Scent of a Gamer

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Kev O’Neill (artist), RIP

I was saddened to recover from a virus that knocked me down this week (not that one!) to the news of Kev O’Neill’s death earlier in the week.

Kev was a prolific comic artist over many decades, and is probably best known for his work on the likes of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

For me he will always be first thought of as the artist for early Nemesis the Warlock in 2000AD and specifically for the cover of issue 239 of that comic.

There I was, aged 9 in a newsagent. I liked the idea of reading comics, but the ones I had been served to date, like the Beano, were repetitive and uninteresting. I perused the shelves of a local newsagent and then this image hit me straight in the brain:

I was hooked.

For those not familiar, 2000AD is a weekly UK comic which has 4 or 5 different stories running in each issue, of around 5 pages each. Beyond the cover story, there was plenty else for me to explore, such as Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper. I remained a regular reader of the comic for a decade, but this cover art has always been one of my enduring memories of it. His interior art brought the strange futuristic world of Termight to life in incredible detail.

Thanks, Kev O’Neill. you changed my life for the better.

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4 comments on “Kev O’Neill (artist), RIP

  1. John@justneedsvarnish
    November 12, 2022

    I can see why you’d like it – that is an excellent cover! 🙂 Back then the circle of wargaming friends I was in at school was busy converting 1:72 plastic figures with plasticene for sci-fi wargames and 2000AD gave us loads of ideas for that (I can remember building Golem rocket launchers)! Kev’s passing is a sad loss!

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    • davekay
      November 12, 2022

      The varied artists used in the comic provided great inspiration!

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  2. Faust
    November 13, 2022

    Oh, that’s sad! Hadn’t heard he had passed! 😔

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