Judge Dredd Megazine
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|Judge Dredd: The Megazine|
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Judge Dredd: The Megazine is a monthly British comic magazine, launched in October 1990. It is a sister publication to 2000 AD. Its name is a play on words, formed from "magazine" and Dredd's locale Mega-City One.
Like 2000 AD, the Megazine is an anthology, featuring a number of ongoing and stand-alone stories. Some series have comprised a specific storyline while others have had only a loose thematic connection. Originally, the Megazine only included stories set in the world of Judge Dredd, including both spin-off series and Future Shock-style done-in-one stories, starting with Strange Cases and continuing with Tales from the Black Museum. However, it has since expanded to included some unconnected stories and text pieces, including articles, interviews and reviews.
Unlike 2000 AD, reprint material has been extensively used in order to bring costs down (as original material must be commissioned). As well as older 2000 AD stories, like Helltrekers, there have also been reprints of stories that were originally printed elsewhere, like Preacher and Charley's War. Since the demise of 2000 AD Extreme Edition, a bimonthly 2000 AD spinoff which focused on reprints of old strips, a separate reprint supplement has been packaged with each issue of the Megazine, each issue usually focusing on the work of a particular 2000 AD contributor or compiling a particular strip.
Text articles appear in between the stories. They are usually comic-related, such as biographies of or interviews with writers and artists, or articles about stories, but they can also be about science-fiction, horror and fantasy television shows, book reviews and upcoming films.
A feature that ran from 2006 was "Small Press". This section dealt with small press or self-published writer/artists. It featured reviews of comics, and included one story every issue. They are usually unrelated to the Judge Dredd universe.
At the end of nearly every issue is a letters section, called Dreddlines, where the readers can voice their opinions about the magazine.
Famous creators to have worked for Judge Dredd Megazine include:
- Simon Bisley
- Carlos Ezquerra
- Alan Grant (also a founder-editor)
- Trevor Hairsine
- Chris Halls
- Cam Kennedy
- Pat Mills
- Robbie Morrison
- Arthur Ranson
- Gordon Rennie
- Si Spencer
- Simon Spurrier
- John Wagner (also a founder-editor)
- Steve MacManus, 1990–1991 (issues 1.01 to 1.12)
- David Bishop, 1991–1995 (1.13 to 3.12)
- John Tomlinson, 1996 (3.13 to 3.21)
- David Bishop, 1996–2000 (3.22 to 3.63)
- Andy Diggle, 2000 (3.64 to 3.68)
- David Bishop, 2000–2002 (3.69 to 4.08)
- Alan Barnes, 2002–2006 (4.09 to 4.18 and 201 to 240)
- Matt Smith, 2006 to present (241 to present)
(Note: 4.18 was the 200th issue. From the next issue a new numbering system was introduced, and the issue which would have been 4.19 became 201.)
- 1999: nominated for the Eagle Award for Favourite British Comic
- 2000: nominated for the Eagle Award for Favourite British Comic
- 2004: nominated for the Eagle Award for Favourite British Comic
- 2005: won the Eagle Award for Favourite Colour Comic Book - British
- 2006: nominated for the Eagle Award for Best British Colour Comic
- 2007: nominated for the Eagle Award for Favourite Colour Comicbook - British
- 2008: nominated for the Eagle Award for Favourite Colour Comicbook - British
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- Keily, Karl (March 5, 2012). "2012 AD: Pat Mills Remembers 35 Years of "2000 AD"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- Keily, Karl (March 28, 2012). "Diggle Says "Cheese" For "Snapshot"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- File description page
- Bishop, David (2007). Thrill Power Overload. Rebellion. p. 260. ISBN 1-905437-22-6.
- Judge Dredd: The Megazine at the Comic Book DB
- Judge Dredd: The Megazine (vol. 2) at the Comic Book DB
- Judge Dredd Megazine (vol. 3) at the Comic Book DB
- Judge Dredd Megazine (vol. 4) at the Comic Book DB
- Judge Dredd Megazine (vol. 5) at the Comic Book DB
- 'Judge Dredd: The Megazine' at the Grand Comics Database
- 'Judge Dredd Megazine (Fleetway) at the Grand Comics Database
- 'Judge Dredd Megazine (Egmont) at the Grand Comics Database