Belgian comic book artist Yves Swolfs (April 24, 1955, Brussels) works as illustrator and scenarist in various genres like fantasy and western.
Before joining Claude Renard's Atelier R at the Saint-Luc Institute in Brussels, Swolfs studied literature and journalism. He published his first comic stories in the studio's magazine Le Neuvième Rêve, in 1978. Like many of his colleagues Swolfs has been working on commercial assignments and illustrations. He created his western comic book hero „Durango“ for Éditions des Archers in 1980 to be continued at Dargaud, Alpen, and Les Humanoïdes Associés until 1998. Later on the series moved on to Soleil. With this latest change of publishers in 2006, most of the atwork on Durango has been taken over by Thierry Girod.
His historical series "Dampierre", created for Vécu magazine in 1987, takes place during the War in the Vendée and the French Revolution. When he turned towards fantasy with a six-part-vampire-series "Le Prince de la Nuit" in 1991, Éric and Pierre Legein took over "Dampierre".
As writer, Yves Swolfs has created another western series, "Black Hills 1890", for Marc-Renier (Glénat, 1999), as well as "Vlad" for Griffo (Lombard, 2000) and a thriller named "James Healer" for Giulio De Vita (Lombard, 2002).
His latest heroic fantasy series "Légendes" for Soleil Productions has débuted in 2003.
Yves Swolfs works as composer and plays guitar in two hard-rock bands, Lazare and Wolf Gang and apparently has sued Michael Jackson in 1995 for allegedly basing his song Give In To Me on Swolf's Boulevard Des Reves Brises. In 2006 Wolf Gang produced a CD "Légende - La B.O.", containing a number of recordings to accompany the latest issue of "Légendes".