Sad news today as we learn Carlos Ezquerra (co-creator of Judge Dredd) passed away at the age of 70 after his long battle with lung cancer.
While Carlos was not the one to illustrate Judge Dredd's first appearance in the pages of 2000 AD #2 (that was Mike McMahon), he worked to create the look of Dredd and Mega City One before the character was published in 1977. Taking inspiration from a Death Race 2000 advert given to Carlos by fellow co-creator John Wagner, Judge Dredd soon manifested into the icon he is today. Though the initial story created by Wagner and Ezquerra was rejected for being too violent, it was later printed in Judge Dredd Annual 1981.
Carlos Ezquerra’s work spans far beyond his contributions to Judge Dredd though. From his work in 2000 AD with Stronium Dog and Tharg the Mighty to Preacher, Just a Pilgrim and Battlefields, the art of Ezquerra left an impression on individuals and inspired so many more.
Rest in peace, Carlos and thank you for all your contributions to the world of comics.