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.