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Spikes Harvey Rotten is a major character in the Judge Dredd Epic The Cursed Earth but originally appeared in the two part 2000 AD story Mega-City 5000 as a criminal. At the end of the story he was captured by Judge Dredd and the original Judge Giant. It was 20 issues later that he appeared again for The Cursed Earth after being chosen by Dredd to help deliver the vaccine for 2T(FRU)T.


Spikes first appeared as a tall lean man with long fair hair, in his later appearance his hair is far more ragged and shaggy and he wears a lot more punk style jewellery.


Throughout the Cursed Earth saga Spikes was shown to be a smartarse trouble maker, who enjoyed gambling and violence. Early on, he was shown to lie, cheat at cards, and steal.

However, he slowly becomes more and more loyal to Dredd and his companions as the trek carries on, saving Dredd's life multiple times. When Tweak was introduced to the plot, Spikes initially disliked the alien whom he considered a dumb animal. However, when he learnt of Tweak's home world and its riches he quickly tries to buddy up with the Alien for personal gain.

Despite this, in the last stand against General Blood'n'Guts, Spikes is critically injured, and knowing he would hold the other two back, he valiantly steps out into a hail of bullets taking as many enemies down in the process as he can. After Spikes death, Dredd remarks upon him as being "Not just any punk, but the best punk the world had ever known".


Spikes played a major role in helping deliver the vaccine for 2T(FRU)T to Mega-City Two. He acted as a biker for Dredd's team, chosen because Dredd believed him to be the best biker there was, and offered him a pardon if they succeeded in delivering the vaccine for the virus. Spikes made good friends withTweak, who promised him riches beyond his wildest dreams with the ownership of half his planet. Little did Spikes know, Tweak had used his powers of pre-cognition to foresee Spike's death. Spikes was eventually killed in Death Valley, after several days of battling against a large army of Mek-Troopers. The enemy leader General Blood'n'Guts said that if the group surrendered Dredd, they would let Spikes and Tweak live, however Spikes refuses to let Dredd go and as a result he is hit by the blast of a bomb. Realising himself to be close to death, Spike grabbed a machine gun and said his goodbyes to Tweak and Dredd and sacrifices himself for them, where he is instantly gunned down. Dredd recovers his body and swaps uniforms, then placed Spikes on his Lawmaster and set the bike on auto pilot. The bike sped ahead and went right through the General, destroying him and allowing Dredd and Tweak to escape alive. 


  • There is often some name misconception between Spikes and the other biker gang leaderZoot Smiley in the Mega-City 5000 strip, this is primarily down to accidental art errors at the time.


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Main Characters Judge Dredd - Judge Hershey - Judge Anderson - Judge Beeny - Judge Buell - Galen DeMarco - Dirty Frank - Judge Edgar - Chief Judge Fargo - Judge Francisco - Judge Giant - Judge Goodman - Judge Griffin - Judge Guthrie - Judge Janus - Judge Karyn - Judge McGruder - Judge Niles - Judge Rico - Judge Shenker - Judge Silver - Judge Solomon - Judge Volt - Detective-Judge Armitage - Inspector Shimura - Devlin Waugh - Johnny Woo - Judge Larter - Judge Jack - Judge Agee - Judge Bennett - Judge Castillo - Judge Dekker - Judge Goon - Deputy Cheif Judge Herriman - Judge Kruger - Judge Munn - Judge Perrier - Judge Prager - Judge Minty - Detective-Judge Steel - Detective Judge Trant - Judge Kazan - Chief Judge Ohno - Judge-Inspector Akio Anaba - Judge Marshall Lawson
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Other Characters Chopper - Vienna Dredd - Fergee - Yassa Povey - Jacob Sardini - Walter the Wobot - Henry Ford - Spikes Harvey Rotten - Tweak - Tony Tubbs - Otto Sump - Mrs. Gunderson - Sensitive Klegg - Jack Point - Maria - Benneet Beeny - Grunwalder - Old Joe Blind - Max Normal - Toots Milloy - Mr. Harke - Mr. Burr - Jim Grubb - Dave the Orangutan - Nimrod - The Creep - Johnny Alpha - Wulf Sternhammer - The Fargo Clan - Randy Fargo - Jubal Fargo - Hocus Ritter - Batman - Harry Henson
Storylines America - The Apocalypse War - Block Mania - City of the Damned - The Cursed Earth - Day of Chaos - Democracy - The Doomsday Scenario - The Hunting Party - The Judge Child - Judgement Day - Mechanismo - Mutants - Necropolis - Origins - Oz - The Pit - The Robot Wars - Tour of Duty Trifecta - Wilderlands
Crossovers Judge Dredd vs. Aliens - Judgement on Gotham - Predator vs. Judge Dredd - Mars Attacks Judge Dredd