Art: Ron Smith.
An Unhinged Mind Never Rests ...
... 2000ad & Judge Dredd fanatic/cosplayer.
JUDGE DREDD NEVER TAKES HIS HELMET OFF (but…)
We’ve seen Joe Dredd’s clone father, Chief Judge Fargo, on several occasions over the years but we’ve been shown Fargo’s face clearly only once…*
[ * excluding the DC line of comics cera 1994 in which Fargo features widely and always unhelmeted - but DC’s line was, to my mind, non-canonical, overly-convoluted and rather dull despite some nice artwork. ]
In an expositional flash-back during prog 377’s Dredd Angel part one we’re given a singular, long and lingering look at the face of Fargo; The Father of Justice.
Although; it wasn’t until Prog 389’s A Case for Treatment (by T.B.Grover and Ron Smith; published 27th Oct 1984) that we actually learn that Joe Dredd is a clone of Fargo…
…chances are that Ron had no idea he was drawing Dredd’s face, which might also explain Fargo’s more-than-passing likeness to Dredd-creator John Wagner (aka T.B.Grover, John Howard, etc)
“How do you feel about your origins - about being a clone?”
“…to be of the same blood as Fargo - The Father of Justice, it was a great honour.”
- Psychiatric Examiner Rheinhart and Judge Dredd. (Prog 389)
Scan from Dredd Angel; Part One -2000 AD prog 377 (04/08/84) by T.B.Gover, with art by Ron Smith.
Ron Smith’s artwork in 2000ad prog 240 was homaged and recreated by PJ Holden for an installment of The Lost Cases in issue 293 of The Megazine.
A Dredd artist respectfully gives a nod to the past. I love it when stuff like this happens! Thanks, PJ.
Art: Ron Smith (upper)
PJ Holden (lower)