J.H. Williams III: A multiple award winning creator in both illustration, design, and writing.

The Story So Far…

J.H. grew up in the Bay Area of California where his obsession with comics began. His love for Micronauts toys prompted him to check out the comic by Bill Mantlo and Michael Golden. An addict was born, first he was drawn in by the stories and then the art of the books he was picking up. He started noticing names attached to these books and realized people actually did this for a living.  Then, at the ripe old age of 8 he decided comics would be his 

Drawing every day and getting critiques at conventions from working professionals he honed his craft, and eventually, with a helpful nudge from Howard Chaykin, started getting work.  

J.H. has been a professional comic book creator since 1991.  The bulk of his career has been with DC Comics, the great and powerful.  Among some of his earliest work includes a mini-series, Deathwish for the Milestone imprint, Batman, Starman, the Elseworlds graphic novel Justice Riders, to name a few. Also part of his early career was a very personal project, Chase which he co-created and co-wrote in addition to his art chores.

This was followed by The Son Of Superman graphic novel with writer Howard Chaykin. But ultimately, it was Chase that brought a career defining offer he couldn’t refuse, Promethea with Alan Moore.  The 32 issues of Promethea were at times daunting, but J.H. enjoys a challenge and was very grateful for the experience.  Promethea earned numerous nominations and awards for all involved including an Eisner win for J.H. and company for Best Single Issue in 2001 and a Best Artist win at the 2006 Harveys.

Other notable works are Desolation Jones with Warren Ellis, Batman: Snow that he co-wrote with his writing partner on Chase, D. Curtis Johnson, as well as Seven Soldiers Of Victory and Batman: The Black Glove with Grant Morrison.

More recently Williams teamed with the immensely talented Greg Rucka on Batwoman: Elegy.  This endeavor became a remarkable run for both J.H. and Mr. Rucka.  Highlighting the success of the series were multiple nominations and awards, most notably a GLAAD award win in 2010 for Outstanding Comic Book and Eisner wins for J.H. in both the Best Cover Artist and Best Penciler/Inker categories.  Over the pond, J.H. garnered 3 Eagle Award wins for his work. Yeah, we know, we’re tooting horns.

Currently Williams is the co-writer and artist on the Batwoman ongoing series with his writing partner Haden Blackman.  He took on the challenge of continuing the story out of devotion to this compelling character and it’s fans. His work on the series has garnered additional awards, such as The Inkwell, The National Cartoonist Society Award (The Rueben), another GLAAD award, along with various other nominations to date.

As an artist of broad conceptual thinking and the ability to use several mediums, over time, J.H. has been able to craft unique images using a variety of techniques and methods stemming from influences of comics to fine arts.

J.H. will also be working with the illustrious Neil Gaiman as the artist for the upcoming Sandman: Zero project due out sometime in 2013.

But no longer settling for doing well crafted comics work, J.H. is now working on projects outside of the industry. Such as designing a limited edition suit lining for Artful Gentlemen out of San Francisco, all of packaging and cover art for rock band The Sword on their Apocryphon album. He also will be doing the next album cover design for legendary music icon, Blondie.

J.H. lives is Central California with his adoring wife, a houseful of cats and an ever expanding comic book collection.

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Wow … so cool ! You finally updated this link!!

Comment by Pam 09.04.12 @ 7:49 am

Yep. I know, it took me bloody forever.

Comment by jhw3 09.04.12 @ 8:11 pm

[…] (S.H.I.E.L.D., The Manhattan Projects), Frank Quitely (The Authority, WE3, All-Star Superman), J.H. Williams III (Promethea, Wild Girl, Batwoman) and Chris Burnham (Officer Downe, Batman Inc. […]

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Would love a painting tutorial from you in the future!

Comment by Threadbare 06.12.14 @ 11:20 am


Your work is so unique; the way you blend different mediums and styles among pages. It’s my favorite art in comics. What mediums do you use in your comic art? Do you have any videos of your process online? Im curious to know how you work.



Comment by dpops 10.05.14 @ 9:28 am

Hey dpops
Thank you. I’m glad you enjoy what I do. The mediums I use are various. But tend to be a lot of ink, ink wash, copic marker (greytones), black color pencil, white color pencil, white ink. Sometimes I use colored inks, gouache paint, watercolors.

Comment by jhw3 10.08.14 @ 11:29 am

Just have to say, I sure do miss you on Batwoman.

You are a very gifted artist who brought Kate Kane to life. In my (imaginary) universe, Kate and Maggie are living happily ever after thanks to you and Mr. Blackman’s incredible vision.

You are an awesome dude.

Kat 00/

Comment by Kat 12.19.14 @ 12:45 pm

Hello Kat
Thank you! We miss Kate Kane as well. It was a wonderful time living with her for awhile.

Comment by jhw3 12.19.14 @ 1:54 pm

Just wanted to say, I think you are phenomenal, and I miss your work on Batwoman but at least I get Sandman to make up for it! Your artwork is just… wow. Every single panel is a masterpiece. I haven’t gotten to Promethea due to time constraints, but it’s on my to-do list and it’s something I am very much looking forward to. I hope someday I get to see you at a con!

Comment by miss vin 02.24.15 @ 5:18 pm

Hi Miss Vin
Thank you! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying my efforts so much. Reaching readers is what this is all about. And I hope you find Promethea invigorating. By far one of the most satisfying projects I’ve had the good fortune to be involved with.

Comment by jhw3 02.25.15 @ 10:50 pm

I’m wondering if you have any Cameron Chase art work for sale. I’m a big fan of the character and your art work on her 90’s series was exceptional.

Comment by Daniel Samuel 03.01.15 @ 12:44 pm

Hey there Daniel Samuel
The only art featuring Chase would in the Batwoman stuff, since she was a member of the cast for the series.

Comment by jhw3 03.03.15 @ 1:07 pm

Congratulations on a life-time of such an amazing body of artwork. you have earned every award received through hard work and dedication.

just curious, your Events page doesn’t have you slated for any upcoming comics conventions. would love to see you and your work this (or next) year at St. Louis. how about it!?

Comment by jerry grounds 05.07.15 @ 12:43 pm

Hey Jerry
Thanks very much. And I’m not doing any appearances anytime soon. The work schedule is too erratic to allow for travel for awhile.

Comment by jhw3 05.27.15 @ 11:59 am

To J.H,

You have got to be my biggest inspiration for comic book art, ever! What you can do is extraordinary. If I may ask, when did you realise you had a specific style? I ask as i am struggling to keep continuity and consistency in my artwork. Id love yo hear your advice.



Comment by Jim 10.25.16 @ 3:42 pm

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