Alan Grant, with Batman, Judge Dredd and Lobo

Alan Grant, the influential comics writer famed for his work on Batman, Judge Dredd and Lobo, has passed away.

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Alan Grant, the influential writer famed for his lengthy runs on Batman, Detective Comics and Judge Dredd, has passed away at age 73. His death was announced July 21 on Facebook by his wife, Susan, and then quickly spread on social media.

“He was a towering presence in comics & a force of nature in life,” artist and writer Liam Sharp wrote on Twitter. “Changes in circumstances meant I have not seen him for far too long & I had been meaning to put that right.”

Grant, whom the Scottish Book Trust called “a leading star of Scottish comics – and a great ambassador for them,” began his career as editor in the late 1960s, working first for Scottish publisher DC Thomson and, then, for London-based IPC Magazines.

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