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John Hicklenton, also known as John Deadstock, was a British comic artist, best known for his work on Nemesis the Warlock and Heavy Metal Dredd.

At the age of 12, Hicklenton saw a copy of 2000AD, at which he immediately gave up sports (giving away his football) so that he could draw. He went on to deliberately lose a sports day race in order to read 2000AD.

At college he sat next to the daughter of Ron Smith. After making her a christmas card featuring Judge Dredd, Smith put him in contact with his agent. This did not lead anywhere, however, and he ended up phoning Pat Mills directly.

Suffering from multiple sclerosis, he recorded a documentary about living with the condition.

His last work was the graphic novel 100 months, which he finished the day before he died, choosing to end his life at Dignitas in Switzerland.

His death was announced by Pat Mills on 23 March 2010. Hicklenton left behind Claire, his wife.


  • 2000AD
  • Crisis
    • Third World War: Here Be Dragons
    • The Word According to Ryan
    • The Dark Other
    • The Rhythm of Resistance
    • Black Man's Burden
    • Ryan of the Yardies
  • Rogue Trooper Annual 1991
  • Judge Dredd Megazine
  • Toxic!
    • The Fear Teachers
  • Rogue Trooper: Circus Daze
  • Heavy Metal Dredd
    • The Fan
    • Too Much Monkey Business
    • The Most Dangerous Guitar in the World
    • Mort Rifkind Rises Again
    • The Big Hit
    • Graceland
    • Monkey Beat
    • Kiss of Death
  • Judge Dredd Megazine
    • Pandora and Mural Scream
    • Mean Machine: Visiting Time
  • Inferno
    • Trespass
  • Warhammer Monthly
    • Cycles of Chaos
  • Zombie World: Tree of Death
  • 100 Months
  • Sand


John Hicklenton won an Eagle Award.

John Hicklenton's life with Multiple Schlerosis was depicted in the documentary Here's Johnny which was lauded by the British Medical Journal and won two Grierson's Awards[1].

The cover of 2000AD Prog 1677 featured a wraparound cover starring the ABC Warriors. Ro-Jaws wore a badge with the legend Farewell Johnny.

Hicklenton Block was the name of a citiblock in the 2012 Dredd film.