2000AD Covers Uncovered - Officer Sitting Down.

Chris Burnham brings us the second of our Prog 2000 Covers - Any Questions?

3 years ago

Prog 2000 is here with, count 'em, THREE scrotnig covers by some of the best artists in the galaxy! Tharg has commissioned some of the greatest artdroids ever assembled to celebrate this magnanimous event in zarjaz style!

The second of our thrillpowered covers comes from Superstar artist Chris Burnham, the artist behind such high profile comics as Nameless, Batman Inc. and, of course, the brilliant Officer Downe.

The cover is based on a (no pun intended) stone cold classic, Prog 168 by Mick McMahon. Here's the lineart for that iconic cover...

No sir! But if you keep sitting there you'll get terrible piles.

And the coloured version, which I assume was by the late, great Tom Frame...

Yes, how do you wash your hair if you never take your helmet off?

Chris was kind enough to send his roughs and linework for the image, below we have his thumbnail sketch...

Even from this rougher than rough thumbnail, you can make out Dredd's scowl...

With Tharg's approval, Chris begins to work on the image.  

Crikey, Dredd is looking rough...

The rough begins to get tightened up as Dredd goes to his 'Dead Man' phase...

Come on Joe, make an effort! This is Prog 2000!

Those pencils are converted to blue line and inked...

The thin blue line!

And here are those finished inks, brilliant...

Sitting on the Prog of the Day.

With the inks laid down(e), they were sent to Nathan Fairbairn (Walking Dead, Justice League and Lake of Fire) for colouring. Pretty damned perfect if you ask me... 

Red sky at night, Dredd has a fight!

And here's how the prog looks on your shelf...

Old Stony Base

Huge thanks to Chris for sending the images! On Wednesday, Glenn Fabry and Ryan Brown bring us a 2000AD party!