David Bishop

David Bishop
Born New Zealand
Occupation Editor, comic book writer, novelist
Nationality New Zealander
Period 1991 –
Genre Comic book, science fiction

David James Bishop (born 27 September 1966) is a New Zealand screenwriter and author. He was a UK comics editor during the 1990s, running such titles as the Judge Dredd Megazine[1][2] and 2000 AD, the latter between 1996 and the summer of 2000.[3]

He has since become a prolific author and received his first drama scriptwriting credit when BBC Radio 4 broadcast his radio play Island Blue: Ronald in June 2006. In 2007, he won the PAGE International Screenwriting Award in the short film category for his script Danny’s Toys,[4] and was a finalist in the 2009 PAGE Awards with his script The Woman Who Screamed Butterflies.[5]

In 2008, he appeared on 23 May edition of the BBC One quiz show The Weakest Link,[6] beating eight other contestants to win more than £1500 in prize money.

In 2010, Bishop received his first TV drama credit on the BBC medical drama series Doctors, writing an episode called A Pill For Every Ill, broadcast on 10 February.[7]


Bishop edited the Judge Dredd Megazine from 1991 to 2002. He became the editor of 2000 AD just before Christmas 1995, staying four and a half years before resigning to become a freelance writer in the summer of 2000.

Bishop was responsible for discovering many new British talents, including:

He also, with collaborator Roger Langridge, contributed the insane asylum-set strip .

Since leaving 2000 AD in the year 2000, Bishop has enjoyed a successful career as a freelance writer, working on novels of Doctor Who,[13] Judge Dredd, Heroes [14] and Nikolai Dante, as well as comic strip adventures of The Phantom.[15] His Doctor Who novel Who Killed Kennedy, a journalist’s point-of-view on the early Third Doctor stories, is highly popular with fans.

Paradoxically, despite his successes as a comics editor and as a writer of prose, Bishop scripted many extremely unpopular comic strips in 2000 AD and the Megazine, including the comics adaptation of A Life Less Ordinary, with art by Steve Yeowell. , a badly executed parody of the Spice Girls, is on the list of 2000 AD’s 20 Worst Strips as chosen by fan rating on the official website.[16] His most recent effort — a Fiends of the Eastern Front series for the Megazine – has proven much more popular with readers.

Away from British comics, his work on The Phantom has won awards for the “Best Phantom story of the year” for Egmont on several occasions. Bishop is known for introducing several new important characters to the Phantom mythos, such as the pirate queen Kate Sommerset, which grew so popular with readers that Bishop was able to make her the main character of five stories.

In 2006, Bishop also signed on to participate in the writing of stories for American publisher Moonstone Books‘ two collections of Phantom short stories, called Phantom Prose Anthologies.

Bishop’s history of 2000 AD, in a series of articles under the banner name of Thrill Power Overload, is the most comprehensive currently available. A revised, expanded and updated book version was published in the summer of 2007 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of 2000 AD. After that sold out, a paperback edition was issued in February 2009. An expanded edition with Karl Stock was released in 2017.[17]



  • (with Roger Langridge):
    • “The Straitjacket Fits” (in Judge Dredd Megazine #1.09-1.20, 1991–1992)
    • “The Final Fit” (in Judge Dredd Yearbook 1993 1992)
  • Soul Sisters (with co-writer Dave Stone and artist Shaky Kane, in Judge Dredd Megazine vol.2 ##2-9 & 1993 Judge Dredd Yearbook, 1992)
  • Strontium Dogs (pseudonymous rewrites, in 2000 AD ##993-999, 1996)
  • Vector 13: “Case Ten: Case Closed?” (uncredited, with Simon Davis, in 2000 AD #1032, 1997)
  • B.L.A.I.R. 1: “B.L.A.I.R. 1” (with co-writer Steve MacManus and artist Simon Davis, in 2000 AD #1034, 1997)
  • Dan Dare: “Dan Dare 3000AD” (with co-writer Steve MacManus and artist Kev Walker, in 2000 AD #1034, 1997)
  • Flesh: “Flesh 3000AD” (with co-writer Steve MacManus and artist Carl Critchlow, in 2000 AD #1034, 1997)
  • Harlem Heroes: “Hike Harlem Heroes” (with co-writer Steve MacManus and artist Jason Brashill, in 2000 AD #1034, 1997)
  • Invasion: “Invasion! 3000AD” (with co-writer Steve MacManus and artist Henry Flint, in 2000 AD #1034, 1997)
  • (development & uncredited co-writer, with Jason Brashill, in 2000 AD ##1062-1066, 1997)
  • A Life Less Ordinary (uncredited, with Steve Yeowell, in 2000 AD ##1063-1070, 1997)
  • Pulp Sci-Fi: “Water of Life” (as “James Stevens”, with David Bircham, in 2000 AD #1098, 1998)
  • Past Imperfect: “Nixon must die!” (as “James Stevens”, with Neil Edwards, in 2000 AD #1315, 2002)
  • (as “James Stevens”, with Boo Cook, in 2000 AD ##1362-1370, 2003)
  • The Phantom (Swedish Fantomen magazine #26/2001, ##15 & 22/2002, ##8, 16 & 26/2003, ##7, 12, 16, 23, 24 & 26/2004, ##1, 10, 13, 17 & 18/2005, ##8, 9, 16, 19, 20 & 25/2006, ##1, 10, 16, 20 & 26/2007, ##1, 4, 9, 13, 20 & 24/2008, ##1/2009)
  • Fiends of the Eastern Front: “Stalingrad” (with Colin MacNeil, in Judge Dredd Megazine 245-252, 2006)


Audio dramas



  1. ^ Barber, Nicholas (15 July 1995). “I was a teenage Dredd head”. The Independent. 
  2. ^ Jarman, Colin M.; Acton, Peter (1995-01-01). Judge Dredd: The Mega-history. Lennard. ISBN 9781852911287. 
  3. ^ Sims, Chris. “The Best Stories From 2000 Issues Of ‘2000 AD’, By The Editors”. Comics Alliance. 
  4. ^ “2007 Screenplay Contest Winners | PAGE International Screenwriting Awards: Screenplay Contests”. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
  5. ^ “2009 Finalists | PAGE International Screenwriting Awards: Screenplay Contests”. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
  6. ^ Robinson, Anne; Briggs, Jon; Bishop, David (2008-05-23), Episode dated 23 May 2008, retrieved 2017-04-08 
  7. ^ “David Bishop”. IMDb. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
  8. ^ “Winning And Losing: An interview with Andy Diggle”. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
  9. ^ Molcher, Michael (2015-12-02). 2000 AD: The Creator Interviews – Volume 05. 2000 AD Books. ISBN 9781849979870. 
  10. ^ “Flashback February: Frank Quitely Part Two – TRIPWIRE”. TRIPWIRE. 2016-02-20. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
  11. ^ Molcher, Michael (2015-11-18). 2000 AD: The Creator Interviews – Volume 03. 2000 AD Books. ISBN 9781849979856. 
  12. ^ “Robbie Morrison And Jim Murray, Stripped”. Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News. 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
  13. ^ “Writing a Tie-In Novel”. International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2017-04-09. 
  14. ^ Desk, TV News. “Official Tie-In Book Series Released for NBC’s HEROES REBORN”. Retrieved 2017-04-09. 
  15. ^ “Best of the Year: David Bishop’s picks – Forbidden Planet Blog”. Forbidden Planet Blog. 2009-12-21. Retrieved 2017-04-09. 
  16. ^ 2000AD Online – thrill zone
  17. ^ Miller, Andy (25 March 2017). “A genial green guide to 2000 AD”. The Spectator. 


External links

Preceded by
John Tomlinson
2000 AD editor
Succeeded by
Andy Diggle
Preceded by
Steve MacManus
Judge Dredd Megazine editor
Succeeded by
John Tomlinson
Preceded by
John Tomlinson
Judge Dredd Megazine editor
Succeeded by
Andy Diggle
Preceded by
Andy Diggle
Judge Dredd Megazine editor
Succeeded by
Alan Barnes

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