Eddie Campbell (born 10 August 1955) is a Scottish comics artist and cartoonist who now lives in Australia. Probably best known as the illustrator and publisher of From Hell (written by Alan Moore), Campbell is also the creator of the semi-autobiographical Alec stories, and Bacchus (aka Deadface), a wry adventure series about the few Greek gods who have survived to the present day. His graphic novel The Fate of the Artist, which playfully investigates Campbell’s own sudden disappearance, was published in May 2006 by First Second Books. His latest graphic novel, The Black Diamond Detective Agency, was published in June 2007, also by First Second Books.
His scratchy pen-and-ink style is influenced by the impressionists, illustrators of the age of “liberated penmanship” such as Phil May, Charles Dana Gibson, John Leech and George du Maurier, and cartoonists Milton Caniff and Frank Frazetta (particularly his Johnny Comet strip). His writing has been compared to Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller.
Campbell’s most substantial Batman-related work can be found within the covers of the above one-shot, released in 2003. Batman: Order Of The Beasts is an Elseworlds story that features a 1930s Dark Knight in an England on the brink of war. The Batman becomes embroiled in a conflict with the titular order, and hijinks ensue. Campbell isn’t exactly known for his superhero work, so it’s a rare treat to see his take on a costumed adventurer. Beasts flew under the radar on its release in 2003, but it’s a great little book and well worth seeking out.