Happy Birthday, 2000AD! From art droid Mike Perkins

Carver Hale

Name: Mike Perkins

Blog or web site:

www.mikeperkinsart.com and http://perkyposts.blogspot.com/

Currently working on:

I’ve recently finished up illustrating Marvel’s 31-issue adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand and am now wonderfully embroiled in an open-ended run on Astonishing X-Men, collaborating with Marjorie Liu.

First memory of 2000AD?

I remember the first issue but the space spinner didn’t grab me. Now the subsequent issues gifts of spy decoder and boi-tronic man stickers hooked me completely!

Favourite Character or Story?

Gah! Too many to mention. Dredd, obviously – I just love the way he’s grown and developed through the years…no perpetual youngster in these stories. Strontium Dog – one of the coolest characters in comics with easily one of the best costumes.The early Robo Hunter stories – up until the all singing all dancing extravaganza I was the hugest Sam Slade fan….illustrating pages and pages of my own comics featuring the same character.

The V.C.’s. Skizz. Fabry’s Slaine. Zenith. Devlin Waugh. Bad Company. I have a weird soft spot for Bad City Blue! Durham Red. Winwood and Cord. Harry 20. Tyranny Rex. Early Nemesis. My very own Carver Hale. Bison. Firekind and all the way up to Defoe, Zombo and Nikolai Dante.

What do you like most about the 2000AD?

The constant experimentation of fitting a 22-page story ( or sometimes and entire story arc) into five pages.

What would you most like to see in 2000AD as it heads to its Forties?

More of the same in the respect of constant innovation – if that makes any sense.

If you worked on 2000AD, do you have an anecdote you’d like to share about your experience of Tharg and his minions?

I just loved the complete thrill of getting to work on the comic I had loved since it first hit the stands. I recall the pants-wetting moment of receiving a Judge Dredd script for my second piece of published work (a character I feel I need to go back and draw again just to make up for it – preferably in a long form epic tale!) and the pleasure and honour in developing, with Mike Carey, our very own addition to its roster of characters in the form of Carver Hale.

Mike Perkins is an illustrator for Marvel Comics having previously worked on Captain America, X-Men and Thor he is currently depicting the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. He has been nominated numerous times for Eisner and Harvey Awards and, as well as winning the Eagle Award, counts being on the New York Times Bestseller list amongst his career achievements.


• This post is one in a series of tributes to 2000AD to mark its 35th birthday on 26th February 2012. More about 2000AD at www.2000adonline.com

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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