For those of us who love the truly bizarre extremes that the future's toughest lawman will go to, one of the most exciting pieces of news this year was the announcement that Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth would finally be reprinted in its entirety. Originally serialized in the pages of 2000 AD back in 1978, the story took Dredd out of Mega City One and into the atomic wasteland that was America, weaving its way through the strip's signature combination of over-the-top satire and ridiculous action for one of the first great Judge Dredd epics.

Unfortunately, it was also a story that involved some legal trouble that existed outside of Dredd's jurisdiction, thanks to a piece of the story that saw Dredd battling it out with Ronald McDonald, the Burger King and the Jolly Green Giant, among others, prompting legal action that excised those strips from all reprints. Now, though, after almost 40 years, Pat Mills, John Wagner, Brian Bolland and Mike McMahon's story is returning in its complete form for Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth Uncensored --- and you can get a preview of the offending strips in all their copyright-challenging glory below.

 

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As I've said before, I'm guessing that A in "MacDonald" is a very crucial letter.

The hardcover collection is set for release on July 12, with a new cover by Bolland. Here's the official solicitation:

 

The original Dredd epic complete, unexpurgated collected with the 'banned' material for the very first time! Mega-City One, 2100. A deadly plague developed during the brutal ‘Great Germ War’ has reached the futuristic metropolis of Mega-City Two, located on the West Coast of the USA. Charged with delivering a life-saving vaccine to the citizens of the disease-ridden city, Judge Dredd and a small crew of Judges, war droids and the lawbreaking biker, Spikes Harvey Rotten, must travel a thousand miles across the radioactive wasteland known as ‘the Cursed Earth.’ Experience the complete Cursed Earth saga for the first time – a sparkling action-packed parody from Pat Mills and John Wagner, complete with sumptuous color spreads from Brian Bolland and Mick McMahon.