Rand Holmes
Born (1942-02-22)February 22, 1942
Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died March 15, 2002(2002-03-15) (aged 60)
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Area(s) Cartoonist
Notable works Harold Hedd
Awards Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame
Joe Shuster Hall of Fame

Randolph Holton Holmes (February 22, 1942 – March 15, 2002) was a Canadian artist and illustrator probably best known for his work in underground comix.

Born in Truro, Nova Scotia, he grew up in Edmonton, Alberta.[1] As a teenager Holmes taught himself to draw by copying comic-strip artists Wally Wood and Will Eisner. Harvey Kurtzman later published two of his drawings in Help! He married young and worked briefly as a sign painter. Holmes moved to Vancouver in 1969 and found work as an illustrator at The Georgia Straight, a weekly underground tabloid.[2] He drew numerous covers for the publication and created the Harold Hedd comic strip, which ran in the paper during the early 1970s. Described by writer Dana Larsen as Holmes's "most well known cartoon creation",[3] the one-page strip was collected in The Collected Adventures of Harold Hedd in 1972,[4] with a smaller sized second volume in 1973.[5]

Holmes's work appeared in underground comics titles such as White Lunch Comix (Georgia Straight), # 1 1972, All Canadian Beaver Comics (Georgia Straight), # 1 1973, Slow Death Comics (Last Gasp), # 5 1973, # 6 1974 and Fog City Comics (Stampart), # 1 1977, #2 1978, #3 1979 and Snarf (Kitchen Sink), # 11 1986. He illustrated three horror story scripts for Pacific Comics (Twisted Tales # 2, # 5 1983 and Alien Worlds # 8 1984). Hitler's Cocaine was Holmes's longest published story (26, 30 p.), published by Kitchen Sink in 1984.

In 1982, Holmes and his second wife Martha left Vancouver and moved to Lasqueti Island. In his last years he concentrated on his meticulous surrealistic oil painting. Rand Holmes died at Nanaimo, BC, waiting for his chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma.[1]

In 2007, Holmes was inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mietkiewicz, Henry. "Rand Holmes (1942-2002)". The Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards. http://www.joeshusterawards.com/hof/hof-rand-holmes-1942-2002/. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  2. "Rand Holmes". Lambiek.net. http://lambiek.net/artists/h/holmes_rand.htm. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  3. Larsen, Dana. "'Harold Hedd' Creator Dies". Cannabis Culture Marijuana Magazine. http://cannabisculture.com/articles/2486.html. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 
  4. The Collected Adventures of Harold Hedd; Georgia Straight Pub., 1972 [1st. edition only, 2nd. ed., Last Gasp, Berkeley, 1973], oversized, 36 p.
  5. (Anus Clenching Adventures with) Harold Hedd, Vol. 2, Last Gasp, 1973, 36 p.
  6. "Artists honoured for comics hailing nostalgia, everyday life". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2007-08-18. http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/books/story/2007/08/18/wright-cartoon-winners.html. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 

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