2000AD ex-Editor Steve MacManus Memoirs


The Mighty One: My Life Inside The Nerve Centre
Published by 2000AD
by Steve MacManus

8th September 2016
Pre order from 27th January 2016

Special signed hardback edition (limited to 200 copies) £20
– available only from 2000AD Webshop
Standard paperback edition £9.99
– available from all good book shops and Amazon

Back when Steve MacManus was Editor I didn’t really take any interest in who was at the helm, I just read the comic.

MacMabnus was Editor of 2000AD from 1978 to 1987. He took over from Kelvin Gusnell to become the third Editor of ‘The Galaxy’s greatest comic’. After 2000AD’s creator, and first Editor, Pat Mills many see Steve MacManus as one of the most important people in 2000AD’s history.

Looking back at the period MacManus was in charge of 2000AD it must be aknowledged that much of the best of 2000AD took place. You can read a list of a few of the top Thrills he commissioned at the end of the article in a quote from the Press Release for this book.

2000AD is the most influential British Comic in history, the influence has reached further than the shores of Britain. Not simply the ‘British Invasion’ of talent that left 2000AD to work for DC or Marvel in the 1980s. It was the success of 2000AD that influenced DC’s Vertigo line. This is all due to 2000AD’s first ‘Golden Age’. the time that MacManus was at the helm.

This book reaches further back than 2000AD as the cover suggests

MacManus said:

“It was when I began to come across people on the Internet warmly remembering their weekly comics of the 1970s. I realised I had had a ringside seat at the creation and development of many of those pioneering titles, so I sat down to see if I could turn my memories into something equally enjoyable. I also hoped my recollections would enhance the general appreciation of British comics publishing at the time. It was fantastic to be reminded of all the inimitable creators whose combined talents made 2000 AD the galaxy’s greatest comic – week in week out. I reread every Prog from 1 up to 500 and that was a cathartic experience for sure. But I made it, Marg! Top of the Progs!”

Ben Smith, head of books and comic books at Rebellion Publishing, said:

“When Steve MacManus got in touch to say he had written a memoir I practically bit his hand off to get hold of it, such is the respect he is held in by myself and everyone at 2000 AD. That he was capable of writing such an engaging and funny autobiography did not surprise me. What did was his fresh insight into a definitive time in British comics history and the enthralling inside story of the era that marked the foundation of modern comics.”

Head of PR, Michael Molcher said:

“2000 AD is to publish the memories of arguably its most definitive editor – Steve MacManus.

In 1973, a twenty-year-old Steve MacManus joined Fleetway Publications in London as a sub-editor on one of the UK’s top adventure titles, Valiant.

Within six years, he would rise to become editor of the company’s most celebrated weekly, 2000 AD, shepherding it through its first ‘Golden Age’ as he commissioned numerous hit series such as The Ballad of Halo Jones, Sláine, Bad Company, Rogue Trooper, and Nemesis the Warlock, ensuring its place as the most influential comic Britain has ever produced.

While 2000 AD’s creator, Pat Mills, set the tone and direction for the legendary title, for many MacManus remains the multi-award-winning SF anthology’s definitive editor.

Now, in the warm and witty memoir, The Mighty One: My Life Inside The Nerve Centre, MacManus lifts the lid on the fiercely creative environment that was British comics in the 1970s and ‘80s.

From the hugely successful launch of Battle to the controversial censoring of Action, from the brief life of Starlord to the stellar rise of 2000 AD and Judge Dredd, he details the personalities at play and the corporate politics and deadline battles he and others engaged in on a daily basis.

With keen insight, MacManus reveals how against all odds 2000 AD defined comics for a generation and became a global phenomenon – one that would spearhead a revolution in the graphic arts that is still felt today.”


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