After his studies at the Christchurch School of Art, Colin Wilson worked in television, as a photographer and as an independent illustrator. In 1977 he published his first comics in his own fanzine, Strips. In 1980 Wilson and his wife (and colorist) Janet Gale moved to London, where he got a job with 2000 AD magazine. He made several stories for the series 'Judge Dredd' and 'Rogue Trooper'. He then began his own science-fiction series for the French publisher Glénat, 'Dans l'Ombre du Soleil', which was first published in Circus magazine in 1983.
A year later, Wilson got his real breakthrough in Europe when Jean-Michel Charlier and Jean Giraud asked him to take over the western series 'La Jeunesse de Blueberry'. Wilson worked on the comic until the 1990s, at first with Charlier and later with François Corteggiani as scriptwriter. Also with Corgeggiani, he started the aviation series 'Thunderhawk' for the agency Strip Art Features. In 1997, Colin Wilson left Europe and headed for Australia, where he continued to work for 2000AD on series like 'Rain Dogs' (with Gordon Rennie) and 'Tor Cyan' (with John Tomlinson and Kevin Walker).
Du plomb dans la tête
He returned on the French market in 1999 with the album 'Los Angeles', published by Casterman, 'Los Angeles'. For this same publisher, he also made 'Head Shot' ('Du plomb dans la tête') in 2004-2006 with French scriptwriter Matz, a series that also broke through in the USA. Wilson has additionally worked for the Italian publisher Bonelli on a 'Tex Willer' story in 2000. In recent years, he has been working for the US market. Wilson drew the mini-series 'Point Blank' with scripts by Ed Brubaker for Wildstorm, and did a couple of fill-ins on 'The Losers' for DC/Vertigo. He contributed to the 'Star Wars' series 'Rebellion', 'Legacy' and 'Knight of the Old Republic' of Dark Horse, and worked with Garth Ennis on the WWII comic 'Battler Britton' for DC/Wildstorm. In 2011 he illustrated the fifth and tenth book in the alternate history series 'Jour J', written by Jean-Pierre Pécau, Fred Blanchard and Fred Duval, for Delcourt in France.