Judge Dredd

Real Name: Dredd Takeru

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Judge, primary school teacher

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Chaos

Known Relatives: Dredd Daniel (brother)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: MegaCity Tokyo

First Appearance: Weekly Shonen Jump Seasonal Special (Shueisha, 5th November 1995)

Powers/Abilities: Dredd is an expert in combat, both armed and unarmed, and a top marksman. He has access to a number of judicial weapons, most commonly and notably his Lawgiver handgun.

History: In 2099 Dredd Takeru maintains law and order as one of MegaCity Tokyo's Judges, who dispense instant justice to the city's criminals, and battles the villainous crime family Chaos. However, this is only a part-time job, and during the day he maintains a second job as a primary school teacher.

Comments: The manga version of Judge Dredd was created by Matsumoto Taiyo and Mitsuyoshi Kenji, based on the character created by John Wagner, Alan Grant and Carlos Ezquerra. He only appeared in a single 45 page story published to coincide with the release of the Sylvester Stallone Judge Dredd movie, though the manga has no resemblance to the film, bar both sharing the same comic book source.

I have to say, I love the mad juxtaposition between Dredd being the brutal and unwavering lawman he is in the original material (the manga Dredd literally shoots both arms clean off one hostage holding crook) with him also being a suit and tie-wearing, unhelmeted guy with male-model looks and styled hair then teaching primary school kids! I've only seen part of this story, and obviously it's in Japanese, which I can't speak, let alone read, so if anyone out there has the whole story, especially if they can translate the text, I'd love to see it!

with Lawgiver

A better view of his helmet badge

His helmet in colour

Dredd, full length, on Lawmaster

Dredd looking dapper and ready for class!

Dredd's judge uniform, minus shoulder pads

CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with

Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.

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