Ian Kennedy (comics)
22 September 1932 |
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 recalls that his first published work was inking the black squares in the weekly Sunday Post crossword.
From the 1970s onward, Kennedy began to specialise in 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 has also over the years produced many covers 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.
As of 2016, he continues to draw covers and features for Commando.
A definitive career-spanning interview with Kennedy appears in the Spring 2009 edition (Vol.11, No.1) of the "International Journal of Comic Art"
Comics work includes:
- Jeff Craig Detective (Buster)
- Tiger McTaggart (Wizard)
- Typhoon Tennyson (Wizard)
- M.A.C.H. 1: "Vulcan" (with Robert Flynn, in 2000 AD #2, 1977)
- Time Quake (with Chris Lowder, in Starlord #1-13, 1978)
- Dan Dare:
- Tharg's Future Shocks: "The Collector" (with Kelvin Gosnell, in 2000 AD #210, 1981)
- Judge Dredd: "99 Red" (with John Wagner/Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #423, 1985)
Covers work includes:
- Donachie, Mike (February 12, 2011). "At home with legendary comics artist Ian Kennedy". The Courier.