Judge Armitage (centre) (painted by Sean Phillips)
|Publisher||IPC Media (Fleetway) to 1999, thereafter Rebellion Developments|
|First appearance||Judge Dredd Megazine Vol. 1, #9 (June 1991)|
|Created by||Dave Stone
|Team affiliations||Brit-Cit Justice Department|
Detective-Judge Armitage is a fictional Judge in the Judge Dredd comics appearing in the British anthology 2000 AD. He was created by Dave Stone and Sean Phillips for the Judge Dredd Megazine. Coming from Brit-Cit, rather than Dredd's Mega-City One, he is one of the main English characters in the comic.
He despises the system of privilege that got his superiors where they are and, by extension, his superiors themselves. Because he refuses to "play the game", he is very unpopular with the upper ranks, despite being very good at his job. Another character trait is that he never carries a gun. Despite this, Armitage's knowledge of weapons is extensive, mainly due to his activities during the Brit-Cit Civil War, when he fought in the London Liberation Army against the Emergency Military Government: however, the LLA were on the losing side and in 2080, he decided to join the Judges instead. The corruption of the new government saw him become cynical and morose, and this only got worse when his lover Liora was killed by the crime lord Efil Drago San, in revenge for the Detective Judge crippling him.
Although this means he has gained a reputation for being impossible to work with, Armitage has done outstanding work in the Brit-Cit Justice Department's plainclothes Homicide Division. He has managed to not only irritate his higher-ups though but also most of the other Judges, to the extent that when Shok-Tak (Brit-Cit's SWAT division) entered a building to rescue a Judge in danger, they remarked with disgust "aw, drokk it, it's only Armitage".
He has a long-time partner in Detective-Judge Treasure Steel, and recently picked up a new partner, upper-class Detective-Judge Timothy "Timbo" Parkerston-Trant.
In the same way that Dredd was based partly on Dirty Harry, Armitage owes something to the cynical but unbending police detectives seen in dramas such as Inspector Morse and Taggart. As with most such characters, he has a junior partner: Rookie Judge Treasure Steel. Although both harbour a grudging respect for each other, Steel has become Armitage's closest friend and ally.
- Armitage (all written by Dave Stone):
- "Armitage" (with Sean Phillips, in Judge Dredd Megazine (vol. 1) #9-14, 1991, collected in Judge Dredd Megazine Supplement 13, 2009)
- "The Case of the Detonating Dowager" (with Sean Phillips, in Judge Dredd Yearbook 1993, 1992)
- "Influential Circles" (with Charlie Adlard, in Judge Dredd Megazine (vol. 2) #10-18, 1992, collected in Judge Dredd Megazine Supplement 15-16, 2009)
- "Flashback" (with Charlie Adlard, in Judge Dredd Megazine (vol. 2) #19-21, 1993, collected in Judge Dredd Megazine Supplement 16, 2009)
- "Flashback II" (with Charlie Adlard, in Judge Dredd Megazine (vol. 2) #31-33, 1993, collected in Judge Dredd Megazine Supplement 30, 2010)
- "The Fall Of The House Of Toddler" (with Russell Fox, in Judge Dredd Yearbook 1994)
- "City of the Dead Prologue" (with Peter Doherty, in Judge Dredd Megazine (vol. 2) #63, 1994)
- "City of the Dead" (with Charles Gillespie, in Judge Dredd Megazine (vol. 2) #64-71, 1994–1995)
- "Dog Underground" (text story, with illustrations by Kevin Cullen, in Judge Dredd Megazine (vol. 3) #13, 1995)
- "Little Assassins" (with Adrian Salmon, in Judge Dredd Mega Special 1996)
- "Bodies of Evidence" (with Steve Yeowell, in Judge Dredd Megazine (vol. 3) #64-67, 2000, collected in Judge Dredd Megazine Supplement 30, 2010)
- "Apostasy in the UK" (with John Ridgway, in Judge Dredd Megazine #212-213, 2003)
- "Dumb Blond" (with John Cooper, in Judge Dredd Megazine #266-270, 2008)
- "The Mancunian Candidate" (with John Cooper, in Judge Dredd Megazine #285-290, 2009)
- "The Unpleasantness at the Tontine Club" (with John Cooper, in Judge Dredd Megazine #300-301, 2010)
- "Underground" (with Patrick Goddard, in Judge Dredd Megazine #318-321, 2012)
- Judge Dredd
- Judge Dredd:
- Judge Dredd Megazine #301