The man behind a beloved comic has passed away. The Guardian reported that Carlos Ezquerra, a "legendary" Spanish artist who co-created Judge Dredd for 2000AD, has died.
He as 70 years old when he passed away. Fans and friends alike are mourning his passing. They remembered his skill, spirit, and wonderful personality.
Ezquerra began his career in British comics in 1973. He worked on the war comic Battle Picture Weekly, Rat Pack, and Major Eazy. In 1977, he started working on 2000AD with editor and writer Pat Mills. Ezquerra came up with character designs for Judge Dredd.
Mills confirmed that Ezquerra had died. He gave The Guardian a statement after Ezquerra's statement.
“Carlos was without a doubt 2000AD’s greatest artist, and, indeed the premier artist of British comics. He was also a great guy to hang out with and he had a fabulous dark sense of humour. We will all miss him hugely," he said.
David Bishop, who was 2000AD editor from 1996 to 2000, also spoke about Ezquerra. He called him “a gigantic, innovative talent."
“He put the work ahead of ego, turning down easier paydays to pursue strips like the ground-breaking El Mestizo, a black slave fighting in the American Civil War – hardly typical fare for British war comics,” Bishop said. “Decades into an incredible career he dove head-first into creating comics on computer when others were content to play it safe. His work is the imagery that generations of readers have grown up enjoying. Carlos was a true gentleman, and a terrible loss for everyone who loved him or his work.”
In 2010, Ezquerra told fans on a 2000AD message board that he’d been diagnosed with stage three lung cancer. He had had one of his lungs removed.
“OK, one less lung but ... who the he** needs two for drawing?” he wrote.
Ezquerra is survived by his wife. Please pray for all those who are mourning him after his passing.