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|Judge Dredd: The Megazine|
|Publication date||October 1990 – present|
|Written by|| Alan Grant |
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, Judge Dredd Megazine is an anthology, featuring both ongoing and stand-alone stories. Some series have comprised a specific storyline while others only a loose thematic connection. Originally the Megazine only set stories 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 . It has since expanded to include 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 well as older 2000 AD stories such as Helltrekkers , there have also been reprints that originate elsewhere, such as 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, usually focusing on the work of a particular 2000 AD contributor or compiling a particular strip.
Starting in issue #276 a creator-owned slot that featured Tank Girl,American Reaper and Snapshot has appeared.
Text articles appear in between the stories. They are usually comic-related, such as biographies or obituaries, 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:
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