Honouring one of their finest talents, Steve Dillon, who died at the weekend, 2000AD has announced the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic will pay tribute to the artist in a future issue.
“Over the last two days it has been great to see so many people sharing heart-warming stories about meeting and knowing him,” says a spokesperson for the comic.
“One story that many of our readers have asked to hear again has been about how Steve’s pages for 2000AD Prog 404’s episode of the Judge Dredd story, ‘City of the Damned’, went missing – forcing him (and lettering legend, the great Tom Frame, pictured above with Steve and Brett Ewins) to completely redo them over a weekend.
“It has become a legendary story, which demonstrated just how talented Steve was – not only was he able to redraw the episode in a weekend, but to the eyes of many and even under extreme time pressure he improved upon his original pages.”
And improve them Steve did, because the original pages were run side by side with those published in Prog 610 – and just how the missing originals is revealed here on the official 2000AD web site.
It’s a cracking yarn, up there with stories of art being lost in a casino (possibly a tall tale), impounded by customs (true, it happened to me on Doctor Who Magazine), and never posted because the artist decided he hated them while queuing with the art at a post office…
• Steve’s family has asked that memorial donations be made to Hero Initiative. You can do so at this link
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.