I was sad to hear about the passing of Carlos Ezquerra on Monday aged 70. I grew up reading the British comic 2000 AD, with Judge Dredd being one of my all-time favourite characters. Alongside writers Pat Mills and John Wagner, Ezquerra created the formidable and unbending future cop Dredd and the vast city in which to place him: the crime-ridden hellhole that is Mega-City One.
2000 AD Annual 1989. UK.
With his instantly recognisable drawing style, Ezquerra’s legacy to Judge Dredd and other 2000 AD staples like Strontium Dog will be long lasting I think. Below is a selection of Ezquerra covers and ads scanned from my collection, including images from the brilliant 1980s series The Apocalypse War. Thank you Carlos for enriching my comic book experience.
2000 AD ft Judge Dredd. Prog 333. 1983.
Strontium Dog. 2000 AD Presents Judge Anderson. N°9. 1986. US.
King Krong. Judge Dredd N°34. 1986. US.
The Apocalypse War. Ezquerra/Wagner/Grant. 1982.
Below images from Eagle Comics 1985 UK colourised editions.
The Apocalypse War. Advert. Judge Dredd Vol 1 N°19 1985. UK.
The Apocalypse War Part 1. Judge Dredd Vol 1 N°20 1985. UK.
The Apocalypse War Part 2. Judge Dredd Vol 1 N°21 1985. UK.
The Apocalypse War Part 3. Judge Dredd Vol 1 N°22 1985. UK.
The Apocalypse War Part 4. Judge Dredd Vol 1 N°23 1985. UK.
The Apocalypse War Part 5. Judge Dredd Vol 1 N°24 1985. UK.
“It’s really quite simple. I don’t destroy anything. I just move my mind into things. And make their atoms dance.” Sheeva.
Sheeva by Brett Ewins. Prog 578. 1988.
As we near the 40th anniversary of British comic publication 2000 AD, TVTA presents yet another thrill-tastic selection of artwork and covers featuring Bad Company, Judge Dredd and Slaine, with art by Brett Ewins, Jim McCarthy, Glenn Fabry and Ian Gibson.
Megrim and Robyn. Cover by Glenn Fabry. Prog 524. 1987.
Bad Company II. Cover by Brett Ewins. Prog 548. 1987.
Pit Rat. Cover by Jim McCarthy. Prog 524. 1987.
Full Mental Jacket. Cover by Ian Gibson, Prog 578. 1988.
Welcome to part 4 of TVTA’s series Never Mind The Adverts.
In this edition we focus on the 1999 Re-Action Figures line for British comic 2000 AD. The series was short-lived, but did provide a good choice of classic characters from the comics. The loose set I picked up was complete but for the Durham Red and Johnny Alpha figures as featured in Strontium Dog. Included below are pictures of Judges Anderson, Dredd and Death from Judge Dredd, followed by Slaine and Ukko from Slaine.
Slaine and Ukko
Thanks for looking. Join us again soon for another Never Mind The Adverts!