Kevin O’Neill, comedian artist and ‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ co-creator, dies at 69

Kevin O’Neill, co-creator of “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” and “Marshal Law” comedian books, died final week after being identified with terminal most cancers, in response to longtime collaborator Gosh Comics. He was 69.

Born Aug. 22, 1953, in southeastern London, O’Neill grew up in a working-class household. He began working within the comics trade at age 16, first as an workplace assistant for kids’s humor comedian Buster. He finally made his solution to writer 2000 AD, the place he was each a author and illustrator. Its steady of titles consists of Choose Dredd and Nemesis the Warlock, which O’Neill created with Mills.

The British artist labored as a Disney Comics colorist amongst different jobs earlier than becoming a member of DC Comics. It was at DC that he started getting recognition with a stint on “The Omega Men.” He additionally labored on Alan Moore’s tales for the “Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual” in 1986. O’Neill’s complete type of artwork was distinctive, with unclean strains and awkward creatures and colours. It was an excessive amount of for some. The Comics Code Authority, which ruled the content material introduced in comedian books, objected to lots of the photographs he introduced and so they refused to cross the ebook. The comedian was printed with out the code.

O’Neill was blacklisted from mainstream comics that required the code. His subsequent notable work was 1987’s “Marshal Law,” a hyper-violent satire of traditional superheroes and American tradition alongside the strains of at present’s “The Boys.” Written by Pat Mills, the ebook instructed bloody tales that appeared to go well with O’Neill’s creative type.

His earlier affiliation with Moore led to their subsequent challenge, most likely O’Neill’s hottest comedian, in 1999, once they created “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” An Avengers-like team-up of Victorian pulp heroes like Captain Nemo and the Invisible Man, “Extraordinary Gentleman” ran for many years and even impressed a loosely primarily based movie adaptation in 2003.

Additionally a champion of creators’ rights, he helped 2000 AD create credit score bins that, for the primary time, named the inventive groups on every particular person strip, together with letterers.