Jim Baikie, Creator Of Skizz, Electric Warrior And First American, Dies Aged 77

Comic book creator Jim Baikie died on the 29th of December. He is survived by his wife, Wendy, children Jacqueline, Jane, Vanessa, Caitrian and Ellen, twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A 2000AD stalwart, he began work on the comic strip Valentine for Fleetway, before working on licensed titles such as Doctor WhoStar Trek and The Monkees for the TV-tie-in comic Look-In.

Jim Baikie, Creator Of Skizz, Electric Warrior And First American, Dies Aged 77

He also worked for years on girls adventure comics such as Jinty.

Jim Baikie, Creator Of Skizz, Electric Warrior And First American, Dies Aged 77

But he will probably be best known for co-creating the alien visitor to a Birmingham council estate comic strip Skizz with Alan Moore for 2000AD, a kind of ET-via–Alan-Bleasdale that was referenced in the recent Attack The Block movie.

Jim Baikie, Creator Of Skizz, Electric Warrior And First American, Dies Aged 77

He would go on to co-create and draw The First American for Moore's America's Best Comics line in Tomorrow Stories. And would return to 2000AD to write and draw Skizz II and Skizz III.

Jim Baikie, Creator Of Skizz, Electric Warrior And First American, Dies Aged 77

He also co-created and drew Electric Warrior with Doeg Moench for DC Comics in the eighties, drew New Statesman, Bloodfang and the first Judge Dredd story for Judge Dredd Megazine and The Twilight World in Warrior.

Jim Baikie, Creator Of Skizz, Electric Warrior And First American, Dies Aged 77

Baikie also worked in the US on big name titles such as Batman and The Spectre, but he will best be remembered for his 2000AD work, much of which remains in print.Jim Baikie, Creator Of Skizz, Electric Warrior And First American, Dies Aged 77

Comic book creators have been remembering the man and his work.

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