The latest episode of Jeremy Bement’s Doctor Who Panel to Panel podcast features an interview with Road to Perdition and Doctor Who artist Richard Piers Rayner, along with its usual selection of news items and a review of Titan Comics 2015 Doctor Who Holiday Special, a story also available in newsagents in Tales from the TARDIS #1.
Born in Middlesbrough, Richard, who I commissioned to draw Doctor Who and covers for some Marvel UK titles back in the 1990s and whose work for DC Comics includes Swamp Thing, Hellblazer and Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days, found international success as the artist on The Road to Perdition, which was turned into a Hollywood blockbuster by Sam Mendes starring Tom Hanks and Paul Newman and is the artist in residence at Middlesbrough Football Club.
(He’s also been involved in other local Middlesbrough projects, contributing illustrations to a book on the city’s iconic transporter bridge).
For Doctor Who, he drew Marvel UK’s Evening’s Empire, written by Andrew Cartmel, which began in Doctor Who Magazine Issue 180 but hit production problems and was eventually published as the 1993 Doctor Who Classic Comics Autumn Special. He was later one of three artists on part one of IDW Publishing’s Ripper’s Curse.
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