Alien Legion: Jugger Grimrod

21 March 2012

I’d always liked the Alien Legion comics, I’d been especially taken with the logo, and in 1992 was delighted to accept Carl Potts kind offer when he asked me to draw this one-off book, to be scripted by Chuck Dixon.
I struggled a bit early on with the regular characters but once the story left them behind I was in hog heaven, so much so that I wasn’t too disappointed that they didn’t use the regular logo.
Usually my forays into American publishing have sunk without trace, but this one did at least come up for air once when it was reprinted a few years later. I even received a royalty cheque – I think it just about stretched to going out for a curry.
A slight regret I have about work from this period is having that thick black line separating the panels, which can make things a tad confusing on occasion. I’d like to be able to claim that there was some high falutin’ reason but it was actually to save me time – you can see on these pages that I’ve gone around the outside of the art with white paint, this was to clean up where the pantone markers have bled beyond the line. This task, though initially mindless and relaxing, would soon have become more than tedious if I’d used regular panel borders.
The pen lines all being the same weight doesn’t look too clever now, either. In fact, now I come to think about it, it’s all a bit rubbish really. Especially those pointy feet, not sure what was going on there. Still like the colouring though.

9 Responses to “Alien Legion: Jugger Grimrod”

  1. Martin B Says:

    Would love to know when your artwork was originally done, What year at least.

  2. S F Says:

    Still think ur art is fab

  3. Robert Ball Says:

    Love those colours! Muted and psychedelic at the same time.

  4. jcmean Says:

    i picked it up finally, last year, its a great book, lots of fun, the work reminded me of mutomaniac, that zombi character was so cool.

    j


  5. That style is great Mike…..i refer people to your Howler story, which in my opinion is some of the best work by anyone, ever………when i’m drawing comics i sometimes have a quick look, but don’t want to be too influenced……..a thing of beauty!


  6. A strange and most wonderful thing; talking about the greatest panel solutions ever today at work I mentioned this, only to be met with ‘Eh? Grimrod?’. Wild exclamations from my end followed, with some Google image searches later ending up here. Took me a minute or so to realise this was your blog. Another to see you have originals for sale (still available?). Have read every post now.

    I’m a bit awe struck – I absolutely love your stuff, it has meant so much to me over the years. Still does, and Grimrod’s one of my favourites.

  7. James Harvey Says:

    I loved how this style looked back then and I still do.


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