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Gail Simone

Born Unknown
July 29
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Critic
Notable works Birds of Prey
Welcome to Tranquility
Wonder Woman

Gail Simone is an American writer of comic books. Best known for penning DC's Birds of Prey, her other notable works include Secret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, The All-New Atom, and Deadpool. In 2007, she took over Wonder Woman. Simone has a distinctive writing style that mixes action, drama, and humor.



Early work

A former hairdresser who had studied theater in college, Simone first came to fan attention with her Web site Women in Refrigerators,[1] listing many instances in which female comic book characters were the victims of violent attacks because of their gender (rape, miscarriage, murder) or whose attacks were used as a plot device for a male character. The site brought her into contact with many people working in the comics industry. Since entering the mainstream, she has written many scenes in which female characters are molested, raped and tortured, ironically. Her column You'll All Be Sorry! appeared weekly on Comic Book Resources.[2] Topics ranged from short, satirical summaries of comic books ("Condensed Comic Classics") to fan fiction parodies.

Simone worked for Bongo Comics, scripting many of their comics based on The Simpsons. Her contributions include stories for Simpsons Comics, an annual Treehouse of Horror special, and regular scripts for Bart Simpson Comics. Simone also penned many Sunday strips for the syndicated Simpsons comic strip.


Following her Simpsons work, Simone entered the comics mainstream with a run on Marvel Comics' Deadpool. When Deadpool was canceled and relaunched as Agent X, Simone continued as writer, but eventually left the series after a conflict with the series' editor.[3] Simone did, however, return to pen the concluding arc to Agent X, some months after the series' initial cancellation.

After the dispute with Marvel, Simone moved on to DC Comics, where she was given the Birds of Prey title (beginning with issue #56) featuring the all-female group consisting of Oracle, Black Canary, The Huntress and Lady Blackhawk. Though humorous at times, Birds of Prey tends more to the serious than her Deadpool work.

Simone took over Action Comics after writer Chuck Austen, with John Byrne penciling. Simone continued her other projects, including the 2005 Villains United limited series - part of the "Infinite Crisis" crossover - in which she revitalized the Catman character. She also wrote a two-issue story arc that focused on the new Hawk & Dove for the third Teen Titans series, with Rob Liefeld penciling. While Simone maintained her usual enthusiastic stance, fandom was quick to lambast the promotional art Liefeld produced in tandem with the PR announcement.[4] The controversy lay with Liefeld more than with Simone, a situation Simone acknowledged on the DC Comics message boards[5] soon after the first Simone/Liefeld issue reached stores.

Simone is also the writer of a Villains United limited series spin-off, entitled Secret Six. This turned out to be popular enough that fan demand warranted an ongoing series, which started September 2008. Other work by Simone includes a run on the Superman title Action Comics, a brief stint on The Legion, a Rose and Thorn limited series at DC Comics, and a revitalization of Wildstorm's Gen¹³. For Oni Press, Simone wrote Killer Princesses with co-creator and artist Lea Hernandez, Gus Beezer specials for Marvel Comics.

Simone also wrote an Atom series, based on ideas by Grant Morrison and penciled by her Action Comics artist, John Byrne and later Mike Norton. Other work includes a Gen¹³ series and a creator-owned project about a retirement community of super-heroes, Welcome to Tranquility, for Wildstorm. Simone was also a contributor to Tori Amos's Comic Book Tattoo.

On April 12, 2007, DC announced that Simone would be the new regular writer of the third volume of Wonder Woman, first scheduled to start with issue #13 but later changed to #14.[6][7] Simone is notable for being Wonder Woman's longest-running female writer and has often erroneously been credited as the first woman to write the character, when she was in fact preceded by Mindy Newell, Trina Robbins, and Jodi Picoult. In early 2010 she was named as the writer for Birds of Prey under the "Brightest Day" banner.[8][9]

It has been anounced that Simone is being replaced on Wonder Woman, right after the book is renumbered to issue 600. She will also work on a new Welcome to Tranquility series. [10][11]

Other media

Simone penned the Justice League Unlimited episode "Double Date", which features Question, Huntress, Green Arrow and Black Canary in a romantic adventure tinged with revenge and jealousy. Originally, Simone wrote the episode to feature Batgirl Barbara Gordon. After Gordon is injured while working a case, Batman forbids her from continuing. She reinvents herself as Oracle and contacts Black Canary and the Huntress to finish the case. Neither heroine meets Gordon in person. Due to the Bat Embargo, Simone replaced Batgirl with Green Arrow and The Question. Simone stated that she was interested in working on the show again, having in mind a "Queen of Fables" story which she felt would look good animated.[12]

Simone was replaced as the writer of the 2009 Wonder Woman film.[13]

In August 2007, Simone created and wrote an episode of GameTap's Re\Visioned: Tomb Raider Animated Series, entitled "Pre-Teen Raider".[14]


Comics work includes:

  • Killer Princesses #1-3 (with Lea Hernandez, Oni Press, December 2001 - April 2003) collected as:
    • Killer Princesses 96 pages, February 2004, ISBN 1929998317
  • Agent X #1-7, 13-15 (Marvel Comics, September 2002 - March 2003 & November - December 2003)
  • Rose and Thorn #1-6 (with Adriana da Silva Melo, DC Comics, February - July 2004)
  • Secret Six #1-6 (with Brad Walker, DC Comics, July 2006 - January 2007) collected as:
    • Six Degrees of Devastation 144 pages, March 2007, ISBN 140121231X)
  • Birds of Prey #56-90, 92-108 (DC Comics, August 2003 - July 2007) collected as:
    • Of Like Minds (with Ed Benes, collects Birds of Prey #56-61, 144 pages, March 2004, ISBN 1-4012-0192-X)[16]
    • Sensei & Student (with Ed Benes, collects Birds of Prey #62-68, 168 pages, February 2005, ISBN 1-4012-0434-1)[17]
    • Between Dark & Dawn (with Ed Benes, collects Birds of Prey #69-75, 176 pages, March 2006, ISBN 1-4012-0940-8)[18]
    • The Battle Within (with Joe Bennett and Ed Benes, collects Birds of Prey #76-85, 240 pages, October 2006, ISBN 1-4012-1096-1)[19]
    • Perfect Pitch (with Joe Bennett and Paulo Siqueira, collects Birds of Prey #86-90 and #92-95, 224 pages, February 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1191-7)[20]
    • Blood and Circuits (with Nicola Scott, Paulo Siqueira and James Raiz, collects Birds of Prey #96-103, 208 pages, August 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1371-5)[21]
    • Dead of Winter (with Nicola Scott, collects Birds of Prey #104-108, 128 pages, February 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1641-2)[22]
  • Welcome to Tranquility #1-12 (with Neil Googe, Wildstorm, February 2007 - January 2008) collected as:
    • Volume 1 (collects Welcome to Tranquility #1-6, 160 pages, December 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1516-5)[23]
    • Volume 2 (collects Welcome to Tranquility #7-12, 144 pages, May 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1773-7)[24]
  • Wonder Woman #14-present (DC Comics, January 2008 - ongoing) collected as:
    • The Circle (with Terry Dodson, collects Wonder Woman #14-19, January - June 2008, 144 pages, hardcover, November 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1932-2[25]; trade paperback, September 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2011-2[26])
    • Ends of the Earth (with Aaron Lopresti, collects Wonder Woman #20-25, July - December 2008, 144 pages, hardcover, March 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2136-X)[27]
    • Rise of the Olympian (with Aaron Lopresti, collects Wonder Woman #26-33, January - August 2009, 208 pages, November 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2513-6) [28]
    • Warkiller (with Aaron Lopresti, collects Wonder Woman #34-39, September 2009 - February 2010, 144 pages. To be released May 2010)
    • "Contagion" (with Aaron Lopresti, Chris Batista, and Nicola Scott Wonder Woman #40-44 , March 2010 - May 2010)
  • Secret Six #1-14, 16-present (with Nicola Scott, DC Comics, November 2008 - ongoing) collected as:
    • Unhinged (collects Secret Six #1-7, 144 pages, August 2009, ISBN 1401223273)


In 2007, Thomasina Lindo of Welcome to Tranquility was named Best Female Character in the Glyph Comics Awards.

In 2009, Gail Simone received the Friends of Lulu Hall of Fame Award.

She is a several-time nominee for the GLAAD award for portrayals of LGBT characters.


  1. ^ "Women in Refrigerators". 
  2. ^ The 'You'll All Be Sorry!' archives, Comic Book Resources
  3. ^ The Gail Simone Dialogues, Comics Bulletin
  4. ^ Newsarama
  5. ^ DC Comics message boards
  6. ^ Gail Simon Named New Wonder Woman Writer, Newsarama
  7. ^ Simon's Wonder Woman Debut Pushed Back a Month, Newsarama
  8. ^ Segura, Alex (January 13, 2010). "DCU in 2010: Welcome Back the Birds of Prey". The Source. DC Retrieved January 13, 2010. 
  9. ^ McGuirk, Brendan (January 13, 2010). "Gail Simone Returns to 'Birds of Prey' in 2010 -- EXCLUSIVE". Comics Alliance. Retrieved January 13, 2010. 
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^ ""Double Date"". Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  13. ^ ""Wonder Woman on IMDB"". 
  14. ^ "Pre-Teen Raider: Interview With Writer Gail Simone". 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  15. ^ Villains United details at DC
  16. ^ Of Like Minds trade details at DC
  17. ^ Sensei & Student trade details at DC
  18. ^ Between Dark & Dawn trade details at DC
  19. ^ The Battle Within trade details at DC
  20. ^ Perfect Pitch trade details at DC
  21. ^ Blood and Circuits trade details at DC
  22. ^ Dead of Winter trade details at DC
  23. ^ Welcome to Tranquility Volume 1 trade details at DC
  24. ^ Welcome to Tranquility Volume 2 trade details at DC
  25. ^ The Circle hardcover details at DC
  26. ^ The Circle trade details at DC
  27. ^ End of the Earth hardcover details at DC
  28. ^ Rise of the Olympian trade details at DC. Note: Site incorrectly identifies this volume's contents as issues #20-27.


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Preceded by
Gilbert Hernandez
Birds of Prey writer
Succeeded by
Tony Bedard
Preceded by
Chuck Austen
Action Comics writer
Succeeded by
Kurt Busiek
Preceded by
The All-New Atom writer
Succeeded by
Rick Remender
Preceded by
J. Torres
Wonder Woman writer
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Secret Six writer
Succeeded by

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