Mash-Up #16

Twice a week I randomly generate two dates and then compare the titles I own from both of them, trying to find some covers that, with a little basic photoshopping, I can mash together, and then I force the results on you lovely people.

By the way, I admit to being HUGELY influenced by the wonderful Super-Team Family blog which has been doing this for years (and a lot better) on an almost daily basis.

Because when presented with the opportunity to use some Steve Dillon Judge Dredd, I will always take that.

Carlos Ezquerra Passes Away

I was all ready to post a note of how disappointing Heroes in Crisis #1 was, when instead I came across some really sad news: Carlos Ezquerra, co-creator of Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog amongst others, has passed away, aged 70.

He was long one of my favourite artists; as a kid reading 2000AD, there were a handful of artists whose work I could identify just by looking at a single panel – Ezquerra, Dave Gibbons and Ian Gibson spring to mind – and he was always top of my list.

Regular readers may remember my mate Spike bumping into Ezquerra and other 2000AD luminaries last year, and thanks to Spike, I’m lucky to have a signed, original sketch by Ezquerra which is framed and on my wall. While I haven’t read 2000AD regularly for years, I still pick up the collections of Strontium Dog stories, most of which have been illustrated by Ezquerra; they’re definitely not going to be the same again.

I’ve seen the image below being used on a couple of news articles about his death – two of his biggest and best creations together, which kinda fits.

RIP Carlos.

100 Issues Ago

I came across this “100 Issues Ago” panel in an old Justice League of America and thought I’d tidy it up and re-purpose it. If one month = one issue, what was I reading 100 Issues Ago?

It’s a bit of a cheat, this one, as it’s a trade rather than a single issue but, back in November 2009, my comics collection was dominated by Blackest Night and the aftermath of Final Crisis so instead of picking out yet another issue of Power Girl like last month, I figured I’d grab this one.

While I’d grown up reading 2000AD, I stopped reading it sometime around the mid to late 80s – this was during my comics drought years when I was discovering the joys of beer and (not very successfully) women – so was surprised one weekend in 1990 when a friend called round clutching this issue:

He’d seen that cover – a scarred, disfigured man holding Judge Dredd’s badge – and been intrigued enough to buy it and share it with me. Even though we hadn’t read any issues running up to it, the story of Dredd taking the Long Walk, being attacked by the Sisters of Death and struggling to survive and regain his memory was great.

Almost twenty years later, with the release of The Dead Man collection, I finally got to read the whole story. By that time, the publisher Rebellion had been producing lovely reprints in Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files as well as other collections so I’d read the story that The Dead Man led into – Necropolis – but it was nice getting the background and being able to finish the story.