Alan Grant, Batman and Judge Dredd Writer, Dies at 73

Alan Grant, the Scottish comic book writer best known for his work on 2000 AD and Batman, left us. He was 73 years old. His wife Susan announced his death on Facebook this morning. Grant, born in 1949, began his work in the comics industry in 1967, when he became an editor for DC Thomson. He left in 1970 to work for IPC on romance magazines, but would become best known for his work with the character Judge Dredd in the pages of 2000 AD. Once in the US, Batman would get most of his attention – but even then Dredd would return, with Grant writing Batman/Judge Dredd crossover comics published by DC in the 1990s, when DC had the US license to Judge Drdd.

During his time on Batman titles in the 1980s and 1990s, Grant co-created Anarky, Victor Zsasz, and the Ventriloquist. Each of these characters has appeared in television and film projects, with Anarky and Zsasz having major roles in Arrow and Gotham, respectively. Another Grant co-creation, Ratcatcher, played a role in The Suicide Squad.

“[Grant] was a towering presence in the comics and a force of nature in life,” wonder woman artist Liam Sharp wrote on Twitter. “Changes in circumstances meant that I hadn’t seen him for too long and I wanted to remedy that. Alas…”

Grant worked on star lord (the 2000 AD strip, not the Marvel character), as well as Black Falcon and Future ShockMoreover Judge Drddhis best known work would be for Strontium doganother one 2000 AD feature that would become a staple for international audiences. Some of Grant Judge Drdd the work is currently being sold on Humble Bundle to benefit Cancer Research UK and Save the Children.

Grant was a frequent collaborator with fellow DC Thomson editor John Wagner, with whom he worked on Judge Drdd, Tarzanand Judge Dredd/Batman comics. Wagner also developed a strong reputation in the UK and thus became a recognizable name in American comics. When their partnership finally broke up, Wagner would stay on Judge Drddwhile Grant would take Judge Anderson and Strontium dog.

Grant received an Inkpot Award, given by Comic Con International in San Diego to celebrate a distinguished career in comics and pop culture, in 1992.

Our condolences go out to friends, family, fans and associates of Mr. Grant during this difficult time.