Kev Walker

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Kev Walker
Born Kevin Walker
Nationality British
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker, Colourist
Notable works
Judge Dredd
Daemonifuge
Marvel Zombies 3 and 4
Thunderbolts

Kevin "Kev" Walker is a British comics artist and illustrator, based in Leeds, who worked mainly on 2000 AD and Warhammer comics and the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. He is now working for Marvel Comics.

Biography[edit]

Walker began his career in 1987 working on Future Shocks in 2000 AD, and followed this up with work on some of the anthology comic’s most popular long-running stories, including Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper (inking Steve Dillon’s pencils), the ABC Warriors and Judge Anderson. During this period Walker also wrote a number of stories including Daemonifuge and The Inspectre, often with co-author Jim Campbell. In reviewing Daemonifuge: The Screaming Cage, critic Don D'Ammassa wrote, "The artwork is for the most part excellent."[1] Jeff Zaleski wrote, "Walker's grayscale, b&w CGI artwork is extremely effective in the oversized format, and Walker's people look more human than most Warhammer characters."[2]

Originally known for his glossy, painted style and the fine detail of his inked work, Walker has since 1998 changed the way he works, using a high contrast black line style with heavy shadows coupled with flat computer colouring, reminiscent of the work of Mike Mignola.

From 2002 onwards, despite a couple of Judge Dredd stories, he has largely worked on American comic books starting with The Legion at DC Comics, written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (DnA), before moving over to Marvel Comics. In April 2006, he worked on Marvel's cosmic crossover event, "Annihilation" with DnA plotting Nova, one of its four lead-ins.

In 2005, Walker was commissioned by design agency ODD to draw the character of a 13-year old James Bond for Charlie Higson's first Young Bond novel SilverFin.[3][4] He also illustrated a graphic novel adaptation of SilverFin in 2008,[5] and provided cover art for the Young Bond novels released in the U.S. by Hyperion Books.

Walker then provided the third instalment of the Marvel Zombies series, with writer Fred Van Lente[6] and the creative team stayed together for Marvel Zombies 4.[7] He then teamed up with DnA again to draw the Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard limited series, before becoming the main artist on Thunderbolts following the Heroic Age reboot of the team.[8][9][10]

Bibliography[edit]

Comics[edit]

Comics work includes:

  • Hellblazer:
    • "Thicker than Water" (with writer Jamie Delano and co-artist Ron Tiner, in Hellblazer #28, 1990)
    • "Sick at Heart" (with writer Jamie Delano and co-artist Ron Tiner, in Hellblazer #29, 1990)
  • ABC Warriors (with writer Pat Mills):
    • "Khronicles of Khaos" (with co-author Tony Skinner, in 2000 AD #7, 50-57, 780-84 & 787-790, 1991–1992)
    • "Dishonourable Discharge" (with co-author Tony Skinner, in 2000 AD Winter Special #4, 1992)
    • "Hellbringer Book I" (with co-author Tony Skinner, in 2000 AD #901-911, 1994)
    • "Hellbringer Book II" (with co-author Tony Skinner, in 2000 AD #964-971, 1995)
    • "Roadkill" (in 2000 AD Prog 2000, 1999)
  • Tor Cyan (with John Tomlinson):
    • "Blue Murder" (in 2000 AD #1223-1226, 2001)
    • "Crucible" (in 2000 AD #1250-1251, 2001)
    • "Refugee" (in 2000 AD #1252-1253, 2001)
  • Judge Dredd:
    • "Sin City" (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #1289-1299, 2002)
    • "Mandroid" (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #1452-1465, 2005)
    • "The Connection" (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #1500-1504, 2006)
    • "Snakebite" (with Robbie Morrison, in Judge Dredd Megazine #289-290, October–November 2009)

Games[edit]

RPG art work includes:

Magazines[edit]

Magazine work includes:

Record covers[edit]

Record cover work includes:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ D'Ammassa, Don (November 2002). "Daemonifuge: Book I; The Screaming Cage", Science Fiction Chronicle 24 (11): 32.
  2. ^ Zaleski, Jeff (November 4, 2002). "Daemonifuge: The Screaming Cage", Publishers Weekly 249 (44): 65.
  3. ^ Ezard, John (April 23, 2005). "Young Bond proves a bestseller", The Guardian, p. 10. Retrieved September 2, 2010.
  4. ^ Van Gelder, Lawrence (April 27, 2005). "Arts, Briefly: 007 at 13", The New York Times, p. E2.
  5. ^ Craig, Amanda (September 13, 2008). "Heroes not yet hardened", The Times, p. 15.
  6. ^ WW Philly: Fred Van Lente Writes "Marvel Zombies 3", Comic Book Resources, June 1, 2008
  7. ^ "Fred Van Lente Talks Marvel Zombies 4". Comic Book Resources. March 20, 2009. 
  8. ^ Arrant, Chris (February 9, 2010). "Luke Cage Powers Into THUNDERBOLTS as Heroic Age Leader". Newsarama. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  9. ^ Richards, Dave (February 9, 2010). "Jeff Parker Cages the "Thunderbolts"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved March 26, 2010. 
  10. ^ Phegley, Kiel (April 13, 2010). "First Look: Luke Cage's Thunderbolts". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved April 13, 2010. 

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