This weeks' 2000AD cover features mutants, a radioactive wasteland and balls to the wall action. Who would be the perfect choice to illustrate that...? Well, none other than 2000AD legend and Mad Max co-writer and designer Bendan McCarthy!
Since his work last graced the prog, Brendan has seen his triumphant Mad Max scoop SIX Academy Awards as well as a host of prestigious awards. He has also had his extremely McCarthy-esque creator owned comic series Dream Gang serialised by Dark Horse. More on that later...
An inspired choice for this weeks' cover, McCarthy brings Dredd's first meeting with the terrifying mutant Thorn to life with his usual digidelic palate! Below we can see his cover sketch...
McCarthy draws a different kind of Chopper
As well as his awesome finished version. I adore the colours on this, absolutely mesmerising!
A Thorn in Dredd's side...
Is... is that a pasty?
"Dredd and Friends (and the Judda, and a fat perp.)"
EDIT - Brendan also sent this work in progress of a Psychedelic Judges commission he's working on, wow!
DOUBLE EDIT! - The finished piece...
Brendan also included this zarjaz sketch for a Mad Max/Dredd pin up, maaan, I'd love to see this fully realised!
Mad Max and Mean Machine. I want to see that meeting!
While we're talking Mad Max, PLEASE take the time to visit Brendan's site at http://artbrendan.com/, there are some absolutely dazzling images on there, like this bugger...
I hope he washed his hands after going to the lavvy.
Flying lighthouse? Check! Dog in trousers? Check! Psychedelic lunacy? Check! Just another day in Brendan's imagination!
"You know it mocks sense!"
And here's how the cover of Prog 1975 looks at your local thrill merchant - glorious!
"Oh Joe, I've got a splitting headache!"
A HUUUUGE thank you to Brendan for sending the goodies, we are not worthy! Be sure to check out his wonderful site and buy a copy of Dream Gang in the summer!