Life and work of Battle and 2000AD artist John Cooper to be celebrated at Bridlington Comic Con

The art of the late John Cooper – artist, gentleman and a man able to create action, cinematic style and thrills with just a pen and a brush – is to be celebrated as part of the upcoming Bridlington Comic Con on Sunday 4th September 2022.

The event will showcase an intimate display of John’s art, brought together by the family and friends of John, and lovingly curated by his wife, Lesley. The display will present copies of 2000AD, alongside sketches, artwork and photos from John’s own archives.

“For those who craved thrills, action and excitement in comics, one of the greatest exponents was artist, John Cooper,” notes event organiser Andrew Hempel.

John Cooper's first comic strip work, a Secret Agent 21 story for the 1968 annual, which had the working title "Mission Impossible", not featured in the published story. Secret Agent 21 © Anderson Entertainment
John Cooper’s first comic strip work, a Secret Agent 21 story for the 1968 annual, which had the working title “Mission Impossible”, not featured in the published story. Secret Agent 21 © Anderson Entertainment
The opening page of Judge Dredd from 2000AD Prog 19, drawn by John Cooper. Judge Dredd © Rebellion
The opening page of Judge Dredd from 2000AD Prog 19, drawn by John Cooper. Judge Dredd © Rebellion
All out time-spanning action in the second episode of "Timequake" drawn by John Cooper for Starlord Issue 2, cover dated 20th May 1978
All out time-spanning action in the second episode of “Timequake” drawn by John Cooper for Starlord Issue 2, cover dated 20th May 1978
John Cooper's portrait of Johnny Red, drawn for the 2003 Raptus Festival program.
John Cooper’s portrait of Johnny Red, drawn for the 2003 Raptus Festival program.

John Cooper, who passed in 2015, was the first artist to commissioned to draw Judge Dredd (the strip held back from publication until Prog 19, over concerns about the levels of violence). He also worked on a number of other 2000AD and Battle Picture Weekly strips, on the early “Striker” newspaper strip for The Sun, as well as bringing a wide rang of TV favourites to life from Thunderbirds and Doctor Who, to Worzel Gumidge and Biker Mice from Mars.

John’s family will be present at the exhibit and will be happy to talk about his life and work.

• Bridlington Comic Con 2022 takes place on Sunday 4th September at Bridlington Spa 11.00 am – 4.00 pm | Tickets available here | Under 5s Free, Child (5 – 15 years) – £5, Adult – £8.

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Read the downthetubes tribute to John Cooper here

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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. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.



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