2000 AD Prog Slog

Monday, April 19, 2010

Prog 1149 16/06/99

I’ve remarked here before at being impressed at how prolific artist SB Davis is but even he seems to be pushing it a bit with his current work on Judge Dredd The Trial. His art here really does look loose and sketchy. Dare I say it even looks only partially done? Davis is better known for his painted work in 2000 AD but on this occasion he’s opted for good ol’ fashioned ink. The result is pretty baron and, often, depressing looking. The colour is provided by Charlie Adlard, who also has a reputation for producing quality work quickly, so it makes me wonder if this episode was drawn in an emergency.

Despite the shaky start to this prog, the art overall is amazing. Siku draws a sword and sorcery themed Pulp Sci-Fi and although loose and sketchy it never looks hurried. One of the masters, John Burns, paints a particularly strong Nikolai Dante story where the masked rogue liberates some citizens from a slave ship and, seemingly, encounters his mother. Callum Alexander Watt’s art on a Downlode Tales one-off is the most impressive work I’ve seen him do. In fact, it’s stunning and reminds me of Geof Darrow. Finally, Steve Yeowell is back, this time drawing a new Devlin Waugh adventure. Yeowell has occasionally worked in a looser style recently so it’s great to see him back producing more substantial work here.

I don’t suppose I should be too surprised that the artwork for 2000 AD continues to be strong. At this time, there isn’t much of a British comic industry anymore, certainly not one comparable to the seventies or eighties, so it makes sense that all of the new and established comic artists are going to approach Tharg with their portfolios. Great art, normally, and reproduction, more recently, isn’t a bad thing for a comic to have.

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  • Yeah there's some amazing art in 2000ad from here on to the present day. As ever with these things there's a few low point but over all wonderful stuff.

    As for Calum Alexander Watt as far as I'm aware that's sadly it in 2000ad. Always liked his stuff and it really was hitting another leave just as he disappeared (well from the Galaxies Greatest).

    Still he has a nice website.


    By Blogger Colin, at 8:32 am  

  • Colin, do you know if my speculation regarding SB Davis' art on Dredd at this time is in any way accurate?

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:39 pm  

  • Wow, his art is great.

    Paul, I would speculate that your speculation is indeed, if not correct, highly persuasive.

    I hope that helps

    By Blogger Victor Resistor, at 6:21 pm  

  • Sorry on that score I'm no help. The art certainly suggests that having had a quick nosey but I have no way of checking.

    That said in an interview from 2002 he does say that he's not happy either with his inked work or working on Dredd so that might be more in play than a rush job?



    By Blogger Colin, at 8:44 pm  

  • Victor, that doesn't make me feel any better.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:47 pm  

  • Colin, that makes me feel better. Thanks.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 5:47 pm  

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