Greetings one and all and welcome to Dave Simons's corner of the on-line world. Within this site you'll find several of Dave's original concepts and properties, along with some vintage art and details on Dave's life, art and career. This site was established in 2008 with the full approval and input from Dave. The site was Dave's idea, and it was his desire to use it to showcase all aspects of his work and art. He was proud of the site and the contents contained within and this site will remain the only Official Dave Simons web-site on the Internet.
Dave was a good friend of mine for the past few years and his passing has left a wound that really hasn't fully healed. Such was Dave's charisma that he was able to affect people on all parts of the planet. Dave always wanted me to write about his life and had been badgering me to do so since March of this year. I think he had the idea that I'd be able to finish the story before he passed away, but sadly we'd only just started when Dave's final illness took him. Feel free to send me an email if you'd like to share some of your memories of Dave and I'll collect them, post them and eventually do something with them.
I'm also collecting art by Dave and have been doing so for a number of years. I have an extensive collection of Dave's work and I am very interested in seeing Dave's art, if only to showcase them on this site. In the meantime, feel free to poke about the site and enjoy the art that Dave produced.
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In all the decades I've known Dave and worked with him, he never complained once. Never...about anything. Even with last year's diagnosis, he remained spirited and helpful to his fellow artists, me among them! Adrienne and I loved Dave's art. He had a thorough understanding of pen and ink. There was a joy in his art that beautifully transferred to the board.
We're very very sad and will miss Dave deeply. I need to believe in Heaven. Perhaps we get all the art assignments we want, with no deadlines and anything we decide to draw is received with joy and celebration. A 'bullpen' where all we do is clown around and draw what we want. I think Dave would love that!
Dave Simons had a harder life than most of us. Without getting too much into his personal business, Dave had the kind of stress for decades in his personal life(compounding of course the stress of trying to make a living as a commercial artist) that would have broken most of us, or at the very least would make a person lay down in a fetal position and just give up. But he never stopped just being a nice guy. The life BS never turned him bitter,amazingly enough. When I think of Dave I always see unfortunately the cigarettes that probably killed him (accelerated by the stress) and that always easy to get shit eating grin that wrapped clear around his head.
Having known Dave for 27 years made him more than just another professional associate. He was a great guy. And I loved to make him crack up about something. He had this unique laugh and amiable disposition. I must credit him for paving the way for my entry into the professional realm of comics. He hired me to assist him on backgrounds for the original Ghost Rider series. Since then our careers often meshed as we both worked in some of the same animation studios and comics together. Dave knew a lot about a lot of things. We were never at a loss about any subject matter to gab about. I could never understand why he didn't treat himself better than he did. He owed it to himself. He deserved better. Much better.
When I was in high school back around 1976 I worked at Black Star Comics on Manhattanís lower east side. There was guy with a buzz cut who would always stop in dressed in his Coast Guard whites, talking about how he wanted to work in comics. He was a really nice guy with a very unique laugh (those who knew him will know what I mean) and we spent a lot of time talking about our mutual desire to break into the industry. Flash forward some years later; Iím up at the Marvel offices and from behind me I heard that unmistakable laugh and spun around to see a guy I had never seen before. The sailor now had jet black wavy hair, an earring and was all decked out in black leather, looking every bit of 1982! It took a few seconds to remind him where we had met and we had a good laugh over the fact that we were both now standing in the Marvel offices! I only ran into Dave sporadically over the years but we always had the memory of that old comic store to bind us. I wish him well on his journey.
Because he was so well respected as a fine inker, one thing that gets overlooked about Dave Simons' artistic talents is that he was also a skilled penciller. Dave provided the pencils for the majority of the graphic novel Wild Stars: The Book of Circles -- Recalibrated, and the new 25th Edition features brand new artwork by Dave.
Much of the work he'd produced for Wild Stars was absolutely brilliant, with excellent panel arrangement skills that he'd refined from his years of animation storyboarding, and his spotting of the solid blacks gave his illustrations weight and definition that made them spring off the page. He deftly handled challenging scripts that featured a wide cast of characters, constant scene changes, and transitions.
Dave Simons was massively under-rated as a comics illustrator, a good guy, and a friend.
Even though I met Dave about 4-5 years ago, I remember him from the Marvel offices in 1982-83, when he was doing Ghost Rider. He was dressing "punk rock" in those days, and he'd always have that big smile when I saw him up there. I formally met him through Gerry Acerno about 5 years ago, and worked with him and Gerry on a "Biker Mice" animation storyboard at his loft in the village, and a couple of other things. He was always a friendly guy, never said a bad word about anyone.
I remember talking to David about a trip I was planning to San Diego and he said "Oh, you're going to the Con" meaning the Comic Book Convention. The comics were not only his vocation, Dave made it a lifestyle. I'll remember him sauntering down the street, hat tilted at a rakish angle - he was an original character in his own mag and he'll be missed.
I met Dave back in '83 when I was starting out. We met in Larry Hama's office, when he was editing the Conan titles, and I wound up inking an issue of Conan the King over Dave. It was fun, with a quirky girl sorceress that I'm sure Dave designed that way. He had a Wally Wood sensibility, but with a humorous element that brought the ultra-serious barbarian title down to earth. I did correspond with him via email the last couple of years, and am sad to hear he didn't make it past this bout with pneumonia. I had an uncle who just died a month ago with the same thing. my wife Sonja is also battling recurrent cancer now, and has the same attitude Dave did, that it will not claim her. There's too much of this big C around, too much stress upon peoples' systems.
I raise my hat to Dave, and hope his example continues to enthuse others in their art and in their relations with others.
I have to speak about Dave mostly from a purely selfish point of view. In all my years in comics, it was only during my collaboration with Dave on Ghost Rider that I realized--in retrospect--the artistic heights that could be accomplished in comic book art, at least when I was the penciller. Dave threw himself into the work with such spirit and abandon that I couldn't wait to see what he would turn in for the next issue. I learned an awful lot just examining how he interpreted and inked the pencils I gave him. When he left the book, I missed his contribution every day for the rest of my run, and never failed to remind him of that whenever I would see him at the Marvel offices. Recently, I had the good fortune to run into him again after many, many years. It was nice to get reacquainted, and we even had the opportunity to collaborate on an art commission. And we talked about the possibility of doing other work together. I'm glad we were at least able to do that one piece; Dave did a great job on it. Dave was a true professional, a dedicated artist, and I feel lucky to have known him both professionally and personally. And I'm really sorry that he's gone at such a young age, and saddened that, after all those years we lost touch, the time since we reconnected has been cut so short.
Dave was my only brother and he was also my very dear friend. He called me his "baby sister". I adored that.
I visited with him during the last week of April this year. I am grateful for the time that we were able to spend together just enjoying life and having fun in the city. Dave loved NY and knew so much about the history and loved sharing his knowledge. As we strolled around the village he would point out buildings and just start spewing information about what it was and how it had changed from it's original state.
I could go on and on because I have so many stories and memories.
My heart is heavy and the tears fall uncontrollably at times but I am eternally thankful for all of the wonderful people that surrounded Dave. I want to thank each and every one of you for all of the beautiful posts, condolences and comments.
Dave will live forever in my heart and in the hearts of all of the people that knew and loved him. His incredible art is his legacy but beyond that is will be his kind demeanor, generous soul, contagious laugh and infectious spirit.
Rest in peace, Dave. I love you.
Your baby sister.
DECEMBER 1954 - JUNE 2009
I will personally miss his laughter and the energy he brought to his craft and his life. Dave Simons was a one of a kind and I am blessed to have called him my friend.
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Dave was a good guy, a hard worker, a fine inker, and more than that, he was Inherently Notable! Iím delighted we had a chance to hang out a little at the last NYCC. We swapped sketchbooks, and I very much regret that we wonít be able to hang out and do the same thing the next time around. Heíll be missed.