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Ian Kennedy R.I.P.
« Reply #255 on: February 08, 2022, 02:26:47 AM »
The news of Ian Kennedy's passing has saddened the world of comics. This from comicbook.com:-

"British comic book artist Ian Kennedy, best known for his work on magazines like 2000 AD, has passed away. He was 89 years old. The news comes via the official 200 AD website, which had a remembrance of Kennedy, whose other work includes the 1980s relaunch of Dan Dare. Born in Dundee in 1932, Kennedy was began work as a trainee illustrator at DC Thomson & Co, where his first job was inking the black boxes of the crossword of the Sunday Post. He began freelancing with Amalgamated Press (later IPC) in 1954, working on titles like Hotspur, Adventure, Rover, Bunty, Judy, Wizard, Thriller Picture Library, and Air Ace. He went into semi-retirement in 1997, but has continued to do occasional covers.

"It is no hyperbole to describe Kennedy as a legend of British comics," 2000 AD said in their tribute. "With a career spanning more than seven decades, his meticulously detailed but dynamic work graced dozens of titles, from Hotspur to Bunty, from Commando to 2000 AD."

While his love for World War II and aircraft battles would remain an artistic signature of Kennedy's, over the course of his career, Kennedy had to evolve his work to meet current trends, adapting to the science-fiction comics of the '60s and beyond, including 2000 AD itself. There, he worked on strips that included Judge Dredd and M.A.C.H. 1. In the '80s, he would preside over the revival of Dan Dare in Eagle, as well as Blake's 7 and M.A.S.K.

"I'm not totally retired," Kennedy told The Courier in 2015. "I do the odd commission, and I still do the odd Commando cover. I do little aircraft features for their inside back cover, too, which is an interesting little exercise. I work maybe three or four mornings a week. I try not to work the full day now, as I'm easily tired. I find if I do maybe two or three hours at the drawing board, that's enough. I'm pretty lucky. It's nice still to be involved, in a small way. If you're in your cot with a pencil and paper, as I was, it's inborn. It's just something that I still enjoy doing. I'm lucky enough to be able to do it at my own pace. It's almost a therapy.""

A true giant of the hobby.  I'm incredibly saddened to hear of his passing.  He was a lovely man and a seriously talented creator.
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Ian Kennedy R.I.P.
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Re: Professionals Obituaries
« Reply #256 on: February 17, 2022, 06:20:07 AM »
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Re: Garry Leach
« Reply #257 on: April 04, 2022, 08:21:40 AM »
I was saddened to read of the death of Garry Leach, who passed away at the age of 67.  As a dyed in the wool Marvelman fan, I loved his depiction of the character as it appeared in Warrior. Power with grace.  And of course his wonderful Warpsmith.

https://2000ad.com/news/garry-leach-1954-2022/
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Re: Professionals Obituaries
« Reply #258 on: April 26, 2022, 05:34:12 AM »
James Elliott Bama (April 28, 1926 April 24, 2022)
James Bama is famous for his series of Doc Savage Bantam paperback book covers.

https://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2022/04/24/james-bama-rip
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Re: Professionals Obituaries
« Reply #259 on: April 29, 2022, 01:00:27 PM »
Neal Adams just passed away.

https://www.newsfromme.com/2022/04/29/neal-adams-r-i-p/

This one hurts, calling him one of the all time greats barely covers it.
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Re: Professionals Obituaries
« Reply #260 on: April 29, 2022, 03:20:40 PM »
An early favourite of mine as well.
A very sad day for comics fan.
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Re: Professionals Obituaries
« Reply #261 on: May 07, 2022, 02:31:01 PM »
We lost George Perez yesterday.

We've expected this, but it still hurts:

https://www.cbr.com/george-perez-obit/

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Re: Professionals Obituaries
« Reply #262 on: May 07, 2022, 07:14:53 PM »
Wow, another early favourite of mine passes away.  He was wonderful on group books!
So sorry for the loss to his family and fandom.  :(

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Re: Professionals Obituaries
« Reply #263 on: June 02, 2022, 11:10:44 AM »
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Re: Professionals Obituaries
« Reply #264 on: June 08, 2022, 07:24:16 AM »
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Re: Professionals Obituaries
« Reply #265 on: July 23, 2022, 09:46:41 AM »
Alan Grant passed away aged 73.  Alan was an exceptional comicbook writer, on his own and in tandem with John Wagner.  A local hero here in Scotland.  Just as importantly, he was a lovely man.  Great company and a good laugh. 

There are many tributes online:-
https://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2022/07/22/dc-to-dc-from-dundee-to-gotham-alan-grant-remembered/
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-62255222
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11036273/British-comic-book-writer-Alan-Grant-known-work-Batman-Judge-Dredd-dies-aged-73.html
https://news.stv.tv/entertainment/tributes-to-renowned-batman-and-judge-dredd-comic-book-writer-alan-grant-after-death-at-73

This death is closer to home as I knew Alan.
My thoughts are with his family.
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Re: Professionals Obituaries
« Reply #266 on: July 24, 2022, 10:14:27 AM »
Thanks for sharing with us Paw.
We're very sorry to hear of his passing.

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Re: Professionals Obituaries
« Reply #267 on: August 26, 2022, 12:07:50 AM »
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