Did you know veteran comic artist and illustrator Ian Kennedy – perhaps best known for his work on DC Thomson war comic Commando, but whose credits also encompass Dan Dare, other war comics strips and much more – has an official presence on the internet?
We first reported this back in 2019, the site developed by Mark Seddon, who also built Cam Kennedy’s “Kenny Who” web presence. Do visit!
Born 22nd September 1932, working initially for DC Thomson as an apprentice in the 1940s, with over 70 years work it’s tricky to list everything Ian has drawn, but highlights include Dan Dare, Judge Dredd and, of course, over 1300 Commando covers.
During the 1950s Ian turned his hand to illustrating anything and everything. His work appeared in Hotspur, Knockout, Rover, Adventure, Sun, Buck Jones and many other comics. In fact, it may be easier to list the comics Ian didn’t work for, rather than the ones he did.
Ian cites “Red Skull Branson”, for Adventure comic, as his first strip work for DC Thomson, published in 1955, working from hand-written scripts written by the weekly title’s deputy editor.
In the 1960s, the Picture Library became a popular format and Ian worked on Air Ace, Bunty, Battle, Thriller and War Picture Libraries. That’s not to neglect the work he did for many of the British weeklies, such as Adventure, Hotspur and Bunty.
From the 1970s onward, Ian began to specialise in science fiction comics, regularly producing work for IPC’s 2000AD and Starlord. He also worked for Battle Picture Weekly, Buddy, Blake’s 7, Eagle (Dan Dare), M.A.S.K., Victor Summer Special, Wildcat and DC Thomson’s pocket books, including Commando.
Ian’s site includes a bibliography, details of upcoming appearances – when we get back to those, of course – and a guide to prices for commissions ahead of convention appearances.
If you have the budget and you’re interested in commissioning a larger painting from Ian, then there’s some guidance on that, too.
• There is also an Art of Ian Kennedy Facebook Group – this isn’t official, but items of note are posted by Mark to the group
• Ian Kennedy comic collections on AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)