June 10, 2009
The Sun: Artist Ron Smith In Court On Trial For Rape And Assault Charges
reports that Ron Smith, a veteran British comics artist who was one of the mainstays of the Judge Dredd
feature in 2000 AD
when that character and that publication were in their primes, is currently on trial for the rape and indecent assault of a 39-year-old woman when she was a teen.
Smith, currently in his mid-eighties, entered into comics in the late 1940s but enjoyed his highest-profile work decades later with his lean and mostly non-stylized depiction of the unforgiving, futuristic lawman. Although never a top-level fan favorite and thus underutilized in the various collections that have come since, Smith contributed to a number of Dredd
stories, including many of the long, seminal serials by which the character built and then maintained its iconic reputation. Smith was also the artist who produced the Dredd
daily, in partnership with writer John Wagner. It is unknown how long the trial is expected to last; the article indicates that Smith maintains his innocence.
I'm slightly worried in that the article has the artist at age 80 rather even thought I believe the artist was born in 1924
posted 8:15 am PST
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