Skin, by Brendan McCarthy

Brendan McCarthy was an early artist for 2000 AD, and is best known as the creator of the British skinhead comic 'Skin'. He began his comics career in 1977, creating 'Sometime Stories' with his friend Brett Ewins. His first paid published work was however the weekly 'The Electric Hoax' page, which was co-written by Peter Milligan and published in the UK music paper Sounds. McCarthey also went to work for the science fiction comic magazine 2000 AD, where he started out with a 'Tharg's Future Shock' story in 1977. He also cooperated with Brett Ewins on several 'Judge Dredd' comics, as well as 'The ABC Warriors', between 1977 and 1981.

He then left the comic scene for a couple of years. He returned to the scene in 1983, when he contributed a 'Freakwave' story to the American anthology comic 'Vanguard Illustrated'. McCarthy then made the anthology Strange Days, working together with Ewins and Milligan again on stories with 'Johnny Nemo' and 'Paradax'. These characters appeared in several other US anthologies throughout the 1980s.

He also returned to 2000 AD with new 'Future Shocks' and 'Judge Dredd' stories. In 1987, he began the national newspaper strip 'Summer of Love', yet again with Milligan. McCarthy and Milligan subsequently contributed to British anthologies like A1 and Hollow Circus, as well as Deadline magazine.

By the late 1980s, McCarthy drew for the new 2000 AD titles Revolver and Crisis. In Revolver, he drew 'Rogan Gash', and in Crisis, he began his comic 'Skin', the story of a skinhead growing up in London of the early 1970s. To get 'Skin' published, McCarthy and Milligan had to get around a lot of repression and censorship. But it was worth it: 'Skin' is one of the landmarks in British comics.

McCarthy's final comics work for a long time was the DC/Vertigo series 'Shade the Changing Man'. McCarthy left comics in 1994 and spent the next 15 years working in Hollywood, designing and writing on the cgi TV series 'Reboot', 'War Planets' and then movies like 'Coneheads', 'TMNT' and Oscar-winner 'Mad Max Fury Road'.

He returned to comics writing/drawing 'Solo' and 'Dr. Fate' for DC Comics, 'Spider-Man: Fever' for Marvel and then 'The Zaucer of Zilk' for 2000AD. A retrospective collection of his acclaimed 1980s comic work 'The Best of Milligan & McCarthy' was released in 2017. His next graphic novel was 'Dream Gang', published by Dark Horse.

Rogan Gash, by Brendan McCarthy

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