No. 93 – The Executioner

Mark Harrison’s Judge Dredd cover featuring The Executioner from the Judge Dredd story Mandroid in prog 1458 vs. Arnold Schwarzenegger in a promotional still from The Terminator (1984)

Science fiction author Harlan Ellison sued director James Cameron claiming that the film was plagiarized from the two Outer Limits (MGM Television) episodes that Ellison wrote, namely Soldier (1964) and Demon with a Glass Hand (1964). The concept of Skynet could also have been borrowed from an Ellison short story called I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream from If (Quinn Publications [now defunct], March 1967) magazine. The suit was settled out of court and newer prints of the film acknowledge Ellison.

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