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Carlos Ezquerra, Co-Creator of Judge Dredd, Has Died

Carlos Ezquerra, co-creator of Judge Dredd

Co-Creator of Judge Dredd Passes Away

The comics community is saddened once again with one of the greats passing away. Carlos Ezquerra has passed away at age 70 from lung cancer. Ezquerra is best known as the co-creator of the legendary comics figure Judge Dredd. Ezquerra’s designs led to the more futuristic setting of the Judge Dredd comics. Even though Ezquerra and co-creator John Wagner would leave 2000 AD and the first publication of Judge Dredd would go to other creators, they eventually came back to leave a big mark on Mega-City One. Ezquerra worked on Judge Dredd stories from the 1970s, ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s. His last credited work was on Tour of Duty: Mega-City Justice in 2010.

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Carlos Ezquerra, co-creator of Judge Dredd
Carlos Ezquerra, co-creator of Judge Dredd

Though best known for the co-creation of Judge Dredd and everything he added to the world of Mega-City One, Ezquerra also helped create Strontium Dog for the British comic’s magazine Starlord. Strontium Dog was co-created, once again, along with John Wagner. Ezquerra also put his mark on several other 2000 AD comics. He brought the world of Fiends of the Eastern Front to life; he also had a hand in bringing the famous Stainless Steel Rat novels to sequential storytelling.

Ezquerra has also worked with Garth Ennis on several projects. He worked with Ennis on DC Comics/Vertigo Preacher stories “The Saint of Killers” and “The Good Old Boys.” He and Ennis also worked together on titles like Bloody Mary, War Stories and many others.

Carlos Ezquerra certainly had an impact on comic book storytelling and he influenced many creators throughout his years. Many creators are showing love and remembrance to Ezquerra’s work on social media. He has left a big void in not only British comics but comic books as a whole. A talented artist who brought worlds to life, he will be sorely missed but also fondly remembered by many.


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Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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