Biography[edit | edit source]
Gordon 'Kid' Robson is a Scottish letterer and cartoonist who has worked for, among others, IPC Magazines, and both Marvel Comics US and Marvel UK from 1985 to 2000. Mainly active as a letterer, Robson is probably best known for his work on 2000AD, where he lettered the entire run of Zenith and most Strontium Dogs from 1986 on.
He also worked as a resize artist on IPC comic libraries, mainly on Buster comic. Resizing involves "taking a PMT (Photo-Mechanical Transfer) of a standard size strip and turning one page into two to fit the dimensions of the smaller format," explained Robson in an interview on the Buster website, "... I put a lot of work into them, in order to make the "joins" as invisible as it was possible to achieve."
Robson also worked as a restoration artist for the last two of Marvel's original run of Marvel Masterworks volumes.
After Robert Maxwell's acquisition of IPC's Youth Group, many titles fell casualty to cutbacks, leaving many freelancers without work, but 20000AD remained. With the advent of computer fonts during the late 1990s, traditional hand-lettering was no longer in demand, and Robson found fewer outlets for his work. A congenital liver disorder now prevents him from pursuing his former profession.
A comics collector and historian for over 50 years, Robson attracted some controversy when his blog - Crivens! Comics & Stuff criticised the 2010 relaunch of The Dandy, incurring the ire of several fans of - and contributors to - the comic.
Robson continues to write on the subject of comics, and collect them, to this day.
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Strontium Dog: Big Bust of 49 (2000AD, Progs 416-424)
- Strontium Dog: Slavers of Drule (2000AD, Progs 425-436)
- Tharg the Mighty (2000AD Progs 435-436)
- Strontium Dog: Max Bubba (2000AD, Progs 445-465)
- Strontium Dog: Rage (2000AD Progs 469-489)
- Strontium Dog: Incident on Mayjer Minor (2000AD Progs 490-496)
- Rogue Trooper: The Hitman (2000AD Progs 490-495)
- Strontium Dog: Warzone! (2000AD Progs 497-499)
- Strontium Dog: Bitch (2000AD Progs 505-529)
- Strontium Dog: The Royal Affair (2000AD Progs 532-536)
- Rogue Trooper: Hit One (2000AD Progs 520-531)
- Zenith: Phase 1 (2000AD Progs 535-550)
- Strontium Dog: The Rammy (2000AD Progs 544-553)
- Strontium Dog: The Stone Killers (2000AD Progs 560-572)
- Rogue Trooper: Hit Two (2000AD Progs 568-572)
- Rogue Trooper: Hit Three (2000AD Progs 574-575)
- Strontium Dog: The No-Go Job (2000AD Progs 580-587)
- GI Joe: The Cold Zone (Action Force 3)
- Third World War (Crisis 1-53)
- Zenith: Phase 2 (2000AD Progs 589-606)
- Rogue Trooper: Hit Four (2000AD Progs 598-603)
- Tyranny Rex: Soft Bodies (2000AD Progs 595-604)
- Strontium Dog: The Final Solution (2000AD Progs 600-647)
- Rogue Trooper: Cinnebar (2000AD Progs 624-635)
- Zenith: Phase 3 (2000AD Progs 650-662)
- Doctor Who: Invaders from Gantac (Doctor Who Monthly 148-)
- Beyond Zero (2000AD Progs 630-634)
- Anderson Psi Division: Triad (2000AD Progs 635-644
- Fervent and Lobe: Issigri Variations (2000AD Progs 642-649)
- Summer's End (Revolver Horror Special, 1990)
- Mother's Day (Revolver Horror Special, 1990)
- Bradley: A Musical Interlude (2000AD Progs 660-666)
- Universal Soldier II (2000AD Progs 672-682)
- New Adventures of Hitler (Crisis 46-49)
- Dry Run (2000AD Progs 688-699)
- Chronos Carnival: Caverns of Colony Five (2000AD Progs 695-699)
- Judge Death: Boyhood of a Superfiend (Judge Dredd Megazine 1-4)
- Purple Days (Revolver 1-7)
- Time Flies (2000AD Progs 700-711)
- Rogue Trooper: Golden Fox Rebellion (2000AD Progs 712-723)
- Brigand Doom (2000AD Progs 716-722)
- Bogie Man: Chinese Syndrome (Toxic 1-8)
- Welcome to the Terrordome (White Trash 1)
- King of the Road (White Trash 2)
- Rugrats, various stories (Rugrats 6-16)
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