Thugs! Issue Four- Page 5!


Influence Map – Update

Alan Moore
Do I really need to explain Moore’s influence on me and a whole industry? Probably not.

My first exposure to Moore was his brilliant Future Shocks and Time Twisters. The ‘Abelard Snazz’ stories being amongst my favs. For me Moore added ‘believability’ to the absurd notion of the ‘superhero’ and in turn…ruined them for me (or enlightened me, depends on your point of view.) After reading ‘Marvelman‘ (Not ‘Miracleman!‘, you know where you can shove that!)…my mind was never the same. I can’t look at superhero books seriously anymore. Damn him! And then his Swamp Thing run…holy crap! He truly is a genius of a writer. I’ve loved everything he’s done from his 2000ad/Warrior/Captain Britain work all the way up to America Best Comics!!!

Alan Moore would be the fourth person on that British Creators Mount Rushmore and deservedly so.
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Super Judge Squad!

Color version of a Dredd story idea I’m pitching to Zarjaz! Basically it’s Marvels’s Superhero Squad merged with DC’s Superfriends with a touch of the Beano and Dandy!

I got a rough synopsis written up and ready to send off. Should be a good little 6-7 page project to work on.

Influence Map – Update

Frank Hampson

Probably the biggest influence on British comic books ever!

This is the man that raised the bar for comic strips on both sides of the Atlantic. People talk about Alex Ross today and how he uses models for reference etc..well, no offence meant but as much as I like Alex Ross work, he’s not fit to tie Frank Hampsons shoelaces. Hampson was a perfectionist in his work. He took photo reference, built models and produced some of the most beautiful painted artwork ever to grace a comic book page…and he wrote too!

Dan Dare was his main creation which he wrote and drew, later with the aid of assistants (and even Arthur C. Clarke!) and the quality in writing and illustration for that strip has never been equalled or surpassed.

Pat Mills and John Wagner are two of the faces on the British Mount Rushmore…Frank hampson joins them as the ‘Washington’ of the monument. Blazing a trail for those to follow.
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