Brendan McCarthy began his comic career in 1976 with SOMETIME STORIES, co-created with friend, Brett Ewins. Only one issue was produced, although two were completed. This was his first experience of publishers not doing what they promised... There would be many more to come, all in the wonderful world that is COMICS!

THE ELECTRICK HOAX was his first paid published work. Commissioned as writer/artist of the strip, he soon discovered that it was taking much longer to write than draw, so Brendan ask one of his friends to help him with the script. This friend's name was Peter Milligan, so began the infamous and wildly successful Milligan/McCarthy partnership. The HOAX strip would appear as a weekly one-page comic strip in the UK music paper, SOUNDS throughout 1978.

Brendan approached the newly published British comic weekly 2000AD for work and succeeded with a 'Tharg's Future Shock' in 1977, written by Alan Moore. After cutting his artistic teeth on a couple of Future Shocks (a sort of six page comic sci-fi version of the Twilight Zone) he was given work on the title's flagship character, 'Judge Dredd'. Brendan worked on several Dredd stories, mostly with co-artist Brett Ewins. He worked on several more Dredd strips between 1977-1981, also contributing to a new series that would become as popular as Dredd, 'The ABC Warriors'. He also drew a very Jim Steranko-inspired 'Strontium Dog' for a 2000AD annual.

In 1983 Brendan produced his first American work, FREAKWAVE, which appeared in the anthology comic, "Vanguard Illustrated" as a three part series. FREAKWAVE was originally a Milligan and McCarthy film proposal for a 'Mad Max goes surfing' movie.


The strip would return the following year in the new creator-owned Milligan/McCarthy/Ewins anthology comic, STRANGE DAYS. Published by American company Eclipse Comics, it featured a very bizarre FREAKWAVE story, a hard-hitting private detective called JOHNNY NEMO and the first of the new media-savvy superheroes, PARADAX!.

Brendan returned to the pages of 2000AD in 1985 with more 'Future Shocks', this time penned by now long time creative partner, Peter Milligan. 1986 saw the debut of Milligan and McCarthy's first ongoing 2000AD story "Sooner or Later" and a series of 'Judge Dredd' episodes that would introduce the 'McCarthy' look to the Judge's uniform. This interpretation of Dredd would make Brendan one of the Judge's definitive artists. These Dredd episodes include the story, 'Atlantis' which introduced for the first time the British counterpart to the American Judges, all wonderfully designed by McCarthy.

Brendan returned to the US Market in 1987 with cab driver turned celebrity superhero, PARADAX! in his own title. The comic also featured a FREAKWAVE spin-off starring the 'old gent' double-act of "Rudcliff and Williams", plus the occult psychedelic splendour of MIRKIN THE MYSTIC. 1987 also saw Milligan and McCarthy's comic work reach a different audience with the debut of their national newspaper strip, SUMMER OF LOVE.


There was another series of Judge Dredd drawn in 1988. The Oz (Australian) Judges' battled the fanatical 'Judda', a group of genetically engineered Judges who had turned themselves into a quasi-religion. The Judda were part of the Dredd mega-epic 'OZ', for which Brendan drew several episodes. Brendan's last 2000AD work would be a collaboration with self-confessed 'McCarthy Freak', Jamie ('Tank Girl') Hewlett in 1989.



In 1989 Brendan also contributed to the 'only comic worth missing a good party for', 'Deadline' - for which he wrote and drew BOB THE BLOB, using the alias LOAF. There was also a Milligan and McCarthy contribution to 'A1', the UK anthology comic. THE HOLLOW CIRCUS saw a more experimental form of comic strip artwork from Brendan. The story used a stream of images that flowed into one another unhindered by the use of panel borders. This technique would later be used in his notorious graphic novel, SKIN.

The late 80's saw a huge surge of interest in the medium of comics. Riding on this wave, 2000AD began to sprout several spin-off titles aimed at a more mature audience. The first of these new titles was 'Crisis' launched in 1988, followed by 'Revolver' in 1990. Brendan produced work for both titles, for Crisis in 1989 he painted a series of one-pager entitled, ARTOONS. He also produced with Peter Milligan and painter Carol Swain, SKIN. The story of a Thalidomide Skinhead growing up in early 70's London, it immediately gain the label of 'controversial', so much so that the Printing company that handled Crisis refused to print it, resulting in the story been withdrawn from the comic.

1990 saw the launch of 'Revolver', an attempt to tap into the 60's-retro atmosphere that was happening in the UK at the time ('Revolver' was named after the Beatle's album). One of the strips that appeared in the comic was ROGAN GOSH. Originally planned as a simple Bollywood style sci-fi story and a 'warm-up' strip to some grand Milligan and McCarthy magnum opus that never materialized, ROGAN GOSH grew into probably Milligan and McCarthy's finest work so far.

1992 would see Brendan's last comic strip output for well over a decade as he disappeared into the highly paid world of TV and Film design for the next thirteen years. And after several years in limbo SKIN would be finally published after finding a home at Tundra. But his finally comic strip work would be for the DC/Vertigo series 'Shade the Changing man' written by Peter Milligan. A self-confessed Steve Ditko fan, Brendan had wanted to work on the new version of 'Shade' but was only able to draw the concluding episode of 'The Road' story-arc and produce some striking covers for the series.

Although Brendan is now firmly established in the TV/Film industry he has returned to comics for the occasional Vertigo and 2000AD cover and to design the look of several comic characters, including Grant Morrison and Mark Millar's the 'Skrull Kill Crew'. In 2005 he published his illustrated visual autobiography SWIMINI PURPOSE, which collected over 30 years of his incredible work. The book sold out within three weeks and is now a much sought after collectors item.

In 2006 Brendan surprisingly returned to drawing a full comic story with the final issue of DC Comic's 'Solo' which featured new takes on DC characters such as The Flash, Batman and Johnny Sorrow, plus a few new ones.

Brendan currently lives in Los Angeles developing some of his ideas for film, TV and animation. He has a number of exciting new comic projects coming up, including 'Spider-man: Fever' from Marvel Comics.