Judge Dredd Goes Coast Salish! Jeffrey Veregge Gets First Comic Book Cover

Check out the first comic book cover by Coast Salish artist Jeffrey Veregge -- Judge Dredd never looked so good!

Native comic book artist Jeffrey Veregge, Port Gamble S'Klallam, is picking up steam, and doing it on his terms. In the spring of last year, his Salish formline-infused images of superheroes became a viral sensation on blogs—the "hey, this is cool" phenomenon of the week (see for instance posts at io9, and of course ICTMN.com).

Neat, huh? Sure. But you wonder, would a major comics publisher ever use something this edgy? Would a major publisher ever put this Coast Salish aesthetic on a book?

You bet they would. Issue 23 of Judge Dredd, published by IDW (the country's fifth-largest comics company), features a Jeffrey Veregge cover in his own distinct style. Paste Magazine has selected it as one of the best comic-book covers of September.

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This is not a one-shot deal, either. Veregge has a run of GI Joe covers coming up (also for IDW), with the first debuting September 24.

Judge Dredd issue no. 23, cover by Jeffrey Veregge