‘Brian Bolland: The Apex Edition’ Coming In 2022: But, Can You Help Find Pages?

by Richard Bruton

The Judge Dredd art of Brian Bolland, one of the most influential British comic book artists of all time, is to be unleashed in a stunning new collection from 2000 ADBrian Bolland: The Apex Edition. But 2000 AD needs your help tracking down a few last pages!

Bolland’s highly-detailed line on early Dredds in 2000 AD, his incredible 2000 AD covers, as well as the inventive and iconic covers to the Eagle Comics reprints for North America were a big part in bringing Dredd to international attention and his influence on generations of comic artists cannot be understated.

The Brian Bolland: Apex Edition showcases the artist’s Judge Dredd work in a deluxe, over-sized facsimile edition featuring new high-resolution scans of his original art from 2000 AD. It’s due to be released in 2022 with full details and pre-orders to be announced at a later date.

Brian Bolland – Original art for 2000 AD prog 69, The Cursed Earth – The Slay Riders

Just like the previously published Zenith Apex Edition, which collected Steve Yeowell’s original art from his and Grant Morrison’s superhero series, the Brian Bolland: Apex Edition will feature high-resolution scans of Bolland’s original art.

This new edition is co-edited by Masters of British Comic Art author and artist David Roach and Rebellion graphic novels editor Oliver Pickles, and they’ve already located and scanned many pages of Bolland’s work from private collections across the world.

BUT… they’re still in need of certain pages to scan for this special collection and want to hear from anyone who has the following original art:

2000 AD Prog 110 (‘Punks Rule’) pages 5, and 6
2000 AD Prog 120 (‘Forever Crimes’) pages 1, 2, and 5
2000 AD Prog 182 (‘Block War’) pages 3, and 5
2000 AD Prog 224 (Judge Death Lives’) pages 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
2000 AD Prog 225 pages 1, 2, 3
2000 AD Prog 226 pages 1, 2, 3, 6
2000 AD Prog 227 pages 1, 2 and 4
2000 AD Prog 228 pages 1, 2
2000 AD Prog 244 (‘Block Mania’) pages 1, 2, 4, 5, 6

So – can YOU help them out in making this collection look even better? If you do have the art, 2000 AD want to hear from you – contact them at press@2000AD.com.

Brian Bolland – Original art for 2000 AD 77 – Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth, Chapter 17

Of course, there may be some problems getting hold of some of the artwork – as Brian Bolland has mentioned several times, most recently here in the comments of this Facebook post,

‘IPC who published 2000AD and many other comics and magazines had a policy of keeping all artwork in their “vaults” going back decades. There are stories that there was so much of it that one time there was a leaky water pipe and the best way to soak up the flood was to lay down boards of original art including (it’s said) Frank Bellamy’s painted Heros the Spartan. One day one of the IPC high-ups had a bright idea – why not return it to the artists? So, we at 2000AD were told we could have our artwork back providing we supplied an inventory of every page and paid a sum to make a photographic transparency of each. I was busy so Mike Lake of Forbidden Planet agreed to go and collect them for me. He returned with 150 or so. It seemed that about 110 had already been reappropriated. Some of those pages had been borrowed to go in collected editions and the occasional exhibition (including Angoulême) so people known to me had had access to them. I, fortunately, had a number of choice pages, including the “gaze into the fist of Dredd” page which I eventually sold legitimately to a collector. Others found their own way and lined the pockets of those who lifted them.’
Brian Bolland.

Obviously this is way before Rebellion got involved, but the stolen pages may be slightly more difficult to get hold of!

Here’s hoping some of you out there will be able to help – both to get the pages to Rebellion for what looks like a gorgeous book AND to get the long ‘lost’ artwork back to Brian.

Brian Bolland – original art for 2000 AD Prog #182 “Block War” Page 4


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