Every week, 2000 AD brings you the galaxy’s greatest artwork and 2000 AD Covers Uncovered takes you behind-the-scenes with the headline artists responsible for our top cover art – join bloggers Richard Bruton and Pete Wells as they uncover the greatest covers from 2000 AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine!

2000 AD Prog 2181 is out on 13 May and marks the return of artist Jake Lynch with another stand-out iconic cover featuring Judge Dredd … standing. But, as always, Lynch makes standing such a thing!

Lynch has done a fair few of these Covers Uncovered pieces, but looking back, the Lynch-droid always manages to fall foul of TMO somehow. And this time turns out to be no different. But before then, everything started out, as Lynch tells us with a doodle…

The cover came about as a doodle I submitted to Tharg.

(Dredd’s always been terrible at posing for the Justice Department annual photoshoot)

After the usual anger and Rigellian Hotshot (I had emailed during His Mightinesses cup break) it was agreed and I refined the pic and tone a little more.

(Hey Joe – feel free to crack a smile for the camera?)

That done, it was time to shift it into colour. I wish it was as simple as just ‘washing’ colour over the toned artwork (though that is the starting point) – it’s a little more long-winded and often feels like reworking the whole pic over again, hardening it out. It’s also the point where I decide on any new elements such as the rim-light colours and their strength.

(Yep, gotta love those rim-light colours – add your own Pete-Wells-ian gag here kids)

That sorted I start wondering if there’s any more interest I can add and submit an idea to Tharg (he’s angry ALL the time you know)

(Lynch Droid sends in more ideas – Lynch Droid should know better by now)

I am reminded to know my place and stick to the original idea (all hail Tharg). So I set it up for print and access the comics’ server to upload it where I accidentally delete 2000AD – sorry…

(The finished product – smile for the Lawgiver)

Thanks to Jake and leave him screaming deep down in the bowels of the Thrill-Centre begging forgiveness for the accidental deletion of the Thrill Power archives!

Remember kids, always take back-ups, just like Tharg does!

2000 AD Prog 2181 is out in digital and print on 13 May.