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Clarence Goodman
Goody
Biographical information
Gender Male
Family N/A
Postion Chief Judge
Affiliation Mega-City One
Alignment Good
Status Deceased
Cause Stabbed to death by Cal's agents
Behind the Scenes
First Appearance Judge Whitey (prog 2)
Latest Appearance Prog 89 (death)

Year One - The Cold Light of Day (in flashback)

Portrayed by Unknown

Chief Judge Clarence Goodman is famous as the longest reign Chief Judge of Mega-City One and the one who overthrew President "Bad Bob" Booth. His time as Judge goes right back to the founding of the system.

AppearenceEdit

Goodman, even when young, had well defined and stern looks, neat hair, piercing eyes and wore his uniform with pride. In his youth he was blond.

PersonalityEdit

Goodman was the most amiable and friendly of the Chief Judges (until Dan Francisco), and was popular enough in his time that small children would crowd him for his autograph - part of this was a deliberate effect to keep people on side.[1] At the end of his reign, the citizens were happier and safer than they had been in previous times and ever would be again.

While in his younger years he was able to put politics above juicial standards, pressuring Fargo to ignore his own failings for the good of the system, in the 2090s he was strong standing in his beliefs and was willing to overrule Dredd. Despite their agreements, he deeply respected and cared for Dredd and and even resigned when he was forced to send the Judge to Titan.

HistoryEdit

Goodman was joint Deputy Chief Judge at the end of Chief Judge Eustace Fargo's term in office, alongside Judge Solomon. When Fargo had an affair (breaking his own code) and tried to resign, the two of them pressured Fargo to remain in office - only to find he'd tried to kill himself. Goodman helped Solomon to fake a "heroic death" for Fargo so it couldn't be used against the nascent Judge system. (This would cause problems when Fargo began to recover) Solomon became Chief Judge, with Goodman remaining Deputy. [2]

In 2057 Goodman became Chief Judge of Mega-City One and immediately created the Council of Five to assist him. Under advice from Solomon, he began to arm up the Judges to the extent that they could challenge the military. He attempted to convince President Booth not to initiate a world war, but to no avail, and after the Atomic Wars in 2070 he deposed Booth. Under guidance from a recovered Fargo, Goodman used the Declaration of Independence as legal precedent. [3]

After the coup, Goodman became head of state and established the Justice Department as a stable new government. He was well liked by his people[4] as he deliberately cultivated an image as a 'kindly uncle' figure in public. [5]

Standards had slipped among the post-war Judges, with the corrupt Rico Dredd able to buy his own apartment and flaunt his black market proceeds. Things would tighten up under Goodman.[6]

Origins Goodman's declaration

Goodman in 2070, declaring the reign of the Judges

Under his leadership, Mega-City One dramatically increased its outer-space colonial presence from 2095 onwards: the resources on other worlds were necessary for humanity's survival, though he privately doubted whether Earth deserved to spread out into space.[7]

There were three major crises during Goodman's time in power. The first of these was the outbreak of civil war between Mega-City One and Texas City, when Texas declared full independence.[8] With the Cursed Earth a near impenetrable barrier between the cities, Goodman eventually conceded that the civil war was futile and - in a move not entirely popular with all of his colleagues - he recognised Texas City's independence.

The second crisis occurred at the start of 2099 when Goodman was possessed by a malevolent psychic mutant known as the Monkey, who forced him to lead the city into anarchy before Dredd killed it. Before he was saved, some Judges were convincing SJS head Judge Cal to stage a coup.[9]

The third crisis came when the robots of Mega-City One rebelled against their masters and the Robot War claimed thousands of lives. The Chief Judge had previously clashed with Judge Dredd on the issue of banning highly intelligent robots and when he refused to do this Dredd actually resigned. The advent of the robots' rebellion saw Goodman change his mind extremely fast and Judge Dredd took up his badge once more to put down the revolt.[10]

Elder Goodman

Goodman in his last days

The Chief Judge knew just how much the city owed Dredd and how much it depended on him, so when he was forced to convict Judge Dredd of murder after he was framed by Deputy Chief Judge Cal, Goodman found it very hard to come to terms with his decision. Even after Judge Dredd had demonstrated his innocence, the Chief Judge was a broken man and Cal was free to plot his demise.[11]

His reign finally came to an end when he was murdered on the orders of his own deputy in 2100 or 2101.[12] Cal succeeded him.

Continuity issuesEdit

There used to be some controversy among fans as to whether Goodman succeeded Fargo directly, or whether Solomon served in between. This was eventually settled by the story "Origins" in 2006. However, his stated term of office contradicts two earlier mentions:

  • In Oz (progs 545–570), when Judge Silver remembers the coup by Morton Judd in 2070, Fargo is explicitly called the Chief Judge. Origins retconned this, having Fargo as an advisor to Chief Judge Goodman.
  • Blood Cadets (progs 1186–88) had a corrupt Rico owning a luxury apartment in 2079, and Dredd said such things later ceased "under Goodman." Origins stated that Goodman was already chief judge well before then.

All three stories were written by John Wagner.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Goodman is shown as beloved by children before he's stabbed to death; Year One - Cold Light of Day retcons that he was media savvy and partly playing a part
  2. "Origins," 2000 AD #1505-1519 and 1529-1535
  3. "Origins," 2000 AD #1505-1519 and 1529-1535
  4. 2000 AD #89
  5. Dredd Year One: The Cold Light of Day by Michael Carroll
  6. Blood Cadets
  7. "Maelstrom", Megazine 2.73-2.80
  8. Dread Dominion (Stephen Marley, 1994, ISBN 0-352-32929-7)
  9. "Monkey On My Back," Judge Dredd Megazine #204-206
  10. "Robot Wars," 2000 AD #10-17
  11. 2000 AD #86-88
  12. "The Day the Law Died!" episode 1, 2000 AD #89

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