Batman comic book writer Alan Grant has died at 73, his family has confirmed.
The acclaimed writer, who also worked on the likes of Judge Dredd and other iconic comic books throughout his career, died this week at the age of 73.
His wife, Susan Grant, broke the sad news on social media on Thursday morning, saying she had ‘no words to describe her grief.
Who Was Alan Grant?
Alan Grant was a Scottish comic book writer who was best known for writing several Judge Dredd titles in the weekly British sci-fi comic magazine 2000 AD. He also wrote various Batman titles and was the co-creator of many of its famous characters, including Anarky, Victor Zsasz, and the Ventriloquist. Grant had a long and successful career in comics, and his work helped to shape the genre in many ways. He will be remembered as a true pioneer in the field of comic book writing..
He was Born in Bristol, his family moved to Newtongrange in Scotland when he was just one. After leaving school, he briefly worked in a bank before becoming a writer.
Alan started working in the comics industry in 1967 when he became an editor for Dundee-based media company, D.C. Thomson, before moving to London to work for IPC.
After becoming a big name in the UK comic industry, he got his big break in America and wrote strips for DC Comics and Epic Comics.
He was married to a woman called Susan Grant, and they lived together in Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, but it’s unclear whether they had any children.
What was his cause of death?
The cause of death is not known yet. Alan Grant was born in Bristol but moved with his family to Newtongrange, Midlothian, at one.
in 1967 when he became an editor for D.C. Thomson. He moved to London from Dundee in 1970 to work for IPC on various romance magazines. In London, he also worked as a freelance writer for 2000 AD and Vampirella. He eventually became the editor of 2000 AD, a position he held until 1979
On the morning of 21st July 2022, Susan announced on Facebook that Alan died. The announcement sent shockwaves throughout the community May his soul rest in peace
Tribute to Alan grant death
People paid their last tribute to Alan grant on social media
Such sad news about the death of Alan Grant. A writer who created much of what made @2000ad great, and also hugely influential in US comics, writing landmark #Batman stories and creating some iconic villains.— Hugh Parker (@hughp1970) July 21, 2022
A great loss #RIP #RIPAlanGrant #Dredd #StrontiumDog #RoboHunter https://t.co/w7tx3hWK12
So sad to hear Alan Grant has passed away this morning. Thoughts and prayers goto Sue and his family. So gutted as Alan was such a generous man and if you had been lucky to be invited to Moniaive you will understand what he meant to his friends and the community. pic.twitter.com/YKsVrILi9i— Cult Empire Comics (@cultempire) July 21, 2022