Dean Ormston

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Dean Ormston
Area(s)Penciler, Inker
Notable works
Harke & Burr
The Girl Who Would Be Death

Dean Ormston is a British born comic book artist. His most notable work has been for the British comic 2000 AD and for DC Comics' Vertigo imprint.


Ormston was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England and earned a degree in art and illustration at Leeds University sometime around the mid-1980s. For the following few years he spent his time between playing the drums in various bands, some of which released singles and compilation album tracks (The Silent Scream, The second Coming, This Colossal Youth) and working part-time in a Sheffield comic-book shop with fellow budding artists Nick Percival, Greg Staples and filmmaker Lee Ford. Sometime in 1990 he moved into working full-time as an artist working mainly for Judge Dredd Megazine.

Ormston's dark, thick paints were seen in action on the Judge Dredd strip on numerous occasions, most notably in the Judgement Day and Raptaur storylines. For the Judge Dredd Megazine Ormston also created, with Si Spencer, the comedy strip Harke & Burr, a twist on the notorious grave robbers Burke and Hare. He drew part of "The Kindly Ones" story arc in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series.[1][2] His work can also be seen in the Predator comics for Dark Horse, Lucifer and Books of Magic for DC Vertigo.

Ormston's prominent American comic credits include The Girl Who Would Be Death,[3] many issues of Lucifer, and primary artist on Books of Magick: Life During Wartime, all published under the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics.

His other works include a brief spell as character designer for Mainframe Animation where he co-created Dot's Bots with writer Steve Seagle, a proposed 13 episode series that so far has only made it to a 30-minute pilot episode. His Reboot Character design of Daemon can be seen in the TV movie Daemon Rising made in 2001.

Ormston is the artist and co-creator of Black Hammer with writer Jeff Lemire, colorist Dave Stewart (artist), and letterer Todd Klein. The series won the 2017 Eisner Award for Best New Series.[4]



  1. ^ Bender, Hy (1999). The Sandman Companion. DC Comics. p. 269. ISBN 978-1563894657.
  2. ^ Burgas, Greg (7 January 2013). "Comics You Should Own – Sandman". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 10 April 2014.
  3. ^ The Girl Who Would Be Death #1 Archived 23 July 2012 at
  4. ^ San Diego Comic-Con (2017). "Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Winners 2017".
  5. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 42–43, ISBN 978-0-7566-4122-1, OCLC 213309015
  6. ^ DC Comics