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2000 AD Prog Slog

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Prog 658

Two classic art robots come in from the cold this prog, I mean, return from their gigs at Crisis. Carlos Ezquerra draws in colour a three part Anderson PSI Division story called The Random Man while Slaine The Horned God Book Two is on a break. It’s surprising what a difference the artist can make to my enjoyment of a character. This prog’s Judge Dredd story, Little Spuggy’s Christmas, is by Jim Bakie. Obviously, Dredd has been drawn by many artists over the years, but I think of Bakie as one of the better ones. He seems to have a particular insight into the character’s physicality that other artists lack.

John Ridgeway, another old school artist, demonstrates again his inclination for a good Cursed Earth adventure in The Dead Man. I don’t know if you remember The Raggedy Man which he drew? Well, that was set in the Cursed Earth. In fact, another Dredd tale by him, Twister, is also set there… partially. (The other part is set in The Land of Oz.) Ridgeway draws a strong creepy, arid environment, I think.

Even Messimo Bellardinelli is making his presence felt in the latest in a series of back cover art files by him. He’s revisiting strips that he’s worked on over the years including Inferno, Meltdown Man and, this prog, ACE Trucking Co. It’s as if he’s apologising for Moon Runners by saying, “look at these really good thrills that I worked on in the past.”

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3 Comments:

  • John Ridgeways one of my favourite artists of all, he's done one of this weeks issues of Commando btw.

    Also regarding Belardinelli, its a pity to see him and Ron Smith getting stuck with some of the lesser strips at that point in 2000ad after all their great service to the mag. Its almost like the editors think that its embarrassing to have these "old pros" in the comic while they're chasing the "yoof" market...

    By Blogger Derek, at 9:12 pm  

  • Yeah, there is a preference for the new wave over all.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:30 pm  

  • that's a great portrait by Belardinelli. Why Rebellion didn't use it for the cover of the recent Ace collection instead of just a big logo is a mystery.

    By the way Paul, it's Jim Baikie not Bakie.

    By Blogger Simon C, at 5:15 am  

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