I promised to post more artwork by Carlos Ezquerra from the adaptation of the Rat stories from the UK comic 2000ad, so here are a couple of images. The first is the cover artwork from the Eagle Comics reprint of the stories which appeared in the USA.
In my view, the Eagle reprints are far inferior to the original appearances in 2000ad for a couple of reasons. First up, the art was… er… ‘edited’ to fit the narrower pages of a standard comic book, and to remove the logos which appeared in the original artwork (the stories appeared weekly over about a dozen weeks each). Unfortunately, the person who retouched the artwork seemed to wearing gloves. And a blindfold. Invisible mending it ain’t.
Also, as well as being a larger format, the original comics were in black and white, with a centre-page spread in colour (at least for some of the stories). The colouring on these spreads varied from the subtle to the eyewatering, but was always superior – in my opinion – to the slapdash colouring on the Eagle versions.
I should have said before, the .jpeg images here do not do justice to the Ezquerra artwork – if you get chance to, have a look at either the Eagle or 2000ad versions.
The big disadvantage of the old 2000ad comics was that they were printed on paper that was only a step above paper towels, but I remember the reek of printer’s ink on cheap paper with some affection. OMG I sound like an old person.😉