Carlos Ezquerra: A Legend Passes.

It is with very great sadness that I report the news of the death of one of the greatest comic book artists of all time, Carlos Ezquerra who after a long battle with cancer has sadly passed away!

Anyone who had ever met Carlos Ezquerra would have one thing to say about him, he was a true gentleman! Soft spoken and very quiet with a very canny sense of humour, Carlos was one of the most prolific comic book artists in the industry and is perhaps best known as the co creator of Judge Dredd and Johnny Alpha for the British comic book 2000AD, along with writer Scottish American John Wagner.

Carlos had been working in the British comic since the very early seventies and had a unique style of art that was clearly his own. Born in Zaragoza, Spain; Carlos worked on many titles from around 1973 onwards including Battle and Action and his almost cinematic approach to scenes made him famous among comic book fans.

He is perhaps best known for his work on both Dredd and Strontium Dog strips and one of the most prolific artists on both strips, especially the latter!

Always soft spoken and always ready to talk with fans, Carlos had been a regular at British comic conventions for many years and I was lucky enough to meet him for the first time when I was eighteen years old and over the years got to speak with him many, many times. He was witty and funny with a very dry sense of humour as I mentioned above, and he had always a warmth to him that you do not often find.

I remember speaking with Carlos a few years ago when he had begun to use digital technology on some of his work and he was so enthusiastic about the new technology that he spoke in Spansih for part of the conversation, grinning all the while!

Carlos had been in poor health for many years and his son Hector began to help his father with art duties in more recent years, though Carlos continued to work and make appearances at conventions and was still very active with commissions just weeks before he underwent major surgery in September 2018!

A true gentleman and one of my personal heroes for over forty years now. Carlos Ezquerra sir you were and always will be the Maestro!

Vaya con Dios

Your Lawgiver always fired true!

Below is just a selection of legacy of art left to us by Carlos Ezquerra!

Comics

Comics work includes:

  • Rat Pack (with Gerry Finley-Day, in Battle Picture Weekly, 1975, collected in Volume 1, 128 pages, Titan Books, September 2010, ISBN 1-84856-035-4)
  • Major Eazy (with Alan Hebden, in Battle Picture Weekly, 1976–1978, collected in Volume 1, 120 pages, Titan Books, November 2010, ISBN 1-84856-441-4)
  • El Mestizo (with Alan Hebden, in Battle Picture Weekly, 1977)
  • Judge Dredd:
    • “Judge Whitey” (with Peter Harris and Mike McMahon, in 2000 AD #2, 1977)
    • “Krong” (with Malcolm Shaw, in 2000 AD #5, 1977)
    • Robot Wars” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #10, 1977)
    • “Bank Raid” (with Pat Mills and John Wagner, in Judge Dredd Annual 1981), 1980
    • The Apocalypse War” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in 2000 AD#245-270, 1982)
    • “Meka City” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #271-272, 1982)
    • “Fungus” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #275-277, 1982)
    • “The Big Itch” (with John Wagner, in Judge Dredd Annual 1983, 1982)
    • “Behold the Beast” (with John Wagner, in Judge Dredd Annual 1983, 1982)
    • “It’s Happening on Line 9” (with John Wagner, in Judge Dredd Annual 1983, 1982)
    • “Destiny’s Angels” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #281-288, 1982)
    • “The Executioner” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #291-294, 1982)
    • “The Night of the Rad Beast” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #296-297, 1982)
    • “The Prankster” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #308, 1983)
    • “The Starborn Thing” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in 2000 AD#309-314, 1983)
    • “Condo” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #319-321, 1983)
    • “The Other Slab Tynan” (with John Wagner, in Judge Dredd Annual 1984, 1983)
    • “Halloween” (with John Wagner, in Judge Dredd Annual 1984, 1983)
    • “Beat the Devil” (with John Wagner, in Judge Dredd Annual 1984, 1983)
    • “Requiem for a Heavyweight” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #331-334, 1983)
    • “The Big Bang Theory” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in Judge Dredd Annual 1985, 1984)
    • “Tarantula” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in Judge Dredd Annual 1985, 1984)
    • “The Eat of the Night” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in Judge Dredd Annual 1985, 1984)
    • “John Brown’s Body” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in Judge Dredd Annual 1986, 1985)
    • “Crazy R Raiders” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in Judge Dredd Annual 1986, 1985)
    • “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #438-439, 1985)
    • “Costa del Blood” (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in Judge Dredd Annual 1989, 1988)
    • “Kirby’s Demon” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #638, 1989)
    • “The Amazing Ant Man” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #640, 1989)
    • “Young Giant” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #651-655, 1989)
    • “By Lethal Injection” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #669-670, 1990)
    • “Rights of Succession” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #671, 1990)
    • “Dear Annie” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #672-673, 1990)
    • Necropolis” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #674-699, 1990)
    • “Death Aid” (with Garth Ennis, in 2000 AD #711-715 & #719-720, 1990–1991)
    • “Return of the King” (with Garth Ennis, in 2000 AD #733-735, 1991)
    • Judgement Day” (with John Wagner and Garth Ennis, in 2000 AD # 788-799, 1992)
    • “The Taking of Sector 123” (with Garth Ennis, in Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 2 #10-11, 1992)
    • “Christmas With Attitude” (with Garth Ennis, in 2000 AD #815, 1992)
    • Inferno” (with Grant Morrison, in 2000 AD #842-853, 1993)
    • “I Hate Christmas” (with Mark Millar, in 2000 AD #867, 1993)
    • “Frankenstein Division” (with Mark Millar, in 2000 AD #868-871, 1994)
    • “Could You Be Judge Dredd?” (with John Wagner, in Judge Dredd Poster Prog #2, 1994)
    • “The Time Machine” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #889-890, 1994)
    • “The Tenth Planet” (with John Wagner, in Judge Dredd Megazine vol.2 #58-62, 1994)
    • “Wilderlands” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #904-914, 1994)
    • “Parting Shots” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #915, 1994)
    • “The Candidates” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #917, 1994)
    • “Voting Day” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #918, 1994)
    • “The Neon Man” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #951, 1995)
    • “Megalot” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #952, 1995)
    • “Bad Frendz” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #955-959, 1995)
    • “Awakening Angels” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #958, 1995)
    • The Pit” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #970-977, 1995–96)
    • “The Pit: Unjudicial Liaisons” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #987-989, 1996)
    • “The Pit: Bongo War” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #996-998, 1996)
    • “Beyond the Call of Duty” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #1101-1110, 1998)
    • “Sector House” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #1215-1222, 2000)
    • “Helter Skelter” (with Garth Ennis, in 2000 AD #1250-1257 & 1260-1261, 2001)
    • “Leaving Rowdy” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #1280, 2002)
    • “The Girlfriend” (with John Wagner, in Judge Dredd Megazine #4.15, 2002)
    • “Phartz!” (with John Wagner, in Judge Dredd Megazine #201, 2003)
    • “Sturm und Dang” (with Gordon Rennie, in Judge Dredd Megazine #211-212, 2003)
    • “Brothers Of The Blood” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #1378-1381, 2004)
    • “The Monsterus Mashinashuns of P.J. Maybe” (with John Wagner, in Judge Dredd Megazine #231-234, 2005)
    • “Matters Of Life And Death” (with Gordon Rennie, in 2000 AD #1452, 2005)
    • Origins” (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #1505-1519, #1529–1535 and #2007, 2006–2007)
    • Tour of Duty: Mega-City Justice” (with John Wagner and Hector Ezquerra, in 2000 AD #1687-1693, 2010)
  • Strontium Dog:
    • Strontium Dog (in Starlord # 1-10, 12-15 & 21-22, 1978)
    • Strontium Dog (in 2000 AD # 86-94 & 104-118, 1978–79)
    • Strontium Dog (in 2000 AD # 178-197, 200-206, 210-221 & 224-233, 1980–81)
    • Strontium Dog (in 2000 AD # 335-345, 350-359 & 363-385, 1983–84)
    • Strontium Dog (in 2000 AD # 416-434, 1985)
    • Strontium Dog (in 1986 2000 AD Annual, 1985)
    • Strontium Dog (in 2000 AD # 445-467 & 469-499, 1985–86)
    • Bitch” (with Alan Grant, in 2000 AD#505-529, 1987)
    • Strontium Dog (in 2000 AD #532-536, 1988 2000 AD Annual & # 544-553, 1987)
    • Strontium Dog (in 2000 AD # 560-573, 1988)
    • “The Stone Killers” (with Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #560-572, 1988)
    • Strontium Dog (in 2000 AD prog 2000, # 1174-1180 & 1195-1199, 1999–2000)
    • Strontium Dog (in 2000 AD Prog 2001, 2000)
    • Strontium Dog (in 2000 AD # 1300-1307, 2002)
    • Strontium Dog (in 2000 AD # 1350-1358, 2003)
    • Strontium Dog (in 2000 AD # 1400-1403 & 1406-1415, 2004)
    • Strontium Dog (in 2000 AD Prog 2006 & # 1469-1472, 2005–06)
  • Rick Random (in 2000 AD #118, 1979)
  • Tharg the Mighty:
    • A Day in the Life of the Mighty Tharg (in 2000 AD #129, 1979)
    • Tharg The Mighty (in 2000 AD # 145-46, 1979)
    • Tharg the Mighty (in 2000 AD # 155 & 162, 1980)
    • Tharg the Mighty (in 2000 AD # 176-77 & 180-82, 1980)
    • Tharg the Mighty (in 2000 AD # 304, 1983)
    • Tharg the Mighty (in 2000 AD # 435-36, 1985)
    • Tharg the Mighty (in 2000 AD # 443, 1985)
    • Tharg the Mighty (in 2000 AD Winter Special # 3, 1990)
  • ABC Warriors (with Pat Mills):
    • “Golgatha” (in 2000 AD #134-136, 1979)
    • “The Shadow Warriors Book I” (in 2000 AD #1336-1341, 2003)
  • The Stainless Steel Rat (with Kelvin Gosnell, tpb, 208 pages, July 2010, ISBN 1-906735-51-4):
    • “The Stainless Steel Rat” (in 2000 AD#140-151, 1979–1980)
    • “The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World” (in 2000 AD #166-177, 1980)
    • “The Stainless Steel Rat for President” (in 2000 AD #393-404, 1984–1985)
  • Fiends of the Eastern Front: “Fiends of the Eastern Front” (with Gerry Finley-Day, in 2000 AD #152-161, 1980, tpb, ISBN 1-904265-64-2)
  • Third World War (with Pat Mills):
    • “Hamburger Lady” (in Crisis #1-2, 1988)
    • “Sell out” (in Crisis #13-14, 1989)
    • “Back in Babylon” (in Crisis #17, 1989)
    • Untitled (in Crisis #18, 1989)
    • “All about Eve” (in Crisis #20-21, 1989)
  • Anderson: Psi Division: “The Random Man ” (with Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #657-659, 1989)
  • Durham Red (with Alan Grant):
    • “Island of the Damned” (in 2000 AD#762-773, 1991)
    • “The Golden Mile” (in 2000AD Yearbook 1993)
  • Al’s Baby (with John Wagner):
    • Al’s Baby (in Judge Dredd Megazinevol.1 # 4-15 1991)
    • Al’s Baby (in Judge Dredd Megazinevol.2 # 16-24 1992-93)
    • Al’s Baby (in 2000 AD # 1034-1044, 1997)
  • Armageddon: “The Bad Man” (in Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 2 #1-7, 1992)
  • Purgatory (with Mark Millar, in 2000 AD#834-841, 1993)
  • Janus: Psi-Division: “Will o’ the Wisp” (with Grant Morrison, in 2000 AD Winter Special 1993, 1993)
  • Bob, the Galactic Bum (with Alan Grant and John Wagner, 4-issue mini-series, DC, 1995)
  • Bloody Mary (with Garth Ennis, Vertigotpb2005 ISBN 1-4012-0725-1):
    • “Bloody Mary” (DC/Helix, 4 issue mini-series, 1996)
    • “Bloody Mary: Lady Liberty” (DC/Helix, 4 issue mini-series, 1998)
  • Hitman (with Garth Ennis, in Pulp Heroes Annual #1, DC Comics, 1997)
  • Preacher (with Garth Ennis, Vertigo, included in Preacher, Volume 4: Proud Americans, tpb, March 1998, ISBN 978-1-56389-405-3):
  • Mara Jade: By the Emperor’s Hand (with Timothy Zahn and Michael A. StackpoleDark Horse, tpb collects Star Wars: Mara Jade – By The Emperor’s Hand #1-6, 1999 ISBN 1-56971-401-0)
  • Adventures in the Rifle Brigade (with Garth Ennis, Vertigo, tpb collects both mini-series, 2004ISBN 1-4012-0353-1):
    • “Adventures in the Rifle Brigade” (3 issue mini-series, 2000)
    • “Operation Bollock” (3 issue mini-series, 2001)
  • Just a Pilgrim (with Garth Ennis, complete hardcover, Dynamite Entertainment, 2009, ISBN 1-60690-003-X) collects:
  • The Scarlet Apocrypha: “Red Menace” (with Dan Abnett, in Judge Dredd Megazine vol. 4 #17, 2002)
  • Cursed Earth Koburn (with Gordon Rennie):
    • “Kuss Hard” (in Judge Dredd Megazine#221-223, 2004)
    • “Burial Party” (in Judge Dredd Megazine #228, 2005)
    • “The Assizes” (in Judge Dredd Megazine #239, 2005)
    • “Malachi” (in Judge Dredd Megazine#240-244, 2006)
    • “Going After Billy Zane” (in Judge Dredd Megazine #314-ongoing, 2011)
  • Kev Hawkins (with Garth Ennis):
  • Battlefields (with Garth Ennis, Dynamite Entertainment):
    • Tankies (3-issue mini-series, April–July 2009, tpb, 88 pages, September 2009, ISBN 1-60690-057-9, included in The Complete Battlefields, Volume 1, hardcover, 268 pages, December 2009, ISBN 1-60690-079-X)
    • The Firefly and His Majesty (3-issue mini-series, March–May 2010, tpb, 80 pages, August 2010, ISBN 1-60690-145-1, included in The Complete Battlefields, Volume 2, hardcover, 200 pages, July 2011, ISBN 1-60690-222-9)

My most sincere thoughts go out to Carlos’s family at this most difficult of times!

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Marc Farrimond

I'm a 55 year guy from Wigan in Lancashire living in Edinburgh, Scotland with two of my four awesome kids and my long suffering wife Laura. I have worked freelance over the years for some of the biggest names in tabletop and roleplaying and I am a very keen cosplayer and photographer.

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