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    'Judge Dredd': A liberal creation with accidental appeal to conservatives

    John Wagner, who co-created the character Judge Dredd in 1977 and has penned many of his adventures since, has said that he created Dredd as a response to the era's rising British right wing. But despite the character's left-leaning political origins, many of the early stories revolved around common conservative worries. Street crime, density, and joblessness haunt those tales, as do fears of mass madness.

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