On this day, 12 August 1978: 2000AD (Prog 77)
Jolly green legals. Judge Dredd trod dangerously close to copyright infringement in this segment of The Cursed Earth saga. Brian Bolland’s amazing art remained unreprinted for nearly 40 years for fear of action from the Giant’s representatives.
It wasn’t just Green Giant’s brand. Several other corporate mascots were featured in the story as genetically-modified creations. Rebellion were finally able to release the full story in 2016 following a change in law that allowed use of copyrighted characters for satirical purposes.