No. 75 – Well, Do Ya, Punk?

Mark Harrison’s Judge Dredd star scan from prog 1750 (2011) vs. theatrical poster for Magnum Force (1973)

Patrick Goddard and Dylan Teague’s [colours] Judge Dredd promotional poster for the Lille Comics Festival 2014 vs. French theatrical poster [which, appropriately, most closely resembles Goddard’s composition]

The quote “… Well, do ya, punk?” is actually delivered by Inspector Callahan (Clint Eastwood) in Dirty Harry (Warner Bros.,1971):


No. 74 – The Gauntlet

Cliff Robinson’s (coloured by Dylan Teague) poster for the Lille Comics Festival 2014 vs. Frank Frazetta’s (1928–2010) poster for Clint Eastwood’s The Gauntlet (1977)

Eastwood collaborated with Frazetta on the design of the poster, loved the result, and owns the original painting


No. 66 – Pale Rider

Prog 1910’s Ichabod Azrael cover by Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown v Clint Eastwood in Pale Rider (1985)

The quote on the 2000 AD cover and the title of the Eastwood film are both references to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as described in the last book of the Bible’s New Testament; the rider of the pale horse being Death


No. 52 – Dirty Harry

Dirty Harry image ©Warner Bros.

Judge Dredd in his debut appearance in prog 2 (1977) by Mike McMahon and Carlos Ezquerra (1947–2018) [first frame of first page only] v Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry

Eastwood has played Detective Inspector Harold “Dirty Harry” Callahan of the San Francisco Police Department five times, in: Dirty Harry (1971), Magnum Force (1973), The Enforcer (1976), Sudden Impact (1983) and The Dead Pool (1988).

Doug Church, 2000 AD’s former art editor, has asserted that Dirty Harry was the inspiration for Judge Dredd [we’re just making it official].


No. 14 – Unforgiven

Frank Quitely’s (aka Vincent Deighan) Missionary Man cover for Judge Dredd: The Megazine 2.29 (1993) v Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven (1992) theatrical poster

Eastwood had, prior to Unforgiven, long since abandoned the idea of ever winning an Academy Award, at one point stating, “First, I’m not Jewish. Secondly, I make too much money. Thirdly, and most importantly, because I don’t give a fuck”. Since his double Oscar win for Unforgiven, Eastwood has gone on to win two more Oscars[1], as well as an Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award[2], and has been nominated an additional six times.

These days the above-pictured composition is not so much a lift as it is a cliché, so frequently used on film posters, etc., since Unforgiven that it serves on occasion as a lighthearted wink at audiences:

More film poster clichés in HoH No. 163 – Snapshot


  1. Best Picture and Best Director for Million Dollar Baby (Warner Bros., 2004)
  2. Awarded periodically by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Governors Awards ceremonies to “creative producers, whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production”