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Encyclopedia > Mike Collins
Mike Collin's art used for the cover of 2000 AD #1433, featuring the main character from Amercian Gothic
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Mike Collin's art used for the cover of 2000 AD #1433, featuring the main character from Amercian Gothic

Mike Collins is a Wales-based comic book artist and writer and has been working in comics since the mid-1980s. Born in West Bromwich in 1961, he moved to Wales in 1985 after an abortive stab at a career in the Law, in London. Tho training as a High Court Barrister, Mike decided that he enjoyed the fiction based life of comic book characters over the fiction based statements of clients. Motto: (Welsh for Wales for ever) Anthem: Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff Official language(s) English, Welsh Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM Unification    - by Gruffudd ap Llywelyn 1056  Area    - Total 20,779 km² (3rd... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... A comics artist is an artist working within the comics medium. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Map sources for West Bromwich at grid reference SO9992 West Bromwich is a town in the English county of the West Midlands, five miles north west of Birmingham lying on the A41 London to Holyhead trunk road. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... London is the capital city of England and of the United Kingdom, and is the most populous city in the European Union. ... Her Majestys High Court of Justice (usually known more simply as the High Court) is, together with the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal, part of the Supreme Court of England and Wales: see Courts of England and Wales. ... English barrister A barrister is a lawyer found in most common law jurisdictions who principally, but not exclusively, represents litigants as their advocate before the courts of that jurisdiction. ...

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UK comics

In the mid to late 1980s, Mike wrote and drew strips for Marvel Comics United Kingdom division, amongst them; Spider-Man, Transformers, Doctor Who, and Zoids. He also worked on the celebrated UK weekly comic 2000 AD drawing Judge Dredd, Sláine and Rogue Trooper, as well as writing various Future Shocks. Marvel Comics is an American comic book line published by Marvel Entertainment, Inc. ... Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... Transformer or Transformers may refer to: Transformer, an electrical device Transformer (album), Lou Reeds 1972 rock album Transformers (myth) of Pacific Northwest native myth The fictional Transformers Universe: Transformers (toyline), a line of toys Transformers category in Wikipedia Transformers Universes Transformers series, television series Transformers (original cartoon) (Aired from... Doctor Who is a long-running British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC about a mysterious time-travelling adventurer known only as The Doctor, who explores time and space with his companions, fighting evil. ... Liger Zero, one of the most recognisable Zoids in the Western fandom Zoids is a series of plastic toy models designed and produced by Japanese toy company TOMY (now Takara-Tomy). ... Cover of the first issue of 2000 AD, 26 February 1977. ... Judge Dredd (Joe Dredd or Joseph Dredd) is a comics character whose strip in the British science fiction anthology 2000 AD is the magazines longest running (having been featured there since its second issue in 1977). ... For other characters with the same name, see Sláine. ... 2000 AD [ prog 228, the first appearance of Rogue Trooper. ... Cover to Alan Moores Shocking Futures. ...


US comics

He was hired in the 'Second Wave' of British artists lured to the United States in the late 1980s. Through the 1990s he worked primarily for DC Comics on their key titles - Batman, Superman, Flash, Teen Titans, Wonder Woman and the Justice League. DC Comics (originally called Detective Comics, Inc. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man, and still sometimes as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Superman is a fictional character regarded as one of the most famous and popular comic book superheroes of all time, and one of the first to embody several of the aspects modernly associated with them. ... Barry Allen as the Flash. ... Teen Titans redirects here. ... Wonder Woman is a fictional DC Comics superheroine. ... The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a DC Comics superhero team. ...


He also drew a series of licenced comics for the company, using various TSR/Dungeons and Dragons characters. A brief spell at Marvel saw Mike working on Uncanny X-Men (Key issue: #266, the first appearance of Gambit). He was back to DC though, to write and draw Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt, a revival of a 1960s Charlton Comics character. TSR has a number of meanings. ... The original Dungeons & Dragons set Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) published by Gary Gygax and David Arneson in January 1974. ... The Uncanny X-Men is a Marvel Comics series featuring an eponymous group of mutant superheroes, published from 1963 to present day. ... A gambit is a chess opening, where something is sacrificed in order to achieve a better position. ... Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt is a fictional character originally owned by Charlton Comics and later acquired by DC Comics. ... Big C logo, used from Sept. ...


Mike's primarily known for his work on TV and Movie tie-in comics- for both Marvel and DC he has written and drawn Star Trek comics. In the late 90s he drew a Babylon 5 mini-series, "In Valen's Name", written by series creator J. Michael Straczynski and Peter David. A departure from most tie-in productions in that it actually serves as series 'canon' being based on an unused 3rd season script. Star Trek is an American science-fiction franchise spanning six television series and ten feature films (with an eleventh film currently in the early stages of development as of 2006), in addition to hundreds of novels, computer and video games, fan stories, and other works of fiction. ... Unique to the Babylon 5 universe among virtually all other shared universes is the sanctioned canonicity of many of its offshoot novels and comic book stories; nearly all of the Babylon 5 novels and novelizations to date having been based on outlines written directly by J. Michael Straczynski. ... J. Michael Straczynski Joseph Michael Straczynski (born July 17, 1954) is an award-winning American writer/producer of television series, novels, short stories, comic books, and radio dramas. ... Peter David Peter Allen David (often abbreviated PAD) (born September 23, 1956) is an American writer, best known for his work in comic books and Star Trek novels. ...


Current work

Currently the artist (and sometime writer) on Panini Comics Doctor Who Magazine, Mike also writes and draws a strip for Weekly World News, as well as co-creating the series American Gothic with Ian Edginton for 2000 AD. Doctor Who Weekly #1, cover dated October 17, 1979 Doctor Who Magazine (abbreviated as DWM) is a periodical devoted to the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... The Weekly World News (WWN) is a tabloid newspaper published by American Media Inc. ... Ian Edginton is the co-creator (with DIsraeli) of Scarlet Traces and the War of the Worlds comic. ...


Outside of comics Mike paints covers to a monthly series of downloadable Star Trek novels - the Starfleet Corps of Engineers, and works as a storyboard artist for both animation and live-action TV and movies. Starfleet Corps of Engineers ( for short) is a series of books in the Star Trek universe. ...


Unusual and unique work

He wrote and designed the first ever Welsh language graphic novel - Mabinogi in assosiation with Cartwyn Cymru in 2001, and is the first UK artist to produce a series of graphic novels for Norway with Gunnar Staalesen, featuring his celebrated private eye, Varg Veum. Mabinogi is a network game released by Nexon. ...


He works a key illustrator for Welsh language school books using the comic strip medium, aimed at reluctant learners.


Trivia

When not working in comics, Mike fronts a tribute band: TomWaits4NoMan.


External links

  • Official website
  • A CV of Mike's various and varied work
  • 2000 AD profile
  • Mike Collins at MySpace

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