Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Bisley, Simon

(1962-    ) UK Comics artist whose distinctive brand of ultra-tough fantasy characters has spawned an army of imitators. SB's first published work, on ABC Warriors in 2,000 A.D. (#555-#558 1988), done in pen-and-ink line, was impressive for its vitality and clarity of imaginative vision, but his huge popularity originated with the publication of the first episodes of Slaine: The Horned God (from 1989) written by Pat Mills. SB's Slaine was painted in full colour, and as the series progressed his work became dramatically looser and more accomplished, while there became increasingly evident a thread of self-mocking humour that remained a significant factor in SB's rapid rise to stardom. His use of rich but subtly muted colour in representing his very personal, massively muscled grotesques and his uninhibited inventiveness in decorating them with metal chains, bolts and motifs of death and destruction have made him perhaps the most sought-after artist in the comics field.

SB's other published work has included: Lobo: The Last Czarnian (in Lobo #1-#4 1989-1990), The Lobo Xmas Sanction (1991) and Lobo's Back (#1-#3 1992; graph coll 1993); several stories featuring Judge Dredd (in Judge Dredd: The Megazine #14, #16 and #19 1991-1992 and Heavy Metal Dredd [graph 1993]); the Batman/Dredd teamup Judgement on Gotham (graph 1991); and Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer * (graph 1995). [RT]

further reading: Biz: The Intense Art of Simon Bisley (graph 1997 US).

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