Peter Hogan : biography
Peter K. Hogan is a British comics creator who started out as editor of cult political British comics Crisis and Revolver in the late 1980s and early 1990s, before working for 2000 AD and American comic book publishers Vertigo and America’s Best Comics.
Hogan first worked as commissioning editor for Eel Pie Publishing from the late 1970s to the early 1980s. He managed the Magic Bus Bookstore in Richmond assisted by his then wife, Ruth, until its closure in 1982. His known associates at that time were Dave Marsh and Patrick Humphries, Rock Music journalists. He also was a contributing writer to a biography about The Monkees pop group and a movie/DVD correspondent for Uncut magazine. Hogan is the brother-in-law of noted UK comic artist/typographer/design guru Rian Hughes.
After Revolver folded, Hogan became a scriptwriter for the 2000 AD comic, working on short story series Vector 13 and Tharg’s Dragon Tales, as well as reinventing the long-running Strontium Dog series as Strontium Dogs and supervising the Durham Red spin-off series. Hogan also had a short stint working on Sam Slade, Robo-Hunter. He also created the gentle fantasy Timehouse.
Hogan’s writing is noted for a whimsical, fantastic quality that stood out from the more usual hard-edged sci-fi to appear under the 2000 AD banner.
However, when David Bishop took on the editorship of 2000 AD, he informed Hogan that he would commission no more of Hogan’s scripts because he "didn’t believe his writing fitted the comic [he] wanted 2000 AD to be." The two commissioned scripts, Strontium Dogs "Hate and War" and Durham Red "Night of the Hunters" were heavily rewritten and Hogan asked for his name to be removed – they were credited to Alan Smithee. With hindsight Bishop says "He was rightly furious about having his work summarily rewritten and demanded his name taken off the scripts, which I did. I regret the brutal way I treated Peter: I was in a hurry to make changes and he caught the full force of that haste." Bishop, 2007, page 184
Hogan went on to write books covering the bands R.E.M, Queen and The Doors.
In the 1990s, Hogan wrote for some titles on DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, including The Dreaming and The Sandman Presents: Love Street. Most recently, his unpublished followup to the latter, The Sandman Presents: Marquee Moon, was published online. Like Love Street, Marquee Moon is a tie-in to Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman and offers a look at the early days of John Constantine of Swamp Thing and Hellblazer fame.
In addition, Hogan has worked with Alan Moore on Moore’s America’s Best Comics series, including his own spin-off title Terra Obscura. He also wrote three issues of Tom Strong with artist Chris Sprouse and the two of them returned to the character in 2010 with the limited series Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom.
Known, with great affection, by many of "The Ealing Lot" as The Count – for his legendary nocturnal working habits.