John Bolton started his career as a comic artist with 'House of Hammer/Halls of Horror' in the late seventies. He worked for Marvel UK, and in 1981, he created a story for the American publication 'Bizarre Adventures', which resulted in more work overseas, including 'Marada the She Wolf' for the magazine Epic Illustrated. Bolton applied his "full painted" graphic style to several titles during the eighties, such as 'Pathways to Fantasy', 'Alien Worlds', 'Twisted Tales', 'Alien Encounters', 'Tales of Terror' and 'Tapping the Vein'. In the nineties, he created 'Orbit', 'Clive Barker's The Yattering' and 'Jack'.
He is also a popular cover artist for series such as 'The Vampire Lestate', 'Aliens', 'Army of Darkness' (Dark Horse) and 'Man-Bat'. 'Gifts of the Night' was published by DC Comics in 1999. Among his later credits are 'Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall' and 'God Save the Queen'. He made illustrations for various card and roleplaying games like 'Magic the Gathering' and 'Vampire'.