|Walter Simonson was born in Tennessee, grew up in Maryland, and went to the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. As an Illustration Major, he wrote, penciled, lettered, and inked a 50-page SF comic called the Star Slammers that became his degree project. After graduation, he took his Slammers portfolio to New York City to try to become a professional artist in the comic book industry.
That worked out okay, and after a few years, he began writing comics as well as drawing them.
Walter has written and/or drawn a lot of comic books including the NY Times bestselling Alien: the Illustrated Story graphic novel, Manhunter, Metal Men, Superman, Batman, Thor, X-Factor, Fantastic Four, RoboCop vs. the Terminator, X-Men vs. the Teen Titans, Tarzan at the Earth’s Core vs the Predators, Wolverine: The Jungle Adventure, Orion, Kamandi, Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer written by Michael Moorcock, and The Judas Coin, a graphic novel for DC.
Simonson’s illustration influences include Moebius, Jim Holdaway, Frank Bellamy, Sergio Toppi and Jack Kirby. His writing influences include his wife, Louise Simonson, J. R.R. Tolkien, Roger Zelazny, and Archie Goodwin.
On August 28, 2010, Walter received the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award at the Harvey Awards ceremony held at the Baltimore Comic-Con. On July 21, 2017, he was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall of Fame at Comic-Con International: San Diego.
Currently, Walter is writing and drawing Ragnarök, a creator-owned comic book about life after the death of most of the Norse gods, published by IDW. He also draws occasional covers for various companies.