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(10 Of) My Favorite Comic Writers/Creators

1 – Stan Lee

Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber, December 28, 1922) is an American comic-book writer, editor, film executive producer, actor, and publisher. He was formerly editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and later its publisher and chairman before leaving the company to become its chairman emeritus, as well as a member of the editorial board.

  • In collaboration with several artists, including Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created fictional characters including Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-Men, and, with the addition of co-writer Larry Lieber, the characters Ant-Man, Iron Man and Thor.
  • In addition, he challenged the comics industry’s censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, indirectly leading to it updating its policies.
  • Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • Just Imagine Stan Lee creating:
    • Batman (with Joe Kubert) (2001)
    • Robin (with John Byrne) (2001)
    • Secret Files and Origins (2002)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #1–100, 105–110, 116–118, 200, Annual #1–5, 18 (1962–84); (backup stories): #634–645 (2010–11)
  • Avengers #1–35 (1963–66)
  • Captain America #100–141 (1968–71) (continues from Tales of Suspense #99)
  • Journey into Mystery (Thor) plotter #83–96 (1962–63), writer #97–125, Annual #1 (1963–66) (continues to Thor #126)
  • Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1–28, Annual #1 (1963–66)
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #10 (1990)
  • The X-Men #1–19 (1963–66)

2 – Jack Kirby

Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg; August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994) was an American comic book artist, writer, and editor, widely regarded as one of the medium’s major innovators and one of its most prolific and influential creators.

  • In 1940, he and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character Captain America for Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics.
  • During the 1940s, Kirby, regularly teamed with Simon, creating numerous characters for that company and for National Comics Publications, later to become DC Comics.
  • In the 1960s, Kirby and writer-editor Stan Lee co-created many of the company’s major characters, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk.
  • The Lee–Kirby titles garnered high sales and critical acclaim, but in 1970, feeling he had been treated unfairly, largely in the realm of authorship credit and creators’ rights, Kirby left the company for rival DC.

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • Avengers #1–8 (1963–65)
  • Black Panther #1–12 (1977–78)
  • Captain America #100–109, 112 (1968–69); #193–214, Annual #3–4 (1976–77)
  • Journey into Mystery #51–52, 54–82 (1959–62); (Thor): #83–89, 93, 97–125, Annual #1 (1962–66)
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey #1–10 (1976–77)
  • X-Men #1–11 (1963–65)

3 – Steve Ditko

Stephen J. Ditko (November 2, 1927 – June 29, 2018) was an American comics artist and writer best known as the artist and co-creator, with Stan Lee, of the Marvel Comics superheroes Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.

Ditko studied under Batman artist Jerry Robinson at the Cartoonist and Illustrators School in New York City. He began his professional career in 1953, working in the studio of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, beginning as an inker and coming under the influence of artist Mort Meskin.

In 1966, after being the exclusive artist on The Amazing Spider-Man and the “Doctor Strange” feature in Strange Tales, Ditko left Marvel for reasons he never specified.

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • Journey into Mystery #33, 38, 50–96 (1956–63)
  • The Incredible Hulk #2 (inking Jack Kirby), #6 (1962–63)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #1–38, Annual #1–2 (1963–66)
  • The Avengers Annual #13, 15 (1984–86)
  • Marvel Super-Heroes vol. 2 #8 (debut Squirrel Girl) (1992)
  • World’s Finest Comics #249–255 (script and art, Creeper series) (1978–79)
  • Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 2 #267, 268, 272, 274, 276, 281 (1980–81)

4 – Peter David

Peter Allen David (born September 23, 1956) often abbreviated PAD, is an American writer of comic books, novels, television, films and video games. His notable comic book work includes an award-winning 12-year run on The Incredible Hulk, as well as runs on AquamanYoung JusticeSupergirlFallen AngelSpider-Man 2099 and X-Factor.

His Star Trek work includes both comic books and novels such as Imzadi, and co-creating the New Frontier series. His other novels include film adaptations, media tie-ins, and original works, such as the Apropos of Nothing and Knight Life series. His television work includes series such as Babylon 5Young JusticeBen 10: Alien Force and Nickelodeon’s Space Cases, which he co-created with Bill Mumy.

David often jokingly describes his occupation as “Writer of Stuff”, and is noted for his prolific writing, characterized by its mingling of real-world issues with humor and references to popular culture, as well as elements of metafiction and self-reference.

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • The Incredible Hulk, Del Rey, 2008.
  • Spider-Man, Del Rey, 2002.
  • Spider-Man 2, Del Rey, 2004.
  • Spider-Man 3, Del Rey, 2007.
  • Iron Man, Del Rey, 2008.
  • DC vs. Marvel Comics (with Ron Marz, Dan Jurgens, Claudio Castellini), DC Comics, 1996.
  • Captain Marvel Vol. 4 #1–35, 0 (1999-2002)
  • Captain Marvel Vol. 5 #1–25 (2002-2004)
  • “One Fateful Knight” in the anthology Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership, Big Finish Productions, 2008.
  • Future Imperfect (with George Pérez), Marvel Comics, 1994. Collects Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect #1–2 (1992).
  • Ghost of the Past (with Dale Keown), Marvel Comics, 1997. Collects Incredible Hulk #397–400 (1992).
  • Tempest Fugit (with Lee Weeks), Marvel Comics, 2005. Collects Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #77–82 (2005).
  • Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect #1–2 (1992)
  • Incredible Hulk: The End #1 (2002)
  • Future Imperfect: Warzones! #1-5 (2015)
  • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #103, 105-110, 112-113, 115-119, 121-123, 128-129
    • Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #5–6
  • Spider-Man 2099 #1–44 (1993–1996)
    • Spider-Man 2099 Annual #1
    • Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man #1
  • Spider-Man Family Featuring Spider-Clan #1
  • Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 2 #1–12 (2014–2015)
  • Spider-Man 2099 Vol. 3 #1-25 (2015–2017)
  • Secret Wars 2099 #1-5 (2015)
  • Many Happy Returns (written with Ed Benes), DC Comics, 2003.
  • X-Factor #55, 70–89
    • X-Factor Annual #6–8
  • MadroX: Multiple Choice (with Pablo Raimondi), Marvel Comics, 2005.
  • All-New X-Factor #1–20 (2014–2015)
  • Young Justice #1–7, 9–21, 23–55, & 1,000,000 DC Comics, 1998–2003.
  • Young Justice: A League of Their Own (with Todd Nauck), DC Comics, 2000.
  • The Trial of James T. Kirk (Star Trek Comics Classics trade paperback, reprint of DC Comics issues, with James W. Fry and Gordon Purcell), Titan Books, 2006.
  • Worf’s First Adventure, Simon & Schuster, 1993.
  • Line of Fire, Simon & Schuster, 1993.
  • Starfleet Academy—Survival, Simon & Schuster, 1994.
  • House of Cards, Pocket Books, 1997.
  • Into the Void, Pocket Books, 1997.
  • The Two Front War, Pocket Books, 1997.
  • End Game, Pocket Books, 1997.
  • Martyr, Pocket Books, 1998.
  • Fire on High, Pocket Books, 1998.
  • Star Trek: New Frontier (collection), Pocket Books, 1998.
  • The Quiet Place, Pocket Books, 1999.
  • Dark Allies, Pocket Books, 1999.
  • Double Time (graphic novel), DC Comics, 2000.
  • Excalibur, Book 1: Requiem, Pocket Books, 2000.
  • Excalibur, Book 2: Renaissance, Pocket Books, 2000.
  • Excalibur, Book 3: Restoration, Pocket Books, 2001.
  • Being Human, Pocket Books, 2001.
  • Gods Above, Pocket Books, 2003.
  • Stone and Anvil, Pocket Books, 2004.
  • After the Fall, Pocket Books, 2004.
  • Missing in Action, Pocket Books, 2006.
  • Treason, Pocket Books, 2009.
  • Blind Man’s Bluff, Gallery Books, 2011.
  • The Returned: Part 1, Pocket Books, 2015.
  • The Returned: Part 2, Pocket Books, 2015.
  • The Returned: Part 3, Pocket Books, 2015.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty (co-author, autobiography of James Doohan), 1996.
  • They Keep Killing Glenn 2018

5 – Ed Brubaker

Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an American comic book writer and cartoonist. Brubaker’s first early comics work was primarily in the crime fiction genre with works such as LowlifeThe FallSandman Presents: Dead Boy Detectives and Scene of the Crime. He later became known for writing superhero comics such as BatmanDaredevilCaptain AmericaCatwomanUncanny X-Men, and The Authority. He has won an Eisner Award on six separate occasions.

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • Batman: Gotham Knights
  • Batman: Gotham Noir
  • Batman: The Man Who Laughs
  • Captain America and Bucky #620–628
  • Captain America: Who Will Wield the Shield?
  • What If Aunt May Had Died Instead of Uncle Ben? #1
  • Winter Solider

6 – Frank Miller

Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American comic book writer, novelist, inker, screenwriter, film director, and producer best known for his comic book stories and graphic novels such as RoninDaredevil: Born AgainThe Dark Knight ReturnsSin City, and 300.

He created the comic book characters Elektra for Marvel Comics’ Daredevil series, and a female version of the Robin character, Carrie Kelley, for DC Comics.

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • Batman: Year One (hc, 144 pages, 2005,
  • Batman #404–407 (w, with David Mazzucchelli, 1987)
    • All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder #1–10 (w, with Jim Lee, 2005–2008)
      • Issues #1–9 collected as Volume 1 (hc, 240 pages, 2008, 1; tpb, 2009)
  • Superman and Batman: World’s Funnest: “Last Imp Standing!” (a, with Evan Dorkin, among other artists, one-shot, 2000)
  • The Complete Frank Miller Spider-Man (hc, 208 pages, 2002)
    • The Spectacular Spider-Man #27–28 (a, with Bill Mantlo, 1979)
    • The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #14–15 (a, with Dennis O’Neil, 1980–1981)
    • Marvel Team-Up
  • Daredevil:
    • Daredevil by Frank Miller & Klaus Janson Omnibus (hc, 840 pages, 2007
    • Daredevil: The Man Without Fear #1–5 (w, with John Romita Jr., 1993)
  • What If? #34: “What If Daredevil Were Deaf Instead of Blind?” (w/a, 1982)

7 – Neil Gaiman

Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman (born Neil Richard Gaiman, 10 November 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films. His works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels StardustAmerican GodsCoraline, and The Graveyard Book

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? (hc, 128 pages, 2009
    • Secret Origins:
  • The Sandman:
    • Death: The High Cost of Living #1–3 (with Chris Bachalo, 1993)
    • The Sandman: Overture (with J. H. Williams III, #1-6, 2013-2015) collected as The Sandman: Overture Deluxe Edition (hc, 224 pages, 2015
  • The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch: A Romance (with Dave McKean, graphic novel, hc, 96 pages, 1994

8 – Brian Michael Bendis

Brian Michael Bendis (born August 18, 1967) is an American comic book writer and artist. 

  • With Bill Jemas and Mark Millar, Bendis was the primary architect of the Ultimate Marvel Universe, launching Ultimate Spider-Man in 2000.
  • He relaunched the Avengers franchise with New Avengers in 2004, and has also written the Marvel “event” storylines “Secret War” (2004–2005), “House of M” (2005), “Secret Invasion” (2008), “Siege” (2010) and “Age of Ultron” (2013).

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • “The Murdock Papers” (with Alex Maleev, in #76–81, 2005–2006)
  • What If… Karen Page Had Lived? (with Michael Lark, one-shot, 2005) collected in What If… Why Not? (tpb, 152 pages, 2005,
    • The Secret Origins of Jessica Jones (tpb, 176 pages, 2004,
    • What If… Why Not? (tpb, 152 pages, 2005 includes:
      • What If… Jessica Jones Had Joined the Avengers? (with Michael Gaydos, one-shot, 2005)
  • Secret War (5-issue limited series, with Gabriele Dell’Otto, February 2004 – October 2005, collected in Secret War, hc, 256 pages, 2006; tpb, 2009
  • House of M (8-issue limited series, with Olivier Coipel, June–October 2005, collected in House of M, tpb, 224 pages, 2006, hc, 312 pages, 2008
  • Stan Lee Meets Dr. Strange (with Mark Bagley, one-shot, 2006) collected in Stan Lee Meets… (hc, 240 pages, 2007
  • Secret Invasion (8-issue limited series with Leinil Francis Yu, April–November 2008, collected in Secret Invasion, tpb, 248 pages, 2009
  • Avengers Vs. X-Men #0–1, #8, #11 (with Jason Aaron, Frank Cho, John Romita Jr., Adam Kubert and Olivier Coipel, March–September 2012, collected in Avengers vs. X-Men, hc, 568 pges, 2012,
  • AVX: VS #6, “Verbal Abuse” (with Jim Mahfood, October 2012, collected in Avengers vs. X-Men: VS, tpb, 160 pages, 2013,
  • Age of Ultron (10-issue limited series, with Bryan Hitch, Brandon Peterson and Carlos Pacheco, March–June 2013, collected in Age of Ultron, tpb, 288 pages, 2014
      • Guardians of the Galaxy/All-New X-Men: The Trial of Jean Grey, #11–13 (hc, 144 pages, 2014,
    • Invincible Iron Man vol. 2 #1–14 (with David Marquez and Mike Deodato Jr., October 2015 – October 2016)
      • Volume 1: Reboot, #1–5 (hc, 136 pages, 2016
      • Volume 2: The War Machines, #6–11 (hc, 136 pages, 2016,
      • Volume 3: Civil War, #12–14 (hc, 136 pages, 2017
  • Civil War II #0–8 (with Olivier Coipel and David Marquez, May 2016 – December 2016)
  • Batman Chronicles #21: “Citizen Wayne” (with Michael Gaydos, 2000) collected in Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told Volume 2 (tpb, 208 pages, 2007

9 – Brian K. Vaughan

Brian Keller Vaughan (born July 17, 1976) is an American comic book and television writer, best known for the comic book series Y: The Last ManEx MachinaRunawaysPride of BaghdadSaga, and, most recently, Paper Girls.

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • Runaways:
      • “Breaking Into Comics The Marvel Way”
      • “What if the Runaways became the Young Avengers”
    • Runaways Omnibus (with Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyazawa, Mike Norton, and Skottie Young, hc, 1072 pages, 2018,
  • Batman: False Faces (hc, 160 pages, 2008, tpb, 2009
  • The Titans #14: “Chain of Command” (with Devin Grayson and Cully Hamner, 2000)
  • Young Justice (with Scott Kolins):
    • Sins of Youth (tpb, 320 pages, 2000
      • “Coming of Age” (in Sins of Youth: Wonder Girls, one-shot, 2000)
    • “Other Interests” (in #22, 2000)
  • The DC Universe (TPB, 248 pages, 2018
    • The Titans #14: “Chain of Command” (with Devin Grayson and Cully Hamner, 2000)
    • Sins of Youth: Wonder Girls, one-shot, 2000)
    • Young Justice #22 “Other Interests”

10 – Alan Moore

Alan Moore (born 18 November 1953) is an English writer known primarily for his work in comic books including WatchmenV for VendettaThe Ballad of Halo Jones and From Hell.

  • Frequently described as the best graphic novel writer in history, he has been widely recognized by his peers and by critics. 
  • He worked on major characters such as Batman (Batman: The Killing Joke) and Superman (Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?), substantially developed the character Swamp Thing, and penned original titles such as Watchmen.

My Favorite/Notable Comics:

  • Superman Annual #11: “For the Man Who Has Everything” (with Dave Gibbons, 1985
  • Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?:
    • In 2009, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? was reprinted in a Deluxe Edition HC, which also contains “For the Man Who Has Everything” and “The Jungle Line”.
  • Batman: The Killing Joke (with Brian Bolland, one-shot, 1988)
  • Watchmen #1–12 (with Dave Gibbons, 1986–1987) collected as tpb, 334 pages, 1987,; hc, 464 pages, 2005
  • V for Vendetta #1–10 (with David Lloyd, 1988–1989) collected as tpb, 288 pages, 1995; hc, 396 pages, 2009

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