Mike Perkins is an illustrator for Marvel and DC Comics having worked on Captain America, Thor and The X-Men. After wrapping up the 31 issue adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand he transitioned into illustrating Astonishing X-Men and has since successfully re-launched Deathlok, Carnage and Iron Fist. After moving over to DC Comics he first made a splash on the Green Lanterns title before taking on his own launch of Lois Lane alongside Greg Rucka. This has been followed by a re-interpretation of one of his favourite characters - The Swamp Thing.
Mike has been nominated numerous times for Eisner and Harvey Awards and, as well as winning the Eagle Award, counts being on the New York Times Bestseller list and being exhibited in Munich, London and Paris amongst his career achievements.
Mike Perkins believes that he first picked up a comic at the age of two - swiftly followed by a pencil and a piece of paper. There are vivid memories of illustrating a striking full-figure resemblance of the Lone Ranger in nursery class - which must place him at , about, four years old.
Jump ahead eight years and the young Mike Perkins is making his own anthology comics ( FutureTense, Warp 10), photocopying them and selling them at school during lunchtime - with a cunningly attached fun-size Mars bar offered as further incentive to the hungry hordes.
Fast forward another three years and, having been nurtured on a steady diet of 2000ad, Captain Britain and Doctor Who monthly, Mike Perkins - now working a Saturday job in a local comic shop - is not only exposed to a wider world of comics but also to the professional side of the industry when attending comic markets around England.
After attending Bournville College of Art, Mike Perkins enrols in a business course in order to understand the whole caboodle of self employment - setting himself up as a graphic designer and illustrator. During this time he works on promotional materials, books, magazines, album designs and
computer game development . In 1993 he meets up with Temple Rogers Artists Agents and his comicsand illustrating career is kick started.
Commissions in 2000ad for Future Shocks and Judge Dredd stories are swiftly accompanied by illustrations featured in educational texts, childrens books and teen reader titles. While living in Poland Mike Perkins is consistently continuing to create in titles for Marvel UK, Henderson Publishing, Dorling Kindersley and Caliber Comics as well as further work for 2000ad and Nowa Fantastyka.
After returning to England with his wife, Izabella, Mike Perkins proceeds to pick up more book illustration assignments from A&C Black and comic strip work from Games Workshop and Rebellion, as well as inking commissions from DC and Dark Horse comics. This work grabs the attention of fledgling comic company - CrossGen.
A move to Florida is facilitated and Mike Perkins works alongside a whole studio of talented creators on titles such as Ruse, CrossGen Chronicles, Way of the Rat, Archards Agents and the co-created Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Mike Perkins is now working for The House of Ideas - Marvel Comics - where, as well as working on world-renowned icons Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and Elektra, he has also co-created SpellBinders alongside Mike Carey ( with whom he first joined forces on Caliber's Dr.Faustus). He has
collaborated on the acclaimed Ed Brubaker run of Captain America, penciling and inking alternate story arcs of the title in addition to embellishing the art of Steve Epting during the accompanying issues. In addition to this series Mike was concurrently working on X-Men: Endangered Species, Union Jack,
Marvel Christmas Specials, HoM:Avengers and various short stories.
His hard work and natural talent has led to his illustrating of the Marvel Comics adaptation of Stephen King's epic novel The Stand, Thor:Wolves of The North, Astonishing X-Men and the relaunch of Deathlok. He has since successfully launched the Spider-Man villain - Carnage - into his own series as well as illustrating the adventures of Iron Fist and, alongside Mike Carey, released the creator-owned series - Rowans Ruin.
Since May 2018 Mike has been illustrating for DC Comics tackling Green Lanterns, Lois Lane, Nightwing and Swamp Thing.