The British SUN tabloid is to sober news reporting what a caramel frappucino is to healthy food, but here’s a sad story from its pages: JUDGE DREDD artist Ron Smith is on trial for abusing a 13-year-old girl back in the ’80s.

Smith, 80 – who drew the futuristic cop cartoon for 2000AD magazine – was said to have assaulted the girl over three years in the 1980s.

Smith acted out a string of sick fantasies in the guise of “teaching” her – even role-playing a knifepoint rape, Guildford Crown Court heard.

The woman, now 39, went to police last year.

Smith, of Godalming, Surrey, denies rape and indecent assault.


  1. Ron Smith?!?!

    My favourite Dredd artist, he played a HUGE ( and largely unsung ) part in developing the tone of Dredd and MegaCity 1 back in the early days.

    I’m hoping that people won’t rush to judgement before this thing plays out. He deserves at least that much respect.

  2. Ron Smith is my father. I am just so glad that his name has been cleared now. It has been a terrible time for the whole family.