Friday, May 5, 2017

Famous First Fridays: Brian Bolland's DC Debut

Check it out, Groove-ophiles! It's been a while since we did a Famous First Friday, and does Ol' Groove have a doozy for ya today! Artist Brian Bolland had made his mark in the UK during the late 70s, mainly on Judge Dredd in 2000 A.D. (glorious comics, especially the Judge Death arc!) and his art was finally brought to the U.S. and DC Comics by the genius of Joe (E-Man, Green Lantern, and now Dick Tracy) Staton. Bolland's first U.S. work was this stunning cover for Green Lantern #127 (January 1980):

Bolland did several more amazing, fan-pleasing (to put it mildly) covers for DC while still keeping up with his U.K. work. Before the year was out, editor Len Wein had given Bolland a cool Arnold (Doom Patrol, Deadman, Guardians of the Galaxy) script to illustrate, and used it to close out Mystery In Space #115 (October 1980).

A couple years later, Bolland would stun fandom worldwide with his art on Camelot 3000. For more on the phenomenal Mr. Bolland, check out my old post on my gone-but-not forgotten  Blinded Me With Comics blog.

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