Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Jan Shepheard (1935-2014)
Shepheard was born Janet E. Evenden in Edmonton, Herts., in 1935, the daughter of Len and Kate Evenden. Jan grew up in nearby Southgate in the north London borough of Enfield and attended the Hornsey College of Arts and Crafts. After graduating, Jan joined the firm of L. Miller & Son where she was employed resizing artwork from American comics.
Extending artwork was another task she became a master of. One of her most impressive achievements was to rework the "Men of the Jolly Roger" (1965) feature strip by Ron Embleton from the pages of Look and Learn to create the heavily illustrated Valiant Book of Pirates (1967).
She continued to work on Valiant until 1976 when she joined 2000AD where she designed the iconic "Judge Dredd" logo, which incorporated the Judge's badge and Dredd's face. "M.A.C.H.1" and many other early strips were enhanced by Shepheard's talent for logo design. In 1977, she helped create the look of Starlord, with its innovative layouts and logo designs that fitted perfectly with the artwork, ranging from the star-strewn "Stontium Dog" to the heavy duty "Ro-Busters".
Her husband, John A. Shepheard, whom she married in 1959, died in 2013.
Further information: Down the Tubes (15 July 2014).
(* photo via David McDonald.)