LEGENDARY comic book writer Alan Grant has died at the age of 73, his family have confirmed. 

The acclaimed writer, who worked on iconic characters like Judge Dredd and Batman, was born in Bristol but spent much of his life in Scotland. 

His wife, Susan Grant, broke the news on Facebook on Thursday morning, saying she had “no words” to describe her pain.

She wrote: “I have no words. Alan died this morning.”

The author moved to Newtongrange when he was very young and went onto work for Dundee-based publishers D.C. Thomson.

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He lived in Moniaive in Dumfries and Galloway.

By the 1980s, he was writing the adventurers of futuristic law enforcer Judge Dredd who appeared in sci-fi comic 2000AD.

The comic took to social media to pay tribute to the author. They said: "We are devastated to hear the news that we have lost Alan Grant, a giant of comics whose wit, humanity and talent made 2000AD what it is."

Other characters he worked on include the Silver Surfer and Superman. He also scripted a Batman graphic novel which took place in Scotland where the super-hero appeared in a kilt at Edinburgh Castle and got involved in a chase across the Forth Bridge.