Hot on the heels of Carlos Ezquerra’s 2000AD & Judge Dredd Colouring Book, Pat Mills publishing imprint Millsverse has just released another new title – PsychoKiller, a collection of the strips that first appeared in the British weekly comic Toxic!, back in March 1991.
The comic, written by Pat Mills and Tony Skinner, drawn by Dave Kendall, was the brainchild of a group of British creators: Pat Mills (Marshal Law), Kevin O’Neill (Marshal Law and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), John Wagner (Judge Dredd) and Alan Grant (Batman).
“It was a brilliant opportunity to try out new concepts and new artists,” Pat noted when and PsychoKiller was released digitally on Comixology back in 2014.
“It was one of the very best stories to feature in it,” he added. “Dave Kendall is without doubt one of the finest horror artists in the business and here you see his debut strip that is grotesque, horrifying, funny and… strangely beautiful.”
So, are you ready for your demonic irrigation? Doctor Morbus, the PsychoKiller, will see you now. A Ouija board session to summon 1950s gangster Liquid Lenny goes horribly right. Lily the Fink starts acting weirder than usual. Mary Anne’s boyfriend is brutally murdered in his own bathroom, and she develops a sudden penchant for doo-wop music and beehive hairdo’s. Timid Jamie Anderson saw something that night. He knows Mary Anne needs urgent medical help. And there’s only one doctor qualified to give it…
Pat and Tony collaborated on “Finn”, “Accident Man” and 2000AD’s “ABC Warriors” and of course, Pat created 2000AD and co-created the characters Slaine, Nemesis The Warlock, ABC Warriors, Requiem Vampire Knight, and more. Tony has written Punisher 2099, Ravage 2099 and more.
Horror artist extraordinaire Dave Kendall has illustrated comics for the bands Metallica and Necroscope, and worked on World of Warcraft trading cards. He illustrated the Houses of the Holy for Madefire and co-created “Dreams of Deadworld“, a Dark Judges series, for 2000AD.
“Psycho Killer” appeared in Toxic! issues 12-14 & 26-29, 31 issues in total. It’s available to buy on Amazon.co.uk – and here’s some sample pages…
With thanks to Richard Sheaf
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.