2000AD Artist Ron Smith Passes (1924 – 2019)

by Oliver MacNamee

A new year and, sadly, another 2000AD stalwart has passed. Ron Smith will be better known for his work on Judge Dredd in 2000AD and he was one of my first Dredd artist, both in the weekly comic and the Daily Star daily comic strip introduced to the tabloid paper in 1981.

But, Smith had a career before the ‘galaxy’s greatest comic’, dating back to post WWII when he would joint animation studios of Gaumont British and then go on to work on a number of British comics. I have a very early, but very strong memories of his work on King Cobra in Hotspur, so in many ways he was an artist who loomed large on my formative comic book reading years, as he did in many of my generation I would imagine.

Smith was co-creator of a number of iconic 2000AD characters including Marlon ‘Chopper’ Shakespeare and Otto Sump and our condolences go out to his family at this difficult time.

For more on Smith do lists the Heroes of 2000AD webpage here.

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