It is with great sadness that we must honour one of the greatest, most influential 2000AD fans ever and THE authority on all things Dredd. Stewart Perkins, known to many as W R Logan, sadly passed away on Saturday 21st May.
2000AD fans will recognise Judge Logan as a prominent, recurring judge in Judge Dredd’s world. The character, who John Wagner seems to delight in maiming and injuring in every single appearance, is based on Stewart and is very much a right hand man to Dredd. This mirrors Perkins’ own relationship with Dredd creator John Wagner, who would rely on Stewart’s encyclopaedic knowledge of Dredd and his world when crafting some of his most monumental stories.
Stewart was an extremely active fan who was not only a regular contributor to the 2000AD Messageboard, but a familiar face at conventions and, more importantly, the pub afterwards! There have been countless stories of his generosity to fellow fans, thinking nothing of going the extra mile to loan them comic issues or graphic novels, spending time helping fans with all manner of projects or simply sharing his knowledge and passion of all things Dredd and 2000AD.
One of his most impressive achievements was creating the excellent Dreddworld fanzine ‘The Class of 79.’ This fantastic, extremely polished fanzine, was the launchpad for several of today’s much loved creators including Rufus Dayglo, Henry Flint, Jake Lynch, P.J. Holden, Boo Cook, Gary Simpson and the late, great John Hicklenton. The fanzine gave us some memorable characters too, including Judge Pasternak and the brilliant judicial primate, Harry Heston.
This fanzine was born in a time very different to the online world of today. Home Internet use was in its infancy and social media consisted of specialist ‘Alternative Newsgroups’ such as the much loved alt.comics.2000ad. To produce such a well made, creator rich magazine without the resources we take for granted today shows the passion, drive and dedication of this amazing man.
So, we bow our heads to the great Stewart Perkins and thank him for his services to Thrillpower and beyond. May your lawgiver always fire true. See you on the streets. La Placa Rifa.