Stylised self-portrait from BattleCards (US)

Les Edwards is an artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in a number of Fighting Fantasy related publications including eleven Fighting Fantasy gamebooks, Warlock and other related publications. He is best known for his horror, science fiction and fantasy illustrations. In addition to his own name, he works under the pseudonym Edward Miller.


Early Life[]


He trained at Hornsey School of Art and was represented by Young Artists Agency London.


Cover Illustrator

Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks[]

Warlock Magazine[]

Interior Illustrator

Other Fighting Fantasy[]


Edwards was also responsible for the artwork on a number of Steve Jackson's BattleCards:

BattleCards by Les Edwards
US Edition UK Edition
US No. US Name UK No. UK Name
3 Les Edwards 23 Les Edwards
50 Lord of the Masque 60 Lord of the Masque
51 George Lacklustre 71 George Lacklustre
52 The Iron Maiden 5 The Iron Maiden
53 John the Agreeable 62 John the Agreeable
54 Helmut the Bold 70 Helmut the Bold
55 Boris the Brave 97 Boris the Brave
56 D'Accord the Daring 30 D'Accord the Daring
57 Croque the Hunter 89 Croque the Hunter
58 Firenzi the Fearless 128 Firenzi the Fearless
59 Ferrario the Valiant 54 Ferrario the Valiant
60 VanVincent the Fluent 106 VanVincent the Fluent
61 Barbarian Swordsman 87 Barbarian Swordsman
62 Obojo the Cruel 47 Obojo the Cruel
63 The Medusa 32 The Medusa
64 The Crypt Stalker 14 The Crypt Stalker
65 The Dark Warrior 84 The Dark Warrior
66 The Flesh-Eater 12 The Flesh-Eater
67 Baalthazac 125 Baalthazac
68 Horned Devils 101 Horned Devils
69 Hellhound 109 Hellhound
70 Homunculus 113 Homunculus
71 Deathweb Spider 38 Giant Deathweb Spider
72 Bloodsuckers 59 Bloodsuckers
73 Soulpod Plant 18 Soulpod Plant
74 Salaman Rush Demon 139 Salaman
75 WolfmanNote 1 123 WolfmanNote 1

BattleCard Notes[]
  1. Wolfman specified that the artist was Unknown. This was to facilitate a quest (Lord Magnoble's Quest), where the player had to find the five cards whose artist was identified by a question mark ("?"), rather than by name, and having found these cards, identify who the artist was. In the case of this card, it was Les Edwards.

Outside of Fighting Fantasy[]

He is now represented by Val Edwards. He has work includes major advertising campaigns, publishing, comics and film design, but he is best know for his genre illustrations. He has illustrated two graphic novels, Rawhead Rex and Son of Celluloid, based on short stories from Clive Barker's Books of Blood.

He has has won the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist seven times, and has been nominated three times for a World Fantasy Award.

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