Judge Parker artist Eduardo Barreto was recently been hospitalized. His son, Diego and former Judge Parker ghost artist John Heebink are pitching to give Eduardo time to recover. Diego’s work is running this week and John’s work will begin on February 15 and run for four weeks.
King Features comic editor Brendan Burford says that Eduardo is not officially being replaced. “[Eduardo’s] initial conversation with me indicated the he intends to come back. So I’m taking this week by week. If I need to pad out the weeks to give him more time to recover I will. He’s been such a great guy to work with and the readers have really embraced his work.”
That sentiment is also echoed by Judge Parker writer Woody Wilson. “He has done so much for Judge Parker. We’ve attracted more readers, the content is more compelling and he’s put a bit of panache and sexiness into the women characters. It’s inspired me to write better.”
This is the second time the artistic duties of Judge Parker have been handed over to ghost artists. Back in 2006, Eduardo was in a car accident and Rex Morgan MD artist Graham Nolan and comic book artist John Heebink stepped in during Eduardo’s absence.
Brendan did conceded that there exists the possibility that Eduardo may not be able to carry on with the strip at which point Brendan says he has two or three artists in mind who have expressed interested in working on a serial strip, but is not yet ready to rush in “pull the rug out from under Eduardo.”