Spot the Difference: Scream comic art uncensored

Dan Dare art from 2000AD by Dave Gibbons
Dan Dare art from 2000AD by Dave Gibbons
Over on eBay, seller “Forbidden Box” is not only selling a smashing piece of 2000AD Dan Dare art by Dave Gibbons but also an early, uncensored page from the short-lived weekly Scream drawn by Jesus Redondo.

The Scream art from “Monster“, a strip originally devised by Alan Moore – offered for £350 – differs from the published edition in its depiction of the deformed, misunderstood “Uncle Terry” continuing the strangulation of Kenneth Corman into the final panel of the page.

Original uncensored "Monster" art by Jesus Redondo for Scream
Original uncensored “Monster” art by Jesus Redondo for Scream
Such a gruesome act was clearly too much for the management at IPC at the time, who ordered the dramatic sequence diluted for the final published edition with a re-working that makes it look as though Terry is patting down the scared teenager for sweets.

This is of course not the only instance of the management interference that hampered the comic, which was thoroughly documented in Hibernian Press’ Scream Comics Archive.

Of course, it could also be argued that given Scream used the “full script” method, and since the caption in both instances reads “As the creature’s hand fell away” and is followed by the boys speech (unhampered by strangulation), it seems in this case at least the change could also have been made to ensure the story is accurately reflected by the artwork rather than management censorship.

You can bid on this British comics rarity here on eBay – the auction closes on 7th July 2017

(With thanks to Richard Sheaf)

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a “freelance comics operative”, currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY.

John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor.

He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY.

Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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