Simon Bisley

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Simon Bisley
Area(s)Penciller, Artist, Inker, Colourist
Notable works
ABC Warriors
AwardsEagle Award for "Favourite British Artist" (1990)
Eisner Award for "Best Artist" (1992)
Official website

Simon Bisley is a British comic book artist best known for his 1990s work on ABC Warriors, Lobo and Sláine.

Early life[edit]

Simon Bisley began drawing when he was six years old. He is self-taught, with only a short one-year stay at an art college, saying "I found it very difficult to get any kind of feedback from the art teachers. They weren't interested at all in what I was doing, so I became kind of very introverted with regard to my artwork and yeah, I was just all self-taught."[1]


Bisley started his career doing magazine and album covers, his first work being a T-shirt design for heavy metal magazine Kerrang![1]

Eventually, even though he had no experience in comics strip drawing at the time, he was hired by the magazine 2000 AD after they saw his interpretations of their magazine characters. According to the Comic Book Database, "while still a student, Bisley did a painting of a robot holding a baby that he sent to the offices of 2000 AD. The image was seen by Pat Mills and inspired him to relaunch the ABC Warriors strip, with Bisley as artist, in 1987".[2] He started with work on ABC Warriors in 1987, later moving to Sláine and Judge Dredd.[3]

Since 1997, Bisley has been a regular contributor to the comics magazine Heavy Metal.[4]

Bisley has done design work for several music videos, including Chippendales' "Room Service".[citation needed]


Bisley's style is strongly influenced by Frank Frazetta,[5] Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dalí, and Richard Corben, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Egon Schiele.[6] He also took inspiration from rock album covers and graffiti as well as traditional comics art.

Bisley's work influenced the Beast in the 2006 Doctor Who episode "The Satan Pit",[7] and Simon Pegg's character graphic artist Tim Bisley on the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced.[8]




  • The Authority/Lobo (with co-writers Keith Giffen and Alan Grant):
    • Jingle Hell (2004)
    • Spring Break Massacre (2005)
  • Batman: Black & White, miniseries, #2 (with Neil Gaiman, 1996)
  • Batman/Judge Dredd: Judgement on Gotham (with John Wagner and Alan Grant, 1991) ISBN 1-56389-022-4
  • Batman/Lobo One-Shot (April 2000)
  • Global Frequency #7 (with Warren Ellis, 2003)
  • Hellblazer #259-260, 265-266, 282 (full art); #271-274 (along with Giuseppe Camuncoli) (2009–11)
  • Lobo:
    • The Last Czarnian (with co-writers Keith Giffen and Alan Grant, 96 pages, 1992) ISBN 0-930289-99-4
    • Lobo's Back (with Keith Giffen, 96 pages, 1993) ISBN 1-56389-103-4
    • Paramilitary Christmas Special (with Keith Giffen and Alan Grant, 1991)


Full Circle[edit]

  • Full Cirkle, vol. 1 (with Simon Reed, 2003)
  • Full Cirkle, vol. 2 (with Simon Reed, 2007)
  • Thicker Than Blood (colours, with Simon Reed and art by Mike Ploog, 2007)



  • Verotika #1 (with Glenn Danzig (w), 1994)
  • Verotika #2 (cover, 1995)
  • Death Dealer #1 (with Glenn Danzig (w) and Frank Frazetta (cover), 1995)
  • Satanika (Vol 1) #0 (with Glenn Danzig (w) and Frank Frazetta (cover), 1995)
  • Satanika (Vol 1) #1-2 (covers, 1995)
  • Jaguar God #0 (with Glenn Danzig (w), 1996)
  • Verotik Illustrated (with Bill Oakley, 1997)
  • Hidden Lyrics of the Left Hand (with Glenn Danzig (w), 2010)
  • Lyrics of the Left Hand, Volume II (with Glenn Danzig (w), 2018)

Other publishers[edit]

Collected editions[edit]

  • The Authority/Lobo: Holiday Hell (160 pages, 2006) ISBN 1-4012-0992-0
  • Global Frequency, Volume 2: Detonation Radio, ISBN 1-4012-0291-8
  • Heavy Metal Dredd (with John Wagner/Alan Grant, reprinted from Rock Power, collected in Heavy Metal Dredd ISBN 0-7493-1555-5):
    • "A Mega-City Primer" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #1.14, 1991 and 2000 AD #1068, 1997)
    • "Rock On, Tommy Who?!" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #1.16, 1992)
    • "Chicken Run" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #1.17, 1992)
    • "The Legend of Johnny Biker" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #1.19, 1992)
    • "Ironfist" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.61, 1994)
    • "Night Before Christmas" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #2.62, 1994)
    • "The Great Arsoli" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.15, 1996)
    • "Bimba" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.17, 1996)

Music album covers[edit]

Computer game box[edit]

Role-playing games[edit]

Movie posters[edit]

  • Centurion (2010) (Possibly in error, also attributed to Simon Bowles and Pathe productions.)
  • Black Death (2010)


  • Biz: The Intense Art of Simon Bisley (Verotik Pub Inc, August 1997)
  • Fakk 2 (80 pages, Heavy Metal Magazine, June 1999)
  • The Art of Simon Bisley Redux (132 pages, Heavy Metal Magazine, June 2007, ISBN 1-932413-79-0)
  • Simon Bisley's Illustrations from the Bible: A Work in Progress (Heavy Metal Magazine, July 2007, ISBN 1-932413-78-2)
  • Simon Bisley Calendar 2010 (Heavy Metal Magazine, August 2009, ISBN 1-935351-06-0)


  • 1990: Won "Favourite Artist UK" Eagle Award
  • 1992:[11]
    • Won "Best Artist" Eisner Award, for Judgement on Gotham
    • Won "Best Artist" UK Comic Art Award[12]
    • Won "Best Original Graphic Novel" UK Comic Art Award for Judgment on Gotham (with John Wagner and Alan Grant)
    • Nominated for "Best Cover Artist" Eisner Award, for Judgement on Gotham and Doom Patrol
    • Nominated for "Best Graphic Album: New/First US Publication" Eisner Award, for Judgement on Gotham (with Alan Grant and John Wagner)
  • 1993:[13]
    • Nominated for "Best Cover Artist" Eisner Award, for Grendel: War Child, Terminator, and Enemy Within
    • Nominated for "Best Painter (Interior)" Eisner Award, for "Lair of the Lizard Ladies" in Mr. Monster Attacks #3
    • Nominated for "Best Artist" UK Comic Art Award[14]
  • 2002: Nominated for "Best Artist Ever" National Comics Award


  1. ^ a b "Comic Art & Graffix Gallery Artist Interviews - Simon Bisley".
  2. ^ "Simon Bisley Comic Book DB". 2008.
  3. ^ Ringgenberg, Steve (1995). "interview with Bisley, p. 1". Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Duncan, Randy; Smith, Matthew J. (2013). Icons of the American Comic Book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman, Volume 1. p. 332. ISBN 9780313399237.
  5. ^ Ringgenberg, Steve (1995). "interview with Bisley, p. 5". Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Simon Bisley" Archived 9 August 2017 at the Wayback Machine. East Coast Comiccon. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Artist Biography", "The Tick's 20th Anniversary Special Edition #1", May 2007, New England Comics Press
  8. ^ Spaced Series 2 DVD Homage-o-meter (Alternative subtitles)
  9. ^ The Dead issue #1 at Berserker Comics
  10. ^ Church of Hell at Berserker Comics
  11. ^ 1992 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners at the Comic Book Awards Almanac
  12. ^ "Newswatch: UK Awards Named," The Comics Journal #149 (March 1992), p. 22.
  13. ^ 1993 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners at the Comic Book Awards Almanac
  14. ^ ER. "International Miscellanea: 1993 UK Comic Art Awards," The Comics Journal #161 (August 1993), p. 40.

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