Simon Bisley

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Simon Bisley
Nationality British
Area(s) Penciller, Inker, Colourist
Notable works
ABC Warriors
Awards "Best Artist" Eisner Award (1992)
Official website

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

His style, reliant on paints, acrylics, inks and multiple-mediums, is strongly influenced by Frank Frazetta,[1] Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dalí, and Richard Corben.[2] He also took inspiration from rock album covers and graffiti as well as traditional comics art. In turn he and his work has inspired various forms in media, including the Beast in the 2006 Doctor Who episode "The Satan Pit",[3] and Simon Pegg's character graphic artist Tim Bisley on the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced.[4]

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.


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

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.[citation needed] He started with work on ABC Warriors in 1987, later moving to Sláine and Judge Dredd.[5]

Since 1997, Bisley is a regular contributor of the comics magazine Heavy Metal.[6]

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





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 Glen Danzig (w), 1994)
  • Verotika #2 (cover, 1995)
  • Death Dealer #1 (with Glen Danzig (w) and Frank Frazetta (cover), 1995)
  • Satinika (Vol 1) #0 (with Glen Danzig (w) and Frank Frazetta (cover), 1995)
  • Satinika (Vol 1) #1-2 (covers, 1995)
  • Jaguar God #0 (with Glen Danzig (w), 1996)
  • Verotik Illustrated (with Bill Oakley, 1997)

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)


  • 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)


  • 1989: Won "Favourite Artist UK" Eagle Award
  • 1992:[9]
    • Won "Best Artist" Eisner Award, for Judgement on Gotham
    • Nominated for "Best Cover Artist" Eisner Award, for Judgement on Gotham and Doom Patrol
    • Nominated for "Best Graphic Album: New/First US publication", for Judgement on Gotham, with Alan Grant and John Wagner
  • 1993:[10]
    • Nominated for "Best Cover Artist" Eisner Award, for Grendel: War Child, Terminator, and Enemy Within
    • Nominated for "Best Painter (Interior)", for "Lair of the Lizard Ladies" in Mr. Monster Attacks #3


  1. ^ Ringgenberg, Steve (1995). "interview with Bisley, p. 5". Wayback Machine. 
  2. ^ Fanpage
  3. ^ "Artist Biography", "The Tick's 20th Anniversary Special Edition #1", May 2007, New England Comics Press
  4. ^ Spaced Series 2 DVD Homage-o-meter (Alternative subtitles)
  5. ^ Ringgenberg, Steve (1995). "interview with Bisley, p. 1". Wayback Machine. 
  6. ^ Duncan, Randy; Smith, Matthew J. Icons of the American Comic Book: From Captain America to Wonder Woman, Volume 1. Google Books. p. 332. 
  7. ^ The Dead issue #1 at Berserker Comics
  8. ^ Church of Hell at Berserker Comics
  9. ^ 1992 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners at the Comic Book Awards Almanac
  10. ^ 1993 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners at the Comic Book Awards Almanac

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