Copertina del n. 3 della Pro-zine Fumettomania

In concomitanza della presenza in terra di Sicilia, il prossimo 18, 19 e 20 settembre, di John Bolton (conosciuto da tanti appassionati di fumetti di tutto il mondo), mi sono reso conto che bisogna dare maggiori informazioni a chi, invece, non conosce o conosce poco il maestro dell’illustrazione di origine inglese.
Ed ecco allora che pubblico la bibliografia italiana di J. Bolton, per la quale si ringrazia il sito ed il signor Stefano Marchesini; ed a seguire la sua biografia, in lingua inglese, “prelevata” direttamente da wikipedia.

Ricordo, infine, che John firmò la copertina del n. 3 della fanzine Fumettomania (1991), scaricabile da e da

Nel nostro blog,  J. Bolton è nostro ospite permanente in questa pagina:

Mentre ho si è scritto di lui, nei seguenti post

Il sito di John Bolton è

Mario Benenati


L’intera bibliografia italiana di John Bolton (aggiornata al 29 marzo 2014) la potete rintracciare in questo link del sito di Glamazonia:

oppure potete scaricare il file PDF (della stessa pagina di Glamazonia) da qui:  John Bolton – Cronologia Italiana)


Modificata rispetto a quella inserita sua wikipedia, l’enciclopedia libera

John Bolton (born in London, England) is a British comic book artist and illustrator most known for his dense, painted style, which often verges on photorealism. He was one of the first British artists to work for the American comics industry, a phenomenon which took root in the late 1980s and has since become standard practice.



Bolton’s introduction to comics came about quite casually after he graduated from East Ham Technical College (whose former alumni include Gerald Scarfe, Barry Windsor-Smith and Ralph Steadman) with a degree in graphics and design.
His first works in Great Britain were for magazines like Look In, The House of Hammer and Warrior (edited by Dez Skinn).
In 1981 Marvel Comics’ editor Ralph Macchio noticed his work and called him to work for an adaptation of Kull of Valusia for Epic Comics. After illustrating two Kull stories, Bolton began working on the historical-fantasy character Marada, written by Chris Claremont (author of X-Men). This was published by Epic Illustrated one year later.
After another fantasy series, Black Dragon (1985), the duo Claremont & Bolton produced some short stories about X-Men’s lives for X-Men Classic. This represented the first introduction of Bolton to the world of superheroes. In this period Bolton worked on covers and strips for Eclipse and Pacific publishers, and on the graphic novel Someplace Strange, written by Ann Nocenti (1988).



From 1989 Bolton devoted himself to horror, his then favourite genre. Apart from a great number of covers for Dark Horse Comics and adaptations of horror movies, the main work of this period is his collaboration with writer Clive Barker (including the Hellraiser comic book version).
In 1990 Bolton worked on the first episode of The Books of Magic for DC Comics, written by Neil Gaiman. The physical appearance of the protagonist, Timothy Hunter, is that of Bolton’s eldest son. In other comic books he has also portrayed his wife and sons.
In 1995 Bolton produced art for the Man-Bat mini-series, written by Jamie Delano for DC Comics. Bolton said he accepted only because the story pivoted on a villain, instead of Batman, who he considered too winning a character.
Later Bolton worked on another Batman book, Batman/Joker: Switch written by Devin Grayson they continued their collaboration and worked on User. Bolton worked with Sam Raimi on Army of Darkness and with Mark Verheiden on Evil Dead. Menz Insana written buy Christopher Fowler, and Gifts of the Night by Paul Chadwick. Bolton also worked with Mike Carey on God Save the Queen and The Furies.  The Green Woman written by Peter Straub and Michael Easton.
Bolton has illustrated many trading cards for the DC and Magic: The Gathering and World of Warcraft.
In other media
In 2003, author Neil Gaiman directed A Short Film About John Bolton where the painter (played by John O’Mahony) is interviewed by a reporter seeking to answer “Where do your ideas come from?” The artist is portrayed as very soft-spoken and reclusive, somewhat of a reluctant local celebrity in London. Bolton himself plays a guest interviewed at a gallery showing.
Bolton’s name can be seen on the end credits of the film Beowulf (2007).  Where he worked with Robert Zemeckis on the design for the Angelina Jolie character.

Latest Work

Bolton has been working on his current series for the last five years called SHAME.  The first trilogy is now available and Bolton has started work on the next three books which continues the story.

“Shame” is dark but spellbinding, with a dreamy quality to the art which makes the tale compelling and take on a life of its own. The story is beautifully crafted by writer Lovern Kindzierski. “

Bolton has painted these books in watercolour which makes this fantasy series stand out, a bizarre story that does not quite follow mainstream fantasy/fairy tales.




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