Judge Dredd Co-Creator, Carlos Ezquerra, Has Passed 1947 – 2018

by Olly MacNamee

With a last minute cancellation to Birmingham’s International Comics Expo (ICE) only a few weeks ago, no-one would have even considered that Judge Dredd co-creator Carlos Ezquerra would pass away only a couple of weeks later. But, news is just reaching us of his passing.

A native Spaniard, Carlos came to work on UK comics in the mid-70s along with many other artists from the Continent at that time, but Carlos was to leave an indelible mark on comics with his joint creator of Judge Dredd alongside John Wagner, even though both were destined not to be involved with the very first ever published strip in 2000AD #2 back in 1977. For many, he will be one of the definitive artists on Judge Dredd.

Carlos Ezquerra was to be a returning artist to 2000AD’s pages and thrilled readers across the generations with his work on Strontium Dog (another he co-created with John Wagner), The Stainless Still Rat and worked with Garth Ennis over in America on two Preacher specials (The Good Old Boys and The Saint of Killers miniseries) alongside so much more work in various publications and genres. There was nothing he couldn’t master.
Much more, no doubt, will be said in his honour on social media, but from all of us here at Comicon, our thoughts are with his surviving family at this time. We wish them all the best for the coming days, weeks and months.

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