In the mid-1970s, a sub-editor at British comics publisher IPC read a newspaper article about a forthcoming movie called Star Wars. Spotting a potential gap in the market and encouraged by fellow IPC employee Pat Mills, he penned a memo to management suggesting that science-fiction would be the Next Big Thing…

The 2000 AD podcast chats to the author of that memo, Kelvin Gosnell, about his role in creating 2000 AD, how he went from the competitions department at IPC to creating comics, and some of his stories from the dawn of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic.

After this episode, make sure you check out the Thrill-Cast’s roundtable discussion about Starlord, the comic Kelvin launched in 1978.

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