Awwwwk. My childhood’s Shakespeare that guy.
My wee childhood’s lost another hero this week.
While I never have been fond of his art, this is sad indeed. And since I plan to start with Apocalypse War today, I decided to postpone to some other day. Shame that he and John Wagner won’t do the last Dredd story as they should.
Weened on Ezquerra and I purposely pronouce his name wrong like I did when I was 7 or 8. He seemed like a pretty genuine human and have heard only ever good things about him. What a consistent and prolific legend he’s been.
I’m saddened by his loss more than usual on this thread. My childhood is taking a real battering at the moment
A statement on behalf of the staff at 2000 AD :
“It is difficult to put this into words, but we have lost someone who was the heart and soul of 2000 AD . It is no exaggeration to call Carlos Ezquerra one of the greatest comic book artists of all time, and his name deserves to be uttered alongside Kirby, Ditko, Miller, Moebius, and Eisner.
“Yet this doesn’t really do justice to someone whose work was loved by millions and has had an influence far beyond the comic book page. From Judge Dredd to Strontium Dog , from Rat Pack to Major Eazy , Carlos has left us with a legacy of stunning and distinctive work that was and always will be 2000 AD .
“He has been one of the pillars, producing the same dynamic, enthralling and arresting art we always loved him for. We thought we had many more adventures to come from the master, so we are devastated to discover we were wrong.
“Our most profound condolences to his family, his friends, and to the generations of readers who knew instantly they were reading a Carlos Ezquerra comic book.”
Matt Smith, editor of 2000 AD , said: "Carlos’s artwork spoke to me as soon as I saw it.
I only started reading 2000 AD in 1985, but four progs after my first the Strontium Dog story ‘Big Bust of 49’ began, and I was immediately hooked – powerful, clear and concise in its storytelling, full of energy and humour, and effortlessly cool, his distinctive linework soon became instantly recognisable to this newbie Squaxx whenever he worked on a strip, and he fast became a favourite. The Apocalypse War, Portrait of a Mutant, The Killing, Necropolis… so many great, great stories that came to life under his pen.
Amazingly, seventeen years later, I became editor of 2000 AD, and had the absolute pleasure of working with the man himself, and he was as pleasant, generous and unprepossessing as he was talented. It’s hard to believe that his work will no longer grace the prog, since he played such a formidable part in what makes the comic so special, but his legacy will live on, for future generations to enjoy."
Jason Kingsley, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Rebellion, said: “It is hard to put into words the influence Carlos’s work has had on me over the years. He may be physically gone from us, but the huge legacy of his creative abilities lives on. My personal condolences to his family.”
Some nice words from creators in The Gaurdians obit.
I just heard that Ray Galton has died.
What a huge comedy legacy.
Another one of those actors who seemed like he was in everything;
Herschel, like Dale before him, was often the voice of reason in the midst of all the chaos. Rest in Peace, Scott WIlson.
Kopelson produced some great films.