Dirty Frank (comics)

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Dirty Frank
Publication information
Publisher Rebellion Developments
First appearance 2000 AD #1389 (May 2004)
Created by Rob Williams and Henry Flint
In-story information
Team affiliations Wally Squad

Dirty Frank is a fictional character created by Rob Williams for the 2000 AD comic strip Low Life. He is a character in the Judge Dredd universe, set in a city of the future where uniformed judges are empowered to arrest, sentence, and execute criminals at the scene of crime. In order to crack down on crime in the city's worst areas, undercover agents are the only option and must blend in perfectly.

Frank speaks of himself in the third person, and often disregards grammatical errors. Due to his "caveman" like appearance, Dirty Frank is often described as crude.

Williams has said “Henry Flint is a superb cartoonist, with such a wonderful idiosyncratic style that he is an immensely hard act to follow. Apart from looking at his character designs, I deliberately tried not to study his take on the Lowlife too deeply, as I felt that I would become intimidated by the prospect of following what he had established.”

Publication history[edit]

Creator Rob Williams talks about the inspiration behind the character:

The character first appeared in 2000 AD #1389 (May 12, 2004), and then in issue #1392, drawn by Henry Flint. Dirty Frank was first featured in the story "Rock and a Hard Place", drawn by Simon Coleby. Coleby fleshed out the character and discussed his creative choices:

Subsequently, Dirty Frank became the lead character in the Low Life series. After Simon Coleby left to work on The Authority, D'Israeli became the character's main artist. D'Israeli discussed the character:


  • Mega-City Undercover (160 pages, Rebellion Developments, January 2008, ISBN 1-905437-52-8) collects:
    • "Paranoia" (art by Henry Flint, in 2000 AD #1387–1396, 2004)
    • "Rock and a Hard Place" (art by Simon Coleby, in 2000 AD #1425–1428, 2005)
    • "He's Making a List..." (art by Simon Coleby, in 2000 AD Prog 2006, 2005)
    • "Baby Talk" (art by Simon Coleby, in 2000 AD #1521–1524, 2007)
  • Mega-City Undercover volume 2 (144 pages, Rebellion Developments, April 2012, ISBN 1781080410) collects:
    • "Creation" (art by D'Israeli, in 2000 AD #1624–1631, 2009)
    • "Hostile Takeover" (art by D'Israeli, in 2000 AD #1700–1709, 2010)
  • As yet uncollected:
    • "The Deal" (art by D'Israeli, in 2000 AD #1750–1761, 2011)
  • Judge Dredd: Trifecta (174 pages, Rebellion, August 2013, ISBN 178108145X) collects:
  • As yet uncollected:
    • "The Really Big Christmas Sleep" (art by D'Israeli, in 2000 AD Prog 2015, 2014)


  1. ^ "Interview: going underground in Mega-City One". SFX. March 2, 2008. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Interview: more Mega-City undercover". SFX. March 6, 2008. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ D'Israeli (February 22, 2009). "Lowlife: Creation Part One: Borrowed Plumage". D'Blog of 'Israeli. Retrieved March 11, 2010.