Continuing with the New Statesmen thread, here's a terrific piece that David Hine did for the title in 1988. Dave seems to be known primarily for his writing skills these days with The Bulletproof Coffin, Spider-Man Noir, Spawn, District X and the forthcoming The Darkness under his belt, though he was originally known more for his illustration work. This was up until his universally celebrated graphic novel Strange Embrace, which he wrote and drew. This has recently been included as one of the 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die publication by Paul Gravett.
|Rian Hughes' CRISIS cover design|
Back in 1988, with the advent of Fleetway's new title CRISIS, the editor Steve MacManus had hired Rian Hughes and myself to design the comic between us. Rian designed the Third World War half and I designed the New Statesmen half. It's interesting to note that it was originally going to be called 50/50, to tie in with the numerical nature of 2000AD's title (I still have a logo rough for that somewhere). Rian designed the CRISIS front cover and logo of the title itself, which still stands up today as an outstanding piece of comic-book design.
Having gladly accepted my New Statesmen duties there were a few things that I suggested to Steve that he liked the idea of. One of them was to hire two renowned fashion designers to design costumes for some of the 'Optimen' in the strip, (which I'll talk about later). Another was to ask David Hine to illustrate the fortnightly short story page.
At this time Dave was mostly working for Marvel UK and a few of their contributors had managed to migrate to 2000AD, namely Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell, who Dave had collaborated with whilst inking the Zoids strip. Steve Dillon and Barry Kitson were other Marvel UK artists who'd crossed over and were both working on Judge Dredd as was John Higgins, though he had always worked for both companies. In the years that followed it's quite interesting to see the pattern of migration from Marvel to Fleetway. Richard Burton, editor of 2000AD, Alan McKenzie the associate editor and myself had all worked for Marvel UK and then the migration continued; Kev Hopgood, Will Simpson, John Ridgway, Nick Abadzis, Dougie Braithwaite and John Tomlinson. With John initially writing and then being asked to do editorial work on the 2000AD annuals, yet more Marvelites followed. Geoff Senior, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Anthony Williams, Gary Erskine and Henry Flint.
Anyway, having gone off on a bit of a tangent there, I will be posting some of Dave's illustrations from both, CRISIS and 2000AD as and when I find them. If you want to keep up with what he's doing right now though, check his Waiting for Trade blog, right here...