The comical truth about Blair

I welcome David Thompson's celebration of contemporary comics (Back Half, 15 January), but there is one dimension of the phenomenon missing from his account. Social and political satire, sometimes positively savage, is and has been a feature of the work of British writers and artists since the 1970s.

Quite recently, for example, Grant Morrison's latest "Zenith" story in 2000AD featured Tony Blair as a mindless puppet, controlled by a Tory super-psychic, who was feeling the strain because he also had to sustain the pretence that the Queen Mother was still alive!

For an article on contemporary comics not to mention (even in passing) Warren Ellis's Transmetropolitan, Morrison's The Invisibles, Garth Ennis's The Preacher, Mark Millar's The Authority or, by various hands, Hellblazer, neglects some fine work with a cutting edge. These stories explain so much. In Transmetropolitan, for example, it is discovered that the non-sentient human bodies, vat-grown for takeaway meals, are in fact being given minimal intelligence upgrades so they can be used as politicians.

John Newsinger

This article first appeared in the 22 January 2001 issue of the New Statesman, Iraq: the great cover-up