Real Name: Archibald McNulty
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None. Middenface's mutation is purely cosmetic but he's very good at giving it laldy when he has to.
Young Middenface grew up in the Scottish mutant ghetto of
Shytehill during the Kreelman era, where he made small acts of rebellion
against the mutant-persecuting Kreelers. At the age of ten, he and his mates
decided to deal with Kreeler-supported heroin dealers in the neighbourhood,
but this only led to them being arrested and sent to a horrific mutant jail.
Breaking free, Middenface went on the run with Bonnie Charlie Prince and
other mutant rebels.
He became one of the leaders of the mutant army of resistance as an adult.
One of only a few of the generals to survive the war, he joined his fellow
fighters in exile, and became a Strontium Dog.
Young Middenface was a long-running black and white strip featured in Judge Dredd Megazine. Alan Grant wrote and created the story, with various artists (the last one being Shaun Thomas) and Ellie De Ville on lettering.
The strip started off with a young, teenage McNulty as a juvenile delinquent on the streets of Shytehill, and followed him in his path to becoming a mutant guerilla and eventually the leader, filling in the gaps before his debut in Portrait of a Mutant. Forced into guerilla activism after becoming a fugitive, he became a highly violent and reckless soldier, with the death of many of his friends giving him hatred for the mutant-killing Kreeler police.
Eventually, with the threat of the genocidal Sir William "Stinking Billy" Cumberland (which is the name and nickname of the Duke of Cumberland who crushed the 1745 Jacobite uprising in Scotland) becoming Head of Kreelers in Scotland, the Scottish Mutant Army launched an uprising. They overran the Kreelers, capturing multiple cities and eventually the Scottish Parliament building (still not fully paid for in the 2160s), but were unprepared when Cumberland simply blew up Parliament instead. Kreeler reinforcements forced the mutants into a retreat, making a last stand at Killoden theme park and being massacred in their tens of thousands. Cumberland becomes First Minister of Scotland on the back of this. Middenface and the surviving resistance members continue to fight and eventually succeed in assassinating Cumberland.
Many of the storylines are subtly (or not so subtly) based on contemporary Scottish politics, society and culture, with Scots slang and dialect used to reflect this. Two stories, Brigadoom! and Midnapped!, parody the musical Brigadoon and the classic Scottish novel Kidnapped, but with twists - the mystical village of Brigadoom is made up entirely of cannibals led by Sawney Bean, who happen to break into song for no reason.
First Appearance: 2000 AD (1977) #210
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2000 AD (1977)
Judge Dredd [FIN] (1991)
Judge Dredd Megazine (vol. 3) (1995)
Judge Dredd Megazine (vol. 4) (2001)
Judge Dredd Megazine (vol. 5) (2003)
Judge Dredd: The Megazine (1990)
Strontium Dog (1987)
Strontium Dog: Blood Moon (2010)
Strontium Dog: Portrait of a Mutant (2002)
TPB Strontium Dog: Search/Destroy Agency Files (2007)
- 'Strontium Dog: Portrait of a Mutant'
Strontium Dog: The Final Solution (2008)
Strontium Dog: The Life and Death of Johnny Alpha: Dogs of War (2015)
Strontium Dog: The Life and Death of Johnny Alpha: The Project (2012)
The Best of 2000AD Monthly (1985)
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