Bill Sienkiewicz

Boleslav William Felix Robert Sienkiewicz (/sɪnˈkɛvɪtʃ/ sin-KEV-itch;[1][2] born May 3, 1958),[3][4] better known as Bill Sienkiewicz, is an American artist known for his work in comic books—particularly for Marvel Comics' The New Mutants, Moon Knight, and Elektra: Assassin. Sienkiewicz's work in the 1980s was considered revolutionary in mainstream US comics, due to his highly stylized art that verged on abstraction and made use of oil painting, photorealism, collage, mimeograph, and other forms generally uncommon in comic books.[5][6][7]

Bill Sienkiewicz
Bill Sienkiewicz at 2011 Big Apple Comic Con
BornBoleslav William Felix Robert Sienkiewicz
May 3, 1958 (age 60)
Blakely, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Inker
Notable works
Elektra: Assassin
Moon Knight
New Mutants
Stray Toasters
AwardsFull list

Early life

Sienkiewicz was born May 3, 1958, in Blakely, Pennsylvania.[3] When he was five years old, he moved with his family to Hainesville, New Jersey, where he attended elementary and secondary school.[8] Sienkiewicz began drawing "when [he] was about four or five",[8] and continued doing and learning about art throughout his childhood. His early comic-book influences include artist Curt Swan Superman comics, and artist Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four.[8]

Sienkiewicz received his classical art education[2] at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts in Newark, New Jersey.[3]

After art school, he showed a portfolio of his work to DC Comics' art director Vince Colletta, which led to his entering the comics field at age 19.[9] The artist recalled in 1985, "They didn't have any work for me, but that didn't bother me. I just figured that if comics didn't work out I'd have done advertising or illustration. Vinnie called [renowned comics and advertising artist] Neal Adams, who put me in touch with [Marvel Comics editor-in-chief] Jim Shooter. Soon after that I was drawing Moon Knight, in The Hulk [black-and-white comics] magazine".[8] His art style was heavily influenced by Neal Adams.[10]



Sienkiewicz, drawing during a 1997 appearance in Gijón, Spain

Sienkiewicz continued as artist of the Moon Knight color comics series, starting with the first issue (November 1980). His eclectic art style helped shed the early perception of Moon Knight as a mere Batman clone.[11] Four years later, after a stint as artist on the Fantastic Four, he became the artist on Marvel's X-Men spin-off New Mutants, beginning with issue No. 18 (August 1984),[12] producing cover paintings and character designs. From this period on, Sienkiewicz's art evolved into a much more expressionistic style, and he began experimenting with paint, collage, and mixed media.[11] He illustrated New Mutants from 1984–1985.[13]

Sienkiewicz produced covers for a range of Marvel titles, including Rom, Dazzler, The Mighty Thor, Return of the Jedi and The Transformers, and drew the comic adaptation of Dune.[13]

Sienkiewicz's own first writing credit was for the painted story "Slow Dancer" in Epic Illustrated in 1986. Sienkiewicz both wrote and illustrated the 1988 miniseries Stray Toasters, an idiosyncratic work published by Epic Comics about a criminal psychologist investigating a series of murders.[13] His first major interior work for DC Comics was contributing to Batman #400 (October 1986).[14]

He illustrated the 1986-87 eight-issue Elektra: Assassin limited series [15] and the Daredevil: Love and War graphic novel which were both written by Frank Miller.[16][17]

After this, he collaborated with writer Andy Helfer on the first six issues of DC Comics' The Shadow series.[18]

In 1988, he contributed to the Brought to Light graphic novel with writer Alan Moore. In 1990, Sienkiewicz and Moore published the first two issues of the uncompleted series Big Numbers. Sienkiewicz painted the Classics Illustrated adaptation of the novel Moby-Dick.[13]

Sienkiewicz was the subject of a 2008 full-length documentary/interview produced by Woodcrest Productions, The Creator Chronicles: Bill Sienkiewicz.[19]

In 2007, Sienkiewicz penciled 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow. In 2008, Sienkiewicz illustrated a story for The Nightmare Factory - Volume 2 graphic novel. That same year, he inked the Reign in Hell limited series for DC.[20] In 2010-2012, he inked several issues of Neal Adams' Batman: Odyssey project for DC Comics.[13]

In October 2012, Sienkiewicz teamed with fellow artists Klaus Janson and David W. Mack on the eight-issue Marvel mini-series Daredevil: End of Days. Regarding the contrast in art styles, Sienkiewicz related that it was deliberate, in order to "give a very definite break from the “everyday reality” that Klaus’ art is meant to portray, as well as the impression of a flashback."[21]

In June 2014, Sienkiewicz was the guest of honor at ceremony for the 2014 Inkwell Awards at HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina.[22][23]

Other work

In addition to his work in comics, Sienkiewicz has also worked in numerous other media, especially in the music and trading card industries. His artwork has been published in magazines including Entertainment Weekly and Spin. In 1998, he collaborated with writer Martin I. Green to produce the children's book Santa, My Life & Times.

In 1989, Sienkiewicz painted the art for the "Friendly Dictators" card set published by Eclipse Comics which portrayed various foreign leaders such as Mobutu Sese Seko, Ferdinand Marcos, and Anastasio Somoza Debayle.[24]

Sienkiewicz has illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game.[25] In 2004, Sienkiewicz contributed to card art for VS System, a collectible card game published by Upper Deck Entertainment. In 1995, he illustrated Voodoo Child: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix the biography of Jimi Hendrix by Martin I. Green. In 1996, he provided the artwork for the Bruce Cockburn album The Charity of Night. Additional Sienkiewicz album covers include RZA's Bobby Digital in Stereo (1998), EPMD's Business as Usual (1990), and Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon: The End of Day (2009). Also in 2006, Sienkiewicz teamed with Neal Adams to create art for former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters. Their artwork was utilized as video projections for live performances of Waters' song "Leaving Beirut".

Sienkiewicz has worked on character design for animation. His work on the television series Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? received two Emmy Award nominations in 1995 and 1996.[26] In 2006, Sienkiewicz designed the layout and art for The Venture Bros. season one DVD set. He designed the cover art for the season three DVD and Blu-ray set.


Personal life

In October 1979 Sienkiewicz married Francis Ann Dawson (Franki), who worked at Marvel as the administrative assistant for editor-in-chief Jim Shooter and later was Marvel's Administrative Manager of International Licensing.[31] They divorced in 1983.[32]

He is descended from the Polish writer and novelist Henryk Sienkiewicz, who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1905.[2]


Stray toasters front back
Sienkiewicz's front and back covers for Stray Toasters #3

Interior art

DC Comics

Marvel Comics

Cover work

DC Comics

  • All-Flash #1 (variant cover)
  • Batman: Cacophony #1 (1:25 variant cover)
  • Batman: The Widening Gyre #1
  • Detective Comics #741, 772–773, 775
  • JLA #59
  • Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 3 #38
  • The Question #1–19 #21–23, Annual #1
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation #1–6
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation graphic novel collecting six issue mini series with variant cover
  • Teen Titans Spotlight #10

Marvel Comics

Other publishers

  • 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow (three-issue mini-series, covers and full interior art)
  • The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist #2, published by Dark Horse
  • Big Numbers # 1–2 (Covers and full interior art and several pages of #3 which was unpublished and the series discontinued)
  • Brought to Light graphic novel (cover and interior art)
  • Judge Dredd #12–22 – Titan books collected edition (covers only)
  • Judge Dredd and the Angel Gang – Collected edition graphic novel (cover only)
  • Judge Dredd: City of the Damned – Collected edition graphic novel (cover only)
  • Judge Dredd: Innocents Abroad – Collected edition graphic novel (cover only — this is a cropped version of the cover of the Titan books Judge Dredd # 14)
  • Judge Dredd: Oz Books One to Three – Titan books collected edition (covers only — all three covers interlink to form larger image)
  • Judge Dredd: The Complete Oz – Collected edition graphic novel (cover only — the cover features a mix of covers # 2 + 3 from the single reprint books)
  • "Leaf" #2 by NAB (cover only)
  • Lone Wolf and Cub # 14–20 – US reprint books by First Publishing (covers only)
  • M3 #2 published by Hound Comics (cover only)
  • Oni Double Feature #4–5 ("A River in Egypt" part one and two)
  • The Nightmare Factory — Volume 2 graphic novel, published by Fox Atomic Comics
  • Classics Illustrated #4Moby-Dick (Berkley Publishing)
  • Total Eclipse #1–5 (covers only)
  • The Matrix graphic novel (Interior art on story section)

Other work

  • 1990 — Bill Sienkiewicz Sketchbook (Fantagraphics)
  • 1995 — Voodoo Child: The Illustrated Legend of Jimi Hendrix (illustrated storybook with CD, cover and full interior art)
  • 1998 — Santa, My Life & Times (illustrated storybook, cover and full interior art)
  • 2003 — Bill Sienkiewicz: Precursor (Art Book, Hermes Press )
  • Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Guide to Camarilla & Sabbat covers


Trading cards

  • VS System, various sets
  • Big Budget Circus (Eclipse Enterprises)
  • Friendly Dictators (Eclipse Enterprises)
  • Coup D’Etat (Eclipse Enterprises)
  • Rock Bottom Awards (Eclipse Enterprises)
  • Marvel Masterpieces, Series 2 and Series 3, assorted cards
  • 1994 Fleer Ultra X-Men, assorted cards


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Angels and Visitations

Angels and Visitations is a collection of short fiction and nonfiction by Neil Gaiman. It was first published in the United States in 1993 by DreamHaven Books. It is illustrated by Steve Bissette, Randy Broecker, Dave McKean, P. Craig Russell, Jill Carla Schwarz, Bill Sienkiewicz, Charles Vess and Michael Zulli.

Many of the stories in this book are reprints from other sources, such as magazines and anthologies.

Big Numbers (comics)

Big Numbers is an unfinished graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Bill Sienkiewicz. In 1990 Moore's short-lived imprint Mad Love published two of the planned twelve issues; the series was picked up by Kevin Eastman's Tundra Publishing, but the completed third issue did not print, and the remaining issues, whose artwork was to be handled by Sienkiewicz's assistant Al Columbia, were never finished.

The work marks a move, on Moore's part, away from genre fiction, in the wake of the success of Watchmen. Moore weaves mathematics into a narrative of socioeconomic changes wrought by an American corporation's building of a shopping mall in a small, traditional English town, and the effects of the economic policies of the Margaret Thatcher administration in the 1980s.

Black Spectre

Black Spectre has two meanings in the Marvel Universe. The first Black Spectre is the name of a fictional organization which first appeared in Daredevil #108 (March 1974) and was created by writer Steve Gerber and penciller Bob Brown. It was a league of costumed female commandos, entranced by the Mandrill into doing his bidding, and led by Nekra. The second Black Spectre is a fictional supervillain who first appeared in Moon Knight #25 (November 1982) and was created by writer Doug Moench and penciller Bill Sienkiewicz. The character is one of the greatest enemies of the vigilante Moon Knight.

Brought to Light

Brought to Light: Thirty Years of Drug Smuggling, Arms Deals, and Covert Action is an anthology of two political graphic novels, published originally by Eclipse Comics in 1988.The two stories are Shadowplay: The Secret Team by Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz, and Flashpoint: The LA Penca Bombing documented by Martha Honey and Tony Avirgan and adapted by Joyce Brabner and Tom Yeates. Brought to Light was edited overall by Joyce Brabner, Catherine Yronwode acted as executive editor, and Eclipse publisher Dean Mullaney was the publication designer.

Bushman (comics)

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Demon Bear

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John Garrett (comics)

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Magus (Marvel Comics)

The Magus () is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a techno-organic patriarch of an alien civilization.

Morning Star (comics)

This article is about the occultist Morning Star. For the Russian superhero from Marvel Comics, see Morningstar (comics).Morning Star is the alias of Schuyler Belial, a fictional Marvel Comics villain and Satanist who was an enemy of Moon Knight and the Werewolf by Night. He first appeared in Moon Knight, Volume 1 #29. He was created by Doug Moench and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Morpheus (Marvel Comics)

Morpheus is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Phalanx (comics)

The Phalanx are a fictional cybernetic species appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. They have come in conflict with the X-Men as well as other groups on several occasions. They form a hive-mind, linking each member by a telepathy-like system.

The Phalanx were co-created by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Joe Madureira but owe much in concept and appearance to the original Technarchy (by writer Chris Claremont and artist Bill Sienkiewicz). Although appearing in prototype variations in earlier issues, the Phalanx first appeared in their full form in Uncanny X-Men #312 (May 1994).

Sharon Friedlander

Sharon Friedlander is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character most often appears in X-Men stories in the Marvel Universe. Sharon first appeared in New Mutants vol. 1 #19 (1984). She was created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. Her last appearance was in Uncanny X-Men #298 (March, 1993).

Stained Glass Scarlet

Stained Glass Scarlet (real name Scarlet Fasinera) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Doug Moench, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Jim Shooter.

Street Code

Street Code is both the short, ten page autobiographical comic story and the 2009 mini-comic by influential writer-artist Jack Kirby. Both Bill Sienkiewicz and Jeff Zapata consider it among Kirby's greatest works, and it supplanted all other works in the minds of Jack and wife Roz. Roz appreciated it so much she framed the two page spread from the story and gave it pride of place on her wall. It was commissioned by Richard Kyle in 1983 but did not see print until 1990 in Argosy vol.3 #2, with lettering by Bill Spicer. The story was shot from Kirby's pencils. Kyle intended to print it with a colored tone behind it, which Kirby requested not be too colorful, but rather drab to suit the times. Kyle said "I was troubled by the production errors in "Street Code", ... I should have served Jack better. But, although a hundred comic editors could have asked for this story (or one like it) at any time in Jack's career, they never did. "Street Code" lives because of Argosy, and will be remembered because of Jack Kirby - and because it says what the graphic story could have been and may still become."

The strip has been printed on four occasions:

Argosy vol.3 #2 (Richard Kyle Publications) (1990) with lettering by Bill Spicer

Streetwise (TwoMorrows Publishing) (2000) with lettering by Ken Bruzenak

Kirby: King of Comics (Abrams Books) (2008) with lettering by Bill Spicer

Street Code (Kirby Museum) (2009) with lettering by Jack Kirby

Strong Guy

Strong Guy is the alias of Guido Carosella, a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz and first appeared in New Mutants #29 (July 1985).

Tom Corsi

Thomas "Tom" Corsi is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, most often appearing in X-Men stories. Tom first appeared in New Mutants vol. 1 #19 (1984) and was created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Warlock (New Mutants)

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