Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2000AD: Proudly subverting expectations since 1977

The galaxy's greatest comic got a lot of coverage last week for a story that suggested iconic future lawman might be gay. Mostly it was spin, designed to get the weekly anthology comic some attention - and it worked. The irony is 2000AD [and, before that, the Judge Dredd Megazine] has featured a proudly gay character for 20+ years.

Invented by John Smith and Sean Phillips, freelance exorcist Devlin Waugh is a brilliant creation. Imagine the head of Terry Thomas grafted on the body of Arnold Schwarzenegger, and armed with the wit of Oscar Wilde. I'm happy to say I commissioned Devlin's first adventure, and he's been saving the day ever since. Zarjaz!

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