“Rourke of the Radlands” returns via 100% Biodegradable shapes up

100% Biodegradable 16 - Cover SNIPBack in the early 1990s, myself and now Wonder Woman artist Liam Sharp co-created “Rourke of the Radlands“, who has only, to date, appeared in Marvel UK’s STRIP anthology (Issue Four).

As I previously mentioned here, the response to the strip was positive and editor Dan Abnett got Liam and I working on a mini-series idea, one that went through several variations as word came down from Marvel US that we at MUK should endeavour to make planned series marketable in the US.

Ideally, by including appearances by Marvel US characters in them.

When Dan left MUK and Paul Neary came aboard as Editorial Director, the Rourke project – one of several in the works, including a non-Dalek Abslom Daak story by Steve Moore – was canned, but MUK did formally acknowledge Liam and I owned the character. (Initially, the aim of STRIP was to provide a Vertigo / Epic-style platform to creators).

Decades on, 100% Biodegradable digital anthology editor Dave Hailwood and I threw some ideas around for a Rourke revival, starting with a re-presentation of  the original story, “The Wand”, in Issue 16, out in March. That will be followed by further one-off tales, the first drawn by Bill Storie, who I worked with his project Ex Astris.

Following up on occasional previous posts about this project, I’m thrilled to present this stunning Rourke cover for an upcoming issue of 100% Biodegradable (where two strips co-authored with Dave, “Death Duty” and “Skowdogs”, already feature).

The art is by talented illustrator and comics artist Brett Burbridge, who also drew “Death Duty”.

100% Biodegradable 16 - Cover Art - Rourke

I hope you like it, because I bloomin’ well do!

You can buy 100% Biodegradable via various platforms including DriveThru (print collections too – #2 and #3 recently released!), Comicsy and ComiXology.

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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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