Next week’s issue of 2000 AD, the comic that “predicted” Donald Trump’s rise to power at least twice, has taken a pot-shot at the president as he continues his attempt at a functioning administration.
Referring not just to Judge Dredd’s brand of instant and brutal law enforcement, the back-page pin-up by Cliff Robinson with colours by Dylan Teague also refers to the giant wall built around Mega-City One by mad Chief Judge Cal in the 1978 storyline “The Day The Law Died” (that was built to keep the population IN rather than “bad hombres” OUT, but who knows what’ll happen over the next four years?).
The pin-up continues 2000 AD’s history of cheeky broadsides at those in power — from PJ Holden’s visual reference to the allegations regarding David Cameron and an unlucky porcine beau, to B.L.A.I.R.1 which parodied the superhuman confidence of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, and even the Margaret Thatcher-a-like who was shot on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral in the very first issue.
And it’s not the first time Trump has been name-checked by this very British institution — Al Ewing and Henry Flint’s Zombo saw Trump become an unhinged and despotic President of Earth while Rob Williams and Henry Flint’s Act of Grud in October last year featured a reference to the “Trump Memorial Crater”.
Whether President Trump will tweet a reply at 2000 AD remains to be seen…