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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Jose Casanovas Sr 1934 - 2009

Steve Holland reported yesterday on the death of 2000 AD artist, Jose Casanovas Sr who died on March 14th aged 75. His obituary can be read here

2000 AD readers will be familiar with the work he drew with his son on Mark Millar’s re-imagining of Robo-Hunter, currently taking place here in The Slog. Being the first artist to draw the character after Ian Gibson’s long and successful run on the strip and making such a strong impression is an achievement in itself. Those of us reading 2000 AD during the late seventies and early eighties will remember his striking style on many one off strips including Future Shocks and the occasional Judge Dredd. My most vivid memory of his work is on the Max Normal solo stories that appeared in the very early Dredd annuals. Jose’s style was intricate and packed with character. His work always looked to me like he had a great sense of humour.

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  • Damn. I was just looking back at the issues your on now and it reminded me how little I like Mark Millers writing and just how much I really really like Casanovas art. (also he carries hi moustache with a rare style and i remember when they printed this picture in the prog I thought 'that man is Max Normal'

    By Blogger Steve Denton, at 10:44 pm  

  • Definitely the best man ever to draw a man in a pinstripe suit playing a rack of Shuggy. Respect.

    By Blogger Mark Kardwell, at 11:34 pm  

  • Sad news indeed,

    I loved his work and not just because he was a fellow Catalan (Barcelona is my ancestral home)

    I've been building a fully searchable spreadsheet database Prog by Prog as Ben and I read them and a few weeks ago I'd reached Prog 300 so I figured I'd see just how useful and searchable my growing database was by testing out what I could glean from it. By spooky coincidence I had reason to look up Jose's art and I'd compiled a summary of his early work. I've just posted it on 2000AD online forums. Here it is as a tribute:

    "Casanovas early work for 2000AD, Starlord etc. was sporadic. First appearance was a Future Shock in Prog 70 (24 June 1978) a 1.5 pager called ‘Many Hands’
    “Good morning Sheldon, I love you” was his next, A six page future shock style one-off written by John Wagner in Starlord 11 (22 July 1978). The one you have for sale, the first page was printed in full colour.
    He drew another one-off Wagner in Starlord 16
    There’s a gap then until Progs 148 & 149 (January 1980) where he does a 2-part Ro-Jaws Robo-Tale
    He then draws the 11 page Mugger’s Mile by Alan Grant, the first ever Max Normal strip (“The Pinstripe Freak (He's Dredd's informer)” in the first Judge Dredd annual (1981)
    He goes on to draw more Future Shocks in Prog 220, 241 and 245, another Max Normal in the 1982 JD annual and again in JD 1983 annual.
    In the 1982 Sci-Fi Special he draws his first Dredd proper, a 10 pager by Wagner – The Tower of Babel
    His first Dredd in the weekly is the excellent “Game Show Show” 2 parter in 278/279, August 1982, Wagner again
    He did the second ever Time Twister in Prog 295, a 4 pager called Ultimate Video
    And that’s as far as my data goes for now, by Prog 300 he’d done 77.5 pages: 32.5 in the weeklies, 10 in specials, 23 in annuals and 12 in Starlords.
    According to ‘Barney’ online (http://www.2000ad.org) his last work was in Prog 822 (Feb 1993), Robo-Hunter"

    BTW, Ben and I are still loving the Progs. We've reached Prog 341, just had great Dredd (Graveyard Shift 7 parter), Slaine's just started, Alpha's back, Rogue met Venus, and Mills/O'Neill Nemesis book 3 is centrespread, fantastic. Also completed my recently acquired Starlords and now were on with the Tornados.

    By Blogger Aero, at 2:53 am  

  • Steve, a lot of artists draw characters from looking at themselves in the mirror :-)

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:39 pm  

  • Shuggy? :-) Why hasn't anyone made a table yet, Mark?

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:40 pm  

  • Hi Aero. It's always nice to hear from you. "Good Morning Sheldo, I Love You" is a wonderful strip; I should have mentioned that in my entry.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:43 pm  

  • Very sad news, especially as his fellow catalan artist Jose(Vampirella comic) Gonzalez passed away the day before.

    Casanovas was great drawing Max Normal and did a great job (with son) on the comeback of the Robohunter strip, its just a pity that the millar writing was so poor.

    If Casanovas had been working with Wagner/Grant then great things could have happened as there was a good sense of fun to his art

    By Blogger Unknown, at 9:49 am  

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