Mean was the shame of the Angel family. They were the meanest, toughest, viciousest, most durn tootin' bad outlaws in the Cursed Earth, every one of 'em a natural born killer, but Mean? To his Pa's despair, Mean was a sickly child who liked books and soft fluffy animals.
So to save the family name, Pa Angel got a doctor to 'improve' the thirteen-year-old Mean, replacing his right arm with a clawed hook and implanting a dial in his head which worked on his brain; on the lowest level, Mean would now be unpleasant, but on '4', he was an unstoppable, destructive force of nature. Mean was now the Mean Machine!
When the Angel Gang kidnapped the mutant known as the Judge Child, Mean was killed by Judge Dredd, who first blew off his arm (luckily, it was only his good arm) and then caused him to head-butt a fuel pump with explosive results (these events occurred during the so-called 'Judge Child Quest') .
Mean was resurrected years later by the Judge Child, and sent to seek vengeance on Dredd alongside his long-lost brother Fink. They failed, and Fink was killed, but Mean remained a thorn in Dredd's side for years. In his old age, Mega-City's surgeons finally managed to remove the dial from his brain and release him into the care of his son, apparently a broken man.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Peak human male.
Not that bright; occasionally descends into an uncontrollable head-butting frenzy.
Steel cranium; bionic arm with razor sharp hook hand.
- Mean first appeared in the classic Judge Dredd story The Judge Child Quest.
- Mean once teamed up with Judge Dredd to recover some stolen Judge clones, having undergone brain surgery to make him think that Dredd was his dead father. (See quotes.)
- Mean occasionally has his own strip, entitled Mean Machine.
Mean appeared in the 1995 movie Judge Dredd, played by Christopher Adamson.
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