Garry Leach

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Not to be confused with American comic book author Gary Leach.
Garry Leach
Born (1954-09-19) September 19, 1954 (age 63)
Nationality British
Area(s) Penciller, Inker, Editor, Publisher, Letterer, Colourist
Notable works
Awards "Favourite Single or Continued Story" Eagle Award (1983)
"Best Single Issue/Single Story" Eisner Award (1999)

Garry Leach (born 19 September 1954) is a British comics artist and publisher.


Garry Leach's early work for 2000 AD included mainly one-off stories featuring Dan Dare and M.A.C.H. 1.[1] He later worked on the series The V.C.s.

In 1981 he joined Dez Skinn's company, Quality Communications.[1] where he worked as art director and was the first artist on Alan Moore's revival of Marvelman in Warrior.[1] His work on Marvelman proved highly popular but due to his slow pace of working, he left art duties to be replaced by Alan Davis.[2] For Davis' first few stories Leach worked as inker to allow Davis to settle into the strip. Leach's work on Marvelman remained the prototype, as Davis has insisted that "my ‘style’ on the series was simply a bargain-basement attempt to imitate what Garry had done".[2]

Leach and Alan Moore also created Warpsmith for Warrior together; Warpsmith featured in its own strip and eventually became a supporting character in Marvelman.[1] With Dave Elliott, Leach set up Atomeka Press in 1988. Their first title was the anthology title, A1,[1] which included new Warpsmith material by Moore and Leach.

After Atomeka and A1 finished in the mid-1990s, Leach worked mainly in advertising, but returned to comics in the late 1990s as John McCrea's inker on Hitman.[1] He also drew the first issue of Warren Ellis's series Global Frequency,[1] and designed many of that title's characters. He continues to contribute inking work to 2000 AD,[1] most recently on Future Shorts with Rufus Dayglo.

Leach has illustrated cards for the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering.

He has returned to publishing and restarted Atomeka Press with Dave Elliott.[1] A1 is being published again with a mix of old and new material, including new work by Leach. The A1 Sketchbook was released in late 2004, containing four Miracleman-related pin-ups (although the pin-ups were not explicitly said to be Miracleman for possible legal reasons). A variant of the sketchbook was produced, featuring a Miracleman front cover and Kid Miracleman back cover by Leach.


Comics work includes:



Awards he has won include:

  • 1983: "Favourite Single or Continued Story" Eagle Award (British Section), for Marvelman (Warrior #1-3 & 5-6), with Alan Moore
  • 1999: "Best Single Issue/Single Story" Eisner Award, for Hitman #34: "Of Thee I Sing", with Garth Ennis and John McCrea,


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Garry Leach at Lambiek Comics Encyclopedia
  2. ^ a b Harvey, Allan (June 2009). "Blood and Sapphires: The Rise and Demise of Marvelman". Back Issue!. TwoMorrows Publishing (34): 69–76. 


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