Sunday, 9 February 2020


'Homage' to cover of IRON MAN #150.  Hand drawn, no tracing or graph
paper or projectors involved.  Characters copyright MARVEL COMICS

Yeah, I know some of you will have seen this before, but I'm stuck for something to write about so it's either this or nothing.  (Hey, whaddya mean that nothing would've been preferable?!)


It's not generally known, but although I was primarily a lettering artist throughout my 15 year career in comics, my original ambition was to be an adventure comic strip artist.  I started lettering simply to get my size 9s in the door, but when I saw that I could earn more as a letterer than as an artist (on account of being faster at the former than the latter), I stuck mainly with the lettering.

However, I did a bit of drawing as well, adding to panels when re-sizing IPC comic libraries, and doing occasional spot illos when the opportunity presented itself.  I also worked as a restoration artist on some MARVEL MASTERWORKS volumes, re-inking and even re-creating JACK KIRBY art, which was a huge thrill for me.

However, my frank and forthright views on this blog on the current state of the British comics 'industry' (hah!) has brought me in for criticism from some quarters, with a few disgruntled individuals dismissing me as "only a letterer" and a "Kirby tracer".  Thing is, I got my first paying gig as a cartoonist when I was still at school, and have produced artwork for publication (for which I was paid) since even before (during and after) I started freelancing for IPC/FLEETWAY, MARVEL COMICS (and others).

So here are a few examples of my artwork ranging from my teenage years right up to adulthood.  Quite a few are professional pieces I was paid for, some were freebies for people I know, and the remainder were done for my own amusement.  I've shown them all before at various times, but it can't hurt to remind people that I'm certainly more than "only a letterer".  Funny how some people who work in comics mistakenly imagine that it's the only legitimate outlet for an artist's work, eh?


Huh!  Not even one appreciative comment so far.  I knew I should've take off the 'Do Not Feed The Ego' sign hanging around my neck before I posted this.  (Now I know what YOGI BEAR feels like.)

Pencil caricature (using my pseudonym) done as a gift for someone

"If you don't like a certain cartoonist's version of DESPERATE DAN, then
why not try drawing it yourself?"
someone dared me. So I did!  Characters
copyright D.C. THOMSON & Co., Ltd

B&W copy of colour ad for a local restaurant.  I was going
to be paid £100 for it, but decided against it in the end

2000 A.D. pin-up.  I was paid for it, but don't know if it was ever
published.  Characters copyright 

One of the lettering samples that got me the promise of work from
IPC.  Pencils by me.  Characters copyright MARVEL COMICS

Set of four cartoon illustrations for Equestrian event programme

Cartoon illustration for local business

Acrylic ink caricature of a friend's son

Pencil caricature done as a gift for someone

Parody of AMAZING FANTASY #15 splash page

Cartoon strip for local business

Proposed strip (at the request of BOB PAYNTER) for OINK! comic while
at the preparation stage.  Never got any feedback, but a similar character
appeared a few months later

in 1983, background completed 30 years later, in 2013

Acrylic ink portrait done as a gift for someone after much
badgering.  Yeah, you can see my heart wasn't really in it

Inked drawing done as a gift for someone.  Characters

Newspaper ad drawn as a teenager for local business

Photocopy of pencil drawing done for my own amusement around 1981

Instruction leaflet done for local business's delivery drivers

Newspaper ad for Glasgow hairdressers

Acrylic ink caricature done as a gift for someone


Drawing done as a gift for someone

Pair of flyers for local business

Proposed logo for Glasgow con.  Don't know if it was used or not

Cartoons for two camping posters done in my late teens/early 20s

Logo for local business

Acrylic ink caricature done as a gift for someone

Quick caricature done as a gift for someone

Fun & Activity booklet produced for local business

Acrylic ink caricature done as a gift for someone

Unfinished pencil caricature

Comic strip drawn for The BOOTS NEWS when I was 17

Pencil drawing done as a teenager

Unpublished strip for local paper.  Others were published though

Cartoon strip drawn for my own amusement

Character copyright DC COMICS

And finally - a couple of pages of JK artwork I inked.  The FF one appeared in an issue
of The JACK KIRBY Collector.  Characters copyright MARVEL COMICS


Kid said...

I don't care what anyone else thinks, Kid, I think you're an absolutely brilliant artist. I would say that though, seeing as I'm your double from an alternate universe. That's why I've got the same name and avatar as you.

(Well, it was worth a try.)

Gene Phillips said...

The caricature stuff worked best for me. It's by no means as easy to do as some people think. (Maybe that's why modern-day MAD went down the tubes...)

Kid said...

Thanks for taking the time to comment, GP. I was beginning to think that the entire population of Earth had migrated to another planet. I think Tom Richmond is a great caricaturist, but when I think of 'Mad', I think of Mort Drucker. (And Don Martin, though he didn't do caricatures as far as I know.)

Anonymous said...

Magnificent work kid, some of it isn't my favourite genre (caricatures) but over all the pieces look professional and very stylized


Kid said...

Good man! (Cheque's in the post.)

rob diablo said...

Great Stuff kid, Love The Hartnell, I'd love to see your Version Of Pertwee!

Kid said...

Well, it only took me 30 years to finish the Hartnell drawing, RD (glad you like it), so let's see how long it takes to start a Pertwee one.

baggsey said...

You're a man of many talents. Some excellent stuff here. I very much like the Orion inks and some great work on the subsequent colouring. Any story behind the Kirby inks?

Kid said...

I just saw stats of the pencil art in some magazine and decided to have a go at inking them, B. Or, to be more precise, inking on tracing paper over the stats. I really need to do the FF one again though, 'cos I'm not entirely happy with it. Glad you like them.

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