Seeing Dredd 3D this weekend? Here’s some history of the character
A fairly definitive history of 2000AD was published a few years ago, in the form of Thrill Power Overload, but that volume was written by David Bishop, the man original 2000AD-creator and UK comics prime mover Pat Mills came to view as his nemesis (no pun intended). As such, I’m unsurprised that Mills has at various times planned to write his own version of the events of 2000AD‘s launch, and apparently, in the current post-Dredd 3D climate, publishers are again showing interest in the book. Mills has posted an extract from the chapter on the hard-fought gestation of Judge Dredd at his recently-started blog. It’s a very personal version of events – Mills is prone to skip about tangentially wherever his memory takes him, and why not? He’s earned the privilege.
Over at io9, author David J Williams has a short essay pitched at introducing 2000AD to a wider science fiction-appreciating audience. There’s nothing there that should be new to any comics-literate passer-by, but its good to see the movie being put in a wider context for any curious newcomers thrown in that direction.