Jock (cartoonist)

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Mike Carey, Andy Diggle and Jock.jpg
BornMark Simpson
(1972-09-24) 24 September 1972 (age 49)
East Kilbride, Scotland
Area(s)Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Judge Dredd
The Losers
Awards"Best Newcomer" National Comics Award (2001)

Mark Simpson, known by the pen name Jock, is a Scottish cartoonist, best known for his work in 2000 AD, The Losers,[1] and more recently Batman[2] and Wolverine.[3] He is also known for Wytches by Image Comics.



Jock began his professional career at British comics magazine 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 9 April 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 23 November 2011, with all royalties being donated to Yorkhill Children's Foundation.[11]

Movie work[edit]

Jock has contributed concept paintings and key art to a number of film productions and promotional campaigns, including Hancock, Battleship, Children of Men, Dredd, Batman Begins and X-Men: Days of Future Past. He was the principal Concept Designer on Dredd. He continued his work with Dredd scriptwriter Alex Garland on Garland's next film, Ex Machina, working on the AI robot Ava.

Poster art[edit]

Jock has produced a number of silk screen prints and poster art for Mondo,[13] including The Divide, Zombie, The Last House on the Left, West of Memphis, The Dark Knight Rises, The Raid, Dredd, Zero Dark Thirty, The Thing, Halloween, and Iron Man 3.



  • 2006 Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist (for The Losers)
  • 2012 Stan Lee Award for Best Artist (for Detective Comics)[14]


  • 2001 National Comics Award for Best New Talent (for "Judge Dredd" in 2000AD, tied with Frazer Irving, for "Necronauts" in 2000AD)[15]
  • 2012 Stan Lee Award for Best Ongoing Series (for Detective Comics, with Scott Snyder, Francesco Francavilla)[16]
  • MTV The 10 Best Movie Posters of 2010 (#8, for The Losers poster art)[17]
  • 2019 SXSW Excellence in Poster Design Winner for Daniel Isn't Real



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 No. 65, 2000)
      • "Ten Years" (in vol. 3 No. 70, 2000)
    • Lenny Zero (with Andy Diggle):
      • "Lenny Zero" (in vol. 3 No. 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)
  • Wytches (with Scott Snyder, Image Comics, 2014)

Cover art[edit]

Tabletop Games[edit]


  1. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008). "The Losers". In Dougall, Alastair (ed.). The Vertigo Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. pp. 114–115. ISBN 978-0-7566-4122-1. OCLC 213309015.
  2. ^ "Detective Comics #871 Review". Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Jock Goes Solo on "Savage Wolverine"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Interview: going underground in Mega-City One". SFX. 2 March 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
  5. ^ Sunu, Steve (26 April 2010). "Andy Diggle & Jock on "The Losers"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
  6. ^ Brady, Matt (17 October 2006). "Back to the Future: DC Announces Five Year One Miniseries". Newsarama. Archived from the original on 14 September 2007. Retrieved 28 July 2007.
  7. ^ Arrant, Chris (7 May 2007). "Jock on Green Arrow: Year One". Newsarama. Archived from the original on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 26 December 2008.
  8. ^ Singh, Arune (1 December 2006). "Jock Keeps It Real With "Faker"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 3 August 2007.
  9. ^ Furey, Emmett (27 July 2007). "Back into Hell: Jamie Delano returns to John Constantine's world". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 28 July 2007.
  10. ^ Phegley, Kiel (9 August 2010). "Jock Joins Snyder On "Detective"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  11. ^ a b "Kapow! '11: Comic History Rewritten On The IGN Stage". IGN. 14 April 2011
  12. ^ "Guinness World Records at Kapow! Comic Con" Archived 15 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Guinness World Records. 9 April 2011
  13. ^ homepage Mondo
  14. ^ "Stan Lee Awards" Archived 29 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Kapow Comic Convention. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  15. ^ "2001 National Comics Awards". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  16. ^ Melrose, Kevin (21 May 2012). "Scott Snyder and Sara Pichelli dominate Stan Lee Awards". Comic Book Resources.
  17. ^ Warmoth, Brian (21 December 2010). "MTV TOP MOVIE POSTERS of 2010" Archived 18 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine. MTV.

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