Over on his blog, Chris Ryall of IDW has posted up the upcoming Dredd cover for IDW’s 8th issue, drawn by Howard Chaykin with colour by Jesus Aburto.
You can check it out both in colour and black and white HERE
One thing though… the lawmaster is very familiar. In fact it’s identical to a pic from 2000AD’s own Lee Carter. Now I’m not gonna pretend to know about the artistic etiquette of this as they’ve officially licenced Dredd and his world so can probably use what they like. Also as they’re getting name artists for the covers you’d expect them to not be Dredd experts and go online for reference pictures knowing what sad nit-picky bastards we are about things not being exact.
That said, this seems to be more than just using the pic as reference.
Howard Chaykin is a fucking comic legend and rightly so. The man is a genius and has done some incredible work. Just think it’d be nice if our own Mr Carter got some kind of official nod for seemingly contributing half of the cover image anonymously.
Or maybe he will and I’m just jumping the gun. In which case I’ll shut the fuck up.