David Lloyd (comics)

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David Lloyd
Lloyd at the Big Apple Con, 14 November 2008.
Born 1950
Nationality British
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker, Colourist
Notable works
Night Raven
V for Vendetta

David Lloyd (born 1950)[1] is a British comics artist best known as the illustrator of the story V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore.

Lloyd was born in Enfield, London.[2]


David Lloyd started working in comics in the late 1970s, drawing for Halls of Horror, TV Comic and a number of Marvel UK titles.[1] With writer Steve Parkhouse, he created the pulp adventure character Night Raven. Lloyd names Ronald Embleton, Steve Ditko, Tony Weare, John Burns, and Jack Kirby as artistic influences.[3]

Dez Skinn set up Warrior magazine in 1982 and asked Lloyd to create a new pulp character. Lloyd and writer Alan Moore, who had previously collaborated on several Doctor Who stories at Marvel UK, created V for Vendetta, a dystopian adventure featuring a flamboyant anarchist terrorist fighting against a future fascist government. Lloyd, who illustrated in cinematic chiaroscuro, devised V's Guy Fawkes-inspired appearance and suggested that Moore avoid captions, sound effects and thought balloons. Lloyd stated in a 2005 interview that "I don't know why I thought of Guy Fawkes, because it was during the summer. I thought that would be great if he looked like Guy Fawkes, kind of theatrical. I just suggested it to Alan, and he said, 'that sounds like a good idea.' It gave us everything, the costume and everything. During the summer, I couldn't get any of these masks. These masks that you could get in every shop had a smile built into them. So I created this Guy Fawkes mask with a kind of smile. It was an ideal costume for this future anarchist persona."[4] After Warrior folded in 1984, the series was reprinted and continued in colour by DC Comics in 1988[5] and collected as a graphic novel in 1995. It was adapted into a film released in 2006. The stylized Guy Fawkes mask that Lloyd created for V for Vendetta has transcended the story and made its way into the real world, frequently being used by protesters (particularly Anonymous) demonstrating against the injustices of governments, cults, financial institutions and other powerful organizations.

He was one of the artists on the graphic horror anthology Wasteland for DC Comics with writers John Ostrander and Del Close.[6] Lloyd has also worked on Espers, with writer James D. Hudnall, for Eclipse Comics; Hellblazer, with writers Grant Morrison and Jamie Delano,[7] and War Story, with Garth Ennis, for DC; and Global Frequency, with Warren Ellis, for WildStorm.[1] With Delano he drew The Territory for Dark Horse Comics,[8] where he also worked on some of their licensed properties such as Aliens and James Bond. In 2006 Lloyd created a graphic novel, Kickback, for French publisher Editions Carabas.[9][10][11]

In 2012 Lloyd established Aces Weekly, an online comics anthology featuring creators such as Mark Wheatley, Val Mayerik, John McCrea, Phil Hester, and Lew Stringer.[12]



  1. ^ a b c "David Lloyd". Lambiek Comiclopedia. 22 January 2010. Archived from the original on 7 May 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "David Lloyd". Wizards Keep. n.d. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Martins, Gabriel (March 2010). "David Lloyd" (in Portuguese). Ruadebaixo.com. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2013.  English language translation
  4. ^ Tabu, Hannibal (16 July 2005). "CCI, Day 2 - V for Vendetta Artist David Lloyd Speaks". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 28 July 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. A fable of revolution and a cautionary tale of lost freedoms, V For Vendetta was a triumph for Moore, this time aided by the shadowy pencils of David Lloyd. 
  6. ^ Fryer, Kim (July 1987). "DC News". The Comics Journal. Seattle, Washington: Fantagraphics Books (116): 28. 
  7. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "John Constantine Hellblazer", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 102–111, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015 
  8. ^ Epstein, Daniel Robert (9 March 2006). "V for Vendetta co-creator David Lloyd". SuicideGirls. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Spurgeon, Tom (January 14, 2007). "A Short Interview With David Lloyd". The Comics Reporter. Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Weiland, Jonah (August 11, 2006). "David Lloyd Is On The Take with Kickback". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Goldstein, Hilary (August 10, 2006). "Kickback Review". IGN. Archived from the original on 27 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Morris, Steve (October 4, 2012). "David Lloyd's Aces Weekly Goes Live!". The Beat. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. 

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