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In Memoriam: Gerry Dolan

A panel from Sarirway to Heaven drawn by Gerry Dolan, inked by Rex Ward, published in Doctor Who Magazine Issue 156

When artist Gerry Dolan died last November I started writing this tribute, but for various reasons it got pushed back in its publication until now, and I can only apologise to those of you who already knew of his passing and those who kindly provided information for this article, including Trevor Goring, Marise Morland-Chapman and Sydney Jordan. To be honest ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Ken Barr

Ken Barr RIP

We’re sorry to report the death of artist Kenneth (Ken) Barr, aged 83. He is perhaps best known to downthetubes readers for his Commando covers, but was an innovative artist whose covers for publishers such as Marvel and a wide variety of book publishers are highly regarded, making him one of the most beloved and collected comic artists. Ken, who had turned 83 ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Tony Dyson, R2-D2’s Original Builder

Tony Dyson walking R2-D2

We’re sorry to report the passing of Professor Tony Dyson, the British robot genius who originally built Star Wars R2-D2. A convention regular around the globe, 2015 marked his first appearance in the country he had made his own – Malta – for Malta Comic Con. It was an enormous privilege to meet him, even though I think he quickly decided most of the ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Tony Kuroizumi-Luke

Tony Luke. Photo: Kevin Jon Davies

I’m very sad to report the passing of comic creator, animator and illustrator Tony Kuroizumi-Luke, who has died after a long battle with cancer – but who, despite often being in pain in recent years, battled it with every fibre of his being and continued to create stunning art and develop new projects. His sister Fran Harris announced the sad news on Facebook ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Comic Artist and Editor Luis Bermejo Rojo

Absent from the collection: Luis Bermejo's strips for the series, also admired by fans.

We’re sorry to report the passing of Spanish comic artist and editor Luis Bermejo Rojo (frequently credited as Luis Bermejo or, simply, Bermejo), best known in the US for his work on titles such as Creepy for Warren Publishing. His work for British comics included strips such as “Heros the Spartan” for Eagle (taking over from Frank Bellamy), and “The Missing Link”, ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Herb Trimpe, co-creator of Captain Britain

Captain Britain Weekly Issue 8. Art by Herb Trimpe

  Fans of legendary comics artist Herb Trimpe, the co-creator of Captain Britain and one of the first artists to draw Wolverine, have rushed to pay tribute to him.     Herb Trimpe, whose death was announced yesterday by his cousin Glen Basiley, is best known for his eight-year run on The Incredible Hulk for Marvel Comics, and his introduction in ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Sir Terry Pratchett

Novelist Terry Pratchett on Day 2 of the 2012 New York Comic Con, Friday October 12, 2012 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan Photo: Luigi Novi © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons.

  In over 70 books, translated into at least 37 languages, Sir Terry Pratchett, whose death was announced yesterday, enriched the planet like few before him. “As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirise this world,”  noted Larry Finlay, Managing Director of Transworld, his publisher. “He did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.” Like many ... Read More »

In Memoriam: John Cooper

John Cooper at the Raptus convention in Bergen in 2003.

    We’re sorry to report the passing of British comics artist John Cooper, who died after a short illness on Sunday 22nd February. His huge and influential list of credits include work for numerous titles, including TV Century 21, Valiant, 2000AD, the 1990s Eagle and many other titles. Younger readers than me should remember him for his long run on the “Action Force” ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Brett Ewins

Brett Ewins and Jamie Hewlett in the Deadline office in 1988. Photo © Steve Cook and used with his kind permission.

  Brett Ewins was born in 1955 and spent most of his life living in Hanwell, West London, where he met fellow local artist brothers, Brendan and Jim McCarthy, who lived 10 minutes down the road. Brett studied at Goldsmiths College where he met Peter Milligan and, with Brendan, the three became lifelong friends and comics collaborators, putting together Sometime ... Read More »

Deadline co-creator and legendary 2000AD contributor Brett Ewins has died

Brett Ewins and Jamie Hewlett in the Deadline office in 1988. Photo © Steve Cook and used with his kind permission.

  We are very sorry to learn of the death of artist Brett Ewins, a truly unique comic creator instrumental in helping create the legend that is 2000AD, along with many other achievements. He was just 59. “Throughout his years of working for 2000AD, Brett was responsible for some truly unmissable art – from ‘Judge Dredd’ and ‘Anderson Psi Division’ to ‘Rogue ... Read More »

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