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    Dave Sim

    Dave Sim is best known for his work on Cerebus, for which he wrote and drew (along with Gerhard assisting on artwork) for 300 issues from 1977 until 2004.

    Cerebus began as a parody of Conan the Barbarian, but soon evolved into a complex tale about politics, religion, sex, relationships and personal beliefs that stands as a modern comic masterpiece.

    Chris Ware

    Chris Ware went from a college cartoonist to working with Art Spiegleman, and soon began work on Acme Novelty Library, which he continues to publish by himself today (although he still maintains a relationship with Fantagraphics, who published the book for years).

    His graphic novel, Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth, was a massive critical success, with its stark tale of human alienation and loneliness.

    Ware continues to do new comics which continue to please audiences with their awkward truths evident in the works.

    Harvey Kurtzman

    Harvey Kurtzman broke on to the comic scene while still a teenager in the 40s, working for a number of comic companies.

    Eventually, in the late 40s (after serving in the military during World War II), Kurtzman ended up at EC, where he helped write some of the most memorably war stories of the time period in Two-Fisted Tales.

    Soon after, he helped EC launch another title. You may have heard of it. It was called Mad.

    After doing Mad for awhile (including the move to magazine format, in an attempt by publisher William Gaines to keep Kurtzman from leaving), Kurtzman left and for the rest of his notable career, he made due on magazines and comics all basically in keeping with the style he developed on Mad.

    Dan Slott

    Dan Slott began with Marvel as an intern, and got his first big writing break when he got the gig on Marvel's popular licensed comic, Ren and Stimpy.

    This led to a number of licensed comic property work for Slott, on titles such as Looney Tunes and the Batman cartoon tie-ins.

    A few years ago, though, Slott had success with darker fare with a Batman mini-series spotlighting Arkham Asylum.

    Soon after, Slott began working on his biggest comic work to date, his She-Hulk run, which has lasted long enough for TWO volumes!

    Slott also was the regular writer for Thing.

    Mark Gruenwald

    Like Slott, Mark Gruenwald began working at Marvel Comics as a staffer before he became known as a writer.

    Soon, along with fellow staffer Ralph Macchio, Gruenwald began getting some writing assignments.

    He is best known, though, for his TEN year run as writer of Captain America, his FIVE year run as writer of Quasar, and his 12-issue maxiseries featuring the Squadron Supreme that came out in the mid-80s.

    The Squadron Supreme mini-series examined what it would be like if superheroes actually tried to run the world, foreshadowing many comic works of the future.

    Mark Gruenwald passed away in 1996, at the far too young age of 43.

    John Ostrander

    John Ostrander got into comics a bit later than most, having worked in the theater for awhile until he began writing comics for First Comics in the 80s, including creating the popular series, GrimJack with Tim Truman.

    When First Comics folded, Ostrander followed Mike Gold (also of First Comics) to DC, where Ostrander did some very good work on Justice League of America, Firestorm as well as one of his best works, Suicide Squad.

    After Suicide Squad ended, Ostrander and his friend, artist Tom Mandrake, who were coming off of doing Firestorm together, combining for an excellent 60-issue run on The Spectre.

    After the Spectre, Ostrander and Mandrake did The Kents and Martian Manhunter for DC.

    Since the late 90s, Ostrander has been a regular contributor to Dark Horse's Star Wars line of comic books, and has also revived GrimJack for IDW.

    Ostrander and his late wife, Kim Yale, wrote together often, and the two of them are responsible for turning Barbara Gordon into Oracle.

    Jack Kirby

    In many ways, Jack Kirby wrote comics for decades, whether it was working with Joe Simon or with Stan Lee, Kirby contributed a great deal of what one would term "writing" for a great deal of the work he did for Timely, Marvel and other companies.

    However, when he went to DC in the 70s, that was when Kirby was at least CREDITED at the writer, as he wrote and drew Jimmy Olsen and the Fourth World titles for DC, then moving on to do a number of other titles for DC (Kamandi, The Demon, The Sandman).

    He returned to Marvel and wrote and drew Captain America, Black Panther, The Eternals, Devil Dinosaur.

    Kirby will be forever known for the legacy he left behind with his work with Stan Lee and Joe Simon, but the legacy of work he did just by himself is quite nearly just as strong.

    James Robinson

    James Robinson first gained people's attention with his Elseworlds mini-series, The Golden Age, with artist Paul Smith, that did for the Golden Age what Darwyn Cooke did for the Silver Age in New Frontier.

    The next year, he launched Starman with artist Tony Harris, and that cemented his name in the comic industry, with his lush tales working in older characters with his new stories.

    Robinson also created the fun Leave it to Chance series for Image Comics, also with Paul Smith.

    Also, he helped to launch the current JSA comic book.

    More recently, Robinson has been working in the film business (he wrote the screenplay for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen).

    However, he did stop off for an 8-issue arc on Batman earlier this year.

    Walter Simonson

    When Walt Simonson graduated from college in the early 70s, his senior thesis was a comic booK! Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Simonson was soon working in the comic book industry.

    Simonson first worked as an artist, but finally, in the early 80s, he was handed the reins to The Mighty Thor, as artist and writer, and Simonson delivered one of the classic runs of the past 25 years, turning out epic story after epic story in the pages of Thor.

    He followed his Thor run up with an almost equally excellent run on Fantastic Four (while working with his wife, Louise Simonson, on X-Factor for Marvel).

    More recently, he wrote Orion for DC, and is currently writing Hawkgirl for DC.

    Joe Casey

    Joe Casey got his big break from James Robinson, when Casey followed Robinson on Robinson's short run on Cable. After doing a good job following the shoes of Robinson, Casey began getting assignments on other Marvel projects, including the delightful treat of being the fellow who got to follow Peter David on Incredible Hulk.

    Casey did a number of assignments for Marvel, including a run on Uncanny X-Men.

    Casey also did an amazing job of ressurecting Wildcats over at Wildstorm, totally re-inventing the title into one of the most inventive books on the market. He did a run on Mr. Majestic that led to him writing Adventures of Superman for DC.

    Now, at Image Comics, he is doing the outlandishly inventive superhero comic, Godland.

    And he is writing GI Joe: America's Elite for IDW.

    Greg Rucka

    Greg Rucka first got critical attention with his series of novels starring the character Atticus Kodiak.

    In the late 90s, Rucka did his first comic work, the critically-acclaimed Whiteout mini-series, released by Oni Press. He followed it with a sequel.

    Around this same time, Rucka was asked to write some Batman stories for No Man's Land. After that storyline ended, Rucka became the regular writer for Detective Comics.

    At about this same point in time, Rucka began work on Queen and Country, a series about British spies.

    Rucka continued working for DC and Marvel on such titles as Gotham Central, Wolverine, Wonder Woman, Adventures of Superman and his current series, Checkmate (plus co-writing 52 for DC).

    Carl Barks

    Carl Barks began working for Disney animation in the 1930s, but found himself unable to continue working there during the 40s due to poor working conditions.

    At this point, Barks began an amazing forty-year run writing and drawing comic books featuring Donald Duck and his vast band of supporting characters (a good deal of whom Barks created himself, most notably Uncle Scrooge McDuck).

    Barks' tales were of a high level of quality that surprised most readers, to the point where his quality scripts and art led people to identify his work even though he went uncredited at the time.

    His stories featured travels all around the globe, with a true air of "all ages," both children and adults could enjoy his stories, without going over the heads of the children and without dumbing down the stories for adults.

    His comics became particularly huge in Europe.

    Barks tales have inspired many storytellers, and served as the inspiration for the popular DuckTales cartoon series of the late 1980s.

    Barks passed away in 2000, just shy of his 100th birthday.

    Bill Willingham

    Bill Willingham first gained significant attention in the comic industry during the 1980s, when he wrote and drew the series Elementals for Comico.

    Bill's work appeared sporadically during the late 80s and early 90s, until appearing more frequently at the tail end of the 90s.

    In the 21st Century, Willingham has had a good deal of success writing for DC Comics on a number of Vertigo mini-series, and then, a few years ago, his biggest critical success to date, the popular Fables series.

    Currently, Willingham writes Fables and co-writes the spin-off, Jack of Fables for DC's Vertigo imprint and the title Shadowpact for DC's superhero line of comics.

    Gilbert Hernandez

    Gilbert (Beto) Hernandez co-created the comic Love and Rockets with his brothers Jaime and Mario in the early 80s.

    The title consisted primarily of two serials, one by Gilbert (Palomar) and one by Jaime (Locas).

    The brothers worked on Love and Rockets throughout the 80s, and after it finished with #50, they both worked on solo projects before returning for volume 2 a few years ago.

    Gilbert's Palomar is about a Central American village, and the protagonist, Luba, is one of the most enriching characters to exist in comic books.

    Joss Whedon

    Joss Whedon began his career in the very early 90s, writing for TV series like Roseanne and Parenthood.

    Soon, he became a prolific screenwriter (and more often than not, script doctor).

    In the late 90s, he took a property that had been done for film and adapted it to television, and his Buffy the Vampire Slayer series was a critical and commercial success, leading to a spin-off, Angel.

    A big comic fan, Whedon eventually turned his attention to writing comics. First, he did a series of comics set in the future of the Buffy Universe called Fray.

    More recently, Whedon has been the writer (with artist John Cassaday) of the Eisner Award-winning series Astonishing X-Men for Marvel.

    Whedon is currently working on a Wonder Woman film that he is directing, and it was recently announced that he will follow Brian K. Vaughan as writer on Runaways.

    Robert Kirkman

    Robert Kirkman is one of those "over night sensations" that has been working in comics for years.

    Kirkman's self-published Battle Pope series came out SIX years ago, but it wasn't until a few years later, when Image, after being impressed with the work Kirkman and artist Cory Walker did on a Superpatriot mini-series, asked the two to pitch them a new superhero title for Image's new line of superhero comics.

    Invincible, about the young son of Earth's greatest superhero (or is he?), was a success, increasing in sales while the rest of the line had sales troubles.

    The success of Invincible led to Kirkman's next series at Image, a story of what happens after the credits in zombie movies. The realistic, character-based work, The Walking Dead, was also a success.

    This led to work at Marvel Comics for Kirkman. He wrote two years worth of Marvel Team-Up for Marvel, as well as a number of mini-series. He is currently the ongoing writer for Ultimate X-Men, and has a new ongoing title, The Irredeemable Ant-Man, that was just released.

    J. Michael Straczynski

    Joseph Michael Straczynski made his name mostly in his extensive career in television, stretching throughout the 80s and the 90s, highlighted specifically by his critically-acclaimed TV series, Babylon 5.

    Always a comic fan, Straczynski actually wrote a few comic books in the 80s, but it was not until 1999 that he allowed himself to take some time and actually work on a comic book regularly, namely his Rising Stars series for Image Comics, which was a hit.

    Soon afterwards, Straczynski became the regular writer for Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man. His debut brought acclaim and much higher sales to the title.

    The last couple of years (while remaining on Amazing Spider-Man, finishing up Rising Stars, doing Midnight Nation and a short run on Fantastic Four), Straczynski has mainly concentrated on his version of the Squadron Supreme. First in the series, Supreme Power, and more recently in the series Squadron Supreme.

    Straczynski recently was announced as writing a new Thor ongoing series.

    Gail Simone

    Gail Simone first gained the attention of the comic industry from her humor column about comic books on Comic Book Resources. She began doing some work for Bongo Comics on a number of their titles.

    After a time, she began doing work for Marvel Comics. She wrote Deadpool (staying for the title being reluanched as Agent X). She wrote a series of one-shots aimed at children starring the character Gus Beezer.

    Humor and strong dialogue have been the highlights of Simone's work, whether at Bongo, Marvel or, later, at DC Comics.

    Since 2003, Simone has been the writer of DC's Birds of Prey.

    Currently, she is writing Birds of Prey and a sequel mini-series, Secret Six, to her Infinite Crisis tie-in mini-series, Villains United.

    Jim Starlin

    Jim Starlin was already drawing comics for Marvel when he was given the opportunity to write, as well.

    In a fill-in arc on Iron Man, Starlin introduced Thanos, inspired by Jack Kirby's Darkseid.

    Starlin was next given the assignment of Captain Marvel. Starlin became the writer/artist on the title and brought Thanos over, as well.

    Starlin began to chart out Marvel's alien landscape pretty heavily.

    His next project for Marvel was Warlock, a character that Starlin followed from pretty much the beginning of the character all the way until the character's death.

    With Warlock, Starlin dealt with a good deal of spirtual storylines.

    A good deal of his work involves the theme of death, as well, as Thanos (who courts Death itself) is usually a major character in Starlin's work, and it was Thanos who was the centerpiece of Starlin's return to Marvel (and Warlock) in the 1990s, for the smash crossover success, Infinity Guantlet.

    Before returning to Marvel superheroes, however, Starlin did a creator-owned titled, Dreadstar, for Marvel's Epic line and for First Comics. Starlin also worked at DC, writing Batman and even doing a mini-series, Cosmic Odyssey, where he got to work with Darkseid, Thanos' inspiration.

    Currently, after a number of Warlock/Thanos projects for Marvel (including even a series STARRING the evil Thanos), Starlin is back at DC, writing Mystery in Space.

    J.M. DeMatteis

    John Marc DeMatteis was a music critic who began to do some comic work in the late 1970s. Soon after getting in at DC Comics, DeMatteis found himself working regularly at the writer of Defenders and Captain America.

    After leaving Defenders, DeMatteis took over Justice League of America, writing the book until it ended. DeMatteis stayed on the book when new writer Keith Giffen relaunched it, as DeMatteis scripted Giffen's plots. The duo was a smash hit, as the title became one of DC's biggest sellers, leading to a number of spin-offs (which DeMatteis wrote a number of).

    For Marvel's Epic line, DeMatteis wrote one of his greatest works, Moonshadow.

    Later, at Marvel, DeMatteis wrote the popular storyline Kraven's Hunt, with artist Mike Zeck (who had worked on Captain America with him previously).

    DeMatteis returned to Spider-Man in the early 90s to write Spectacular Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man.

    Recently, DeMatteis reunited with Giffen on a number of popular projects, even winning an Eisner together for their work revisiting their Justice League characters called Formerly Known as the Justice League.

    DeMatteis' work has always been marked by a spiritual quality mixed with a good sense of humor. The former was on display in works like Moonshadow, while the latter was a great help on Justice League.

    Currently, DeMatteis is writing two superhero humor titles for Boom! with Giffen, and doing a series of illustrated fantasy novels with artist Mike Ploog based on their Crossgen comic book, Abadazad. The first two books in the series, Abadazad: The Road to Inconceivable and Abadazad: The Dream Thief, were just recently released.

    Mike Mignola

    Mike Mignola was already a successful comic book artist when he began writing comics, as well, with his own creation, Hellboy.

    Hellboy has become a huge success, spawning a popular film (and I believe there is a sequel due out, as well).

    Hellboy features a down-to-earth look at demonology, and Mignola has basically used the format to, like James Robinson on Starman, explore his various interests, but always while serving the interests of the narrative.

    Mignola has a great interest in pulp fiction and B-movies, plus folk stories and ghost stories, and all these ideas are consistently woven into the tapestry of Hellboy.

    Mignola also wrote and drew a popular one-shot called the Amazing Screw-On Head in 2002, and it was turned into an animated TV program, which had a pilot aired recently on

    Mike Carey

    Mike Carey took a different route to writing comics than most, as Carey was actually a teacher for over a decade before he turned his hand to comic book writing.

    He first got by with gigs for a few independent comics before catching on at 2000AD, where he wrote a number of stories.

    This led to work for Vertigo at DC, where he had his biggest success to date, his Sandman spin-off series, Lucifer.

    Carey has a good ear for dialogue, as well as a nice appreciation for subtle horror.

    This served him well on his other prominent writing assignment, a forty-issue run on Hellblazer.

    Recently, Carey began two prominent gigs for Marvel, taking over the writing on Ultimate Fantastic Four and X-Men.

    Steve Gerber

    After graduating college, Steve Gerber began working for an advertising company. Writing was his desire, though, so he applied for a job at Marvel (at a pay cut) and began working there as an editor and a freelance writer.

    Soon after he began working at Marvel, he started on Defenders, writing a long run that is very well-regarded by fans in both its social consciousness as well as its absurdist humor.

    Gerber next had a smash hit with a minor character from another book he was writing, Man-Thing, titled Howard the Duck.

    It was with Howard that Gerber really cut loose, playing with the very format of comics, trying new and experimental ideas every once and awhile. Gerber also wrote a syndicated comic strip starring Howard.

    Due to a disagreement with Marvel (the legal matter was later settled between Gerber and Marvel), Gerber left Marvel and began to work for DC. He then started to work in television, becoming the story editor on the early seasons of the animated TV program, GI Joe.

    Gerber has returned to comics here and there since the late 80s, doing a project here for Marvel and a project there for DC.

    Perhaps his most prominent recent project was the series, Hard Time, about a teenager with powers who is in prison for murder.

    Currently, Gerber is working on a new comic project for DC.

    Fabian Nicieza

    Fabian Nicieza first began working for Marvel in the mid-80s in the marketing department. While there, he tried to get some freelance writing assignments.

    Eventually, he broke in with a writing assignment for Marvel's New Universe line, writing the last year or so of Psi-Force.

    In the early 90s, while doing fill-ins on a number of books, his biggest break was being named the writer of the New Warriors ongoing.

    Nicieza started editing for Marvel at this time, too, a position he ultimately gave up when he began doing a number of freelance writing assignments.

    Nicieza wrote a Nomad mini-series and then, a Nomad ongoing series.

    Nicieza joined the title New Mutants to script over Rob Liefeld's plots, and the two re-launched the title, with great success, as X-Force.

    Later, Nicieza got perhaps his biggest break by becoming the writer of the title X-Men, at the time, Marvel's highest selling comic book.

    Nicieza stayed with the book (and X-Force) for years, helping to shape the direction of the X-Universe.

    Most notably was the Fatal Attractions storyline, where the X-Man Wolverine was stripped of his enhanced metal skeleton.

    Eventually, Nicieza parted ways with the X-Books and, after a smattering of assignments for Marvel and DC, Nicieza became the Editor-in-Chief of Valiant Comics, now retooled under new owners Akklaim.

    Nicieza held the position for a few years before returning to freelance writing, which is where he has been ever since, writing long runs on Gambit, Thunderbolts and Cable and Deadpool (plus his own creator-owned title, The Blackburne Covenant, for Dark Horse).

    He currently writes Cable and Deadpool and Thunderbolts for Marvel Comics.

    Peter Milligan

    Peter Milligan first broke into comics writing short stories in British comics in the mid-80s. He soon graduated into larger features, and wrote a number of popular serials for 2000 A.D. and other magazines, with his most notable one being Bad Company for 2000 A.D.

    Milligan wrote Skreemer for DC, but it was his work on the title Shade the Changing Man that really got his name out in America. Milligan soon started a run on Detective Comics that was well-received.

    After Shade ended after almost six years, Milligan spent the next few years doing special projects. A one-shot here, a mini-series there, until Marvel brought him on, in 2001, to relaunch X-Force (with artist Mike Allred).

    Milligan did so, in his own peculiar manner, turning the title into a commentary on fame. Milligan, during his run, introduced many fan-favorite characters such as Doop, The Orphan, The Anarchist and U-Go-Girl. The book was not selling well, so Marvel relaunched it in an attempt to raise sales as X-Statix, but the sales never really increased, and the book ended after 26 issues.

    Milligan then had a run on X-Men that only recently ended, as well as an X-Statix mini-series.

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    Jeph Loeb

    Jeph Loeb was connected to comics even as a young teen, conversing with comic book writer Elliot S! Maggin before the latter gentleman began writing comics for DC.

    After graduating college with a degree in Film, Loeb started writing for film. He wrote (or co-wrote) the hit films, Teen Wolf and Commando.

    Later, while in the midst of writing a screenplay for a Flash film that fell through, Loeb was offered a chance to write a comic for DC. His first assignment, a Challengers of the Unknown mini-series in 1991, was also the first story Loeb worked with artist Tim Sale on.

    Loeb's big break in comics was working with Rob Liefeld on the Heroes Reborn titles at Marvel, and then working with Liefeld on some other Liefeld comic books.

    The high profile assignment got Loeb a gig writing Cable and X-Force for Marvel.

    Meanwhile, Loeb began doing yearly Halloween one-shots for DC starring Batman, with artist Tim Sale. After a few of them, the two, in 1998, came out with a 13 issue event, The Long Halloween, that was a smashing success.

    The sequel, Dark Victory, also was a success.

    The two followed with a mini-series, Superman For All Seasons, that was a similar success.

    Around 2000, Loeb began a high-profile run on Superman, with artist Ed McGuinness.

    In 2002, though, perhaps Loeb's biggest story came out, a year-long run on Batman with Jim Lee called Hush. The series was by far the highest-selling comic of the year, and Loeb followed it up with another sales success, Superman/Batman, with first Ed McGuinness, then Michael Turner, then Carlos Pacheco and finally, back to McGuinness.

    Loeb mixed in some Marvel mini-series in the late 90s/early 00s, each color-coded, Daredevil:Yellow, Spider-Man: Blue and Hulk: Grey.

    Recently, Loeb signed an exclusive writing contract with Marvel. He will be following Mark Millar on Ultimates and he will be doing an Ultimate Wolverine mini-series with Michael Turner.

    Steve Englehart

    Steve Englehart first became a prominent figure in the comic book industry in his mid-20s, when he took over a number of projects that Roy Thomas could not write, due to his editorial time restrictions.

    Englehart contributed a style of superhero comic that was quite innovative at the time, with a good deal of social and philosophical issues, but never over the top, in that he managed to combine it all with strong action scenes.

    His Avengers run is highly regarded.

    Likewise, his Captain America run brought a lot of changes to the character, while his Defenders issues set the stage for later writers on the title. His Doctor Strange issues, while a short run, were highly inventive and memorable.

    In the mid-70s, Englehart left to DC, where he continued a strong team book reputation, with a stellar Justice League of America run. In addition, he did a run on Detective Comics, illustrated by Walt Simonson and Marshall Rogers that has a special place in the hearts of many Batman fans.

    For a time, Englehart stopped writing comics, choosing to work in novels, instead. His novel, The Point Man, is well remembered decades later.

    In the 80s, Englehart returned to regular comic book work, doing West Coast Avengers, Green Lantern and Fantastic Four.

    Later, Englehart helped found the Ultraverse. He even took one of his creations, Night Man, into his own TV series.

    Nowadays, in between comic book assignments, Englehart keeps busy writing in a variety of media - TV, novels and computer work.

    John Byrne

    John Byrne was one of the most popular artists in the comic book industry in the late 70s, but by the time he finished his run on Uncanny X-Men, he was practically co-writing the book with Chris Claremont, so Byrne finally had a chance to write a book of his own, the Fantastic Four.

    Byrne's run as writer/artist of the Fantastic Four is one of the (if not THE) most acclaimed non-Lee/Kirby run on Fantastic Four.

    During this time, Byrne also wrote and drew Alpha Flight for Marvel, and then later, Incredible Hulk.

    In the mid-80s, Byrne was tapped to revamp Superman following DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths. Byrne wrote and drew Man of Steel, the mini-series that redid Superman's origin and current status (i.e. Ma and Pa Kent not dying).

    Byrne stayed on Superman for almost two years, at first writing/drawing two titles a month and later, writing two while drawing one.

    Byrne then went back to Marvel, for a popular run as writer/artist on Avengers West Coast and a unique humorous look at She-Hulk.

    Byrne also wrote Avengers, Iron Man and helped give Namor his first series in over a decade (writing and drawing the series).

    Next, Byrne did a creator-owned title for Dark Horse, Next Men, which, at the time, was the highest-selling independent comic of all-time.

    He wrote/drew Wonder Woman for DC in the 90s, then came to Marvel for Spider-Man: Chapter One, after which he joined Howard Mackie as the regular artist on Amazing Spider-Man. He also wrote the Hulk at the time, with artist Ron Garney.

    Since then, Byrne's projects for DC and Marvel have generally been more off the beaten path, with Lab Rats, Doom Patrol and Blood of the Demon for DC and X-Men: The Hidden Years and Marvel: The Lost Generation for Marvel.

    Roger Stern

    Roger Stern first broke into comics at Marvel in the mid-70s, working as an editor and fill-in writer. Soon, Stern started getting regular assignments, most notably a short run on Captain America with John Byrne and a sustained run on Incredible Hulk.

    Stern wrote Dr. Strange for a time, then returned to the character later on for a sustained run that was acclaimed.

    After writing Spectacular Spider-Man, in the early 80s, Stern was offered Amazing Spider-Man, and began an acclaimed run with artist John Romita Jr.

    About the same time, Stern took over Avengers, which he wrote for the next sixty issues or so, also gaining a good deal of critical acclaim.

    While at Marvel, he created the Hobgoblin and the second Captain Marvel.

    He moved to DC in the late 80s, writing for the Superman titles after John Byrne left (which Stern would continue for almost the next ten years), and starting new titles featuring the Atom and a Stern-creation, the all-new Starman.

    Stern worked on a number of mini-series and smaller projects for the rest of the 90s, in particular, assisting Kurt Busiek on a few projects.

    Recently, Stern has mostly been writing novels outside of comic, although he still continues to do comic book work.

    He and Busiek are doing a series for Dynamite Comics featuring Darkman and Army of Darkness, and he and John Byrne are doing an upcoming JLA Classified arc.

    Marv Wolfman

    Marv Wolfman first broke into comics with his friend Len Wein with DC in the late 60s, but it wasn't until the early 70s that the pair really took off, as Roy Thomas brought the duo into Marvel as assistants to him, and when he left Marvel, they found themselves suddenly Editors-in-Chief of Marvel Comics!!

    During this period, Marv wrote Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Doctor Strange, Nova (which he created) and a very critically acclaimed run on Tomb of Dracula with artist Gene Colan.

    In 1980, Marv moved to DC, where he debuted perhaps his most noteworthy creation, New Teen Titans, with a number of new characters Wolfman co-created with artist George Perez.

    The title was a massive success, and Wolfman/Perez collaborated on a number of classic stories.

    In 1985, Wolfman was given the charge of "fixing" DC Comics' continuity, with the huge crossover, Crisis on Infinite Earths.

    Post-Crisis, Wolfman continuted with Titans (sans Perez) and wrote Adventures of Superman for a year.

    Wolfman worked outside of comics a good deal during this time, writing for animated programs.

    Recently, Wolfman was named the new ongoing writer of Nightwing, a character he developed while working on Teen Titans.

    Dennis O'Neil

    After graduating college and serving in the Navy in the early 60s, Dennis "Denny" O'Neil went to work for a newspaper in Missouri. Roy Thomas caught some of his work and contacted O'Neil, suggesting he apply for a job at Marvel Comics.

    O'Neil did so, and did some work at Marvel in the mid-to-late 60s. After that worked dried up a bit, he went to work for Charlton for over a year. When Dick Giordano went to DC from Charlton, O'Neil was one of the creators he brought with him, as O'Neil began writing a few titles for DC, including scripting Mike Sekowsky's "Diana Prince" run on Wonder Woman and writing Justice League of America.

    After Justice League of America, O'Neil began working on an acclaimed run of two of Green Lantern/Green Arrow, featuring two characters he had highlit during his run on JLA, namely Green Arrow and Black Canary.

    The run on the title, drawn by Neal Adams, drew many rave reviews for its look at social issues of the day, even revealing that Green Arrow's sidekick, Speedy, was using drugs.

    In the 70s, O'Neil took over writing Batman, writing an acclaimed run that brought the character "back to basics," as it were, and introduced the classic Batman villain, Ra's Al Ghul.

    O'Neil also worked on Superman and a number of DC titles through the 70s.

    In the early 80s, he began to work for Marvel comics, writing Amazing Spider-Man. He later had a run on Daredevil and Iron Man.

    In the late 80s, O'Neil returned to DC and Batman, but this time as an editor, as O'Neil was the Batman group editor for a little over a decade, shaping how the character's stories for all that time, and introduced the character, Azrael, during this time. O'Neil wrote all 98 issues of Azrael's comic book.

    Other O'Neil acclaimed runs include The Shadow, with Mike Kaluta and The Question, with Denys Cowan.

    O'Neil has also written a number of novels - most recently, the novelization of Batman Begins, which features his creation, Ra's Al Ghul.

    Keith Giffen

    Keith Giffen drew a number of comics for DC and Marvel throughout the 70s, but it was during his classic run on Legion of Superheroes with writer Paul Levitz that Giffen first began looking at the writing angle of comics, as Giffen began doing some plotting with Levitz.

    This led to Giffen doing some short stories on his own for Action Comics, where he introduced Ambush Bug, a wacky villain who eventually got his own mini-series in the early 80s.

    Giffen is notable in that, for most of his classic works, he wrote with another writer, who would supply the dialogue for the books. Robert Loren Fleming, J.M. DeMatteis, Alan Grant and Tom and Mary Bierbaum are the most notable scripters who have worked with Giffen.

    In the late 80s, Giffen was given the chance to relaunch the Justice League of America. Working with J.M. DeMatteis, Giffen did just that, but because the pair were not given the "A-list" superheroes they wanted, they made do by doing a more humorous, sitcom-esque look at the heroes they were given.

    The book was a surprise smash hit, and the two were soon writing a spin-off book, Justice League Europe.

    Around this time, Giffen also relaunched the Legion of Superheroes (with the Bierbaums), with the famous "Five Years Later" storyline, where Giffen depicted the Legion as adults.

    In the early 90s, Giffen left DC to go to Image.

    Giffen kept busy on a number of different projects (including some work for Valiant - notably a Magnus: Robot Fighter run) until recently, when he and DeMatteis reunited with their Justice League characters for an award-winning mini-series, Formerly Known as the Justice League.

    The two then did a Defenders mini-series for Marvel, and are currently writing two titles for Boom! Studios.

    Giffen is also currently writing Marvel's big cosmic crossover, Annihilation, with editor Andy Schmidt and co-plotting (and doing layouts) for DC's year-long event, 52.

    Mark Waid

    Mark Waid first broke into comics as an editor for Amazing Heroes, then moving over to be an editor for DC in the late 80s. He edited Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol for a time.

    Waid eventually left editorial to become a freelancer in the early 90s.

    His first major work was for DC's !mpact line of comics. Waid wrote The Comet with artist Tom Lyle.

    Soon afterwards, Waid got his biggest break, taking over The Flash from Bill Loebs. Waid would write the title for most of the next eight years (co-writing towards the end with his original editor on the title, Brian Augustyn).

    The run was a critical success, and during the time, Waid was also responsible for DC's crossover event, Underworld Unleashed.

    Around the same time, Waid and artist Alex Ross collaborated on Kingdom Come, a story set in the future of the DC universe.

    The mini-series was a smashing success, with both critics and fans.

    Waid also wrote for Marvel on Captain America and X-Men. for DC on Impulse and JLA, and for Valiant on X-O Manowar.

    Waid went to Crossgen in the late 90s, after following Grant Morrison on JLA. He wrote the acclaimed comic Ruse.

    After Crossgen, Waid took over Fantastic Four with artist Mike Wieringo, where the two had an acclaimed run.

    More recently, Waid has worked for DC Comics, both on Empire (a continuation of a creator-owned work Waid originally did with Barry Kitson for Gorilla Comics) and Legion of Superheroes.

    Waid is one of the writers of DC's 52 and next year, will be writing Brave and the Bold with artist George Perez.

    Roy Thomas

    Roy Thomas was one of the earliest figures in the fanzine days, when he was working as an English teacher. In the mid-60s, he went to work shortly for DC, but quickly moved to Marvel.

    Once Stan Lee, in the mid-to-late 60s, stopped writing most of the books, Thomas ended up getting the assignments Lee was dropping, most notably at the time, Avengers.

    Soon, Thomas was also gaining Lee's editorial responsibilities, so Thomas stopped writing as many titles.

    In the early 70s, on Thomas' say-so, Marvel acquired the license to publish comics based on Robert Howard's Conan series of novels.

    The series was eventually a smash success. Thomas resigned from his editorial position, and mostly wrote for the rest of the 70s, primarily on Conan.

    In the early 80s, he moved to DC, where he spent much of his time reviving the Golden Age heroes he loved as a child. All Star Squadron, Infinity, Inc. and Young All Stars were all some of his additions to DC.

    In the late 80s, Thomas returned to Marvel, writing a number of titles.

    In the 90s, he mostly worked for independent companies.

    Nowadays, he mostly does work in the field of comic book history, with his highly influential magazine, Alter Ego.

    He has been working with Red Sonja, a character he introduced in the Conan comics in the 70s, for Dynamite Comics.

    Geoff Johns

    After graduating from school, Geoff Johns moved to Hollywood, where he became the assistant to film director Richard Donner. He worked with Donner on a number of films.

    In the late 90s, Johns began working for DC Comics, on a number of small titles, but hit it big with the Day of Judgment crossover of the late 90s.

    Johns followed Mark Waid on The Flash, keeping the book as critically acclaimed as it was under Waid.

    Taking over as co-writer on JSA, Johns began to earn a reputation as a guy who could "fix" confusing continuity problems, especially with his Hawkman return in JSA (Johns would write Hawkman's solo series, as well).

    Johns went to work for Marvel as well, for a time, before he became exclusive to DC about five years ago, where he relaunched Teen Titans.

    Johns also was in charge of relaunching DC's Green Lantern series.

    More recently, Johns was one of the biggest backers behind DC's world-shaping crossover, Infinite Crisis.

    Johns wrote the crossover mini-series with artist Phil Jimenez.

    Johns continues to write Teen Titans, Green Lantern and is one of the co-writers of DC's year long event, 52.

    Will Eisner

    Will Eisner made his comic writing debut in the heydey of the comic book superhero boom of the late 30s, as he ran a studio with Jerry Iger, that would package superheroes cheaply for comic companies to publish.

    Eisner, however, did not want to just rush out cheap superhero filler all his career, so, when given the opportunity to create a comic book that would accompany Sunday newspapers, Eisner leaped at the opportunity, even though it meant selling his interest in the Eisner/Iger studio.

    The Spirit made his debut in 1940, and ran weekly for the next twelve years (Eisner let his assistants do the strip during the three years he was in the army during World War II).

    The Spirit is notable in its use of noir features, which were heavily influential for later comics and films, but also for the sheer humanity of the character, who was much more of an Everyman than people were used to seeing in their superheroes.

    In addition, the Spirit resided in the ghetto of humanity, and the stories of the tenements was something that was dear to Eisner.

    After a lengthy career running American Visuals Corporation, where Eisner would produce comic book stlye manuals for companies and the miltary, Eisner returned to writing comic books in the late 70s, only from this point on, Eisner would work only in long-form comics.

    His first graphic novel, A Contract with God, and Other Tenement Stories, was a critical and sales success, leading to many more graphic novels by Eisner over the next 25 years.

    Will Eisner passed away in 2005.

    Garth Ennis

    Garth Ennis first began his comic book career while still a teenager, writing a number of critically acclaimed stories in British anthologies with artists such as John McCrea and Warren Pleece.

    Soon after moving over to 2000A.D., Ennis was tapped to become the new regular writer of the book's star, Judge Dredd, where he continued for a number of years, contributing some prominent Dredd stories.

    At the same time, Ennis began working on American comic books.

    In 1991, he became the writer of Hellblazer, and in 1993, he became the writer of The Demon.

    Steve Dillon was the artist for most of Ennis' Hellblazer run, and John McCrea drew Ennis' Demon run.

    These two artists would be significant as Ennis would soon go to work on two classic series, one drawn by each man.

    Preacher, drawn by Dillon, is probably Ennis' biggest hit. A story of a Preacher with divine powers searching for God (literally), it contains most of what has typically become Ennis' trademark - strong male friendships, tons of profanity and tons of violence, most used for comedic effect, but not always.

    The other title, Hitman, by John McCrea, starred a hitman who gained superpowers, and the misadventures he gets into because of them.

    Both titles lasted about five years.

    Ennis and Dillon almost went exactly from one hit to another, when both teamed up for a Punisher mini-series for Marvel, with Ennis taking a black comedy approach to the character.

    This led to a Punisher ongoing, which recently, Ennis has taken in a much more serious direction.

    Currently, Ennis is writing The Punisher, plus two series for Wildstorm, the creator-owned, The Boys (with artist Darick Robertson) and Midnighter (not out yet - with artist Chris Sprouse).

    Kurt Busiek

    Kurt Busiek first broke into comics in the early 1980s, with a number of stories for Marvel and DC, on titles such as Power Man and Iron Fist and Green Lantern.

    For the next decade, though, Busiek did mostly fill-in work for various comic companies - a mini-series here, a one-shot there, etc.

    In 1993, though, Busiek and artist Alex Ross worked together on the smash critical and commercial success, Marvels.

    Soon after, Busiek and artist Brent Anderson (with Alex Ross on covers) began work on Kurt Busiek's Astro City, a series that Busiek is still working on today, more than a decade later.

    Busiek had critical success with his work on the Untold Tales of Spider-Man and Thunderbolts for Marvel, and in 1998, he and George Perez combined to relaunch The Avengers for Marvel, which was, again, a commercial and critical success (Busiek also relaunched Iron Man for Marvel at the same time, with artist Sean Chen).

    Busiek and Perez got together again in 2003 for the smash hit, JLA/Avengers.

    Busiek followed that up with a run on JLA for DC Comics.

    More recently, Busiek relaunched Conan for Dark Horse Comics.

    Currently, Busiek is writing Aquaman:Sword of Atlantis and Superman for DC, with artists Jackson Guice and Carlos Pacheco, respectively. He also continues to come out with new Astro City material.

    Ed Brubaker

    Similar to Kurt Busiek, Ed Brubaker is one of those "over night sensations" who had been working for years in the comic book industry before the mainstream comic audience "discovered" them.

    Brubaker wrote a number of acclaimed comics through the 90s for independent comic book companies such as Slave Labour Graphics, Caliber Comics and Alternative Comics.

    Brubaker was nominated for two Eisner Awards in 1993 for a contribution he made to Dark Horse Presents, with artist Eric Shanower.

    Brubaker did a one-shot for Vertigo in 1995, but it was 1999's Scene of the Crime, with artist Michael Lark, that finally gained Brubaker real notice, as he signed an exclusive contract with DC in 2000, where he did the Vertigo series, Deadenders with artist Warren Pleece, and he began his first foray into superhero comics, with a run on Batman.

    His Batman work continued into Detective Comics, as well as a new title that Brubaker launched with co-writer, Greg Rucka, and Michael Lark, called Gotham Central, which focused on the cops of Gotham.

    Around the same time, Brubaker relaunced Catwoman with artist Darwyn Cooke. The new series was quite critically acclaimed.

    In 2003, Brubaker began to work on comics for Wildstorm, including the critical hit, Sleeper, with artist Sean Phillips.

    After a short run on Authority, Brubaker began to work for Marvel, as well.

    He relaunched Captain America with artist Steve Epting in 2004, to great acclaim.

    Brubaker then signed an exclusive contract with Marvel.

    Currently, he is the regular writer on Captain America, Daredevil (with Michael Lark) and Uncanny X-Men. In addition, he just launched a new title with his Sleeper artist, Sean Phillips, from Marvel's creator-owned line, Icon, called Criminal.

    Peter David

    Peter David began his career in comics working for Marvel's sales department. In the mid-80s, while in the sales department, he sold the Spider-Man books a story called "The Death of Jean DeWolff," about how the death of a minor supporting character would affect Spider-Man.

    The story was a critical and commercial success, and soon, David was doing more work for the Spider-Man titles, mostly on Spectacular Spider-Man, where he was basically the regular writer for a year or so.

    David's next assignment proved to be the defining assignment of his career. In 1986, he took over writing the Incredible Hulk. It would be twelve years until he left the title.

    David worked on a few other projects for Marvel (including some New Universe work). He also went to DC to write their Star Trek title for a few years, as well as an Aquaman mini-series.

    In the 90s, David would find success with long runs on titles such as Aquaman (about 40 issues), Supergirl (about 80 issues) and Young Justice (about 50 issues).

    David's stories were notable for his use of humor and pop culture references, as well as a willingness to make constant changes in the status quo of his titles.

    Outside of comics, David has written a number of bestselling novels, including a good deal of Star Trek novels (David even created his own line of Star Trek novels - New Frontier).

    He has also written for television.

    Recently, David signed an exclusive contract with Marvel Comics.

    He currently is writing X-Factor (a revised version of a title he wrote for Marvel in the 90s) and Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man for Marvel, as well as the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower (with Jae Lee on art). He also is writing his creator-owned title, Fallen Angel, for IDW and his creator-owned title, Soulsearchers and Company, for Claypool Comics (plus a series of one-shots and mini-series for IDW starring the character Spike, from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV program).

    Brian K. Vaughan

    Brian K. Vaughan broke into comics via a class at New York University for new comic book writers that Marvel backed. Vaughan soon found himself writing a number of fill-ins and backups for Marvel.

    Mixed in with some minor Marvel projects, Vaughan also launched the short-lived Swamp Thing series for DC, featuring the daughter of Swamp Thing. Vaughan also did some one-shots for DC.

    In 2002, Vaughan had his big break, with the launch of his creator-owned title, Y The Last Man, for DC Comics. The title was a critical and commercial success.

    Soon after, Vaughan launched the popular title, Runaways, for Marvel.

    Back at DC/Wildstorm, Vaughan launced the creator-owned title, Ex Machina.

    Vaughan's books sell well, and are routine critical favorites. Vaughan won the 2005 Eisner Award for Best Writer.

    Earlier this year, Vaughan released the original graphic novel, Pride of Baghdad, for DC Comics.

    Currently, Vaughan is writing Y The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways, while working on screenplays adapting his properties for film.

    Mark Millar

    Mark Millar began his comic book writing career for small British publishers in the early 90s. Eventually, Millar became well known enough to get work on 2000 AD, where he first worked with writer Grant Morrison.

    Millar's first American work was on the Vertigo title, Swamp Thing, with Morrison co-writing the first story arc. The run was critically acclaimed, but the series was on its last legs, and was cancelled.

    For the rest of the 90s, Millar kept busy with a variety of projects, including some more co-writing assignments with Grant Morrison.

    His biggest break came in 2000, when he was tapped to follow Warren Ellis on the popular Authority title. Millar's run on the title was a hit, and led to Marvel hiring him to launch their Ultimate X-Men title, which was a big success.

    The success of Ultimate X-Men led to Millar launching a new title, The Ultimates, that may be Millar's most popular work to date.

    Millar's stories are marked by clever, edgy plots that usually contain some sort of social message. He is also adept at writing big action scenes.

    After finishing up his Ultimate X-Men run (and co-writing the launch of Ultimate Fantastic Four, with writer Brian Michael Bendis), Millar spent most of his time on year-long runs on major titles, such as Marvel Knights: Spider-Man, Wolverine and Ultimate Fantastic Four.

    Millar also wrote the creator-owned title, Wanted, for Image Comics.

    Currently, Millar is writing Marvel's big crossover event, Civil War.

    Chris Claremont

    Chris Claremont had written a few titles for Marvel, including a run on Iron Fist, when Len Wein passed the reins of X-Men to Claremont - Claremont continued on the title for the next sixteen years, transforming the bi-monthly series to Marvel's most successful title by a wide margin (especially considering the multitude of spin-offs).

    Claremont's mixture of soap opera-esque stories and action sequences made the comic a must-buy (not that he didn't have help, working with artists like Dave Cockrum, John Byrne, Paul Smith, John Romita, Jr., Marc Silvestri and Jim Lee).

    Particularly in the time when he co-plotted the book with Byrne, Claremont was responsible for some classic X-Men stories, like the Dark Phoenix Sage and Days of Future Past.

    Claremont was responsible for most spin-offs of the X-Men, as well, primarily New Mutants and Wolverine.

    He also wrote the spin-off Excalibur, with art by Alan Davis.

    Claremont was not just a comic writer, as he has written many successful novels, as well.

    After leaving Marvel in the early 90s, Claremont created a series for DC called Sovereign Seven. After that finished, he returned to Marvel and wrote Fantastic Four until becoming the writer of both X-Men titles again in 2000.

    A year later, he was given his own X-title, X-Treme X-Men.

    When that title ended, Claremont moved back to Uncanny X-Men.

    He recently had an illness that prevented him from taking over Exiles and continuing to write New Excalibur.

    When he is healthy, he will be writing those two titles for Marvel, as well as a mini-series called GeNext, which depicts what would happen if the X-Men aged in real time.

    Brian Michael Bendis

    Brian Michael Bendis' first comic book work were his creator-owned titles for Caliber, namely AKA Goldfish and Jinx. Both titles were extremely noirish crime stories, and highlit Bendis' affection for dialogue, as the titles contained long streams of dialogue, which nicely detailed the characterizations of the stars of the story (Goldfish about a con man and Jinx about a bounty hunter).

    The works were critically acclaimed, and netted Bendis a gig at Image Comics, where he created Torso, with co-writer Marc Andreyko, a look at the Torso-killer during Cleveland in the 30s. The work was another critical smash, earning Bendis his first Eisner Award.

    In 2000, Bendis launched Powers at Image, a series featuring police officers in a world of superheroes. Again, his dialogue was central to the comic. During this time, Bendis also wrote Sam and Twitch for Todd McFarlane, another crime comic that got a good deal of critical acclaim.

    Later in 2000, Bendis, via the help of his friend David Mack, came to the attention of Joe Quesada, who hired him on some Daredevil stories, then asked Bendis to help launch the Ultimate line of Marvel Comics.

    Bendis launched Ultimate Spider-Man, which became a massive critical and commerical success.

    The next year, Bendis became the regular writer on Daredevil, with artist Alex Maleev, gaining more critical success.

    In 2001, Bendis launched Alias, a mature-readers title set in the Marvel Universe. It was another critical success.

    Bendis continued to work on other Ultimate universe titles, such as Ultimate Team-Up, co-writing the first arc of Ultimate Fantastic Four, and writing a year's worth of Ultimate X-Men.

    In 2004, Bendis took over Avengers with artist David Finch, and re-launched the book as New Avengers, turning the book into Marvel's highest-selling title.

    In 2005, Bendis wrote House of M, Marvel's big summer crossover.

    Currently, Bendis is writing Powers (now at Marvel's Icon line of comics), Ultimate Spider-Man and New Avengers, and will be writing an upcoming Avengers spin-off, Mighty Avengers. He is also currently writing the Ultimate universe/Supreme Power universe crossover, Ultimate Power.

    Warren Ellis

    Warren Ellis got his start writing for British independent comics in the early 90s, eventually gaining enough attention for some higher profile British comic assignments.

    In 1994, he began working for Marvel, with a run on the title Hellstorm, which was very critically acclaimed.

    He soon became known as a bold thinker who could turn lagging books around with inventive turns. He used this approach on well-received runs on Doom 2099 and Excalibur, plus a short run on Thor.

    Towards the middle of the decade, he began to do work for DC and Image Comics, writing DV8 and Stormwatch (also an example of Ellis totally turning around a moribund franchise) for Image's Wildstorm Studios, which also became a critical hit.

    For DC, he wrote the creator-owned title, Transmetropolitan, along with artist Darick Robertson.

    Later in the 90s, Ellis had a pair of huge hits for Wildstorm, when he launched Planetary, with artist John Cassaday

    and then spun out The Authority from Stormwatch, with artist Bryan Hitch.

    Both titles were commercial successes (The Authority, in particular) and critical ones, as well.

    After a short stint revamping Marvel's peripheral X-titles in the early 00s, Ellis returned to DC to do a number of acclaimed mini-series, such as Global Frequency.

    Later, though, he would return to Marvel to pen Ultimate Fantastic Four and re-launch Iron Man, with a bold new direction for the title.

    Currently, Ellis is working on a number of different projects (he has a novel coming out next yar) while he is writing the critically acclaimed Fell for Image Comics and the equally critically acclaimed Nextwave: Agents of HATE for Marvel, while also writing newuniversal, a revamp of Marvel's New Universe line of comics, for the 20th anniversary of the original launch of the line. It was recently announced that he will also be writing the Thunderbolts, launching out of Marvel's Civil War crossover.

    Frank Miller

    Frank Miller was already becoming a popular artist while working as the regular artist on Marvel's "Daredevil" with writer Roger McKenzie. Miller soon began co-plotting the book with McKenzie, and eventually, about a year or so into the run, he took over as the book's writer. In his first issue, he introduced the assassin and former lover of Daredevil, Elektra. Miller's run on "Daredevil" was both a critical and commercial success. After finishing work on "Daredevil," Miller did a creator-owned mini-series for DC called "Ronin." Miller's next big success was in the mid-'80s, where he managed, in one year, to do a seminal run on "Daredevil" ("Born Again" with artist David Mazzuchelli) and on Batman ("Dark Knight Returns").

    Miller also wrote the classic "Batman: Year One," again with Mazzuchelli. He also did an "Elektra: Assassin" mini-series for Marvel with artist Bill Sienkiewicz.

    Around this time, Miller made a foray into Hollywood, writing the scripts for two "Robocop" sequels.

    During the '90s, Miller mostly worked at Dark Horse Comics, only stopping off at Marvel to do a Daredevil mini-series with artist John Romita, Jr., that was essentially Daredevil: Year One.

    For Dark Horse, Miller did "Hard Boiled," with artist Geoff Darrow, and "Give Me Liberty," with artist Dave Gibbons. It was at this time that he also began his "Sin City" series. "Sin City" was recently adapted into a successful movie by Director Robert Rodriguez, who gave Miller co-director credit on the film.

    In 2000, Miller came back to DC and Batman for a sequel to "Dark Knight Returns," titled "Dark Knight Strikes Again."

    Currently, Miller is working on a film adaptation of Will Eisner's "The Spirit," while writing "All Star Batman and Robin" for DC (with artist Jim Lee). He has an upcoming Batman project for DC, in which Batman reportedly fights Al Qaeda.

    Stan Lee

    Stan Lee (nee Stanley Lieber) made his comic book debut in his late teens, working as an assistant editor for Timely Comics, home to the popular duo of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. When Simon and Kirby left the company over a dispute with publisher Martin Goodman, Lee quickly had to take control of the company, quickly rising to become the Editor-in-Chief and art director of the entire line of comics.

    Except for a brief time during World War II, when Lee was in the military, Lee served as the head of Timely (later Atlas, still later Marvel) for the next thirty years.

    During the '50s, when comic sales drooped a bit, Stan Lee (and his brother, Larry Lieber) essentially were writing the entire line of Marvel Comics, from Westerns to Romances to Science Fiction.

    When DC began to have success with superheroes again in the late '50s, Marvel countered in the early '60s, as Stan Lee, working with his legendary creative counterparts Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, co-created such legendary comic book characters as the Amazing Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, the X-Men and more.

    For the next five years or so, Lee wrote or co-wrote every superhero comic Marvel produced, and the comics became huge successes. In particular, Lee's dialogue on Amazing Spider-Man has become the stuff that all future writers base their work on.

    Eventually, Lee began to back down from the frantic pace he had for the first five years or so of Marvel's superhero boom, choosing instead to work on deals outside of comics, to promote Marvel Comics.

    In the early '70s, Lee officially resigned as Editor-in-Chief and Art Director of Marvel Comics, as he became the Publisher of Marvel Comics. At this time, he stopped writing the two comics he had held on to as long as he could, "Amazing Spider-Man" and "Fantastic Four."

    During the '80s, Lee moved to Hollywood, where he pursued film and TV adaptations of Marvel properties.

    In the '90s, Lee created his own company, Stan Lee Media, to develop superhero properties for TV and the internet.

    In the early '00s, Lee did his first work for DC, bringing his own spin to DC's classic creations.

    Recently, Lee formed a new company, POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment, to also develop superhero properties for TV, film, internet and video games.

    Even more recently, Stan Lee was in the news for a TV series he did for Sci-Fi Network called "Who Wants to Be A Superhero?," which was a hit for the Sci-Fi Network and has been granted a second season. Lee will be writing the comic featuring the winner (with artist Will Conrad) for Dark Horse Comics, to be released in November.

    Neil Gaiman

    Before he broke into comic books, Neil Gaiman worked on a number of writing projects, including a biography of the band Duran Duran. In the late '80s, after befriending writer Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman followed up Moore on the comic "Miracleman." After that ended, Gaiman wrote a pair of graphic novels with his friend artist Dave McKean. Based on these graphic novels, Gaiman was asked to do a mini-series for DC Comics. The series (drawn by McKean) was "Black Orchid." It was well-received, and soon, Gaiman was asked to create a new series.

    The series, "Sandman," was a gigantic success, spreading beyond just comic book fandom, but gaining attention from outside the industry, even winning the World Fantasy Award for short fiction.

    Soon after launching "Sandman," Gaiman created "Books of Magic," starring a young magician named Tim Hunter. The mini-series was a success, and Tim Hunter has become a popular character for DC since.

    Gaiman developed some ideas which were then turned into comics for a company called Tekno Comix.

    Sandman continued to be a rousing success throughout the '90s, especially the character of Death, the little sister of the star of "Sandman," Morpheus of the Dreaming. Death received her own spin-off mini-series, which Gaiman also wrote. It, too, was a critical and commercial success.

    After wrapping up Sandman in the mid-'90s, Gaiman began working in other media, writing a few novels, a TV series for the BBC, screenplays, even a children's novel.

    Recently, Gaiman wrote a mini-series for Marvel Comics titled "1602." He is currently following that up with a second mini-series about Jack Kirby's "Eternals," with art by John Romita, Jr.

    Grant Morrison

    Grant Morrison broke into comic book writing in the late '70s, but for the rest of the decade and most of the 1980s, Morrison struggled to find an audience, mostly working for small independent British comic book companies. Eventually, though, Morrison was noticed and given a chance on some Marvel UK stories, some "Dr. Who" work and finally, some stories in the long running British comic "2000 A.D." His creation of Zenith, with artist Steve Yeowell, in the late '80s, finally put him on the map, as the character was soon one of "2000 A.D.'s" most popular features.

    Throughout this whole struggle to gain acclaim in Britain, Morrison was attempting to break into the American comic industry as well, and finally, after the success of Zenith, one of Morrison's proposals was accepted, and he started work on "Animal Man" for DC. Morrison had a vastly different take on Animal Man than previous writers, as Morrison worked in environmentalist concerns along with metafictive examinations into the whole idea of comic book continuity. The book was soon a critical success.

    Morrison was next hired to take his unique sensibilities and apply them to another DC superhero title, "Doom Patrol." Morrison took over with #19, and quickly changed the book dramatically, with many surreal moments.

    The same year he began work on "Doom Patrol," Morrison had his biggest commercial success, when he wrote the original graphic novel, "Batman: Arkham Asylum," with artist Dave McKean. The book came out just in time for the Batman motion picture, making it one of the most profitable graphic novels in comic history.

    While his popularity grew in America, Morrison still continued to work on projects for British comic book companies. One project, "St. Swithin's Day," caused a bit of an uproar over its anti-Thatcher views.

    In the early '90s, Morrison wrote a number of Vertigo mini-series, to general critical acclaim.

    However, his biggest Vertigo work was an ongoing series, "The Invisibles," which perhaps is Morrison's biggest/most important work.

    The book consisted of a mixture of pop culture/political culture/and underground culture, all with a view of working towards the Millenium (the last volume of the series actually counted backwards, literally counting down to the Millenium).

    As a counter to his trippy "Invisibles" work, though, in 1996, after a short stint on a character Morrison and Mark Millar co-created, "Aztek the Ultimate Man," Morrison returned to superheroes big time, with a critical and commercial smash hit, "JLA." Morrison's over-the-top action scenes and novel usage of the "Big Seven" DC superheroes was very well received by comic readers, soon turning a poor-selling title into a DC Comic franchise, with spin-offs galore.

    In 2001, Morrison moved to Marvel, where he took the reins of the X-Men franchise, writing "New X-Men," and totally revamping the Marvel mutant universe for a few years.

    During this time, Morrison also wrote a number of acclaimed mini-series, such as "Marvel Boy" and "Fantastic Four: 1234."

    After returning to DC, Morrison wrote a series of critically acclaimed mini-series, such as "Vimanarama," "Seaguy" and "We3," with his long-time collaborator, artist Frank Quitely.

    In 2005, Morrison launched a series of mini-series starring a number of little-used DC characters, called the "Seven Soldiers."

    Currently, Morrison is writing "All-Star Superman" (with artist Frank Quitely), "Batman" (with artist Andy Kubert), "Wildcats" (with artist Jim Lee), "Authority" (with artist Gene Ha) and finishing up work on "Seven Soldiers" (with artist J.H. Williams III).

    Alan Moore

    Alan Moore first worked in comics as an artist, drawing comic strips for various magazines, until he decided he wasn't going to get very far as an artist, so he concentrated instead on writing comics. He soon broke in at the major British comics of the time, "Warrior," Marvel UK and "2000 A.D.." Soon, Moore was the most critically acclaimed comic writer in Britain.

    This did not escape the attention of DC Comics editor Len Wein, who hired Moore in 1983 to take over as writer of "Swamp Thing." It was not long after Moore took over the title that everyone noticed the startling turnaround Moore brought to the series. First, Moore changed the entire concept of the character dramatically, turning it from a man who was turned into a Swamp Thing to a Swamp Thing that thinks it is a man.

    Moore's stories continued in this vein, bringing in more and more adult themes to the comic, using the bizarre nature of the comic to explore whatever ideas he felt like. At the same time, the book was drawing more and more critical acclaim, until it was basically DC's most critically acclaimed comic book (heck, it was probably the most critically acclaimed comic book).

    Moore wrote other superhero comics for DC, including the classic last issues of "Superman" and "Action Comics" before John Byrne re-booted the character in "Man of Steel."

    In 1986, Moore began work on "Watchmen," a mystery featuring superheroes that firmly placed them in the "real world," working in various themes and approaches to superheroes that, at the time, no writer had ever really approached.

    The book was a commercial success and a huge critical hit.

    Around this time, DC re-released one of Moore's earlier British works, "V for Vendetta." The re-released series was a smash success, as was Eclipse Comics reprinting of another early Moore work, "Miracleman" (nee "Marvelman").

    Moore left DC over a dispute regarding his contract rights, and spent the rest of the '80s and early '90s doing independent, creator-owned works, such as "Big Numbers" and "From Hell," with artist Eddie Campbell.

    In the early '90s, Moore worked on a series for Image called "1963," where he re-imagined superheroes, as they appeared during the early '60s.

    Moore followed this up with more superhero work for Image creators. First, he did a number of projects for Jim Lee's Wildstorm Studios, including a run on "WildC.A.T.S." Next, he followed with work for Rob Liefeld's studio of comic book characters. Moore was given the freedom to do whatever he wanted to with Liefeld's characters, and Moore's run on "Supreme" (where he used Supreme to tell Superman stories he wanted to tell) was a critical, smash hit.

    In the late '90s, Jim Lee created a whole line of comics at Wildstorm just for Alan Moore. America's Best Comics allowed Moore to do whatever he wanted. For ABC, Moore created the "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," "Promethea," "Tom Strong" and "Top 10," all of which were huge critical successes.

    Recently, Moore released "Lost Girls," a three-volume comic story about the female heroes of Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and Wizard of OZ, which he had been working on with artist Melinda Gebbie since the late 1980s.

    Upcoming works for Moore include his final "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" project for DC Comics, after which Moore will be doing another volume for Top Shelf Comics, who produced "Lost Girls."


    • #3
      Muito legais as biografias! Onde você achou isso Don?


      • #4
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        • #5
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