Time to break out the Judge-approved party hats and frosted birthday munce, everybody: This week marks Judge Dredd Megazine's 25th birthday! It was back in October of 1990 that the future's most uncompromising lawman became too big for even 2000 AD to handle, and he spun off into his own title.

To mark the occasion, this week's issue features the start of a new Dredd story from John Wagner and Colin MacNeil that revives Total War, the terrorist organization that made its first appearance in Megazine #1 and the groundbreaking "America" storyline, but that's not the issue's only callback to the past. When it hits stands this week, the Megazine will have a cover by Barry Kitson, with Dredd towering over 25 defeated enemies. Check out a preview below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's what 2000 AD's press release has to say about the issue:

 

The special cover by Kitson features 25 of Dredd’s all-time greatest villains, including: Kraken, Judge Death, Judge Fear, Call-Me-Kenneth, Judge Mortis, Mean Machine Angel, Trapper Hag, Fink Angel, The Judge Child, Stan Lee, Chief Judge Cal, Judge Fire, Captain Skank, Sabbat the Necromancer, Judge Rico Dredd, Don Uggie Apelino, Father Earth, PJ Maybe, the Mutant, the zombie Dredd from City of the Damned, a Sov Judge, Pa Angel, Whitey, and several more... with city blocks in the background named after John Wagner and Alan Grant, paying tribute to the two scripting titans of Dredd’s world.

This month’s issue sees the start of a stunning new Dredd thriller, ‘Terror Rising’, by the ‘America’ team of John Wagner and Colin MacNeil; Brit-Cit Psi-Judge Lillian Storm goes underground in her pursuit of the mysterious box in ‘Storm Warning: The Relic’ by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Tom Foster; Colonial Marshal Metta Lawson has more than her hands full keeping the town in check as the carnival kicks off in ‘Lawless: Between Badrock and a Hard Place’ by Dan Abnett and Phil Winslade; and ‘Demon Nic’ faces the Assassin Apostles, by Paul Grist! Plus, in the bagged graphic novel this month, we catch up with Carl and Kilquo in the 'Freaks' sequel 'Faces' by John Higgins and Mindy Newell.ecromancer, Judge Rico Dredd, Don Uggie Apelino, Father Earth, PJ Maybe, the Mutant, the zombie Dredd from City of the Damned, a Sov Judge, Pa Angel, Whitey, and several more.

 

No, you did not misread that. The cover features classic Judge Dredd villain Stan Lee.

Judge Dredd Megazine #365 is out this week in print and digitally on the 2000 AD app.