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Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Art of Ian Kennedy

The work of one of the UK’s most famous comic artists, Ian Kennedy, has been celebrated in a beautiful art book, The Art of Ian Kennedy.

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. Incredibly, Ian has created over 1,250 Commando covers, which continue to be very popular amongst readers.

The art book showcases Ian’s fantastic array of 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 famous Scottish 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”.

There is an official launch for the book to be held today (Thursday) at DC Thomson's HQ which they plan to live stream on Facebook from around 6.00 pm. Check with the Commando Facebook page.

The Art of Ian Kennedy is available to buy from the DC Thomson Shop for £40. Also available via Amazon.


  1. I'm sure I am not the only one of your followers who is looking forward to your review of this long awaited {in my case, for over half a century} compilation, Steve. Will you oblige - please?

  2. At £40 it's a bit out of my price range at the moment, but if someone else wants to review the book, I'll be happy to host.