Ian Kennedy (comics)

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Ian Kennedy
Born22 September 1932
Dundee, Scotland
Died5 February 2022 (aged 89)
Notable works
Dan Dare

Ian Kennedy (22 September 1932 – 5 February 2022[1][2]) was a British artist who worked initially for D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd, then later for Amalgamated Press.


Educated at the Clepington Primary School and then at Morgan Academy, both in Dundee, Kennedy was employed after leaving school by D. C. Thomson & Co. He was taken on as a trainee illustrator in their Art Department in 1949. He recalled that his first published work was inking the black squares in the weekly Sunday Post crossword.

In 1953 having become married, Kennedy managed to get work in Amalgamated Press's Knockout via a local agent. In 1955 he began working for D. C. Thomson again, this time as a freelance artist.

During the 1950s Kennedy mainly illustrated war comics such as Thriller Picture Library and Air Ace and his work appeared in a range of comics including Hotspur, Buster, and The Wizard.

From the 1970s onward, Kennedy began to extend his range to science fiction comics, regularly producing work for IPC's 2000AD and Star Lord. He also worked for Battle Picture Weekly, Buddy, Blake's 7, Eagle (Dan Dare), M.A.S.K., Victor Summer Special, Wildcat and D. C. Thomson's pocket books (including Commando).

Kennedy also produced many covers over the years for different comics and annuals, working mainly in acrylic paint. In the late 1980s and 1990s Kennedy began creating the covers for the annual RAF Leuchars Air Show's programmes.

He went into semi-retirement in 1997, but still continued to draw covers and features for Commando until his death.

A definitive career-spanning interview with Kennedy appears in the Spring 2009 edition (Vol.11, No.1) of the "International Journal of Comic Art".

Kennedy died in February 2022, at the age of 89.[3][4]


Comics work includes:


Covers work includes:


  1. ^ "KENNEDY - Deaths - Dundee Courier Announcements - Dundee Courier".
  2. ^ "Obituary: Ian Kennedy, of Dundee, Commando artist whose career spanned 73 years".
  3. ^ "Ian Kennedy 1932–2022". 2000AD. 7 February 2022. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  4. ^ Burlingame, Russ (7 February 2022). "Ian Kennedy, Legendary UK Comics Artist, Dies At 89". ComicBook.com. Retrieved 7 February 2022.

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