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Author Topic: Prog 2139 Sympathy for the Devil (Aneke cover)  (Read 3093 times)

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Re: Prog 2139 Sympathy for the Devil (Aneke cover)
« Reply #60 on: 25 July, 2019, 07:49:55 pm »
...That could be anyone (much like yer man from Skip Tracer!), it's not a character. Today's Dredd is just some old battered hardass in a helmet, emphasis on the helmet. 


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Re: Prog 2139 Sympathy for the Devil (Aneke cover)
« Reply #61 on: 25 July, 2019, 08:43:35 pm »
See this guy?

https://www.writeups.org/wp-content/uploads/Johnny-Alpha-Strontium-Dog-2000AD-c.jpg

That's a character with a face - shorn of his Snoopy helmet and lurid bondage gear, you'd still know him anywhere ... That Carlos Dredd up there, or even all those bandaged versions?  Could be Butcher from The Boys, could be Bill Savage, could be the Punisher.  But stick a helmet on his face, voila, Dredd.


When I read a story for the first time, it’s like I’m looking at a film in my head. So, I can see quite well how the character looks; I try to reflect their personality in their face, their movement and their clothes.

I try to design a character so they will be easily identifiable even if they change clothes. With Dredd, the uniform is practically the most important thing, but with Strontium Dog, he’s changed his clothes, shaved his hair, and you can recognise him.

Not just Strontium Dog: Just A Pilgrim, Durham Red, Bloody Mary - they are easily recognisable




While I agree that Dredd's helmet is his face, if talentless hacks like Mick McMahon and Brian Bolland hadn't been allowed to develop the look of Dredd to suit their own (very different) styles, Dredd's helmetless head would probably still pass Matt Groening's silhouette test today.

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Re: Prog 2139 Sympathy for the Devil (Aneke cover)
« Reply #62 on: 25 July, 2019, 09:34:39 pm »
While I agree that Dredd's helmet is his face, if talentless hacks like Mick McMahon and Brian Bolland hadn't been allowed to develop the look of Dredd to suit their own (very different) styles, Dredd's helmetless head would probably still pass Matt Groening's silhouette test today.

Excellent point!