PAT MILLS, famed as ‘the Godfather of British comics’, created 2000AD, featuring Judge Dredd, and wrote many of its key stories such as Judge Dredd, Slaine and Nemesis the Warlock. Pat also co-created the anti-superhero character Marshal Law, with artist Kevin O’Neill, for Marvel Comics, and currently writes the satirical French bestselling graphic novel series Requiem Vampire Knight, illustrated by Olivier Ledroit.
His acclaimed, long-running, anti-war saga Charley’s War, drawn by Joe Colquhoun, has been the subject of major exhibitions in French war museums during the centenary years of the Great War. ‘Moving and beautifully illustrated, Mills’ horrific vision of the Western Front will enflame the enthusiasm of a new generation. An exciting starting point from which to build a wider understanding of the First World War.’ Dan Snow, Battlefield Britain.
Other notable works include Misty, which Pat devised as the girls comic equivalent of 2000AD, Accident Man and the revived Dan Dare in the new Eagle.
Judge Dredd has been made into two movies and Accident Man has been recently made into a film starring Scott Adkins (Lucian in Marvel’s Doctor Strange).
In 2017, Pat wrote his comic memoirs: ‘Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave!’ a Secret History of 2000AD and Judge Dredd. This relates how his vision for the fanatical and austere Judge Dredd was inspired by one of his De La Salle teachers; and reveals just how 2000AD became one of Britain’s most well-loved comics, celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017.
Pat is currently immersed in writing a black comedy thriller series Read Em and Weep. It’s an insider’s view of the bizarre and often hilarious world of comic publishing.
Book one: Serial Killer and book two: Goodnight, John-Boy are now available and he is shortly starting on book three: The Grim Reader.
John Mackintosh Hall