Oddities #20200124

1015 was a Saturday supplement to the British newspaper The Times that ran for several years in the mid-to-late 1990s. Possibly beyond, too, but info on it isn’t easy to find. At a guess, it’s called “1015” not because someone behind the scenes was up against a deadline to suggest a title and just happened to look at the clock at a quarter past ten, but because it was aimed at readers between ten and fifteen years old (inclusive). Maybe. That certainly sounds credible to me, so that’s what I’ve chosen to believe.

The only copy I own is this one, issue #53, dated 13 July 1996…

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… with its absolutely cracking Judge Dredd cover by Greg Staples.

It’s a twelve-page magazine, approximately 248 by 315 millimetres (for those who insist on the imperial measurements, it’s about 0.0012 by 0.0016 furlongs), on newsprint paper. In fact, because of the newsprint I feel compelled to point out that the cover is not as vibrant as the image above suggests: that one’s had its washed-out colours and contrast electronically enhanced. Below you can see the original scanned cover compared to the enhanced version:

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Inside, Dredd and related topics appear on five of the mag’s pages, and I’ve helpfully provided the relevant text so you don’t have to squint!

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1015 p02sDredd Says…
Listen up, juves! Millennium fever is rising as the year 2000 gets ever closer. To prepare you for the future, I’ve suggested to Margot that she should take a back seat this week, in fact I’ve insisted! I’m the boss and I’ll be in charge of this special issue of 1015. So get set to go forwards in time. My name’s Dredd, Judge Joe Dredd. I am a lawman from the future where there are no more lawyers or trials — just the Judges. We dispense instant justice. If you don’t immediately recognise me then cast your mind back to last summer when I was the star of my own movie, ‘Judge Dredd’, which starred Sylvester Stallone. But the best place to find me is in the pages of the British science fiction comic ‘2000 AD’, which this week reached it 1000th issue (1015 will achieve that landmark in 2014!). To mark its own millennium, ‘2000 AD’ is full of new stories about the way the future could look. But what will the future be like for you? Inside this issue of 1015 are features about what the world could be like in the next millennium. Forget skateboarding, try skysurfing or find out what it takes to become a future lawman, and if you like drawing, there’s an interview with a young artist called Greg Staples who makes his living painting comics. Do you think you could follow in his footsteps? Best of all is hot actor Jim Carrey talking about his new movie, ‘The Cable Guy’, where he plays a very creepy character. But who are the Top Five villains of all time? Find out inside. Just tell ’em, Dredd sent you. JD

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1015 p03sDredd Hot Prizes
Hey, Dreddheads, think you know all about the ultimate lawman? Well, you ain’t seen nothing yet! ‘2000 AD’ is the comic which features futuristic characters such as Judge Dredd and Durham Red.
We’ve teamed up with ‘2000 AD’ to offer diehard fans a fab day out. First, one lucky winner and three mates (one must be over 18) will see the ‘2000 AD’ artists in action. Then your chauffeur-driven car will take you to Planet Hollywood for a lunch fit for a comic strip hero. You will also win one year’s full subscription to ‘2000 AD’ and a bag of Judge Dredd goodies. Ten runners-up will win a six-month subscription to ‘2000 AD’ and a bag of Judge Dredd gear, including a T-shirt, badges, posters, comics and stickers. To stand a chance of winning, tell us the famous actor who played Judge Dredd in the movie. Is it: a) Sylvester Stallone, b) Mel Gibson or c) Brad Pitt? Call 0891 866919 or post your answer to us by July 19.

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1015 p04sJudge Joe Dredd
Judge Joe Dredd made his debut in the second issue of weekly comic ‘2000 AD’, nearly 20 years ago. Since then he has won dozens of awards and had his own movie, starring Sylvester Stallone. Dredd is one of Britain’s most popular comics icons. David Bishop, the Editor of ‘2000 AD’, charts his rise to fame…

Born – Actually, Dredd was not born, he was ‘cloned’, which means that he was artificially created in a test tube. He has no parents but does have a clone brother, Rico. The exact date of his birth is unknown, but it is somewhere near the end of the 21st Century.

Age 5 – Joe and Rico Dredd are inducted into the Academy Of Law, a tough school where children train to become Judges.

Age 8 – As cadets, the children are expected to forget their families and the friends they used to have. Now the Law is their family. However, the cloned Dredd brothers never had a family in the first place…

Age 12 – This is something of a breaking point for Joe Dredd. He takes the latest series of stringent tests at the Academy Of Law and only just manages to pass, thanks to the help of his brother Rico.

Age 18 – Joe and Rico graduate at the top of their class and become Judges. Both are listed on the Roll Of Honour for their year, but Rico came top and was awarded the prestigious Eagle Of Honour.

Age 19 – Just a year after the brothers became Judges, Joe discovers that Rico is a murderer and an extortionist. He arrests his brother and sends him to prison!

Age 27 – Joe Dredd has become the best Judge on the streets of Mega City One. However, when he is presented with the chance to become Chief Judge, he turns it down, saying he would rather enforce laws than make them.

Age 39 – Rico is released from prison and is intent of getting revenge on the brother who imprisoned him. Judge Dredd was forced to kill Rico in self defence.

Judge Dredd appears every week in 2000AD and every month in his own title, the ‘Judge Dredd Magazine.’

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Look! Judge Death appears in the Top Five villains section! His entry reads, “Dredd’s greatest foe, alien superfiend Judge Death, believes that only the living commit crimes, therefore all life is a crime!”

Dredd… Lines
Greg Staples is one of the new wave of young artists making a name for themselves in British comics. His work on Judge Dredd currently appears in ‘2000 AD’ and he painted the special cover of this week’s 1015. Here he tells us exactly what it takes to become a comic artist…

“I’ve been drawing since I can remember, really,” says Greg, who was first inspired by the artwork in American comics such as ‘Spider-Man.’ “I was always drawing Spider-Man. At junior school, all my friends would ask me if I was going to be an artist when I grew up because I was always drawing — now, I am an artist!”

Greg, a 26-year-old from Chesterfield is self-taught, learning from observation, inspiration and practise. “I went to art college for a day and realised it wasn’t worth it,” he says. “I didn’t rate the artists who were teaching and they all looked down their noses so I went off to teach myself.” He spent the next two years building up a portfolio of work before showing it to editors and other artists. It was top British painter Simon Bisley who helped Greg break into the comics industry, when he was just 20. Bisley saw Greg’s portfolio at a comics convention and gave him a lot of encouragement.

“He told me to keep practising and come back in a year,” he remembers. “When I showed him my new work, 12 months later, he was really knocked out by how much I had improved.”

Bisley was so impressed, he went to the ‘2000 AD’ editors at that year’s convention and demanded they look at Greg’s portfolio. A week later, Greg was painting his first script and a month later he was drawing Judge Dredd full-time. He has been working as a professional ever since. “It’s probably the best job in the world. Some artists suffer from deadline stress, but I do my best work under pressure — especially with a good script.”

Greg has always been inspired by the work of Mike McMahon, one of the first artists to work on Judge Dredd. “He’s inspired everyone who’s ever drawn Dredd,” says Greg. Another big influence was Simon Bisley’s paintings of characters like Judge Dredd, Sláine and Batman. Greg has also helped to design graphics and characters for the new computer game, ‘Loaded’. But his first love is still comics. Greg’s advice to aspiring artists is “practise, practise and more practise.” He also thinks self-belief is very important. “If you put your mind to it you can accomplish anything,” he says. “I’ve always believed that.”

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Super Troopers
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a superhero’s sidekick? Emily Dean peruses the CVs of some of the screen’s most impressive superheroines…

Saving the universe can be a pretty lonely business. This is probably why any self-respecting superhero can always be relied upon to have a trusty female companion by his side. While your average hero won’t want someone tottering around the Imperial Starship in white stilettos moaning about the cold, he’ll also feel a bit threatened by a gun-wielding aggressor, stomping around in jackboots and starting intergalactic wars all the time. He’ll have to feel confident that she’ll turn up on time for a clinch at the closing credits and scowl at villains who will trace a black velvet gloved finger down her cheek and say, “Such a shame, my dear, that so pretty a face will be ruined. And where is your precious Superman/Batman/Mr Skywalker when you most need him…”

The girls who accompany the invincible men in tights as they protect the world from assorted baddies, have come in various guises over the years. Superman plumped tor the charms of the glamorous reporter in well-tailored suits, Lois Lane, while Luke Skywalker had to make do with a girl who thought bagels plonked on either side of her head constituted a hairdo. Judge Dredd opted for the tough but beautiful graduate from the Academy Of Law, Judge Hershey. Unlike many of her female counterparts, Hershey was not of the “Flash, I love you but we only have 15 seconds to save the world” variety. Forsaking plunging necklines and a trembling lower lip for a fierce-looking black military all-in-one, Hershey challenged the awesome law enforcement officer on his blinkered pursuit of justice that doesn’t allow for human error. All this and she managed to prise back that terrifying steel helmet to grab a quick kiss from him. We take a look at some of the other well known Girl Fridays to assess who would come in most useful for one of those unexpected Monday morning tussles with the forces of evil…

Other features in this issue of 1015 include an interview with Jim Carrey (two pages), an interview with the British band Scarlet (one page), a “Recommends” feature (one page, looking at books, music, sport and movies) and a pin-up of Damon Hill on the back page. I think he’s a sports person.

(A special note: in Greg’s original interview Spider-Man was spelled as a single word. I made the executive decision to correct that here because the wrong way really doesn’t sit well with me!)


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