blimey! The Blog of British Comics! – unfortunately none of us could confirm the artist on this strip, but the collective best guess is Mike Brown mimicking Baxendale’s style – of this our experts are sure: it wasn’t Baxendale himself
  4. Bearing a curious resemblance in meter to the novelty song Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini written by Paul Vance and Lee Pokriss (1924–2011) and released by Bryan Hyland in 1960 (Leader/Kapp Records)

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No. 124 – I, Caligula

I, Claudius image ©BBC

Chief Judge “Cal” Caligula[1] by Brian Bolland from the Judge Dredd epic The Day the Law Died (progs 86108 (1978-79)), written by John Wagner v Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, aka Caligula (AD 12–41), Roman emperor (AD 37–41), specifically as he is portrayed by John Hurt (1940–2017) in the 1976 BBC television drama I, Claudius.[2]

Although the validity of the accounts is debatable (only two sketchy sources of Caligula’s life remain; and also the Roman custom was to equate bad government with sexual perversity), Caligula is reported to have turned his palace into a brothel, committed incest with and prostituted his three sisters, and planned or promised to make his favourite horse, Incitatus, a consul and actually appointed it a priest.

“Caligula”, meaning “Little Boots”, was a childhood nickname that stuck, and which he hated, and indeed in later life had put to death anyone foolish enough to be overheard using it. Unhappily, he wasn’t too fond of his given name of Gaius either.

Notes:

  1. Judge Caligula Book One (Titan Books, 1983)
  2. Ref: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judge_Cal

No. 82 – Off With Her Head!

Prog 1048’s Anderson: Psi-Division cover by Jason Brashill vs. one of Sir John Tenniel’s (1820–1914) illustrations from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Macmillan and Co., 1865) by Lewis Carroll (1832–1898)

Tenniel is remembered as the principal political cartoonist for Punch magazine for over 50 years, but is especially celebrated for his illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871), which have had an enduring influence on the appearance of Carroll’s much-loved menagerie of characters

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No. 57 – The Day the Hairstyle Died

Judge Caligula from Judge Dredd: The Day the Law Died, prog 87 by Brian Bolland (pencils) and Dave Gibbons (inks) vs. Pat Mills (pictured here in the late 70s with Kevin O’Neill, right)

Judge Cal’s look was indeed originally based on Mills as he saw fit to present himself to the world, shortly before Mike McMahon administered a much-needed haircut

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