Bill Sienkiewicz : biography
Boleslav Felix Robert "Bill" Sienkiewicz [pronounced sin-KEV-itch]Letters page, Fantastic Four No. 227 (February 1981). (born May 3, 1958) at the Lambiek ComiclopediaComics Buyer’s Guide #1485; May 3, 2002; Page 29 is an Eisner Award-winning American artist and writer best known for his comic book work, primarily for Marvel Comics’ The New Mutants and Elektra: Assassin. Sienkiewicz often utilizes oil painting, collage, mimeograph and other forms generally uncommon in comic books.
- 1981 Eagle Award for Best New Artist
- 1981 Inkpot Award
- 1982 Eagle Award for Best Artist
- 1983 Eagle Award for Best Artist
- 1986: Yellow Kid Award, Lucca, Italy, for "bridging the gap between American and European artistic sensibilities"
- 1986: The Gran Guigiri Award, Lucca, Italy
- 1987 Eagle Award for Favourite Artist (penciller)
- 1987 Kirby Award for Best Artist (for Elektra: Assassin)
- 1988: March of Dimes Award, for charity work
- 1989 Haxtur Award for Best Cover (for Question #10)
- 1991 Alpe de Huiz Award, Grenoble, France
- 1992 Adamson Award, for Daredevil, and graphic experiments
- 2004 Eisner Award for Best Anthology (for contributions to The Sandman: Endless Nights)
Sienkiewicz continued as artist of the Moon Knight color comics series, starting with the first issue (November 1980). 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), 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. He illustrated New Mutants from 1984–1985.
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.
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.
His first major interior work for DC Comics was contributing to Batman #400 (October 1986).
He illustrated the 1986–87 eight-issue miniseries Elektra: Assassin written by Frank Miller.DeFalco "1980s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 228: "Produced by Frank Miller and illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz, Elektra: Assassin was an eight-issue limited series…published by Marvel’s Epic Comics imprint." After which, he collaborated with writer Andrew Helfer on the first six issues of DC Comics’ The Shadow series. 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.
Sienkiewicz was the subject of a 2008 full-length documentary/interview produced by Woodcrest Productions, The Creator Chronicles: Bill Sienkiewicz., Comic Box, December 12, 2007
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.Cowsill, Alan "2000s" in Dolan, p. 334: "DC’s version of Hell erupted into all-out war when the rulers of Purgatory, Blaze and Satanus invaded Neron’s infernal domain. Written by Keith Giffen with art by Tom Derenick and Bill Sienkiewicz." In 2010-2012, he inked several issues of Neal Adams’ Batman: Odyssey project for DC Comics.