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Kenny Who?

Kenny Who?
Real name
Kenny Who?
Alignment
Relatives
Wife; two children
Universe
Base of operations
Mobile

Characteristics
Gender
Status
Citizenship
Marital status
Occupation
Artist
Origin
Origin
Normal human birth
Place of birth
Calhab
First appearance
Last appearance

2000 AD prog 477

History[]

Poor old Kenny Who? A naïve young artist from Calhab (future Scotland), his only wish was to make it big in the Big Meg. With drawings in his suitcase and a song in his heart, he arrived in Mega-City One certain that the world was on the brink of recognising his genius. Unfortunately, he was first bitten by a crazed citizen ('Man bites Jock!', as the cover of 2000 AD put it), and next told by the head of Big 1 comics that his work didn't cut the synthi-mustard. Going to a bar to drown his sorrows, as is the Calhab custom, he was enraged to see on the television that his distinctive artwork was being reproduced without his permission by... Big 1's robot artists! In the 21st century, he was told, human creators have been rendered obsolete by robots, who can imitate their style perfectly and don't need wages. Kenny Who? wasn't having any of that, so he went round to Big 1's offices, assaulted the fat cat who had stolen his intellectual property, and ended up being arrested by Judge Dredd and slung in an iso-cube.

Kenny Who? got his revenge in a follow-up story when he created a self-published comic mocking the Mega-City's Judges and their 'evil' leader, 'Judge Dread' (geddit?). As every citizen knows, both defamation of the Judges and use of their image in a commercial venture are illegal, so Kenny Who? was promptly re-arrested. However, he got off on a technicality and was able to return to the relative sanity of Calhab. They may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!

Powers and abilities[]

Abilities

Highly talented artist.

Strength level

Human male who gets minimal regular exercise.

Weaknesses

Ongoing confusion about his name.

Paraphernalia[]

Equipment

Pens, pencils, etc.

Weapons

The pen is mightier than the sword. (But not mightier than Judge Dredd's Lawgiver.)

Notes[]

Kenny Who? was based on the 2000 AD artist Cam Kennedy, who relates the story of his creation as follows: "In the 80s, I was sent to the States to pitch an idea to DC comic execs in New York. When I announced myself, a guy said, 'Kenny who?' Dredd creator John Wagner thought this was hilarious and he and writer Alan Grant went on to write Kenny Who? as a character... We had lots of fun with it." (Source: Daily Record.)

Trivia[]

In the 2012 film Dredd there is a graffito reading "Kenny Who?"

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