Dredd @45: Cartoon Museum Exhibition To Mark 45 Years Of Justice

by Richard Bruton

Beginning January 20th, the Cartoon Museum in London is marking 45 years of Judge Dredd with a very special exhibition:

It always puts on a great series of exhibitions and events, so it’s no surprise to see that The Cartoon Museum of London is planning a special exhibition to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Judge Dredd and 2000 AD.

It’s part of the ongoing celebration of 45 years of both 2000 AD and Judge Dredd, with multiple events, signings, special releases, and celebrations going on all through the year.

The Cartoon Museum’s exhibition, Dredd @45 is an ‘In Focus’ exhibition that “takes a look at the evolution of Judge Dredd since 1977, and how artistic techniques have changed alongside the character.” Full of artwork from the many wonderful artists who’ve portrayed Dredd over the years, it’s both a record of the character’s development and the evolution of the techniques and styles of the artists involved.

So, expect to see plentiful art from the likes of Carlos Ezquerra, Mick MacMahon, Brian Bolland, Steve Dillon, Ron Smith, Ian Gibson, and so many more.

Dredd @ 45 is included in the museum ticket price, and tickets are available online from cartoonmuseum.org.

“We are excited to showcase one of the most iconic British comic characters of all time, charting how the art of Judge Dredd has changed constantly since he first appeared in Prog 2, but how the Judge himself has always stayed the same as he has passed through the pencils of countless incredible artists.
This exhibition gives a window back in time to see how comic art has changed since Dredd first appeared – undoubtedly many digital tools used regularly by artists now could have easily featured in the pages of a 1970s copy of 2000 AD as ‘sci-fi tech’!
Working with Rebellion has been a pleasure, and we are thrilled to be part of 2000 AD’s 45th anniversary celebrations.”Joe Sullivan, Director of The Cartoon Museum

“It’s been thrilling to see this exhibition come together for our special anniversary year. As custodians of 2000 AD for more than two decades, we’re excited to see the Cartoon Museum focus on Judge Dredd and the artists who have made him come alive for millions of readers over the past forty-five years. Such a showcase will be great opportunity for people to see how such an iconic character has been interpreted over the years but has always remained true to its core identity and look.”Jason Kingsley OBE, CEO of Rebellion

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