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Judge Joyce

Judge-Sergeant Joyce
Real name
Charlie Joyce
Current alias
Judge Joyce
Aliases
Da
Alignment
Affiliation
Ally of Judge Dredd
Relatives
Judge Fintan Joyce (son); Mrs Joyce (wife)
Universe
Base of operations
Murphyville

Characteristics
Gender
Eyes
Hair
Status
Citizenship
Marital status
Occupation
Judge
Origin
Place of birth
Ireland
First appearance

History[]

Judge-Sergeant Charlie Joyce, more often known simply as Judge Joyce, was an easygoing Irish Judge from Murphyville, a conurbation in the Emerald Isle (Ireland in the 22nd century). He was an occasional ally of Judge Dredd, assisting him when Dredd was sent to Ireland to extradite a suspect, and again during the so-called Judgement Day crisis (where he was supposed to join Dredd on a suicide mission, but was knocked out and replaced by Johnny Alpha). He was later sent on assignment to Mega-City One, where the attitudes of Dredd and Chief Judge Hershey caused him to finally lose his temper after being wounded, telling them they could "stick your Mega-City."

Charlie was murdered by his own Justice Department after threatening to tell the people about Brit-Cit causing the death of two hundred Irish citizens. His son, Judge Fintan Joyce, enrolled as a Judge after his death — made to look like a drunken error of judgement — and later emigrated to Mega-City One when they were in dire need of extra personnel after the events of Chaos Day. Fintan eventually, with the help of Judge Dredd, discovered the facts behind his father's killing, enabling him to remove the blot on Charlie's reputation.

Powers and abilities[]

Abilities

Armed combat.

Strength level

Peak human male.

Weaknesses

Alcohol dependency.

Paraphernalia[]

Transportation

Motorbike.

Weapons

Gun.

Notes[]

Joyce originally appeared in The Emerald Isle in 2000 AD progs 727 to 732 (although he himself didn't appear until prog 728). He reappeared in Judgement Day in progs 794 and 795, and also had a solo story, When Irish Pies are Smiling, by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, in the 1993 Judge Dredd Annual.

Trivia[]

  • Joyce was married, Judges in the Emerald Isle not being subject to the somewhat draconian rules on personal relationships applicable to their counterparts in Mega-City One.
  • Judge-Sergeant Joyce may have been named after James Joyce, one of Ireland's most famous authors, and certainly the most famous Irish person to write about the madness and alienation of life in a modern city.

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