Happy Birthday, 2000AD! From artist and colourist Martin Baines

Along with artist Martin Baines‘ birthday wishes for 2000AD, we’re also delighted to publish his vrsion of the original Judge Dredd script, ‘Court Room’.

Martin tells us this was the script for what was originally to have been the first ever 2000AD Judge Dredd story, but it was considered too violent.

“I think it would be interesting for readers and would really help me,” he says. Let us know what you think…

Name: Martin Baines

Web Site: 
www.smudgepencil.co.uk/portfolio/martin-b 

Currently working on: 

Colouring Garth in the Mirror and working on adverts

First memory of 2000AD

Seeing it on the school coach and reading the annual.

Favourite characters or story? 

Nikolai Dante, The Romanov Empire – Brilliant story that kept me guessing right the end with amazing art by the great John M Burns who remains at the top of his field

Strontium Dog  – Everything created in the classic black and white period,  Real Class!

What do you like most about the 2000AD?

Always inventive! Britain will be a poorer place if it lost 2000AD.

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

To continue to see classic work by the master artists and writers and hopefully one day to see my work in it as well…  

• 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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