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Brendan McCarthy by Steve Cook, Sept 2007
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Brendan McCarthy was born in London. As a boy Brendan soon began drawing his own home-made comics.
After leaving Chelsea Art College in London, where he studied film and Fine Art Painting, Brendan decided to become a full-time artist. He created the indy comic book Sometime Stories with art college pal Brett Ewins. His first paid commercial work was a one page strip Electrick Hoax in the British weekly music paper Sounds with another art school escapee, writer Peter Milligan in 1978. After this he started working for 2000 AD including Judge Dredd.
At the same time he was working on designs for his first television show – the unmade Dan Dare live-action television series for Lew Grade's ATV in the late 1970s. It was to have been a stylish retro 50's take on the classic Eagle hero with James Fox as Dan Dare.
In 1983 Brendan McCarthy collaborated with Peter Milligan and Brett Ewins on Strange Days, an anthology title published by Eclipse Comics. He also drew a two issue series featuring his alternative media-brat superhero Paradax from Strange Days.
Returning to the pages of 2000 AD, he again drew Judge Dredd, redefining the look of the character in the process and creating the Judda and Brit-Cit Judges. In 1986, McCarthy and Milligan produced Sooner or Later for 2000 AD, which was critically well received.
Brendan designed the characters in Grant Morrison's Zenith strip which started in 1987, Doom Patrol (creating Danny The Street) and on Morrison and Mark Millar's Marvel series Skrull Kill Krew. He also produced covers and character designs for Pete Milligan's revamp of Shade, the Changing Man.
Over the next few years he worked for the 2000 AD spin off titles Crisis and Revolver. For Revolver, McCarthy drew Rogan Gosh (later compiled into a single edition by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics). For Crisis, he drew Skin. Both books were created with and written by Peter Milligan. Skin proved to be highly controversial, with Crisis refusing to release the story and their printers refusing to print it due to claims of it being "morbidly obscene". The story was eventually being released by Kevin Eastman's Tundra Publishing in 1992.
Brendan worked as designer on the films Highlander, the first live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, Lost in Space and The Borrowers. He was also hired by SNL producer Lorne Michaels to write and design visual gags to the film Coneheads.
McCarthy spent much of the remainder of the 1990s working in film and television, most notably as the production designer of the international hit CGI animated science fiction TV series ReBoot and as the character creator for War Planets.
In 2004 Brendan McCarthy hired Steven Cook to help him design Swimini Purpose, an illustrated visual autobiography of his original art and design work. This was released in 2005 in the UK, as a limited artist's edition.
In 2006, McCarthy was featured in the final issue of DC Comics' Solo. His comic had new takes on characters such as The Flash, Batman, and Johnny Sorrow and he considers the single issue to be one of his best works.
Brendan returned to 2000 AD in 2010 on a Judge Dredd story with Al Ewing spoofing the Dr Who TV series, and with whom he would go on to create a popular new story, The Zaucer of Zilk, which he has described as a cross between Harry Potter and Aladdin Sane: "A glammatronic phantasmagoria." The series debuted in March 2012. It was rapidly reprinted by IDW in a new format with both issues quickly selling out. The Zaucer of Zilk comic appeared in many 'best of the year' lists.
In 2012, Brendan travelled to Namibia in Africa, to visit the set of the new Mad Max Fury Road movie, which features his script and designs. He also finished the design and editorial chores for The Best of Milligan & McCarthy, a brand new collection of his most famous comic works co-created with Peter Milligan. Dark Horse released the edition in September 2013 to great acclaim.
A new comics project, The Deleted, described as 'The Matrix meets The Prisoner', was serialised in 'Dark horse Presents' in 2014. It was written with screenwriter Darrin Grimwood.
Brendan has begun work on a new psychedelic series for Dark Horse Comics called "Dream Gang".
Interior comic work includes:
- Sometime Stories (script and art, with Brett Ewins, self-published, 1977)
- The Electric Hoax (under various pseudonymes, with Peter Milligan, strip in Sounds, 1977)
- 2000 AD (IPC Media/Fleetway/Rebellion):
- Tharg's Future Shocks:
- "Robot Repairs" (with Robert Flynn and Brett Ewins, in #37–38, 1977)
- "Stasis" (with Charles Swift and Brett Ewins, in No. 54, 1978)
- "The English/Phlondrutian Phrase Book" (with Alan Moore, in No. 214, 1981)
- "Sixty Hours that Shook the World" (as R. Jones, with Peter Milligan, in No. 391, 1984)
- "Bad Maxwell!" (as J. Roberts, with Peter Milligan, in No. 402, 1985)
- "Do You Copy?" (with Peter Milligan, in Sci-Fi Special '85, 1985)
- Walter the Wobot (with Gary Rice):
- "The Insult That Made a Robot Out of 'Walt'" (in No. 82, 1978)
- "Meet Mekquake" (in #84–85, 1978)
- "Eisner Block" (in Judge Dredd Annual '81, 1980)
- Judge Dredd:
- "Bring Me the Head of Judge Dredd!" (with John Howard and Brett Ewins, in No. 88, 1978)
- "The Day the Law Died!" (with John Howard and Brett Ewins):
- "Part 5" (in No. 93, 1978)
- "Part 17" (in No. 105, 1979)
- "Untitled" (with Brett Ewins, in Annual '79, 1978)
- "New Year is Cancelled" (with John Howard, in No. 146, 1980)
- "The Wally Squad! Parts 2–3" (with T.B. Grover and Brett Ewins, in #391–392, 1984)
- "Riders on the Storm!" (with T.B. Grover and Tony Riot, in #472–473, 1986)
- "Atlantis" (with T.B. Grover, in #485–488, 1986)
- "The Witness" (with Alan Grant and Steve Whitaker, in #500–501, 1986)
- "Blood Donor" (with Alan Grant, in No. 519, 1987)
- "Oz" (with Alan Grant):
- "Part 5: Birdmen!" (in No. 549, 1987)
- "Part 7: Enter the Judda" (in No. 551, 1987)
- "Part 8: Blood of the Judda" (with Steve Whitaker, in No. 552, 1987)
- "Part 14: Re-Enter the Judda" (in No. 558, 1988)
- "Part 15: The Lost Tribe" (in No. 559, 1988)
- "Part 16: Halls of Judda" (in No. 560, 1988)
- "She-Devils!" (with John Wagner, Alan Grant, Brett Ewins and Tony Riot, in Annual '88, 1987)
- "Full Mental Jacket, Parts 4–5" (with John Wagner and Steve Parkhouse, in #581–582, 1988)
- "Spock's Mock Chocs" (with Alan Grant, Steve Whitaker and Jamie Hewlett, in No. 614, 1989)
- "Doctor What?" (with Al Ewing, in #1712–1713, 2010)
- ABC Warriors (with Pat Mills):
- "The Retreat from Volgow!" (in No. 120, 1979)
- "Steelhorn" (in #127–128, 1979)
- Ro-Jaw's Robo-Tales: "Ye First Robote" (with Gary Rice, in No. 166, 1980)
- Sooner or Later (with Peter Milligan and Tony Riot, in #468–499, 1986)
- Strontium Dog: "The Town that Died of Shame" (with Alan Grant and Colin MacNeil, in Sci-Fi Special '88, 1988)
- Zaucer of Zilk (script and art, with Al Ewing, in #1775–1784, 2012)
- Tharg's Future Shocks:
- Starlord Summer Special '78: "Strontium Dog" (with Bill Henry, IPC Media, 1978)
- Vanguard Illustrated #1–3: "Freakwave" (script and art, with Peter Milligan, Pacific Comics, 1983–1984)
- Strange Days (with Peter Miligan, Eclipse):
- "Freakwave" (in #1–3, 1984–1985)
- "Krazy Foam" (in No. 1, 1984)
- "Paradax!" (in #1–3, 1984–1985)
- "3 Wise Men" (in No. 2, 1985)
- "Tales from Eutopia" (in No. 3, 1985)
- Paradax #1–2 (with Peter Milligan, Vortex, 1987)
- Summer of Love (with Peter Milligan, strip in News on Sunday, 1987)
- Crisis (Fleetway):
- A1 #1: "The Hollow Circus" (script and art, Atomeka, 1989)
- Deadline #20: "Flaming Carrot" (with Bob Burden, Deadline, 1990)
- Revolver #1–6: "Rogan Gosh: Star of the East" (with Peter Milligan, Fleetway, 1990)
- Shade, the Changing Man #22: "A Pale Afternoon" (with Peter Milligan, Vertigo, 1992)
- Skin (with Peter Milligan and Carol Swain, graphic novel, Tundra Publishing, 1992)
- Judge Dredd Megazine (Fleetway/Rebellion):
- "The Ballad of Toad McFarlane ('cept It's Not a Ballad)" (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, in vol. 3 No. 33, 1997)
- "The Walking Dredd" (with Rob Williams, in No. 311, 2011)
- Solo No. 12 (script and art, DC Comics, 2006)
- Captain America: Who Won't Wield the Shield?: "The Incredibly Normal and Bourgeois Idea of Doctor America, Occult Operative of Liberty" (with Matt Fraction and Howard Hallis, one-shot, Marvel, 2010)
- Spider-Man: Fever #1–3 (script and art, Marvel, 2010)
- House of Mystery #27: "Long Strange Trip" (with Matthew Sturges, Vertigo, 2010)
- Age of Heroes #4: "Captain America: Man of God" (with Elliott Kalan, Marvel, 2010)
- Rocketeer Adventures #4: "The Flight of the Aeronaut" (with John Arcudi, IDW Publishing, 2011)
- Judge Dredd #2: "The Good Parts" (with Duane Swierczynski, IDW Publishing, 2012)
- 2000 AD No. 33, 39, 41, 405, 517, 524, 536, 553, 588, 607–608, 622, 761, 1571, Annual '89, Judge Dredd Mega-Special '89, Annual '91, Action Special '92, Judge Dredd Yearbook '93 (IPC Media/Fleetway/Rebellion, 1977–2008)
- Judge Dredd's Crime Files No. 3 (Eagle, 1985)
- The Best of 2000 AD No. 41, 46, 49, 77–78, 101–102 (Fleetway, 1989–1994)
- Mister X No. 1 (Vortex, 1989)
- Judge Dredd Mega-Special No. 2 (Fleetway, 1989)
- Shade, the Changing Man #1–13, 24–29, 31–32 (Vertigo, 1990–1993)
- Judge Dredd: Muzak Killer tpb (Titan, 2002)
- Dan Dare No. 3 (Virgin, 2008)
- Judge Dredd Megazine No. 272, 329 (Rebellion, 2008–2012)
- Peter Parker No. 4 (Marvel, 2010)
- Jonah Hex No. 56 (DC Comics, 2010)
- Xombi No. 1 (DC Comics, 2011)
- 1992: nominated for Eisner Award for "Best Cover Artist", for Shade, the Changing Man
- 1993: nominated for Eisner Award for "Best Cover Artist", for Shade, the Changing Man and "Best Graphic Album: New" for Skin
- Brendan McCarthy
- Bishop, David (2007) Thrill-Power Overload. Rebellion, 260 pages, ISBN 1-905437-22-6
- Bishop, 2007, page 120
- Brevoort, Tom. Formative Crisis, Marvel.com, 29 January 2009
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