The Bat Triumphant Preview!
Judge Dredd -"Too violent and not to pro standards"
I have to admit that,after visiting 2000 AD editor and the editor of the then football comics,Dave Hunt [a very nice man!],with other comic artists such as Paul Brown,Ben Dilworth and so on,I was over-joyed that both asked for samples.
Sadly,the company at the time were using a lot of Argentinean artists who were not keeping up with deadlines and creating all sorts of problems. However,rather than use British artists the "higher ups" decided to stick with overseas artists [cheaper it seems].
The reaction to the Judge Dredd pages we had not expected. I was writing and pencilling while Big Ben Dilworth inked. The finished art seemed good to us and even some of the people over at the company. However,then editor Richard Burton described the pages [some now lost] thusly:
"Not very good to look at. Too violent. Not a professional standard...."
And there was more. But that "our" Dredd was too violent?? Judge Dredd is renowned and built upon its violent foundations going back to the first strip. The fact that we had produced 8 pages in three days was no bad thing but what we just could not understand was the "not professional" slur. But some editors can be jerks.
The football strip [there were about 6 pages originally] contains a character who should not be misidentified as looking like Elton John in any way!
So,here's the "amateur" stuff!
Above:JUDGE DREDD -"too graphically violent"!
Above:Another Dredd page said to be too violent.....Dredd being known for his pascifistic leanings!!
One of the few football pages I have left from when I saw Dave Hunt who edited the football comic at the time...any resemblance to Elton John accidental!
ALL ARTWORK [c] Terry Hooper/Ben Dilworth
The Bat Triumphant!
Yes,the BAT TRIUMPHANT! is completed and is another book scheduled for 2008 release but not in the UK. More news and publication details when finalised.
William A. Ward's The Bat was first published in the 1950s and this book seesThe Bat awaken from a suspended animation experiment conducted by Count Cogliostro. When he discovers how long he has been 'asleep' The Bat wants blood -and his country back!
One of the most popular back up strips in BT Adventure,this strip began in 1994 and this book collects those parts together as well as adding new art and a shock ending.
Below are a few sample pages to act as a "taster".
More news will appear on the Black Tower yahoo!group.
All artwork [c]2007 Terry Hooper