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2000 AD Prog 2249 is out now! Featuring endings, endings, and more endings, as we bid farewell to the current thrill-powered line-up to make way for all-new strips in the jumping on Prog 2250. But before we get to that, it’s time to take a moment to enjoy the brilliance of Paul Marshall‘s Skip Tracer cover to 2000 AD Prog 2249…

Over the last 12 episodes of Skip Tracer: Eden, Nolan Blake’s been put through the wringer by the creative team of James Peaty and Paul Marshall – action, adventure, a classic villain, and a military-industrial complex looking to use his newfound daughter as a living weapon. And now, it’s all coming to an end here in Prog 2249. So, it’s our great pleasure that Paul grabbed a little time between those ever-approaching deadlines to send over his art for the cover…

First, how it all came about…

PAUL MARSHALL: Matt asked if I could provide a cover for the last episode of the current Skip Tracer storyline.

The brief was to show Nolan holding baby Eden in a similar fashion to the old ‘Hard Boiled’ movie poster.

That would be this one…

PAUL MARSHALL: I provided a couple of roughs, one a static pose and the other a running/ action image. Matt went with the latter idea, so it was all quite straightforward really!

And that’s it! Hey, sometimes these covers have a long and involved story behind them, and other times it’s all just about the artist getting it done!

So, here’s Paul’s roughs and inked/final version of the cover, with and without colours by the ever-magnificent Dylan Teague!

Thanks to Paul for sending that along – Skip Tracer:Eden might have finished, but there’s going to be more to come from Nolan Blake in the future!