The Cursed Earth is an infamous epic in the long history of Judge Dredd comics—but ever since it was first published 37 years ago, you’ve only ever been able to read the censored version. But a new change in UK law means that you’ll be able to experience it as was intended, for the first time since its initial release.
After the very first release of Pat Mills, John Wagner, Brian Bolland and Mick McMahon’s The Cursed Earth in the pages of 2000 AD, then-publisher IPC made the decision to edit future releases because two chapters in the saga—“Burger Law” and “Soul Food”—featured satirical, post apocalyptic renditions of fast food giants McDonalds and Burger King, as well as the Jolly Green Giant mascot of General Mills’ canned vegetable brand, Green Giant. As you might perhaps guess in the world of Judge Dredd, none of these brands got off too lightly as Mills and Wagner delivered a scathing statement about consumer culture in the West.
But now that UK law on parody has been updated to the point that Rebellion wouldn’t be sued into oblivion for these parodies, The Cursed Earth can be released as it was originally intended to be for the first time in nearly four decades.
Next July, Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth Uncensored will collect the complete arc of The Cursed Earth in its original form. Aside from reinstating the parody elements of “Burger Law” and “Soul Food”, the collection, the release will also mark the first time The Cursed Earth’s color work will have been restored.
Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth Uncensored will cost £25 in the UK, and $35 in the U.S.