Sienkiewicz at the Big Apple Con,
May 21, 2011.
|Born||Boleslav William Felix Robert Sienkiewicz
May 3, 1958
|Area(s)||Writer, Penciller, Inker|
|Notable works||Stray Toasters
Boleslav Felix Robert "Bill" Sienkiewicz [pronounced sin-KEV-itch] (born May 3, 1958) is an Eisner Award-winning American artist and writer best known for his comic book work, primarily for Marvel Comics' The New Mutants and Elektra: Assassin. Sienkiewicz often utilizes oil painting, collage, mimeograph and other forms generally uncommon in comic books.
Early life 
Sienkiewicz began drawing "when [he] was about four or five", and continued doing and learning about art throughout his childhood. His early comic-book influences include artist Curt Swan Superman comics, and artist Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four.
After art school, he showed a portfolio of his work to DC Comics' art director Vince Colletta, which led to his breaking into the field at age 19. The artist recalled in 1985, "They didn't have any work for me, but that didn't bother me. I just figured that if comics didn't work out I'd have done advertising or illustration. Vinnie called [renowned comics and advertising artist] Neal Adams, who put me in touch with [Marvel Comics editor-in-chief] Jim Shooter. Soon after that I was drawing Moon Knight, in The Hulk [black-and-white comics] magazine". His art style was heavily influenced by Neal Adams.
Sienkiewicz continued as artist of the Moon Knight color comics series, starting with the first issue (November 1980). Four years later, after a stint as artist on the Fantastic Four, he became the artist on Marvel's X-Men spin-off New Mutants, beginning with issue No. 18 (August 1984), producing cover paintings and character designs. From this period on, Sienkiewicz's art evolved into a much more expressionistic style, and he began experimenting with paint, collage, and mixed media. He illustrated New Mutants from 1984–1985.
Sienkiewicz's own first writing credit was for the painted story "Slow Dancer" in Epic Illustrated in 1986. Sienkiewicz both wrote and illustrated the 1988 miniseries Stray Toasters, an idiosyncratic work published by Epic Comics about a criminal psychologist investigating a series of murders.
He illustrated the 1986–87 eight-issue miniseries Elektra: Assassin written by Frank Miller. After which, he collaborated with writer Andrew Helfer on the first six issues of DC Comics' The Shadow series. In 1988, he contributed to the Brought to Light graphic novel with writer Alan Moore. In 1990, Sienkiewicz and Moore published the first two issues of the uncompleted series Big Numbers. Sienkiewicz painted the Classics Illustrated adaptation of the novel Moby-Dick.
Sienkiewicz was the subject of a 2008 full-length documentary/interview produced by Woodcrest Productions, The Creator Chronicles: Bill Sienkiewicz.
In 2007, Sienkiewicz penciled 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow. In 2008, Sienkiewicz illustrated a story for The Nightmare Factory - Volume 2 graphic novel. That same year, he inked the Reign in Hell limited series for DC. In 2010-2012, he inked several issues of Neal Adams' Batman: Odyssey project for DC Comics.
Other work 
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In addition to his work in comics, Sienkiewicz has also worked in numerous other media, especially in the music and trading card industries. His artwork has been published in magazines including Entertainment Weekly and Spin Magazine. In 1998, he collaborated with writer Martin I. Green to produce the children's book Santa, My Life & Times.
In 1989, Sienkiewicz painted the art for the "Friendly Dictators" card set published by Eclipse Comics which portrayed various foreign leaders such as Mobutu Sese Seko, Ferdinand Marcos, and Anastasio Somoza Debayle. Sienkiewicz has illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game. In 2004, Sienkiewicz contributed to card art for VS System, a collectible card game published by Upper Deck Entertainment.
In 1995, Sienkiewicz illustrated the Martin I. Green biography of Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix. The following year he provided the artwork for the Bruce Cockburn album The Charity of Night, and went on to provide album covers for RZA's Bobby Digital in Stereo (1998) and EPMD's Business as Usual (1990).
In 2006, Sienkiewicz designed the layout and art for The Venture Bros. season one DVD set. He also designed the cover art for the season three DVD and Blu-ray set. Still in 2006, Sienkiewicz teamed with Neal Adams to create art for former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters. Their artwork was utilized as video projections for live performances of Waters' "Leaving Beirut."
- 1981 Eagle Award for Best New Artist
- 1981 Inkpot Award
- 1982 Eagle Award for Best Artist
- 1983 Eagle Award for Best Artist
- 1986: Yellow Kid Award, Lucca, Italy, for "bridging the gap between American and European artistic sensibilities"
- 1986: The Gran Guigiri Award, Lucca, Italy
- 1987 Eagle Award for Favourite Artist (penciller)
- 1987 Kirby Award for Best Artist (for Elektra: Assassin)
- 1988: March of Dimes Award, for charity work
- 1989 Haxtur Award for Best Cover (for Question #10)
- 1991 Alpe de Huiz Award, Grenoble, France
- 1992 Adamson Award, for Daredevil, and graphic experiments
- 2004 Eisner Award for Best Anthology (for contributions to The Sandman: Endless Nights)
Personal life 
During the early 1980s Sienkiewicz was married to a woman named Franki, who worked on-staff at Marvel as editor-in-chief Jim Shooter's administrative assistant, and later went on to a job as Marvel's Administrative Manager of International Licensing. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1983.
Interior art 
DC Comics 
- Aquaman (vol. 3) # 52 (inker)
- Batman # 400, 533–534
- Batman Black and White # 3
- Batman: GCPD # 1–4
- Batman: Odyssey #6
- Batman: Odyssey (vol. 2) #1-3
- Batman Villains Secret Files and Origins
- Dark Knight Dynasty TPB
- DC 1st: Batgirl/The Joker (one-shot)
- DC Universe: Legacies #9
- Detective Comics # 709
- Dreams Nightmares # 1 (pin-up)
- Endless Gallery (Pin-up)
- Green Arrow # 109
- Green Lantern: The Last Will and Testament of Hal Jordan
- Heroes Against Hunger (Pin-up)
- Nightwing/Huntress # 1–4 (miniseries)
- Rogues Gallery (Pin-Up)
- Sandman: Endless Nights
- The Shadow # 1–6
- Superman # 400 (pin-up)
- Superman vol. 2 No. 173
- Superman: Day of Doom #1–4
Marvel Comics 
- Alias No. 7 (pages 10 & 18) No. 8 (pages 1, 9, 10)
- The Avengers Annual No. 16
- Bizarre Adventures No. 31
- Black Widow #1–6
- Black Widow Volume 1 (Paperback collection with all six issues)
- Blade: Vampire Hunter No. 3
- Captain America: Red, White & Blue (one story only)
- Daredevil: Love and War
- Deathlok Vol. 2 No. 11
- Dune Movie adaptation, Marvel Comics Super Special # 36
- Elektra: Assassin #1–8
- Epic Illustrated No. 34 (Only "Slow Dancer")
- Excalibur No. 27
- Fantastic Four #219, #221–231
- Galactus The Devourer #1–6
- Gambit #3, No. 4
- Generation X Annual 1995
- Heroes for Hope starring the X-Men
- The Hulk magazine, #13–15 #17–18 No. 20 (Moon Knight interiors)
- Marvel Fanfare #38, No. 42
- Marvel Preview #18, No. 21
- Marvel Saga No. 8
- Moon Knight #1–15, #17–20, #22–26, #28–30, No. 33
- Moon Knight Special Edition #1–3 (Moon Knight interiors)
- New Mutants #18–31, #35–38
- New X-Men #127, #131, One-Shot
- The Spectacular Spider-Man #220-229 (inking only)
- Return of the Jedi #1–4 first page, pinups, and Super Special (TPB)
- Spider-Girl No. 0
- Spider-Man 2099 #42
- Stray Toasters #1–4, (4 issue mini series, covers and full interior art)
- Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #6–8
- Uncanny X-Men #159 (reprinted as X-Men Classic #63), # 287, #288, #314, Annual No. 6
- X-Men: The Wedding Album One-Shot
- What If? No. 34
- Wolverine: Inner Fury (One shot, cover and full interior art)
- Wolverine #10–16 (Inker only)
- X-Man No. 9
- X-Men Unlimited No. 43
- X-Men Vs. Dracula One-Shot
Covers only 
DC Comics 
- Question #1–19 #21–23, Annual No. 1
- Teen Titans Spotlight No. 10
- Detective Comics #741, #772–773, No. 775
- All-Flash No. 1 (variant cover)
- Batman: Cacophony No. 1 (1:25 variant cover)
- Batman: The Widening Gyre No. 1
- JLA No. 59
- Star Trek The Next Generation # 1 (Six issue mini series)
- Star Trek The Next Generation Graphic Novel collecting six issue mini series with variant cover.
Marvel Comics 
- Amazing High Adventure #1
- Beauty and the Beast #1–4
- The Black Panther No. 14
- The Brotherhood #1–3
- Clive Barker's Hellraiser #10
- Comet Man #1-#6
- Daredevil #197, #204, #207, #236, No. 338
- The Dark Phoenix Saga Trade Paperback
- Dazzler #8–9, #15–16, #18, #27–35, #42, Marvel Graphic Novel No. 12 Dazzler: The Movie
- The Defenders No. 123
- Doom 2099 No. 35
- Elektra Vol 2 #23-#27
- Elektra: The Hand #1–5
- Excalibur No. 83
- The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones No. 26
- Fury #1-#6
- Ghost Rider No. 58
- God Loves, Man Kills X-Men. Only the 1994 Trade Paperback edition.
- The Incredible Hulk No. 295 -#297, #301, No. 312
- The Iron Manual Trade Paperback
- King Conan No. 11
- Kull The Conqueror No. 2
- Marc Spector: Moon Knight #26–31, 34
- Marvel Graphic Novel No. 8 (Super Boxers)
- The Marvel Masterpieces Collection 2 No. 3
- Marvel Spotlight Vol 2 No. 6
- The Mighty Thor #332–333
- The New Defenders #125, #131, No. 135
- New Mutants No. 17
- Nick Fury versus S.H.I.E.L.D. No. 2
- The Official Marvel Index To The X-Men Vol 2 No. 3
- The Power of Iron Man TPB
- The Punisher Vol 2 No. 93
- The Punisher Holiday Special No. 2
- Return of the Jedi #1–4, Super Special TPB
- Rom #46–47, #52–54, #68, #71, Annual 2–3
- The Savage Sword of Conan No. 116
- Spider-Girl Annual '99
- Spider-Woman No. 16
- Starriors #1–4
- Star Wars #92, 101
- The Transformers No. 1
- Thor Vol 2 No. 75
- Uncanny X-Men #195, 252
- What If? #43–47
- Wonder Man No. 1
- X-Calibre No. 3
- X-Men Unlimited No. 3
Other publishers 
- 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow (3 issue mini series, covers and full interior art)
- The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist #2, published by Dark Horse
- Big Numbers # 1 – 2 (Covers and full interior art and several pages of number 3 which was unpublished and the series discontinued)
- Brought to Light Graphic novel (Cover and interior art)
- Judge Dredd #'s 12 to 22 – Titan books collected edition (Covers only)
- Judge Dredd and the Angel Gang – Collected edition graphic novel (Cover only)
- Judge Dredd: City of the Damned – Collected edition graphic novel (Cover only)
- Judge Dredd: Innocents Abroad – Collected edition graphic novel (Cover only. Note – this is a cropped and inferior version of the cover of the Titan books Judge Dredd # 14)
- Judge Dredd: Oz Books One to Three – Titan books collected edition (Covers only. Note – all three covers interlink to form larger image)
- Judge Dredd: The Complete Oz – Collected edition graphic novel (Cover only. Note – The cover features a mix of covers # 2 + 3 from the single reprint books)
- Lone Wolf and Cub # 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 – US reprint books by First Publishing (Covers only)
- M3 #2 published by Hound Comics (cover only)
- Oni Double Feature #4–5 ("A River in Egypt" part one and two)
- The Nightmare Factory - Volume 2 graphic novel, published by Fox Atomic Comics
- Classics Illustrated #4 – Moby-Dick (Berkley Publishing)
- Total Eclipse #1–5 (cover only)
- The Matrix Graphic novel (Interior art on story section)
Other work 
- Santa, My Life & Times. (Illustrated storybook, cover and full interior art)
- Voodoo Child: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix (Illustrated storybook with CD, cover and full interior art)
- Bill Sienkiewicz Sketchbook (Fantagraphics)
- Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Guide to Camarilla & Sabbat covers
- The Venture Bros. Seasons 1 and 3, published by Warner Home Video
- Bruce Cockburn's album The Charity of Night
- RZA's album Bobby Digital in Stereo
- EPMD's album Business as Usual
- Entertainment Weekly, various covers
- Spin Magazine, various covers
- Resident Evil, cover artwork for the American and European release of the PlayStation version
- Roger Waters' Leaving Beirut
- Sold Out: A Threevening with Kevin Smith
- Kid Cudi's Man on the Moon albums
Trading cards 
- VS System, various sets
- Big Budget Circus (Eclipse Enterprises)
- Friendly Dictators (Eclipse Enterprises)
- Coup D’Etat (Eclipse Enterprises)
- Rock Bottom Awards (Eclipse Enterprises)
- Marvel Masterpieces, Series 2 and Series 3, assorted cards
- 1994 Fleer Ultra X-Men, assorted cards
- Bill Sienkiewicz at the Lambiek Comiclopedia
- Letters page, Fantastic Four No. 227 (February 1981).
- Comics Buyer's Guide #1485; May 3, 2002; Page 29
- Marvel Age No. 53 (July 1985): "The Marvel Age Interview: Bill Sienkiewicz", pp. 20–22
- Shooter, Jim. "Introduction," Moon Knight Special Edition No. 1 (Nov. 1983).
- Thomas, Michael. "Bill Sienkiewicz Interview," Comic Book Resources (July 17, 2001): "Studying Neal's work, ... I became obsessed ... and became fixated on it. It was like my intention was to be Neal. ... There was no one at this point saying don't do that, you've got to be your own person. ... When I finally got started, what got me hired was the fact that I drew like Neal. Neal in fact called up Shooter and said, 'I've got this kid fresh off the street and he draws like me. Is that a problem?'"
- DeFalco, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1980s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 211. ISBN 978-0756641238. "Professor Xavier's young students were given their own monthly title. It was written by Chris Claremont and drawn by...Bill Sienkiewicz, who illustrated #18 to #31."
- Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 221. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "Batman celebrated the 400th issue of his self-titled comic with a blockbuster featuring dozens of famous comic book creators and nearly as many infamous villains. Written by Doug Moench, with an introduction by novelist Stephen King...[it was] drawn by George Pérez, Bill Sienkiewicz, Arthur Adams, Joe Kubert, Brian Bolland, and others."
- DeFalco "1980s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 228: "Produced by Frank Miller and illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz, Elektra: Assassin was an eight-issue limited series...published by Marvel's Epic Comics imprint."
- "Creator Chronicles–Bill Sienkiewicz DVD Next up at Bat!", Comic Box, December 12, 2007
- Cowsill, Alan "2000s" in Dolan, p. 334: "DC's version of Hell erupted into all-out war when the rulers of Purgatory, Blaze and Satanus invaded Neron's infernal domain. Written by Keith Giffen with art by Tom Derenick and Bill Sienkiewicz."
- Meet the Friendly Dictators, funkiness.com, accessed June 30, 2011.
- Gatherer: Magic Card Database
- wordsandpictures.org. "Bill Sienkiewicz-Awards, Exhibits".
- Immagine-Centro Studi Iconografici. "17° SALONE, 1986" (in Italian).
- Shooter, Jim. "Bullpen Bulletins," Marvel comics cover-dated Jan. 1982.
- Sim, Dave. "The 'Synchronicity' Triptych," The Beguiling website (2003).
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