Dramatic cover(Prog1595,16Jul’08)from Simon Davis.
With Amerika’s predilection for superheroes,it came as no surprise that insurgent groups started dressing like them to bring attention to their struggle.
Now Nikolai Dante has called a meeting to try and stop the fighting,when it is attacked by White Army Reivers.
“Amerika”(Book IX;script:Robbie Morrison;art:Simon Fraser)
Impressive painted cover for the latest prog by Simon Davis, marking the return of The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael (And The Dead Left In His Wake) by Rob Williams and Dom Reardon.
Having been pressganged into joining the Tsar’s Imperial Raven Corps,Nikolai Dante along with Jena Makarov(although it should be written Makarova in the Russian feminine instance!)are sent to investigate a downed starship.
It is there that things get really interesting for Dante,when he intercepts a weapons crest intended for a member of the rival Romanov dynasty.
Bonding with the crest,Dante is informed by Tsarina Eugenia(Jena)that he must be of the Romanov bloodline as the crest would attach itself to no other.
Cover art:S.B Davis(Prog1039,22Apr’97)
With Nikolai Dante embarking on the final chapter of his saga in 2000AD currently,it seemed prudent to look back on the Russian rogue’s infamous exploits.
In a time when the Soviet states and nations lay in ruins,Mafiya clans had risen to become aristocratic dynasties with Vladamir the Conqueror,leader of the most powerful house appointing himself Tsar.
Amidst alien technology,bio-weapons,Imperial concubines and shapeshifters,a man with no stakes but his life;a fool,a thief,a gambler and adventurer may just rise to make a name for himself.
Just such a man is Nikolai Dante and his name has reached the Tsar..
Created by Robbie Morrison and Simon Fraser
Black Siddha doesn’t get much love but Pat Mills weaving in Indian mythology with Simon Davis on art was quite something. It’d be worth a Meg supplement collection as I bet it’d read well in collected form.
Forgotten about this macabre Simon Davis Dredd/Death cover(Prog1003,6Aug’96)until I was wading through old Progs-stark,but effective!
Judge Dredd keeps abreast of artistic developments in ‘Art For Art’s Sake’, Prog 1173.
Simon Davis showing off some fine, fine art skills.
2000 AD Covers Uncovered have the original art for the cover of prog 1751 and the story behind its creation as Simon Davis is old school and painted this on canvas:
Prog 1751 - Problems with an Angel’s Lumpy Bits!
Apologies for tainting what is an absolutely beautiful cover for Prog 1751 by the monstrously talented Simon Davis with such a childish headline. However, all will be revealed by top design droid, Pye Parr, who explains “A bit of trivia on this cover – I had a last minute panic with it, as I noticed the scanner was picking up the texture of the canvas far too much (if you check out the scan that went into the Megazine this month, it’s different from the one on the prog.)”