John Hicklenton

John Hicklenton

Infobox Comics creator
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nationality = British
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John Hicklenton (aka John Deadstock) is a British comic artist best known for his brutal, visceral work on flagship "2000 AD" characters like "Judge Dredd" (in particular "Heavy Metal Dredd") and "Nemesis the Warlock" during the eighties and nineties.


Hicklenton got his first break when he realised a friend at college was Ron Smith's daughter so he made her a Judge Dredd Christmas card. However, regular work remained elusive until, on the advice of his mother, he phoned Pat Mills directly and their working relationship developed from there. He has done other work with Mills including a strip in the now defunct CoolBeansWorld site. He also drew "ZombieWorld" (as John Deadstock) for Dark Horse Comics, who commissioned him because, as Mills has said "John is the ultimate horror artist ... I defy anyone to show me an artist whose monsters are more grotesque, whose zombies have a more ghastly look in their eye." [ [ News > Interviews > Pat Mills ] ]

He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000. A documentary about his illness produced by [ Animal Monday] launched at the Science Museum on January 30th 2008 and has just had its world premiere at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas. The film took over 5 years to make and documents his brave and often humorous battle against MS. He continues to draw and also focus on bringing multiple sclerosis as a disease to the publics attention in order to help it's sufferers fight for better treatment and research from the medical community.


Comic work includes:

*"Tharg's Future Shocks":
** "You're Never Alone With a Phone" (with Neil Gaiman, in "2000 AD" #488, 1986)
** "The Invisible Etchings of S Dali" (with Grant Morrison, in "2000 AD" #515, 1987)

*"Nemesis the Warlock" (with Pat Mills):
** "The Two Torquemadas (Book VII)" (in "2000 AD" #546-557, 1987-1988)
** "Deathbringer (Book IX)" (in "2000 AD" #586-593 and #605-608, 1988-1989)

*"Third World War" (with Pat Mills):
** "Here be dragons" (in "Crisis" #16, 1989)
** "The world according to Ryan" (in "Crisis" #25, 1989)
** "The Dark other" (in "Crisis" #29, 1989)
** "The rhythm of resistance" (in "Crisis" #30, 1989)
** "Black man's burden" (in "Crisis" #35, 1990)

*"Rogue Trooper (Friday)": "Circus Daze" (with Michael Fleisher, in "Rogue Trooper Annual 1991", 1990)

*"Mean Machine": "Visiting Time" (with John Wagner, in "Judge Dredd Megazine", #2.82, 1995)

* "Trespass" (with Gordon Rennie, in "Inferno!" #8, 1998)

*"ZombieWorld": "Tree of Death" (with Pat Mills, Dark Horse, 4-issue mini-series, 1999, collected in "ZombieWorld: Winter's Dregs", 2005 ISBN 1-59307-384-4)

*"Judge Dredd": "Blood of Satanus III: The Tenth Circle" (with Pat Mills, in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #257-ongoing, 2007)



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* [ 2000 AD profile]
* [ J. Deadstock profile at Dark Horse]
* "Interrogation: The Art of Darkness" (interview by Michael Molcher, "Judge Dredd Megazine" #264, 2007)

External links

* [ September 2006 interview]
* [ Here's Johnny documentary (2008)]
* [ March 2008 interview at American premiere of documentary]

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