2000AD - Judge Dredd - Block War - art by Ron Smith © Rebellion Publishing Ltd

In Memoriam: 2000AD, comic creators and fans pay tribute to artist Ron Smith

British comic creators, publishers and fans have paid tribute to Judge Dredd artist and former Spitfire pilot Ron Smith, who passed away aged 90 early yesterday, after a long battle with Parkinson’s. Ron began his long and much-admired creative career in animation at Gaumont British Animation after World War Two, before moving into comics forContinue reading In Memoriam: 2000AD, comic creators and fans pay tribute to artist Ron Smith

Commando No 4950 – Master Spy

DC Thomson advertises “Heritage Brands” editor, could classic collections be in the works?

Dundee-based comics publisher, whose current titles include The Beano but has a massive comics archive encompassing boys and girls comics dating back to the 1920s, has re-advertised the role of a “Heritage Brands” editor, which includes editing Commando, a post has been vacant for some time after the departure of Calum Laird. The deadline for applicationsContinue reading DC Thomson advertises “Heritage Brands” editor, could classic collections be in the works?

The Beezer Issue 52: Lone Wolfe - Rodeo Story

Comic Creator Spotlight: The Art of Ron Smith, Part One

As a comic fan of long standing, one of my real pleasures is identifying and applauding some of the artists that I feel never got the appreciation that they so richly deserved. But I have found that even with the artists who are well known, such as veteran comic artist Ron Smith, perhaps best knownContinue reading Comic Creator Spotlight: The Art of Ron Smith, Part One

Bunty, Topper, Hotspur revived with “Best of” Annuals

  (with thanks to Lew Stringer and the ComicsUK Forum): Along with a range of annuals and calendars based on their current titles such as The Beano, “The Broons” and Jacqueline Wilson Magazine, now on general sale, DC Thomson have revived some of their classic comic titles with a “Best Of” Annual line, currently onlyContinue reading Bunty, Topper, Hotspur revived with “Best of” Annuals

In Memoriam: William Ritchie

Willie Ritchie, sitting at DC Thomson editor Morris Heggie’s desk in DCT Meadowside, Dundee with his beloved “Baby Crockett” in October 2009. Photo courtesy Morris Heggie We’re sorry to report the passing of the popular comics artist William Ritchie, who died suddenly at his home in Friockheim, Scotland, on Monday evening. Born in 1931, heContinue reading In Memoriam: William Ritchie