Tuesday, 31 August 2010

2000 AD Week: Ian Gibson

Ian Gibson was one of the main Judge Dredd artists in the first eighteen months of The Galaxy's Greatest comic. While his contribution to the development of Dredd has been over-shadowed by likes of McMahon, Bolland & Ezquerra, Gibson is fondly remembered for the character he made his own, Robo-Hunter. His quirky and imaginative rendering of the world of Sam Slade made Robo-Hunter one of 2000 AD's most popular strips.

In 1984 Gibson teamed-up with Alan Moore to create one of 2000 AD's true classics, The Ballad of Halo Jones. For this series Gibson toned down the cartoonish elements of his art to create the detailed reality of 'The Hoop' and the universe beyond. The character sketches presented below of Halo, Rodice and Brinna are taken from issues 15 and 17-18 of the British fanzine Arken Sword and show a taste of the considerations Gibson gave to the look of fashion in the 50th century.

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