Strontium Dog In Colour!

I’ve spoken of my love of Strontium Dog before now – the creation of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra who starred in STAR LORD here in the UK before that title merged with 2000AD.

Those original STAR LORD stories were reprinted in the “Search/Destroy Agency Files” collections a few years ago but were in black and white/grey scale, when the originals were in full colour.

There’s news over the weekend that the STAR LORD stories are finally getting a coloured reprint next year!

And I, for one, will definitely be picking that up.

Mash-Up #146 Strontium Dog vs Stardust

I think I’ve mentioned before that when I was a kid here in the UK, I read the short-lived STARLORD comic before 2000AD – it was only when the former was cancelled and merged with the latter that I started reading that. Thankfully, they continued the excellent Strontium Dog stories illustrated by the late, great Carlos Ezquerra.

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.