Jock (cartoonist)

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Mike Carey, Andy Diggle and Jock.jpg
Left to right: Mike Carey, Andy Diggle and Jock
Born Mark Simpson
(1972-09-24) September 24, 1972 (age 41)
East Kilbride, Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Area(s) Penciller, Inker
Pseudonym(s) Jock
Notable works
Judge Dredd
The Losers
Awards "Best Newcomer" National Comics Award (2001)

Official website

Mark Simpson, known by the pen name Jock, is a British comics artist and writer, best known for his work in 2000 AD, The Losers,[1] and more recently Batman [2] and Wolverine.[3]



Jock began his professional career at 2000 AD, on series including Judge Dredd and Lenny Zero, the latter with writer Andy Diggle.[4]

It was with Diggle that he got his big break in the American comic book market at DC Comics and their Vertigo imprint, working on The Losers[5] and Green Arrow: Year One.[6][7] Also at Vertigo and with Mike Carey, another former 2000 AD writer, Jock worked on an issue of Hellblazer and the Faker limited series,[8] returning the character John Constantine in the graphic novel Hellblazer: Pandemonium with Jamie Delano.[9] Following his run on Green Arrow he got more work on main DC universe titles, in particular two storylines on Detective Comics, the first featuring Batwoman and the second Batman.[10]

Jock is also a prolific cover artist with a distinctive style - he has produced covers for several titles across all major publishers.

On April 9, 2011 Jock was one of 62 comics creators who appeared at the IGN stage at the Kapow! convention in London to set two Guinness World Records, the Fastest Production of a Comic Book, and Most Contributors to a Comic Book. With Guinness officials on hand to monitor their progress, writer Mark Millar began work at 9am scripting a 20-page black and white Superior comic book, with Jock and the other artists appearing on stage throughout the day to work on the pencils, inks, and lettering, including Dave Gibbons, Frank Quitely, John Romita Jr., Adi Granov,[11] Doug Braithwaite, Ian Churchill, Olivier Coipel, Duncan Fegredo, Simon Furman, David Lafuente, John McCrea, Sean Phillips and Liam Sharp,[12] who all drew a panel each, with regular Superior artist Leinil Yu creating the book's front cover. The book was completed in 11 hours, 19 minutes, and 38 seconds, and was published through Icon on November 23, 2011, with all royalties being donated to Yorkhill Children's Foundation.[11]


Jock plays drums for the three-piece electronic pop group Elevator Suite, who had achieved critical success in 1999 but failed to achieve significant chart success -- their track "Back Around" peaked at no. 71 in the UK Singles Chart.

Movie work[edit]

Jock has contributed concept paintings and key art to a number of film productions and promotional campaigns. These include Hancock, Battleship, Children of Men, Dredd, Batman Begins, X-Men: Days of Future Past and the forthcoming Dune adaptation.

He was the principal Concept Designer on Dredd - contributing script breakdowns, story layouts and full concept art for the costume and city designs.


Jock has produced a number of silk screen prints and poster art for Mondo, including The Divide, Zombie, Last House on the Left, West of Memphis, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, The Raid, Dredd, Zero Dark Thirty, The Thing, Halloween, and Iron Man 3.


Interior work[edit]

2000 AD[edit]

  • Pulp Sci-Fi: "Reapermen" (with Gordon Rennie, in #1170, 1999)
    • Judge Dredd:
      • "Shirley Temple of Doom" (with John Wagner, in #1193-1196, 2000)
      • "Crossing Ken Dodd" (with John Wagner, in #1214, 2000)
      • "Rampots" (with John Wagner, in #1231, 2001)
      • "Safe Hands" (with Gordon Rennie, in #1273, 2002)
      • "Tartan Terrors" (with Gordon Rennie, in #1540, 2007)
    • Tor Cyan (with John Tomlinson):
      • "Rahab" (in #1295, 2002)
      • "Phage" (in #1296, 2002)
      • "No Such Place" (in #1297-1299, 2002)
  • Judge Dredd Megazine (Fleetway):
    • Judge Dredd (with John Wagner):
      • "Dead Ringer" (in vol. 3 #65, 2000)
      • "Ten Years" (in vol. 3 #70, 2000)
    • Lenny Zero (with Andy Diggle):
      • "Lenny Zero" (in vol. 3 #68, 2000)
      • "Dead Zero" (in vol. 4 #1-2, 2001)
      • "Wipeout" (in vol. 4 #14-15, 2002)

DC Comics/Vertigo[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Other Publishers[edit]

  • Forty-Five: "Amy Turner" (with Andi Ewington and 44 other artists, graphic novel, Com.x, 2010)
  • Immortals: Gods and Heroes: "The Hunt" (script and art, graphic novel, Archaia Studios, 2011)


Awards and accolades[edit]

  • 2001 National Comics Award for Best New Talent (for "Judge Dredd" in 2000AD, tied with Frazer Irving, for "Necronauts" in 2000AD)[13]
  • 2012 Stan Lee Award for Best Ongoing Series (for Detective Comics, with Scott Snyder, Francesco Francivilla)[14]
  • The 10 Best Movie Posters of 2010 (#8, for The Losers poster art)[15]


  • 2006 Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist (for The Losers)
  • 2012 Stan Lee Award for Best Artist (for Detective Comics)[16]


  1. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008). "The Losers". In Dougall, Alastair. The Vertigo Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. pp. 114–115. ISBN 0-7566-4122-5. OCLC 213309015. 
  2. ^ "Detective Comics #871 Review". Retrieved October 10, 2013.
  3. ^ "Jock Goes Solo on "Savage Wolverine"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
  4. ^ "Interview: going underground in Mega-City One". SFX. March 2, 2008. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  5. ^ Sunu, Steve (April 26, 2010). "Andy Diggle & Jock on "The Losers"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ Brady, Matt (October 17, 2006). "Back To The Future: DC Announces Five Year One Miniseries". Newsarama. Retrieved July 28, 2007. 
  7. ^ Arrant, Chris (May 7, 2007). "Jock on Green Arrow: Year One". Newsarama. Retrieved December 26, 2008. 
  8. ^ Singh, Arune (December 1, 2006). "Jock Keeps It Real With "Faker"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved August 3, 2007. 
  9. ^ Furey, Emmett (July 27, 2007). "Back into Hell: Jamie Delano returns to John Constantine's world". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved July 28, 2007. 
  10. ^ Phegley, Kiel (August 9, 2010). "Jock Joins Snyder On "Detective"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved August 9, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Kapow! '11: Comic History Rewritten On The IGN Stage". IGN. April 14, 2011
  12. ^ "Guinness World Records at Kapow! Comic Con". Guinness World Records. April 9, 2011
  13. ^ "2001 National Comics Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  14. ^ Melrose, Kevin (May 21, 2012). "Scott Snyder and Sara Pichelli dominate Stan Lee Awards". Comic Book Resources.
  15. ^ Warmoth, Brian (December 21, 2010). "MTV TOP MOVIE POSTERS of 2010". MTV.
  16. ^ "Stan Lee Awards". Kapow Comic Convention. Retrieved February 28, 2013.


External links[edit]

  • Jock at the Comic Book DB