Bill Sienkiewicz at 2011 Big Apple Comic Con
Boleslav William Felix Robert Sienkiewicz|
May 3, 1958
Blakely, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Area(s)||Writer, Penciller, Inker|
Boleslav William Felix Robert Sienkiewicz (// sin-KEV-itch; born May 3, 1958), better known as Bill Sienkiewicz, is an American artist known for his work in comic books—particularly for Marvel Comics' The New Mutants and Elektra: Assassin. Sienkiewicz's work in the 1980s was considered revolutionary in mainstream US comics, due to his highly stylized art that verged on abstraction and made use of oil painting, photorealism, collage, mimeograph, and other forms generally uncommon in comic books.
Sienkiewicz was born May 3, 1958, in Blakely, Pennsylvania. When he was five years old, he moved with his family to Hainesville, New Jersey, where he attended elementary and secondary school. 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 entering the comics 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). His eclectic art style helped shed the early perception of Moon Knight as a mere Batman clone. 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. His first major interior work for DC Comics was contributing to Batman #400 (October 1986).
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.
In October 2012, Sienkiewicz teamed with fellow artists Klaus Janson and David W. Mack on the eight-issue Marvel mini-series Daredevil: End of Days. Regarding the contrast in art styles, Sienkiewicz related that it was deliberate, in order to "give a very definite break from the “everyday reality” that Klaus’ art is meant to portray, as well as the impression of a flashback."
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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. 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, he illustrated Voodoo Child: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix the biography of Jimi Hendrix by Martin I. Green. In 1996, he provided the artwork for the Bruce Cockburn album The Charity of Night. Additional Sienkiewicz album covers include RZA's Bobby Digital in Stereo (1998), EPMD's Business as Usual (1990), and Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon: The End of Day (2009). Also 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' song "Leaving Beirut".
Sienkiewicz has worked on character design for animation. His work on the television series Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? received two Emmy Award nominations in 1995 and 1996. In 2006, Sienkiewicz designed the layout and art for The Venture Bros. season one DVD set. He designed the cover art for the season three DVD and Blu-ray set.
- 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: Gran Guinigi 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)
- 2014: Inkwell Awards Guest of Honor, 2014 Awards Ceremony
In October 1979 Sienkiewicz married Francis Ann Dawson (Franki), who worked at Marvel as the administrative assistant for editor-in-chief Jim Shooter and later was Marvel's Administrative Manager of International Licensing. They divorced in 1983.
- Action Comics #800 (2003)
- The Adventures of Superman #595 (2001)
- Aquaman vol. 4 #52 (inker, over Jim Aparo) (1999)
- Batman #400, 533–534 (inker, over Jim Aparo), 568 (inker, over Dan Jurgens) (1986, 1996)
- Batman 80-Page Giant #3 (2000)
- Batman 80-Page Giant 2011 #1 (inker, over Cristina Coronas) (2011)
- Batman and Robin: The Official Comic Adaptation #1 (inker, over Rodolfo Damaggio) (1997)
- Batman Black and White #3 (1996)
- The Batman Chronicles #1 (inker, over Lee Weeks), 10, 12 (inker, over Rick Burchett), 15 (inker, over Joe Staton), 17 (inker, over Graham Nolan) (1995–1999)
- Batman: Dark Knight Dynasty GN (inker, over Scott McDaniel) (1998)
- Batman: Death of Innocents #1 (inker, over Joe Staton) (1996)
- Batman: GCPD #1–4 (inker, over Jim Aparo) (1996)
- Batman: Gotham Knights #33 (inker, over Mike Collins) (2002)
- Batman: Odyssey #6 (inker, over Neal Adams) (2011)
- Batman: Odyssey vol. 2 #1–5 (inker, over Neal Adams) (2011–2012)
- Batman Villains Secret Files and Origins #1 (inker, over Jim Balent) (1998)
- Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #3–4 (inker, over Andy Kubert) (2012–2013)
- Convergence Detective Comics #1–2 (inker, over Denys Cowan) (2015)
- DC 1st: Batgirl/The Joker #1 (2002)
- DCU Holiday Bash #3 (inker, over Joe Staton) (1999)
- DC Universe: Legacies #9 (2011)
- Detective Comics #708–710 (inker, over Graham Nolan), 735 (inker, over Dan Jurgens) (1997–1999)
- Endless Gallery (pin-up) (1995)
- Green Arrow vol. 2 #109 (inker, over Jim Aparo) (1996)
- Green Arrow/Black Canary #22–29 (inker, over Mike Norton) (2009–2010)
- Green Lantern: The Last Will and Testament of Hal Jordan graphic novel (inker, over Brent Anderson) (2002)
- Heroes Against Hunger (pin-up) (1986)
- JSA 80-Page Giant 2010 #1 (inker, over Mike Norton) (2010)
- Nightwing/Huntress #1–4 (inker, over Greg Land) (1998)
- The Question #37 (inker, over Denys Cowan) (2010)
- Reign in Hell #1–8 (inker, over Tom Derenick) (2008–2009)
- Rogues Gallery #1 (pin-up) (1996)
- Sandman: Endless Nights GN (2003)
- The Shadow vol. 3 #1–6 (1987–1988)
- Superman #400 (pin-up) (1984)
- Superman vol. 2 #173 (2002)
- Superman: Day of Doom #1–4 (inker, over Dan Jurgens) (2003)
- Web #1–10 (inker, over Tom Derenick) (2009–2010)
- World's Finest: Our Worlds at War #1 (2001)
- Alias #7 (two pages), 8 (three pages) (2001)
- The Avengers Annual #16 (inker, over John Romita Jr.) (1987)
- Bizarre Adventures #31 (1982)
- Black Widow vol. 3 #1–6 (2004–2005)
- Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her... #1–6 (2005–2006)
- Blade: Vampire Hunter #3 (inker, over Bart Sears) (2000)
- Captain America: Red, White & Blue (one story only) (2002)
- Daredevil: End of Days #1–8 (inker, over Klaus Janson) (2012–2013)
- Daredevil: Love and War GN (1986)
- Deathlok vol. 2 #11 (1992)
- Elektra: Assassin #1–8 (1986–1987)
- Epic Illustrated #34 ("Slow Dancer") (1986)
- Excalibur #27 (inker, over Barry Windsor-Smith) (1990)
- Fantastic Four #219, 222–231 (1980–1981)
- Galactus The Devourer #1–6 (inker, over Jon J Muth and John Buscema) (1999–2000)
- Gambit #3–4 (inker, over Klaus Janson) (1997)
- Generation X Annual '95 #1 (inker) (1995)
- Heroes for Hope starring the X-Men #1 (inker) (1985)
- The Hulk! #13–15, 17–18, 20 (Moon Knight backup stories) (1979–1980)
- Marvel Fanfare #38 (inker, over Judith Hunt), 42 (inker, over Bob Hall) (1988–1989)
- Marvel Preview #18, 21 (1979–1980)
- Marvel Saga #8 (1986)
- Marvel Super Special #36 (comics adaptation of Dune (1985)
- Moon Knight #1–15, 17–20, 22–26, 28–30 (penciller and inker); 33 (inker, over Kevin Nowlan) (1980–1983)
- New Mutants #18–31, 35–38 (1984–1986)
- New X-Men #127, 131 (inker, over John Paul Leon) (2002)
- Return of the Jedi #1–4 first page and pinups (1983)
- The Spectacular Spider-Man #220–229 (inker, over Sal Buscema) (1995)
- Spider-Girl #0 (inker, over Ron Frenz) (2006)
- Spider-Man 2099 #40, 42 (inker, over Andrew Wildman) (1996)
- Stray Toasters #1–4 (1989)
- Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #6–8 (2001)
- Uncanny X-Men #159 (penciller); 288 (inker, over Andy Kubert), 314 (inker, over Lee Weeks), Annual #6 (1982–1994)
- Wolverine: Inner Fury #1 (1993)
- Wolverine vol. 2 #10–16 (inker, over John Buscema), 123–124 (inker, over Denys Cowan) (1989–1998)
- X-Man #9 (inker, over Lee Weeks) (1995)
- X-Men Unlimited #43 (2003)
- All-Flash #1 (variant cover)
- Batman: Cacophony #1 (1:25 variant cover)
- Batman: The Widening Gyre #1
- Detective Comics #741, 772–773, 775
- JLA #59
- Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 3 #38
- The Question #1–19 #21–23, Annual #1
- Star Trek: The Next Generation #1–6
- Star Trek: The Next Generation graphic novel collecting six issue mini series with variant cover
- Teen Titans Spotlight #10
- Amazing High Adventure #1
- Beauty and the Beast #1–4
- Black Panther #14
- The Brotherhood #1–3
- Clive Barker's Hellraiser #10
- Comet Man #1–6
- Daredevil #197, 204, 207, 236, 338
- The Dark Phoenix Saga trade paperback
- Dazzler #8–9, 15–16, 18, 27–35, 42
- The Defenders #123
- Doom 2099 #35
- Elektra vol 2. #23–27
- Elektra: The Hand #1–5
- Excalibur #83
- The Further Adventures of Indiana Jones #26
- Fury #1–6
- Ghost Rider #58
- The Incredible Hulk #295–297, 301, 312
- The Iron Manual trade paperback
- King Conan #11
- Kull The Conqueror #2
- Marc Spector: Moon Knight #26–31, 34
- Marvel Graphic Novel #8 ("Super Boxers"); #12 ("Dazzler: The Movie")
- The Marvel Masterpieces Collection 2 #3
- Marvel Spotlight vol. 2 #6
- The New Defenders #125, 131, 135
- New Mutants #17
- Nick Fury versus S.H.I.E.L.D. #2
- The Official Marvel Index To The X-Men vol. 2 #3
- The Power of Iron Man trade paperback
- The Punisher vol. 2 #93
- The Punisher Holiday Special #2
- Rom #46–47, 52–54, 68, 71, Annual 2–3
- Savage Sword of Conan #102, 116
- Spider-Girl Annual '99
- Spider-Woman #16
- Starriors #1–4
- Star Wars #92, 101
- Thor #332–333
- Thor vol. 2 #75
- The Transformers #1
- Uncanny X-Men #195, 252
- What If...? #43–47
- Wonder Man #1
- X-Calibre #3
- X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills Only the 1994 trade paperback edition
- X-Men Unlimited #3
- 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow (three-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 #3 which was unpublished and the series discontinued)
- Brought to Light graphic novel (cover and interior art)
- Judge Dredd #12–22 – 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 — this is a cropped version of the cover of the Titan books Judge Dredd # 14)
- Judge Dredd: Oz Books One to Three – Titan books collected edition (covers only — all three covers interlink to form larger image)
- Judge Dredd: The Complete Oz – Collected edition graphic novel (cover only — the cover features a mix of covers # 2 + 3 from the single reprint books)
- "Leaf" #2 by NAB (cover only)
- Lone Wolf and Cub # 14–20 – 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 (covers only)
- The Matrix graphic novel (Interior art on story section)
- 1990 — Bill Sienkiewicz Sketchbook (Fantagraphics)
- 1995 — Voodoo Child: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix (illustrated storybook with CD, cover and full interior art)
- 1998 — Santa, My Life & Times (illustrated storybook, cover and full interior art)
- 2003 — Bill Sienkiewicz: Precursor (Art Book, Hermes Press )
- 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, 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, The End of Day and The Legend of Mr. Rager
- 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
- Salicrup, Jim (w). "Letters page" Fantastic Four 227 (February 1981)
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- Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010.
- Comtois, Pierre (2015). Marvel Comics In The 1980s: An Issue-By-Issue Field Guide To A Pop Culture Phenomenon. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. pp. 104–105. ISBN 978-1605490595.
- Salisbury, Mark (2002). Artists on Comics Art. London: Titan Books. p. 182. ISBN 978-1840231861.
- Dallas, Keith (2013). American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1980s. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 109. ISBN 978-1605490465.
- "The Marvel Age Interview: Bill Sienkiewicz" Marvel Age 28: 20–22 (July 1985)
- Shooter, Jim (w). "Introduction" Moon Knight Special Edition 1 (November 1983)
- Thomas, Michael (July 17, 2001). "Bill Sienkiewicz Interview". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012.
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?'
- Buchanan, Bruce (August 2008). "The New Mutants: From Superhero Spin-Off to Sci-Fi/Fantasy". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (29): 65–66.
- DeFalco, Tom (2008). "1980s". In Gilbert, Laura. Marvel Chronicle: A Year by Year History. London: 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.
- Bill Sienkiewicz at the Grand Comics Database
- Manning, Matthew K. (2010). "1980s". In Dolan, Hannah. DC Comics Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle. London: 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."
- Mithra, Kuljit (January 2000). "Interview With Bill Sienkiewicz". ManWithoutFear.com. Archived from the original on August 11, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
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- Schweier, Philip (July 2016). "Shedding Light on The Shadow". Back Issue!. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing (89): 16–17.
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- 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."
- Lombardi, J.D. (April 5, 2013). "Interview: Superstar Artist Bill Sienkiewicz & the Creative Process Behind Marvel Comics Daredevil: End of Days". Pop-topia.com. Archived from the original on September 22, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
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