And keeping the tradition of always cover Dredd's face doesn't do him any favours.
Maybe it does, you never know. If he ever took it off, someone might be saying "Put it back on! Put it back ON!"
One of the very earliest Dredd stories did that. Belardinelli on art. Prog 7 or 8. Just before Robot Wars.
The story behind that one is actually something like I described. Up to that point, no series bible rule had been in effect that said that Judge Dredd's face must never be shown. When the artwork to the story came back to the editor, he looked at the face Belardinelli had drawn and said to himself "That looks awful
. We can't print THAT.", so a black [CENSORED]
sign was pasted over the face Belardinelli had drawn, and after that, it became an established rule that Dredd's face would never be shown. We know what Joe Dredd's face actually looks
like though -- he looks exactly like Judge Fargo, from whom he was cloned.
I was just kidding around there. Still, wouldn't it be interesting if someone found that original art page of Belardinelli's, and was able to carefully peel off the pasted-over [CENSORED]
sign so we could get a peek at what Dredd's face might have looked like, had the editor not deemed otherwise?