R. E. Wright is an alias. The strip was conceived and thrashed out by Pat Mills for the launch of 2000 AD a year previously, but discarded. When IPC switched the frequency of Starlord from monthly to weekly just prior to launch new strips were needed and Planet of the Damned was pulled from the files. Editor Kelvin Gosnell re-jigged the strip, and assorted others scripted issues.
The credits in the 2016 collection "Planet of the Damned & Death Planet" confirms that Pat Mills wrote this opening segment.
Only the first two story pages are in colour, painted by Kennedy, who produced the remainder in a grey wash.
Editor Kelvin Gosnell, in the guise of Starlord, introduces readers to the new comic.
Story pages 3, 4, and 11 are in colour, and Pino illustrates 5-10 in a grey wash. The Ro-Busters were actually designed by Kevin O'Neill, who never got to draw the strip in Starlord.