No. 136 – The Iron Lady

Bottom panel: Margaret Thatcher speaking at the 1982 Conservative Party Conference, Brighton, UK (image ©Rex Features)

Lady Shirley Brown (highlighted) from prog 1’s Invasion! drawn by Jesús Blasco (1919–1995) vs. Margaret Thatcher (1925–2013)

Baroness Margaret Hilda Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS, FRIC* (née Roberts) served as Prime Minister of the UK from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990.

Dubbed the “Iron Lady” by a Soviet journalist, it became a nickname associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style.

*British chivalric orders, orders of merit, fellowships and bodies: LG: Most Noble Order of the Garter, OM: Order of Merit, PC: Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council, FRS: Fellowship of the Royal Society, FRIC: Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chemistry

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No. 101 – The Ides of May

Theresa May image ©European Pressphoto Agency

Chris Weston’s prog 2036 Judge Dredd cover featuring Judge Pin of the sinister SJS vs. UK Conservative Party politician Theresa May

Weston: “With my reference in hand, I then produced a prelim of Judge Pin in all her murderous glory. I ‘May’ have looked at some photos of a prominent politician for more inspiration… Possibly one known for making dramatic ‘cuts’ to the police force, who can say? We all know S.J.S stands for Strong, Just and Stable, right?”

The Special Judicial Squad, or SJS, first appeared in prog 86, drawn by Brian Bolland, but it was in prog 91 that Mike McMahon finalised the uniform design featuring the Gestapo-like skull badge and distinctive shoulder pad on which the wearer’s name is emblazoned.

Theresa May (MP for Maidenhead since 1997) has served as Prime Minister of the UK and Leader of the Conservative Party since July 2016.

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