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Batman, Judge Dredd Writer Alan Grant Passes Aged 73

2000 AD and DC Comics writer Alan Grant, best-known for his regular collaborations with John Wagner, has died at the age of 73 following a long illness.

Grant got his start as a writer and sub-editor for IPC’s romance titles, before taking an editorial position on 2000 AD. A huge influence in the anthology’s formative years, Grant was pivotal in commissioning new writers, such as future super-star Alan Moore.  “I got a brilliant letter back from Alan Grant,” Moore recalled,  “he went out of his way to encourage people who he thought had talent.”

In 1980, Grant left the 2000 AD office as sub-editor and wandered back in as a freelance, beginning a regular eight-year berth with John Wagner.

Wagner and Grant’s creative partnership took Judge Dredd through its defining era, from the ‘Judge Child’ saga through to ‘Judge Death Lives’, ‘The Apocalypse War’, ‘City of the Damned’, and ‘Oz’. After their partnership dissolved, the two re-teamed for the 1992 Judge Dredd/Batman crossover Judgment on Gotham, illustrated by Simon Bisley.

Grant also began a critically acclaimed run on Anderson, Psi Division with the artist Arthur Ransome, which he continued on the newly launched Judge Dredd Megazine.

Alan joined the ranks of British comics talent to crack the US, with long runs on DC Comics’ Detective Comics and Batman – contributing to the events Knightfall, Contagion, and Cataclysm – and Lobo.

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