The Walter the Wobot Shrine : You Bet Your Life

So Walter and Judge Dredd settled into their version of domestic bliss. Of course Dredd was seldom home, spending most of his time out busting perps but Walter didn't care as long as he was near his unofficial master. As for Dredd he could have kicked the droid out but didn't so he either felt indebted to Walter or didn't have the heart to kick him out. The latter option isn't as unlikely as it would seem from reading today's Dredd. Surprising as it may be to newer readers Dredd does have a heart and in the early years it wasn't as rare for the iron man to show the odd flash of humanity. Case in point; to while away the long hours while Dredd wasn't there Walter watched a lot of television, some of it on pirate stations. Yet when Dredd caught him watching the city's most illegal show You Bet Your Life he didn't bust him. Something that would be hard to imagine happening a few years later. From Prog 25 here's the story, art by Ian Gibson, story uncredited but either Mills or Wagner though more likely Wagner.

Of course it was lucky for Walter he could be useful in this instance or it's a fair bet Dredd would have been a lot harder on him.

So why was You Bet Your Life banned in Mega City 1? Probably because it lived up to its hype and the penalties for guessing wrong were a little steep.
An interesting moment, one of the few occasions Dredd and Walter actually worked together as a crime fighting team. Approximately fifteen years Dredd would take a strong stand against law enforcement by robot when the Mechismo project was launched but in the heat of the moment he didn't mind.
After which it's time for the dramatic wrap up and the moral of this story
After this Walter gave up on illegal programming and presumably promised to be a good robot. A promise that meant little too many people in a city still recovering from the trauma of the Robot War. As Walter would soon discover.

On to Walter's run in with the Neon Knights, MC1's equivalent to the KKK

On to Walter's brief career as a cabbie

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