Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist

Nigel Parkinson, Cartoonist
This is him, at a recent Comic Con

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

What I'd like to do

I've been asked many times "What character or strip would you like to revive from Comics' Past?" And I could never decide. There are so many great characters in Comics Limbo. But I've finally boiled my choice down... to three... don't know if I will ever be able to do these, but I'd love to!

1. THE NERVS Specifically the grotesque Ken Reid version that ran in SMASH! in 1968/9. Imagine that kind of thing in colour! All the blood vessels, bile ducts, sinews... it would be lovely to draw.

2. GRIMLY FEENDISH Leo Baxendale's Gothic Creep of a Crook... oh, there is SO much I could do with him.  If ONLY there was some way to get it going.

3. BRASSNECK I'm envisioning a kind of Steampunk, Heath Robinson Brassneck, lots of silly detail and cogs and levers and wires and steam... possibly set in 1964 the year of his debut... or better yet, 1890...
So there we are, my dream list.
Anyone up for it?!


Splank! said...

Who owns the rights now?

I've always maintained that Smash!, especially when it merged with POW! and brought in Mike Higgs' Cloak strip was the high watermark of British comics in the sixties.

Hard to beat Baxendale, Reid and Higgs.

Mel said...

Next event I see you at I'm going to ask for a Brassneck sketch so you'll get to draw him at least once.

James Spiring said...

Splank, the rights to Fleetway's material, including the Odhams Power Comics, were split four ways in the 90s. Dan Dare Corporation, as the name suggests, now owns Dan Dare. 2000AD was sold to Rebellion. Material from after 1970 plus characters still appearing in Buster or Roy of the Rovers went to Egmont, and all other pre-1970 material, including the Odhams Power Comics, remained with IPC, who are now part of Time Warner - the owners of DC Comics.