Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Bolton, John

(1951-    ) UK-born Comics artist whose careful, polished style has matured steadily through the last two decades. JB trained as an engineer but turned to illustration in 1971, drawing spot illustrations before producing horror-movie adaptations for the magazine House of Hammer; these included "Dracula, Prince of Darkness" (1976), "Curse of the Leopard Men" (1976), "Curse of the Werewolf" (1977) and "One Million Years BC" (1977). Then came a strip version of the tv series The Bionic Woman (Look In Magazine 1978-1979).

JB began to work for Marvel Comics UK, drawing The Incredible Hulk (1979), Nightraven (1979), Kull (Bizarre Adventures #26 1980 and Kull the Conqueror #2-#4 1983-1984). He meticulously painted Marada the She-Wolf, scripted by Chris Claremont (Epic Magazine #10-#12 1982 and #22-#23 1984). His work in the fantasy vein has continued to appear regularly in a wide range of US comic books, including Twisted Tales (#4-#7 1983-1984), Epic (#7, #15, #18, #24-#25 1981-1984), Alien Worlds (#5 1983), Classic X-Men (#1-#28 and #30-#35 1986-1989), A1 (#1-#4 1989-1990), Hellraiser (#1 and #7 1990-1991), Tapping the Vein (#2 1990) and The Books of Magic (#1 1990). His Graphic Novels are Someplace Strange (graph 1988), written by Ann Nocenti, and Clive Barker's The Yattering and Jack (graph 1992), adapted by Steve Niles. JB also drew a comic-book adaptation of the movie Army of Darkness (graph 1992-1993 3 vols). A series of paintings of naked female Vampires (Glamour International #16 1991) has enhanced his reputation in Italy. [RT]

further reading: Unmasked (#0-#1 1995) features JB articles and sketchbook work.

John Bolton


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.