Carlos Ezquerra. Photo: Lisa Mills

November’s Judge Dredd Megazine to honour Carlos Ezquerra with bagged collection

2000AD 40th Anniversary Edition
2000AD 40th Anniversary Edition cover art by Carlos Ezquerra

The next issue of Judge Dredd Megazine – Issue 402 – will pay tribute to late co-creator of Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog, Carlos Ezquerra, with collection of stories from across his 40-year career with the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, 2000AD.

Ezquerra, who co-created Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog, died unexpectedly on 1st October after a battle with lung cancer. As part of Rebellion’s plans to honour Ezquerra and his legacy, the Megazine, on sale 21st November, will include an extended obituary and will come bagged with a special reprint edition featuring seven stories he drew.

One of Carlos Ezquerra's original visualisations for what would become Mega City One. © Rebellion
One of Carlos Ezquerra’s original visualisations for what would become Mega City One. © Rebellion
Zarjaz - Strontium Dog by Carlos Ezquerra
Strontium Dog by Carlos Ezquerra

This will include “Bank Raid”, the ‘first’ Judge Dredd story that was not published until years later. Ezquerra famously walked away from his creation for several years after learning the first Dredd story in 2000AD Prog 2 was not one drawn by him.

“Carlos’ death was a profound shock,” notes Matt Smith, editor of 2000AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine, “not just to everyone at 2000AD but also to his fans across the world.

This small collection of his stories shows not just his evolution as an artist but also a sense of his incredibly consistent quality over more than four decades.”

Sniper Elite - Resistance #3 - Variant Cover by Carlos EzquerraJudge Dredd Megazine 402 will be available from all good comic book shops and newsagents – as well as 2000AD‘s webshop and apps – on 21st November. It can be ordered from comic book stores via Diamond Distribution using code SEP181944

• Just a reminder, too that Sniper Elite – Resistance #3, out now, features a variant cover available in comic shops by Carlos Ezquerra

THE COLLECTED STRIPS

Judge Dredd: Bank Raid
Script: John Wagner and Pat Mills
Artist: Carlos Ezquerra
The original ‘first’ Dredd story that wasn’t published in 2000AD

Judge Dredd: Halloween
Script: John Wagner
Art: Carlos Ezquerra
Letters: Tom Frame
Originally published in Judge Dredd Annual 1984

Strontium Dog: Incident on Zeta
Script: Alan Grant & Carlos Ezquerra
Art: Carlos Ezquerra
Letters: Gordon Robson
Originally published in 2000AD Prog 573

Future Shock: A Close Encounter of the Fatal Kind
Script: Alan Grant
Artist: Carlos Ezquerra
Letters: Pete Knight
Originally published in 2000AD Prog 102

Judge Dredd: By Private Contract
Script: John Wagner
Artist: Carlos Ezquerra
Letters: Annie Parkhouse
Originally published in 2000AD Prog 2000 (2016)

What if… Max Bubba Hadn’t Killed Wulf?
Writer: Alan Grant
Artist: Carlos Ezquerra
Letters: Ellie De Ville
Originally published in 2000AD Prog 1772

Tharg the Mighty: This is Your Life
Artist: Carlos Ezquerra
Letters: Jack Potter
Originally published in 2000AD Prog 155

2000AD, Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog © Rebellion Publishing Ltd

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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