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).