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DC Comics

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Walt Simonson

Real Name
Walt Simonson
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Date of Birth
September 2, 1946

First publication

Unknown

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Personal History

Personal History of Walt Simonson is unknown.

Professional History

Professional History of Walt Simonson is unknown.

Notes

  • No special notes.

Trivia

  • No trivia.

See Also

Work History


Official Website

  • None.

Links and References

Walt Simonson on Wikipedia


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Marvel Database

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Walter Simonson

Walter Simonson
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Real Name
Walter Simonson
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Walt Simonson

Characteristics
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Date of Birth

September 2 , 1946

Contents

Personal History

Walter "Walt" Simonson is an American comic book writer and artist. After studying geology at Amherst College, he transferred to the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 1972. His thesis project there was The Star Slammers, which was published as a black and white promotional comic book for the 1974 World Science Fiction Convention in Washington, D.C. (DisCon II). Some years later, he produced another version of the story in graphic novel form for Epic Comics, the Marvel Comics imprint that was a response to creator-owned lines of the early eighties. Simonson continued the adventures of the Star Slammers in a limited series in the mid-1990s as one of the founders of Malibu Comics' short-lived Bravura label.

Professional History

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1970's

Simonson's first professional comic book work was producing war stories for DC Comics and other publishers. He also did a number of illustrations for the Harry N. Abrams, Inc. edition of The Hobbit, including the title page drawing for Chapter 3, "A Short Rest." The book was largely illustrated using stills from the Rankin-Bass television special adaptation, which featured character designs by his friend Lester Abrams. Gray Morrow also did illustrations for that edition, as did Charles Vess. Simonson's breakthrough illustration job was "Manhunter," a backup feature in DC's Detective Comics written by Archie Goodwin. Simonson was the first artist of the 1970s revival of Metal Men, and in 1979 drew an adaptation of the movie Alien, also in collaboration with Goodwin. He collaborated again with Goodwin when the latter, who was editing Star Wars for Marvel Comics, asked Simonson to take over art duties from Al Williamson and Carmine Infantino.

In the late 1970s, Simonson, Howard Chaykin, Val Mayerik, and Jim Starlin formed Upstart Associates, a shared studio space on West 29th Street in New York City. The membership changed over time: Mayerik left to move back to Ohio, and Jim Sherman took his place. Jim Starlin subsequently moved upstate, and Frank Miller replaced him.

1980's

He is best known for his work on Marvel Comics titles in the 1980s and 1990s such as The Mighty Thor and X-Factor (the latter being a collaboration with his wife Louise Simonson). 'Simonson took nearly complete control of Thor, during which he transformed Thor into a frog for three issues and introduced the supporting character, Beta Ray Bill, an alien warrior who unexpectedly proved worthy to wield Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. He started as writer & artist with issue #337 (Nov. 1983). Simonson's run as writer-artist lasted until #367 (May 1986), although he continued to write – and occasionally draw – the book until issue #382 (Aug. 1987).

Frank Miller left Upstart Associates in the early 80s. During this period, Dean Haspiel, while still in high school, served as Chaykin's assistant on American Flagg!, occasionally helping Simonson on Thor as well. Chaykin moved out to the West Coast in c. 1986, leaving Simonson to close Upstart Associates a few years later.

1990's

Simonson also took over as writer and artist on the Fantastic Four series for the next year-and-a-half from 1990-1991. He started as writer with issue #334 (Dec. 1989), and three issues later began penciling and inking as well (#337, coincidentally the same issue number he started as writer & artist of Thor). With brief inking exceptions, and one fill-in issue, he remained in all three positions through issue #354 (July 1991).

2000's

From 2000 to 2002, he wrote and illustrated Orion for DC. He also wrote Wonder Woman (vol. 2) #189-194 in 2003, with artist Jerry Ordway providing art. In 2002, he contributed an interview to Panel Discussions, a nonfiction book about the developing movement in sequential art and narrative literature, along with Durwin Talon, Will Eisner, Mike Mignola and Mark Schultz.

From 2003 to 2006, he drew the four issue prestige mini-series Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer, written by Elric's creator, Michael Moorcock. The four issues were published as a 192 page graphic novel in 2007 by DC. He continued to work for DC in 2006 writing Hawkgirl, with pencillers Howard Chaykin, Joe Bennett, and Renato Arlum.

Recent work includes cover artwork for the six issue mini-series Bat Lash as well as a comic book adaptation of the online role-playing game World of Warcraft for Wildstorm.

Work History

Images Attributed to Walter Simonson

Notes

Walt's signature
* Simonson's distinctive signature consists of his last name, distorted to resemble a Brontosaurus.

Trivia

  • Walt had a fan letter published in Iron Man 3.

See Also

  • Gallery of Walter Simonson's pictures
  • Quotations by Walter Simonson
  • Walter Simonson in the news

Official Website

  • None.

Links and References

  • None.




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Starwars

Up to date as of February 04, 2010
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From Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki.

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Walter Simonson
Biographical information
Born

September 2, 1946

Career
Occupation

Writer, artist

Companies

Marvel Comics

Walter "Walt" Simonson (born September 2, 1946) is a comic book creator who was a regular penciller, writer, and cover artist for the Marvel Star Wars series of comics. Simonson's early professional work was for DC Comics, illustrating war stories in the early 1970s. Soon after, he and writer Archie Goodwin co-created the critically acclaimed Manhunter backup feature in Detective Comics. Before he became the regular penciller on Star Wars, he worked on a single issue with Goodwin and they co-created the fan favorite character, Beilert Valance in The Hunter. In 1981 he took over the pencilling chores on a regular basis, and this time working with writer David Michelinie developed such characters as Shira Brie and Plif and concepts like the talking bomb. After leaving Star Wars, he began writing and illustrating The Mighty Thor series for Marvel Comics, which is probably Simonson's most notable work. He also worked with his wife and writer Louise Simonson on the hit Marvel series X-Factor.

The character Wald, created by Simonson for Marvel Star Wars #60, is remarkably similar to him.

Contents

Star Wars bibliography

Cover of Star Wars 16: The Hunter by Simonson

Writer

  • Star Wars 56: Coffin in the Clouds
  • Star Wars 57: Hello, Bespin, Goodbye
  • Star Wars 58: Sundown
  • Star Wars 59: Bazarre
  • Star Wars 60: Shira's Story
  • Star Wars 61: Screams in the Void
  • Star Wars 62: Pariah
  • Star Wars 63: The Mind Spider
  • Star Wars 65: Golrath Never Forgets
  • Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago... Volume 4: Screams in the Void

Penciller

  • Star Wars 16: The Hunter
  • Star Wars 49: The Last Jedi
  • Star Wars 50: The Crimson Forever
  • Star Wars 51: Resurrection of Evil
  • Star Wars 52: To Take The Tarkin
  • Star Wars 53: The Last Gift From Alderaan
  • Star Wars 54: Starfire Rising
  • Star Wars 55: Plif
  • Star Wars 56: Coffin in the Clouds
  • Star Wars 57: Hello, Bespin, Goodbye
  • Star Wars 58: Sundown
  • Star Wars 59: Bazarre
  • Star Wars 60: Shira's Story
  • Star Wars 61: Screams in the Void
  • Star Wars 62: Pariah
  • Star Wars 66: The Water Bandits
  • Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago... Volume 1: Doomworld
  • Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago... Volume 3: Resurrection of Evil
  • Classic Star Wars: A Long Time Ago... Volume 4: Screams in the Void

Inker

  • Star Wars 50: The Crimson Forever

Cover artist

  • Star Wars 16: The Hunter
  • Star Wars 49: The Last Jedi
  • Star Wars 51: Resurrection of Evil
  • Star Wars 52: To Take The Tarkin
  • Star Wars 53: The Last Gift From Alderaan
  • Star Wars 54: Starfire Rising
  • Star Wars 55: Plif
  • Star Wars 56: Coffin in the Clouds
  • Star Wars 57: Hello, Bespin, Goodbye
  • Star Wars 58: Sundown
  • Star Wars 59: Bazarre
  • Star Wars 60: Shira's Story
  • Star Wars 61: Screams in the Void
  • Star Wars 62: Pariah
  • Star Wars Annual 1: The Long Hunt

External links


This article uses material from the "Walter Simonson" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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