David Lloyd

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David Lloyd (born 1950) is a British comics artist best known as the illustrator of the story V for Vendetta, written by Alan Moore. One of his earliest comic strips, the swords & sorcery adventure Kalgar was serialised in White Dwarf


David Lloyd started working in comics in the late 1970s, drawing for Halls of Horror, TV Comic, White Dwarf and a number of[Marvel UK titles. With writer[Steve Parkhouse, he created the pulp adventure character Night Raven. Lloyd names Ron Embleton|Ronald Embleton, Steve Ditko, Tony Weare, John M. Burns|John Burns, and Jack Kirby as artistic influences.[1]

Dez Skinn set up Warrior magazine in 1982 and asked Lloyd to create a new pulp character. Lloyd and writer Alan Moore, who had previously collaborated on several Doctor Who stories at Marvel UK, created V for Vendetta, a dystopian adventure featuring a flamboyant anarchist terrorist fighting against a future fascist government. Lloyd, who illustrated in cinematic chiaroscuro, devised V's Guy Fawkes-inspired Guy Fawkes mask|appearance and suggested that Moore avoid captions, sound effects and thought balloons. Lloyd stated in a 2005 interview that "I don't know why I thought of Guy Fawkes, because it was during the summer. I thought that would be great if he looked like Guy Fawkes, kind of theatrical. I just suggested it to Alan, and he said, 'that sounds like a good idea.' It gave us everything, the costume and everything. During the summer, I couldn't get any of these masks. These masks that you could get in every shop had a smile built into them. So I created this Guy Fawkes mask with a kind of smile. It was an ideal costume for this future anarchist persona."[2] After Warrior folded in 1984, the series was reprinted and continued in colour by DC Comics in 1988 and collected as a graphic novel in 1995. It was adapted into a V for Vendetta (film)|film released in 2006. The stylized Guy Fawkes mask that Lloyd created for V for Vendetta has transcended the story and made its way into the real world, frequently being used by protesters (particularly Anonymous) demonstrating against the injustices of governments, cults, financial institutions and other powerful organizations.

He was one of the artists on the graphic horror anthology Wasteland (DC Comics)|Wasteland for DC Comics with writers John Ostrander and Del Close.= Lloyd has also worked on Espers, with writer James D. Hudnall, for Eclipse Comics; Hellblazer, with writers Grant Morrison and Jamie Delano, With Delano he drew The Territory for Dark Horse Comics, where he also worked on some of their licensed properties such as Aliens (comic)|Aliens and James Bond. In 2006 Lloyd created a graphic novel, Kickback, for French publisher Editions Carabas.

In 2012 Lloyd established Aces Weekly, an online comics anthology featuring creators such as Mark Wheatley, Val Mayerik, John McCrea, Phil Hester, and Lew Stringer.


  • Kalgar
  • Night Raven:
    • "Night Raven" (with Steve Parkhouse, Marvel UK, 1979)
    • "House Of Cards" (with Jamie Delano, Marvel UK, one shot, 1993)
  • Hulk: "Dr Scarabeus" (inks, with Steve Moore and pencils by Paul Neary, in Hulk Comic #15-20, Marvel UK, 1979)
  • Doctor Who (with Alan Moore, Marvel UK):
    • "Black Legacy" (in Doctor Who Magazine #35-38, 1980, reprinted in Doctor Who #14, Marvel Comics)
    • "Business as Usual" (in Doctor Who Magazine #40-43, 1980 reprinted in Doctor Who #15, Marvel Comics)
    • "Special Executive|The 4-D War" (in Doctor Who Magazine #51, reprinted in The Daredevils #6, 1980)
    • "Black Sun Rising" (in Doctor Who Magazine #57, also The Daredevils #7, 1980)
  • Time Bandits (pencils, with Steve Parkhouse and inks by John Stokes (artist)|John Stokes, film adaptation, Marvel, 1982)
  • V for Vendetta (with Alan Moore, first two books serialised in Warrior #1-26, 1982–1985, DC Comics|DC, 10 issues, 1988–1989, tpb, DC, 1995)
  • Sláine: "Cauldron of Blood" (with Pat Mills, in |Dice Man #1, 1986)
  • Hellblazer:
    • Rare Cuts (trade paperback, 2005, Titan Books|Titan, ISBN 1-84023-974-3, DC/Vertigo (DC Comics)|Vertigo, ISBN 1-4012-0240-3) collects:
      • "Early Warning" (with Grant Morrison, Hellblazer #25-26, 1990)
      • "This is the Diary of Danny Drake" (with Garth Ennis, Hellblazer #56, 1993)
    • The Horrorist (with Jamie Delano, Vertigo, two-issue mini-series, 1995, collected in The Devil You Know, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1269-7)
  • The Territory (with Jamie Delano, Dark Horse Comics, four-issue mini-series, 1999, tpb, 96 pages, 2006, ISBN 1-59307-010-1)
  • War Story (with Garth Ennis, Vertigo, standalone one-shots):
    • "Nightingale" (2001, collected in War Stories: Volume 1, 2004 ISBN 1-84023-912-3)
    • "J for Jenny" (2003, collected in War Stories: Volume 2, 2006 ISBN 1-4012-1039-2)
  • Kickback (original French edition, Editions Carabas, 2005, English edition, 2006, Dark Horse Comics, ISBN 1-59307-659-2)
  • Kickback: The iPad Graphic Novel (published by Panel Nine Publishing] 2012)
  • São Paulo (original Brazilian edition, editora Casa 21, 2007.


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