Today's JSVB Post features a comic book character spanking another comic book character. If you don't wish to see that, please do not scroll down.
|Judge Dredd & Judge Hershey. Judge Dredd is The Law! Click to embiggen.|
Hello, and welcome to JSVB on my birthday. As a present to myself, I like to come up with something I wouldn't ordinarily do. It helps if it's a little racy, but I also like to try to push my technique.
Attention to line quality is lost when you're looking at a picture of Judge Dredd spanking Judge Hershey. So instead of discussing my struggles with keeping my inks tight, I'll mention Hershey struggling on Dredd's lap.
Of course, violence against women is shameful. Dredd, however, is an R-rated violent, not-politically-correct officer of the Law of MegaCity One. Consider a futuristic, satirical Dirty Harry dialed up to eleven.
Dredd hits women, at least those who are bigger and meaner than him. Dredd hits men, quite a large number of them. He even hits children, although in the form of a judicial spanking. He hits mutants, dogs, robots, rats, alligators, dinosaurs, Santa Claus, sea monsters, and space aliens. Dredd has hit Stan Lee. Dredd punched Death in the face so hard that his clenched hand smashed through the back of Death's skull. ("Gaze into my fist!" Dredd growls.) One of the joys of Dredd is seeing exactly who or what he will have to hit to make it to the end of the story. At its most creative, the Dredd comic supplies an amazing variety of villains for the Judge to punch.
So yes, Dredd is violent, but the violence is seldom presented in a serious manner. His stories are a skewed view of American morality. Dredd is powerfully brutal, but he is completely abstinent when it comes to sex. The comic rarely deals with intimacy or sensuality, likely because those things are generally outlawed in MegaCity One.
Judge Dredd and Judge Hershey, motorcycle cops of the future, were created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra. They currently belong to Rebellion Developments.