Tim was born on February 9, 1956 in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia. His father was a coal miner and Baptist preacher. His mother is a housewife. He has three sisters. He's maried to Beth since 1977. Beth is a director at a local preschool. They have two children, Benjamin and Emily, who are both students.
He graduated from Gauley Bridge High School in 1974, briefly attending both the Columbus College of Art and Design and West Virginia University. In 1979, he enrolled in the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in New Jersey.
He's been working in comics since the early 1980'sand helped create (with writer John Ostrander) the science fiction mercenary GRIMJACK. Then followed SCOUT (for Eclipse.); an Apache warrior doing battle with crooked bureaucrats and mythological monsters in a post holocaust United States.While with Eclipse he produced several best-selling comic titles, such as THE SPIDER, PROWLER, and AIRBOY.
During this time, he wrote and illustrated DRAGON CHIANG (a futuristic tale of a two-fisted Chinese Communist truck driver) and produced the four-volume miniseries HAWKWORLD, which revised and revived DC Comics' long-running Hawkman character.
Much of the last few years has been spent in helping to resurrect the Western genre. The first was WILDERNESS--a two-volume graphic novel, the biography of Revolutionary War era outlaw, Simon Girty. Wilderness took five years to research. Following Wilderness were two more history projects. The first was a graphic novel adaptation of the popular outdoor drama TECUMSEH!, which was followed by STRAIGHT UP TO SEE THE SKY, an all-prose, illustrated guide to several heroes and villains from the Ohio River frontier.
JONAH HEX: TWO GUN MOJO was his first collaboration with noted novelist, Joe R. Lansdale. This bloody but funny miniseries won a 1995 Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association. A second Jonah Hex series, RIDERS OF THE WORM AND SUCH followed. Between the two Jonah Hex westerns, Joe and He also helped revive the comic book careers of western fiction icons THE LONE RANGER AND TONTO.
He wrote several issues of Valiant/ Acclaim's TUROK as well as TARZAN MEETS THE MOON MEN for Dark Horse. In 1997, the 6-issue miniseries BLACK LAMB was published by DC's Helix imprint. The series' title-character is a vampire warrior who serves as the protector and avenger of monsters.
In 1991, a long association with The Grateful Dead began. With lyricist Robert Hunter. he create(s) a full-color comics page in every issue of THE GRATEFUL DEAD ALMANAC, available free from Grateful Dead Merchandising. He's also worked with guitarist, Carlos Santana.