Ian is the longest serving DC Thomson Media illustrator, having worked for the publisher for 70 years, beginning his career in the company’s Art Department back in 1949. Since then, he has contributed to many of DC Thomson Media’s comics, such as Commando, Britain’s longest-running war comic, Starblazer, Hotspur and many more. Ian has created over 1,250 Commando covers, which continue to be very popular amongst readers, says DC Thomson Media.
The art book showcases Ian’s work for not only DC Thomson Media but also his own personal collection. The high spec 160-page art book includes both never before seen and classic covers, as well as illustrations from the DC Thomson archives, featuring titles as diverse as Lucky Charm and Buddy. Set out chronologically, the book showcases Ian’s career at the publishing house, from his early days working on ‘Red-Skull Branson’ and ‘Commando Jim’ to his most recent covers and commissions for Commando.
Gordon Tait, Heritage Comics and Licensing Editor, said, “The opportunity to work closely with Ian on this project has been an incredible and most rewarding experience. Many visits to the DC Thomson archives and Ian's studio have provided a unique insight into the world of this most talented and inspiring comic creator.
“The Heritage Comics team are proud to present the first-ever ‘Art Of’ book dedicated to the artist and his career at DC Thomson. Fans of Ian's work and of comic art, in general, are in for a real treat with this book. I hope, like me, you'll discover something new every time you come to it”.
Ian and the rest of the Commando Comic team will be attending the Dunfermline Comic Con on Saturday 30th March where comic fans will get a chance to purchase The Art of Ian Kennedy, as well as meet the man himself.
The Art of Ian Kennedy is available to buy from the DC Thomson Shop for £40.