During this week’s M.S.P., the discussion of Judge Dredd touched on the fact that it is a British take (with a little “take that”) on American culture circa the late seventies. As a long-time Vertigo reader, I remember when nearly all of those books were written by British creators, and have always associated that viewpoint with my impression of the United Kingdom, for better or worse. By the same token, I will always see Japan through a lens of Super Sentai and Ultraman. When it comes to pop culture, my expectations of, say, the Soviet Union are formed as much from Red Heat and Rocky IV as they are by history texts.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) may never forgive Sylvester Stallone for what he did to Dredd (among other things), asking: What stories about far-off lands stick with you the most, even if you know that they’re innaccurate or outdated?