Button Man

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Button Man
Publication information
Publisher Rebellion Developments
Schedule Weekly
Format Anthology
Genre
Publication date 1992 -
Creative team
Writer(s) John Wagner
Artist(s) Arthur Ranson
Frazer Irving
Colourist(s) Fiona Staples (Book IV)
Creator(s) John Wagner
Arthur Ranson
Collected editions
The Killing Game ISBN 1-904265-05-7
The Confessions of Harry Exton ISBN 1-905437-70-6

Button Man is a comic strip created for the British comic 2000 AD, written by John Wagner and illustrated by Arthur Ranson.

Premise[edit]

Harry Exton, a mercenary, is a "Button Man", a hired killer pitted against other killers in an underground sport. Each works for a mysterious "Voice", a rich man of unknown identity. The object of the game is to kill one's opponent, or capture him and take his marker – the first two joints of a finger. Button Men who lose three fingers are shot anyway. The "Voices" profit from the game by gambling on the outcome, and a ruthless killer like Harry Exton can make a modestly wealthy man extremely rich. Exton decides to quit, only to discover that leaving the Button Man game is not so easy.

Publication[edit]

Button Man ran for four series. The series outings, all written by John Wagner, are:

  • Button Man:
    • "Book I: The Killing Game" (with Arthur Ranson, in 2000 AD #780-791, 1992)
    • "Book II: The Confession of Harry Exton" (with Arthur Ranson, in 2000 AD #904-919, 1994)
    • "Book III: Killer Killer" (with Arthur Ranson, in 2000 AD prog 2001 & #1223-1233, 2001)
    • "Book IV: The Hitman's Daughter" (with Frazer Irving, in 2000 AD #1551-1566, 2007)

Collected editions[edit]

The stories are being collected into trade paperbacks:

Awards[edit]

  • 2000: Nominated for the Eagle Award for "Character Most Worthy of Own Ongoing Title"

Film[edit]

Movie rights are owned by DreamWorks, which has co-opted the producers of Wagner's A History of Violence. The film was initially rumoured to be planned for release in 2008.[1] In late May 2012, Deadline.com revealed that Nicolas Winding Refn was in talks with DreamWorks about directing.[2]

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