Shaky Kane

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Not to be confused with Thomas Kain, a baseball player and manager nicknamed "Shaky".
Shaky Kane
Born Michael Coulthard
Nationality British
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Inker, Letterer
Pseudonym(s) Shaky Kane
Shaky 2000
Michael Waspman
Notable works
The Bulletproof Coffin

Michael Coulthard is a British writer and psychedelic artist who best known for his work as a comic and graphic artist under the pseudonym Shaky Kane, as well as Shaky 2000.


After working for independent comics and magazines like Deadline in the 1980s, Shaky moved to the mainstream with work on 2000 AD and its sister title, the Judge Dredd Megazine in the 1990s. With editor David Bishop, he created the Soul Sisters, and he also contributed to the Judge Dredd strip, among others.

Shaky's style is heavily influenced by Silver Age American comic books (especially the style of Jack Kirby), with a psychedelic twist.[1]

He also provided the art for The Bulletproof Coffin with writer David Hine[2] for Image Comics, which is where he has published his recent projects.


Comics work includes:

  • "The Reet Petite Postcard Set" (in Escape Magazine #1, 1983)
  • "Johnny Tomorrow" (in Escape Magazine #2, 1983)
  • "Andy" (in Escape Magazine #6, 1985)
  • "King of Rock and Roll" (in Escape Magazine #7, 1985)
  • A-Men (in Deadline)
  • Space Boss (in Deadline)
  • Pinhead Nation (Revolver #1-6, 1990)
  • "The Contact" (script and art, with additional pencils by Brett Ewins, in A1 #5, 1991, ISBN ISBN 1-871878-39-X)
  • Judge Dredd:
    • "Judge Planet" (with Peter Milligan and co-artist Jo Flatters, in Judge Dredd Mega Special 1991)
    • "Judge Planet II" (with Si Spencer, in Judge Dredd Mega Special 1995)
  • Soul Gun Warrior (with Alan McKenzie):
    • "Soul Gun Warrior" (in 2000 AD #867-872, 1993–1994)
    • "Soul Gun Assassin" (in 2000 AD #920-925, 1994–1995)
  • Vector 13 (writing):
    • "Case One: Who Was the Mothman?" (with John Ridgway, in 2000 AD #951, 1995)
    • "Case Three: The Blackwater Incident" (with David Bircham, in 2000 AD #1026, 1997)


  1. ^ Hine, David (May 25, 2007). "The Shaky Kane Interrogation". Broken Frontier. Retrieved April 2, 2009. 
  2. ^ Rodrik, Alex (May 12, 2010). "David Hine & Shaky Kane: Opening the Bulletproof Coffin". Comics Bulletin. Retrieved June 3, 2010. 
  3. ^ "That’s Because You’re A Robot". Image Comics. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 

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