Mike was the hands behind the Man of Iron (1985/87), the first story in the Marvel comics originating in the UK, and several more, eventually also co-writing Crisis of Command! (1985-86), which introduced the recurring self-doubting character trait in Optimus Prime.
Despite leaving the comics by the end of 1985, he didn’t leave Transformers
entirely behind: along with Mike Farmer, he illustrated the first four Ladybird Transformers books, which became the gateway to Transformers fiction for a number of children at the time.
Mike continued to contribute to other comics, though moving into Action Force
, the European precursor to G.I. Joe
, which also included recent returner and fan-favourite Action Man
. Mike later made his way to 2000AD
, Marvel and DC, and his art can be found in the pages of Flash
, Teen Titans
, and The Uncanny X-Men
– where he first introduced the questionable but charming character of Gambit. He has also worked on the likes of Star Trek
, Wonder Woman
, several 2000AD titles, and as of 2005, returning to UK material with Doctor Who Magazine
, and the two Doctor Who
original Graphic Novels published by the BBC.
A name you might also know from outside of comics, Mike has provided storyboards for TV and films including Doctor Who
, Horrid Henry
, and Sherlock