John Smith (comics)

John Smith (comics)

Infobox Comics creator
name = John Smith

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nationality = British
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notable works = "Devlin Waugh"
"Indigo Prime"
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John Smith is a British comics writer best known for his work on "2000 AD" and "Crisis".

Smith's work is characterised by intricate, sometimes obscure plots and an interest in taboos and the occult. This is told in an elliptic, fractured narrative style reminiscent of Iain Sinclair or the cut-up technique of William S. Burroughs. Other notable influences include Michael Moorcock, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Alan Moore and Noel Coward.

His best-known character is "Devlin Waugh", a flamboyantly gay exorcist, assassin and vampire working for the Vatican of the future, co-created with artist Sean Phillips for the "Judge Dredd Megazine".


His earliest work was for D. C. Thomson's science fiction comic "Starblazer" in the mid-1980s. He wrote his first script for "2000 AD" in 1986 and wrote the political superhero series "New Statesmen" for "Crisis" in 1988.

Many of his series for "2000 AD" were tied into the same continuity, under the umbrella of "Indigo Prime". Indigo Prime was a multi-dimensional organisation that policed reality, recruiting recently dead people as its agents. The climax of the series was "Killing Time", in which agents Winwood and Cord pursued a demon that had hitched a ride on a Victorian time machine, one of the legitimate passengers of which turned out to be Jack the Ripper.

Other series for "2000 AD" include "Revere", a post-apocalyptic occult story with artist Simon Harrison, which was reprinted in its entirety in the "2000 AD Extreme Edition" title in February 2007, and "Firekind" (1993), an anthropological science fiction story involving alien cultures and dragons, illustrated by Paul Marshall. He has also written "Rogue Trooper" and "Judge Dredd".

For DC Comics' Vertigo imprint, he has written a fill-in on "Hellblazer" and an eight-part series called "Scarab", which started out as a revamp of "Doctor Fate".

John has also written a run of "Vampirella" for Harris Comics.

The Smithiverse

Examples of John Smith's cross-referencing of characters throughout his oeuvre include:
* Renegade Indigo Prime agents Fervent and Lobe originally appeared in Tyranny Rex. Although Indigo Prime had only appeared in the Future Shock "A Change of Scenery" at that point, Smith said he always had the Smithiverse in mind: "They were both part of the same tailor-made Universe. That was intended right from the start." [ John Smith interview] , "Class of '79"]
* Characters from Pussyfoot 5 originally appeared in Devlin Waugh.
* The character Mr Cheetl originally appeared in Firekind but reappeared in Tyranny Rex and in Pussyfoot 5.
* Two members of Indigo Prime, Dazzler and Creed, appear in "Scarab" #7, "by that time I was probably just so sick of the thing I thought - 'Fuck it. I’ll rip off my own story' – and stuck in ‘Indigo Prime’ as a lazy way out.".
* Winwood and Cord appear in the last few pages of "Dead Eyes" uploading Danny's soul into a cloned body after the human race in his place (Reality 377) are killed. ["2000 AD" #1588]


Comics work includes:

** "Head Hunter" (with Segura, "Starblazer" #163, 1985)
** "Timeslay" (with Enrique Alcatena, "Starblazer" #168, 1986)

*"Tharg's Future Shocks":
** "Time Enough to Tell" (with Barry Kitson, in "2000 AD" #473, 1986)
** "A Change of Scenery" (with Nik Williams, in "2000 AD" #490, 1986)
** "Opening Moves" (with Mick Austin, in "2000 AD" #629, 1989)
** "Earthsong" (with Steve Parkhouse, in "2000 AD" #1480, 2006)

*"Tales of Terror": "Perfect Vision" (with, Carol Lay, Eclipse Comics, 1987)

*"Tyranny Rex" (in "2000 AD" # 566-68, 582-84, 1988 SF Special, 595-98, 604, 1989 SF Special & Winter Special # 2, 1988-1989)
** "Soft Bodies" (with Will Simpson, in "2000 AD" #595-604, 1988)
** Untitled (with Steve Dillon, in "2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1988")
** Tyranny Rex (in "2000 AD" 1993 Sci-Fi Special & 1994 Yearbook, 1993)
** "Deus ex Machina Book I" (in "2000 AD" #852-859, 1993)
** "Deus ex Machina Book II" (in "2000 AD" #873-880, 1994)
** "The Comeback" (in "2000 AD" #1395-99, 2004)

*"New Statesmen":
** "Halcyon Days" (with Jim Baikie, in "Crisis", #1, 1988)
** "Perspectives" (with Jim Baikie, in "Crisis", #2, 1988)
** "Behind the light" (with Jim Baikie, in "Crisis", #3, 1988)
** "Shadowdancing" (with Jim Baikie, in "Crisis", #4, 1988)
** "Downtime" (with Sean Phillips, in "Crisis", #5, 1988)
** "Holding the fist" (with Sean Phillips, in "Crisis", #6, 1988)
** "Where the railroad meets the sea" (with Duncan Fegredo, in "Crisis" #7, 1988)
** "Memories on Ice" (with Duncan Fegredo, in "Crisis" #8, 1988)
** "All doors lead to the Minotaur" (with Jim Baikie, in "Crisis", ##9, 1989)
** "Life during wartime" (with Jim Baikie, in "Crisis", ##10, 1989)
** "Riding the tiger" (with Jim Baikie, in "Crisis", ##11, 1989)
** "The power and the glory" (with Jim Baikie, in "Crisis", ##12, 1989)
** "White Death" (with Sean Phillips, in "Crisis", #13-14, 1989)
** "Epilogue" (with Jim Baikie, in "Crisis", ##28, 1989)

*"Rogue Trooper": "Cinnabar" (in "2000 AD" #624-630 & 633-35, 1989)

*"Fervent and Lobe":
** "Issigri Variations" (with Mike Hadley, in "2000 AD" #642-649, 1989)
** "Holiday on Ice" (with Mike Hadley, in "2000 AD Winter Special 1990")

*"Indigo Prime":
** "Indigo Prime" (with Chris Weston, in "2000 AD" #678, 1989)
** "Winwood and Cord" (with Chris Weston, in "2000 AD" #680-681, 1990)
** "Fegredo and Brecht" (with Chris Weston, in "2000 AD" #682, 1990)
** "Requiem" (illustrated, with Chris Weston, in "2000AD Winter Special 1990")
** "Almaranda: Solstice" (with Mike Hadley, in "2000 AD" #720-721, 1991)
** "Killing Time" (with Chris Weston, in "2000 AD" #735-744, 1991)
** "The Loa in the Machine" (illustrated, with Mick Austin, in "2000AD Winter Special 1992")
** "Weird Vibes" (text only, "2000AD Yearbook 1993")

* "Mega City-One": "Resyko" (with Sean Phillips, in "Judge Dredd Annual 1991", 1990)

*"Danzig's Inferno" (1991)

*"Revere" (with Simon Harrison):
** "Book I" (in "2000 AD" #744-749, 1991)
** "Book II" (in "2000 AD" #809-814, 1992)
** "Book III" (in "2000 AD" #867-872, 1993-1994)

*"Rogue Trooper (Friday)" (3 episodes in "2000 AD" Specials and Annuals, 1991-1993)

*"Strange Cases": "Skin Games" (with John Hicklenton, in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #1.17, 1992)

*"Devlin Waugh":
** "Swimming in Blood" (with Sean Phillips, in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #2.01-2.09, 1992)
** "A Love like Blood" (illustrated text story, with Sean Phillips, in "Judge Dredd Mega-Special 1993", 1993)
** "Brief Encounter" (with Sean Phillips, in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #2.26, 1993)
** "Body and Soul" (illustrated text story, with Sean Phillips, in "Judge Dredd Yearbook 1994", 1993)
** "Chasing Herod" (with Steve Yeowell, in "2000 AD" #1149-1157: by Smith and
** "Reign of Frogs" (with Steve Yeowell, in "2000 AD" #1158-1167)
** "Sirius Rising" (with Steve Yeowell, in "2000 AD" #1168-1173)
** "Mouthful of Dust" (with Michael Gaydos, in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #3.72-3.73)
** "Red Tide Prologue" (with Colin MacNeil, in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #201)
** "Red Tide" (with Colin MacNeil, in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #202-213)
** "Vile Bodies" (with Colin MacNeil, in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #227)
** "All Hell" (with Colin MacNeil, in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #231-235 and 237)

*"Hellblazer": "Counting To Ten" (with Sean Phillips, "Hellblazer" #51, Vertigo, 1992)

*"Robo-Hunter" (in "2000 AD Sci-Fi Special", 1992)

* "Takes from Mega-City One": "Animal House" (with Chris Weston, in "2000AD Sci-Fi Special 1992")

*"Tales from Beyond Science" (with Rian Hughes):
** "The Eyes of Edwin Spendlove" (in "2000 AD" #778, 1992)
** "Secrets of the Organism" (in "2000 AD" #779, 1992)

*"Firekind" (with Paul Marshall, in "2000 AD" #828-840, 1993)

*"Slaughterbowl" (with Paul Peart, in "2000 AD" #842-849, 1993)

* "Scarab" (with pencils by Scot Eaton and inks by Mike Barreiro, 8-issue limited series, Vertigo, 1993-1994)

*"Judge Dredd":
** "Ballad of Cindy Crawlskin " (in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #3.12, 1995)
** "Killing Grounds" (with Deam Ormston, in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #3.13, 1996)
** "Mondo Simp " (in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #3.15-16, 1996)
** "Fetish" (with Siku, in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #3.26.-3.30, 1997)
** "Bite Fight!" (with John Burns, in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #224-225, 2004)
** "Jumped" (with Simon Fraser, in "2000 AD" #1491-1494, 2006)

*"Holocaust 12" (co-writer Chris Standley):
** "Skyfall" (with Jim Murray, in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #3.20-23, 1996)
** "Storm Warning" (with Clint Langley, in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #3.29-33, 1997)

*"Vector 13": "Graven Images" (in "2000 AD" #1064, 1997)

*"Pulp Sci-Fi" (with Chris Weston, in "2000 AD" #1163, 1999)

*"Pussyfoot 5":
** "Series One" (with Nigel Raynor, in "2000 AD" #1184-1188,2000)
** "Series Two" (with Steve Yeowell, in "2000 AD" #1251-1256, 2001)

*"A Love Like Blood" (with Frazer Irving, in "2000 AD" #1243-1249, 2001)

*"Vampirella" #4-12, 19-21 (Harris Comics, 2001-2003)

*"Leatherjack" (with Paul Marshall, in "2000 AD" #1450-1467, 2005)

*"Tales From the Black Museum":
** "Burn!" (with Adrian Salmon, in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #247, 2006)
** "Feeders and Eaters" (with Vince Locke, in "Judge Dredd Megazine" #250, 2006)

*"Dead Eyes" (with Lee Carter, in "2000 AD" #1577-1588, 2008)



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