Paul Johnson (comics)

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Paul Johnson
Born (1958-10-13) 13 October 1958 (age 55)
Dulwich, London
Nationality British
Area(s) Penciler, Inker, Painter
Notable works
The Books of Magic, Mercy, Aliens

Paul Johnson (born 13 October 1958) is a British comic book artist.

Biography[edit]

Paul Johnson orbited the peripheries of the British comic book industry in the early Eighties, self-publishing and appearing in influential but short-lived publications such as Psst! and Escape Magazine. His first major comics work was the graphic novel London's Dark[1] but he came to international attention when he painted the art on The Road to Nowhere, The fourth and final chapter of The Books of Magic mini-series, written by Neil Gaiman and released by DC/Vertigo in 1993.

Unlike most of the Brit-pack artists from the Nineties, Johnson found recognition abroad first with work for Marvel Comics (Interface, Hellraiser, Children of the Voyager), DC Comics (The Books of Magic, Mercy, Invisibles, Legends of the Dark Knight) and Dark Horse Comics (Aliens) before working in Britain's home-grown industry for Crisis, 2000 AD, and the Eaglemoss publication Spinechillers.

In 2000 Johnson was awarded a grant by the Arts Council of Great Britain to run a series of comic book workshops with Ed Hillyer (AKA Ilya) at Great Ormond Street Hospital, resulting in the publication of Hospitales, which was distributed free of charge in hospitals across the UK.

In addition to his interest in comics, Johnson was also obsessed by contemporary music, and wrote regularly for the IPC music magazine Uncut from 1999 to 2004.

Hugely impressed by the work of European Bande Dessinée artists such as Moebius (AKA Jean Giraud), Hugo Pratt, Alberto Breccia and Lorenzo Mattotti, Johnson struggled to find work that interested him as most commercial publishers failed to make the jump from producing superehero comics to the more esoteric genres of their continental counterparts.

Disillusioned with the opportunities available to him, Johnson retrained as an acupuncturist and herbalist. He is now in private practice and lectures regularly at LCTA, England's largest college dedicated to teaching Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is the chief presenter on How To Locate Acupuncture Points - The Definitive DVD, released in 2008.

Bibliography[edit]

Comics work includes:

Escape Publishing[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

  • Interface #1-#6 (with James D. Hudnall, Epic, December 1989-October 1990, tpb collects the 6 issue mini-series as Espers/ Interface, Image Comics, 1998 ISBN 1-58240-050-4)
  • Jihad #1-#2 (with D. G. Chichester, 48 pages per issue, Epic, December 1991)
  • End paper illustrations in Clive Barker's Hellraiser #13, Epic 1992
  • "Death, Where is Thy Sting?" (with Malcolm Smith, in Clive Barker's Hellraiser #19, Epic 1992)
  • Children of the Voyager #1-#4 (with Nick Abadzis, September 1993-December 1993)
  • "Children of the Voyager: Epilog" in Marvel Frontier Comics Special #1 (with Nick Abadzis, January 1994)
  • Behold, The Man Thing Parts 1-4 (with Simon Jowett, in Marvel Comics Presents #164-#167, October–November 1994)
  • The Birth of Him illustration in Marvel Comics Portraits of a Universe Book 2, April 1995
  • Death of Electra illustration in Marvel Comics Portraits of a Universe Book 3, May 1995

DC Comics[edit]

Dark Horse Comics[edit]

Fleetway[edit]

  • Vector 13:
    • "Case One: Extraction Point" (with Simon Jowett, in 2000 AD #988, 1996)
    • "Case Eleven: Imaginary Friend" (with Nick Abadzis, in 2000 AD #998-999, 1996)
    • "Case Eight: Midnight Rambler" (with Gordon Rennie, in 2000 AD #1069, 1997)
  • Sinister Dexter (with Dan Abnett):
    • "Luck Of The Irish" (in 2000 AD #1062, 1997)
    • "60 Seconds" (in 2000 AD #1064, 1997)
    • "Long to rain over us" (in 2000 AD #1072, 1997)
    • "Tan Lines" (in 2000 AD #1097, 1998)
    • "Slay Per View" (in 2000 AD # 1102, 1998)
    • "Death is a Lonely Donegan" (in 2000 AD #1111, 1998)
    • "Observations" (in 2000 AD #1181, 2000)
    • "Fear and Clothing" (in 2000 AD #1265, 2001)[2]
  • Tales of Telguuth (with Steve Moore):
    • "Talking Heads" (in 2000 AD #1192, 2000)
    • "To Become a God" (in 2000 AD #1195, 2000)
    • "The Conqueror Wummb" (in 2000 AD #1199, 2000)
  • 2000 AD Covers
    • Finn #927
    • Brigand Doom #932, 1995
    • Judge Dredd #939, 1995
    • Rico Dredd #951, 1995
    • Janus: Psi Division #984, 1996
    • Black Light #1005, 1996
    • Vector 13 #1023, 1997
    • Janus Psi Division #1027, 1997
    • Witchworld #1060, 1997
    • Character Montage Wraparound Winter Special, 1994

Eaglemoss Publications[edit]

  • The Spinechiller Collection #1 (illustrations to Horror In The Centre Ring, 7 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #2 (spot illustration to Glowing Ghost)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #3 (illustrations to The Cave Dwellers, 7 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #5 (illustrations to A Dead Man’s Chest, 7 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #7 (spot illustration to Spooky Submarine)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #8 (illustration to Circus Puzzle, 3 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #10 (illustrations to Bugged!, 7 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #12 (illustrations to Nature’s Way, 7 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #15 (spot illustration to Tunnel Spooks Taxis; illustration to Ley Lines, 2 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #16 (illustrations to What’s The Matter With Martin?, 7 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #18 (spot illustration to The Booya Stones)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #20 (illustration to Nazca Lines, 2 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #21 (illustrations to The House On Sparrow Lane, 7 pages; The Roswell Incident, 2 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #23 (illustrations to The Storm, 7 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #24 (illustration to Sitting Bull, 2 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #26 (illustration to Atlantis, 2 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #27 (illustrations to All The Time In The World, 7 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #31 (illustrations to Spiderbites, 7 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #35 (illustrations to Bungalow 14, 7 pages; spot illustration to Spectral Samurai)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #46 (illustrations to Grim Reaper, 7 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #49 (spot illustration to Things That Go Bump; The Money Pit, 2 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #50 (illustrations to Night Cries, 7 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #51 (illustration to Dreamtime, 2 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #53 (spot illustration to The Death’s Head/ Hill Of Demons)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #54 (illustration to Face On Mars, 2 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #55 (illustrations to Monster Bait, 7 pages; Amelia Earhart, 2 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #57 (illustrations to Night Of The Wolf, 7 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #59 (illustrations to In The Flesh, 7 pages)
  • The Spinechiller Collection #60 (spot illustration to Herne The Hunter)

Card games[edit]

  • Paul Johnson was one of the contributing artists for Dredd: The Card Game, a collectible card game released by Round Table Productions back in 1999. He created the art for the following cards:
    • Fellow Judge
    • I Know My Duty
    • Judge Egmont
    • Judge Souster
    • Kevin O'Neill
    • Link
    • Ricochet Rounds
    • Shuggy Hall
    • Spot Check
    • Umpty Bagging

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ London's Dark review, Ninth Art, January 2003
  2. ^ Free online version of "Fear and Clothing" (may require registration)

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