John M. Burns

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John M. Burns
John M. Burns (2005).jpg
John Burns with a copy of magazine FutureQuake
Born John M. Burns
1938
Essex, England
Nationality British
Area(s) artist
Notable works
The Seekers
Danielle
Modesty Blaise
Zetari
Nikolai Dante
The Bendatti Vendetta
Burns art from the Nikolai Dante strip

John M. Burns (born 1938) is an English comics artist, with a career stretching back to the mid-1960s.

Biography[edit]

His initial work was as an illustrator for Junior Express and School Friend.[1] During the 1960s, Burns worked on TV Century 21 and its sister magazines, including the Space Family Robinson series in "Lady Penelope".

For a while he drew daily comics strips for newspapers The Daily Sketch, The Daily Mirror and The Sun, including The Seekers, Danielle and, for a period succeeding Enrique Romero during 1978–79, Modesty Blaise.[1]

He moved on to illustrate TV tie-in strips for now-defunct title Look-in, always scripted by Angus P. Allan, Burns was already well known by the start of the 1980s. He also worked on the title story for Countdown.

It was when he made the crossover to 2000 AD, along with fellow Look-in alumni Jim Baikie and Arthur Ranson, that his position in British comics was cemented.

In 1991 Burns began by working on Judge Dredd. By his own admission (in a 2004 interview with David Bishop in the Judge Dredd Megazine), Burns does not enjoy drawing science fiction strips, and the look of Judge Dredd is one that he finds particularly unpleasant to draw.[2]

In 2007, Burns began working on the Nikolai Dante strip. He has also co-created (with Robbie Morrison) a contemporary adventure strip, The Bendatti Vendetta, for the Megazine, this is unique for the title in having no science fiction or fantasy elements at all.

He recently finished an adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, whose script was rendered by Amy Corzine, for UK publisher Classical Comics.[3] Hw previously worked on similar adaptions of Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore and, Wuthering Heights by Brontë's sister Emily.

Bibliography[edit]

TITLE

PUBLICATION / PUBLISHER

YEAR

VARIOUS STRIPS GIRLS CRYSTAL, SCHOOLFRIEND, JUNIOR EXPRESS 1954-1957
CHAMPION THE WONDER HORSE ANNUAL DAILY MIRROR 1958
GUARDIAN OF THE REEF TV EXPRESS ANNUAL 1960
REV’S RANSOM EXPRESS WEEKLY 1961
WULF THE BRITON EXPRESS WEEKLY 1961
EDUCATIONAL BOOK

ILLUSTRATIONS

OXFORD PRESS 1961-1963
FRONTIER CIRCUS ANNUAL PURNELL 1962
LARAMIE ANNUAL PURNELL 1963
WUTHERING HEIGHTS DIANA 1963-1964
WRATH OF THE GODS BOY’S WORLD / EAGLE

AND BOYS WORLD ANNUAL 1965 1967

1963-1964

1964, 1966

THE WHITE MILE DIANA 1964
KELPIE WHAM 1964
LARAMIE ANNUAL DEAN AND SON 1964, 1965
CHAMPION THE WONDER HORSE ANNUAL UNKNOWN 1964, 1965
CIRCUS BOY ANNUAL UNKNOWN 1964, 1965
ROVING REPORTER EAGLE 1965
BIDS FOR FREEDOM EAGLE 1965
THE BRONTE SISTERS - STARS OF THE LONELY MOOR DIANA 1965
GREAT EXPECTATIONS DIANA 1965
THE MAGIC DOLL ROBIN 1965
THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS ROBIN 1965
THE SEA KINGS ISLAND ROBIN 1966
THE MAGIC COFFEE MILL ROBIN 1966
LORNA DOONE DIANA 1966
SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON LADY PENELOPE AND THUNDERBIRDS EXTRA 1966
CATCH OR KILL TV21 1966
THE FRONT PAGE TV21 1966
THE TUCKWELLS SUNDAY CITIZEN 1966
THE PICKWICK PAPERS SUNDAY CITIZEN 1966
EDGAR ALLAN POE STORIES SUNDAY CITIZEN 1966
THE SEEKERS DAILY SKETCH 1966-1971
HORSE LAUGHS GIRL’S WORLD ANNUAL 1968 1967
LADY PENELOPE LADY PENELOPE 1969
VISION IN THE NIGHT JUNE AND SCHOOL FRIEND 1969
FLYING FAY JUNE AND SCHOOL FRIEND 1969
ROMANCE COMICS NEWNES 1960s
BONNIE AND CLYDE TITBITS 1960s
ILLUSTRATIONS WORLD OF WONDER 1970
ILLUSTRATIONS TREASURE 1970
TRUE STORIES OF GIRLS OF THE WILD FRONTIER JUNE AND SCHOOL FRIEND 1970
STRANGE STORIES EVENING NEWS 1970
GLORY KNIGHT, TIME TRAVEL COURIER JUNE AND JUNE BOOK 1972 1970-1971
COUNTDOWN COUNTDOWN

AND COUNTDOWN SPECIAL 1971 AND COUNTDOWN ANNUAL 1972

1971-1972
THE JUSTICE OF JUSTINE SALLY ANNUAL 1972 1971
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE TV ACTION 1973
UFO TV ACTION 1973
DANIELLE EVENING NEWS 1973-1974, 1978
THE TOMORROW PEOPLE LOOK-IN 1973-1976
KUNG FU LOOK-IN ANNUAL 1974 1974
THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF HAVOC SUPER AGENT HAVOC SECRET AGENT DOLL – DAISY - STRIPS ON REAR OF PACKAGING AND ILLUSTRATIONS ON FRONT 1974
SPACE 1999 LOOK-IN

AND SPACE 1999 ANNUAL

1975

1975

DOCTOR WHO TV COMIC ANNUAL 1976 1975
POLICE WOMAN DAISY DOLL - STRIPS ON REAR OF PACKAGING AND ILLUSTRATIONS ON FRONT 1976
THE BIONIC WOMAN LOOK-IN 1976-1977
SMITHIE EVENING NEWS 1977
DAMOCLES EVENING NEWS 1977
MATT MARRIOTT EVENING NEWS 1977
GEORGE AND LYNNE THE SUN 1977-1984
HOW THE WEST WAS WON LOOK-IN 1978-1979
MODESTY BLAISE EVENING STANDARD 1978-1979
GEORGE AND JANE NATIONAL GIROBANK CAMPAIGN 1970s
THE DEER HUNTER (HEADING ILLUSTRATIONS) REVEILLE 1970s
THE SWEENEY (HEADING ILLUSTRATIONS) REVEILLE 1970s
AMSTERDAM KILL (HEADING ILLUSTRATIONS) REVEILLE 1970s
THE WILD GEESE (HEADING ILLUSTRATIONS) REVEILLE 1970s
TABLEAUX ILLUSTRATIONS PALLADIUM CELLARS, LONDON 1980
SMUGGLER LOOK-IN 1981
THE ROYALS THE SUN 1981
BUCK ROGERS LOOK-IN 1981-1982
A MURDER OF QUALITY BEST SELLERS - VIADUCT 1982
THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM BEST SELLERS – VIADUCT 1982
THE BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI BEST SELLERS - VIADUCT 1982
MAGNUM LOOK-IN 1982
EARTHA NEWS OF THE WORLD SUNDAY MAGAZINE 1982
MODESTY BLAISE BEST SELLERS - VIADUCT 1983
THE FISTS OF DANNY PYKE EAGLE 1983-1985
ZETARI 2 VOLUMES – EUROPEAN ALBUMS – VARIOUS LANGUAGES 1984, 1986
MODESTY BLAISE BOOK COVERS TITAN 1984-1990
MAGAZINE COVERS INVESTORS CHRONICLE 1985
JANE DAILY MIRROR 1985-1992
THE TRIPODS BEEB 1985
STORY SO FAR (BRYAN ROBSON) LOOK-IN 1985
DOLEBUSTERS EAGLE 1986
NATIONWIDE CHRISTMAS FIGURES FOR SHOP WINDOW DISPLAYS TOP SHOP 1986
ESPERS ECLIPSE 1987
JULIA / LILLI BILD 1987-1989
FLAT MATES SUNDAY PEOPLE (GO MAGAZINE) 1987
MODESTY BLAISE SWEDISH BOOK COVERS BERGHS 1987-1991
THE POLPOTS NORTH CORNWALL CHRONICLE 1989
DAN DARE EAGLE 1990-1991
6 X MODESTY (PIECES OF MODESTY) ILLUSTRATIONS BERGHS 1991
CAPTAIN TRUENO 2 VOLUMES – EUROPEAN ALBUMS – VARIOUS LANGUAGES 1991, 1992
JUDGE DREDD 2000AD JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE 1991-2004
WILD CARDS - BORDERLINES EPIC (MARVEL) 1992
DOCTOR SIN - THE STRANGE CASE OF THE WYNDHAM DEMON 2000AD ACTION SPECIAL 1992
GIRL CHAT DAILY MIRROR 1993-1995
JAMES BOND – A SILENT ARMAGEDDON ACME (DARK HORSE) 1993
DOCTOR WHO – AGE OF CHAOS MARVEL UK 1994
PSYCOPS THE SUN 1996-1999
VECTOR 13 2000AD 1996
BLACK LIGHT 2000AD 1996
ABDUCTED BY ALIENS PENTHOUSE COMIX 1996
ZHEENA : DEADIER THAN THE MALE PENTHOUSE COMIX 1997
WITCH WORLD 2000AD 1997
NIKOLAI DANTE 2000AD 1999-2012
DRACULA VAMPIRES - INFORMANIA 2000
THE BENDATTI VENDETTA JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE 2002-2005
THE SCARLET APOCRYPHA JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE 2002
SABLE AND FORTUNE MARVEL 2006
JANE EYRE CLASSICAL COMICS 2008
WUTHERING HEIGHTS CLASSICAL COMICS 2011
SINISTER DEXTER JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE 2013
LADY PENELOPE TV21 2014
THE ORDER 2000AD 2014-
THE SPIRIT THE SPIRIT OF EISNER 2017

INTERVIEWS

Ark - issue 28 - 1989

Judge Dredd Megazine Meg 224 - 2004

True Brit - Twomorrows Publishing - 2004

Vworp Vworp - Vol 3 - 2007

  • Judge Dredd:
  • Black Light: "Survivor Syndrome" (with Dan Abnett/Steve White, in 2000 AD #1001–1005, 1996)
  • Penthouse Comix:
  • Nikolai Dante (with Robbie Morrison):
    • "Cruel Seas" (in 2000 AD #1148–1149, 1999)
    • "Requiem for Lost Love" (in 2000 AD #1150, 1999)
    • "Rudinshtein Irregulars " (in 2000 AD #1183–1190, 2000)
    • "Love and War" (in 2000 AD #1200–1207, 2000)
    • "One Last Night in the House of Sin" (in 2000 AD prog 2001, 2000)
    • "The Romanov Empire" (in 2000 AD #1250–1262, 2001)
    • "Hell and High Water" (in 2000 AD prog 2003 & #1322–1328, 2002–2003)
    • "The Sea Falcon" (in 2000 AD prog 2004, 2003)
    • "Agent of Destruction" (in 2000 AD prog 2005 & #1420–1427, 2004–2005)
    • "How could you believe me when I said I loved you when you know I've been a liar all my life?" (in 2000 AD #1428–1431, 2005)
    • "Primal Screams" (in 2000 AD #1433–1436, 2005)
    • "Devil's Deal" (in 2000 AD prog 2006, 2005)
    • "Usurper" (in 2000 AD #1487–1489, 2006)
    • "The Depths" (in 2000 AD #1500–1501, 2006)
    • "Dragon's Island" (in 2000 AD #1502–1507, 2006)
    • "The Road of Bones" (in 2000 AD prog 2007, 2006)
    • "Deadlier than the Male" (in 2000 AD #1518–1520, 2007)
    • "The Beast of Rudinshtein" (in 2000 AD #1532–1535, 2007)
    • "The Dissenter" (in 2000 AD #1537, 2007)
    • "The Chaperone" (in 2000 AD #1560–1564, 2007)
    • "Destiny's Child" (in 2000 AD prog 2008, 2007)
    • "The Tsar's Daughter" (in 2000 AD #1578–1580, 2008)
    • "Prisoner of the Tzar" (in 2000 AD #1612-1616, 2008)
    • "Bring me the Head of Nikolai Dante" (in 2000 AD prog 2009)
    • "Hero of the Revolution" (in 2000 AD, prog 2010, #1666-1675, 2010)
    • "The Master of Krondstadt" (in "2000 AD", #1705-1708)
    • "The Dante Gambit" (in "2000 AD", #1774-1779)
  • The Scarlet Apocrypha: "Necrocultura" (with Dan Abnett, in Judge Dredd Megazine #4.12, 2002)
  • The Bendatti Vendetta (with Robbie Morrison):
    • "The Bendatti Vendetta" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #4.13–18, 2002)
    • "Blooded" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #209–211, 2003)
    • "See Naples and Die" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #234–236, 2005)
  • Jane Eyre (adapted by Amy Corzine, 144 pages, Classical Comics, Spring 2008, ISBN 978-1-906332-06-8, ISBN 978-1-906332-08-2)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "John M. Burns". Comiclopedia. Lambiek. 
  2. ^ "Interrogation – John Burns Veteran" (by David Bishop, in Judge Dredd Megazine No. 224, 2004)
  3. ^ Classical Comics – Bringing classics to life

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