Ian Kennedy, artist - 22nd September 1932 5th February 2022.

&Courier newspaper.

Above Ian Kennedy. Image from the Courier newspaper. Copyright Courier Newspaper, Dundee.

Ian Kennedy, for British readers of a certain age, won't need much of an introduction to this artist's very impressive and brilliant artwork. For those of you who haven't heard of him or his work, you are in for a treat! Kennedy's work especially his booklet covers for Commando are vibrant, action-packed, with areoplanes, vehicles and ships all accurately drawn and colourful. Think of any great comics artist and for my money Kennedy is up there with the best. Top of the Premier League of artists without a doubt.

For further examples of Ian's Commando front covers please click on the link - Commando covers.

A few years ago I sent a series of work related questions to Ian via the D.C. Thomson Commando Dugout. Ian very kindly answered my questions in a letter, which is reproduced below. Enjoy.

My thanks to Calum Laird at the Commando Dugout.

Kennedy page one. © Kennedy
Kennedy page one
Kennedy page two. © Kennedy
Kennedy page two
Kennedy page three. © Kennedy
Kennedy page three
Kennedy page four. © Kennedy
Kennedy page four

Below, eight Commando front covers. Artist Ian Kennedy. Copyright D.C. Thomson Co. (My apologies for the poor reproduction quality of the images below. It might have something to do with the way the Commando front covers have been printed possibly).

© D.C. Thomson Co.

© D.C. Thomson Co.

© D.C. Thomson Co.

© D.C. Thomson Co.

Below are links to other pages on this website that feature Kennedy artwork. These include the picture Hotspur series, I Fought in the Battle of Britain and the Victor annuals and Summer Special front covers.

I Fought in the Battle of Britain.
I fought in
the Battle
of Britain.
Chained To His Bat.
Chained To
His Bat.
The Victor annual page, 1977 front cover. Artist Kennedy.
The Victor annual page.
The Victor Summer Special page. Artist Kennedy.
The Victor Summer Special page.

Below left, a page from a War Picture Library booklet Steelbats, issue 959. And on the right, another page from War Picture Library issue 770, Birds of Prey. Copyright IPC Magazines Ltd.

© IPC Magazines Ltd. © IPC Magazines Ltd.

text © Adrian Banfield, 2022; artwork © D.C. Thomson Co. Ltd.