It is very sad news to report today that veteran U.K. artist Edmund Bagwell passed away at the age of 50. In a post to Facebook, Titan editor David Leach wrote: “He was a genuinely fantastic artist with a wonderfully original style, he had an exceedingly dry sense of humour and a style of drawing I found utterly intoxicating.”
Bagwell passed after a long fight with pancreatic cancer, his family is asking that anyone who has been touched by his work should donate to pancreatic cancer charities in his memory.
Bagwell was a mainstay of the U.K. anthology series 2000 AD where he provided art for stories such as ‘The Ten-Seconders” and “Indigo Prime.” Bagwell worked for 2000 AD from 2009 to 2013, providing pencils or covers for over 40 issues. During this time Bagwell was often known to be the artist of choice for reinvigorating strips after long periods of inactivity. Bagwell was most commonly found working with veteran writer, John Smith (“Leatherjack,” “Vampirella”), with whom he worked on “Indigo Prime,” “Cradlegrave,” and many other 2000 AD strips. He then went on to draw the dark take on superheroes in ‘The Ten-Seconders” with Rob Williams (“Venom,” “Daken: The Dark Wolverine”).
Bagwell was an immensely talented artist who could render modern British urban life as well as he could the most outlandish reaches of the cosmos. His talent and personage will be sorely missed in the industry and on the pages. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to anyone wishing to honor his memory we would recommend donating to Pancreatic Cancer UK.