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Geoff Johns

Writer Geoff Johns at Wonder-Con 2006.
Born January 25, 1973 (1973-01-25) (age 37)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works 52
Action Comics
Blackest Night
The Flash
Green Lantern
Infinite Crisis
Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.
Teen Titans
Official website

Geoff Johns (born 25 January 1973) is an American comic book and television writer, best known for his work for DC Comics, in particular for the characters Green Lantern and the Flash. As of June 2009, Johns is also a comic book retailer, having formed a partnership with Earth-2 Comics.[1]


Early life and career

Johns was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in the Detroit suburbs of Grosse Pointe and Clarkston.[2] As a child, Johns loved comics, tending to prefer DC and Vertigo titles. He was also a huge enthusiast of director Richard Donner's Superman films (Superman and Superman II).[2]

After graduating from Clarkston High School in 1991 and from Michigan State University in 1995,[citation needed] Johns moved to Los Angeles, California. There, through sheer perseverance and some luck, he became assistant to Donner.[3][2]

Johns worked for Donner's production company for four years, on films including Conspiracy Theory. While still working for Donner, Johns began writing for DC Comics with Star Spangled Comics #1 (1999) and the related series Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., a book based on the second Star-Spangled Kid and her stepfather, the original version's sidekick Stripesy (later named S.T.R.I.P.E.). Johns credits Chuck Kim, David S. Goyer, James Robinson, and Mike Carlin for shepherding his career into comics.[2]

Johns wrote several comics for Marvel Comics early in his career, including The Avengers.

As of 2008, Johns shares a writing studio, The Empath Magic Tree House, with Jeph Loeb and Allan Heinberg.[3][4]

DC Comics

In 2000, he succeeded James Robinson as David S. Goyer's co-writer on the title JSA. Also that year, Johns became the regular writer on the ongoing series The Flash. He responsible for the re-launch of the Hawkman series and in 2003, he re-launched the DC comics title Teen Titans.

Johns was responsible for the return of Hal Jordan in 2005 as the writer of the Green Lantern: Rebirth mini-series and subsequent Green Lantern ongoing title, helming its critically acclaimed "Sinestro Corps War" storyline. Johns was also the writer of the DC Comics crossover event Infinite Crisis beginning in 2005, a sequel to 1985's Crisis on Infinite Earths. Following this, Johns was one of four writers, with Mark Waid, Grant Morrison, and Greg Rucka, on 2006-2007 weekly comic title 52.

In 2006, Johns reunited with Richard Donner on the Superman title Action Comics, with Donner co-plotting the series with his former assistant. In August 2007 Johns and cowriter Jeff Katz re-launched the new Booster Gold series. At the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con, DC Comics announced that Johns would write and Ethan Van Sciver would draw the miniseries The Flash: Rebirth, scheduled for 2009 and focusing on the return of Barry Allen as the Flash.[5] He also wrote the Final Crisis one-shot Rage of the Red Lanterns with artist Shane Davis,[6] and is retelling Superman's origin story with current Action Comics artist Gary Frank in 2009's Superman: Secret Origin.[7] Johns and Frank will also collaborate on a original graphic novel starring Batman called Batman Earth One an out of continuity story set for release in 2010.[8] It will be the first in a series of graphic novels and be a redefining of Batman.[9]

Geoff was named DC Comics' new Chief Creative Officer on Feb. 18, 2010.[10][11] Johns has said that his new position should not affect his writing.[12]

Television, film, and computer games

In 2006, Johns wrote the Justice League Unlimited episode "Ancient History", which starred Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Vixen, Shadow-Thief and the John Stewart Green Lantern.

With Goyer, Johns co-wrote the pilot for the Spike TV television series Blade, which premiered in summer 2006. Johns served as one of the writing staff on the television show.

In the fall of 2006, Johns teamed up with Matthew Senreich of Robot Chicken fame to write the screenplay for a holiday family-friendly movie titled Naughty or Nice for Dimension Films. Johns and Senreich are also billed as directors of the movie, with actor/producer Seth Green set to provide a lead voice as well as serving as voice director on the film. This association also led to Johns contributing material to the fourth season of Robot Chicken.[13]

"Recruit", a 2005 episode of Smallville, on which Loeb was a writer-producer, featured a villain by the name of Geoff Johns. In 2008, Johns wrote "Legion", the 11th episode of the eighth season, in which he introduced the three core members of the Legion of Superheroes.[14] At Comic-con 2009 he announced that he was writing another Smallville episode, titled "Society," based on the Justice Society of America. The success of his first episode and the ambitious nature of his follow-up episode enabled the producers to transform it into a two-part story, which will now air as a feature-length episode titled "Absolute Justice".[15]

In July 2009, Johns appeared on The Write Environment, a direct-to-DVD series featuring interviews with TV and comic-book writers.

Johns is the principal writer of the DC Universe Online Massively multiplayer online role-playing game.[16]

Personal life

Johns lives in Los Angeles, near his fellow writers and collaborators James Robinson, Jeph Loeb and Sterling Gates.[17] His younger sister Courtney was among the 229 who died on TWA Flight 800 on July 17, 1996. Johns' character Courtney Whitmore a.k.a. Stargirl, is based on her.



  • Beast Boy-related works:
    • Legends of the DC Universe 80-Page Giant #2 (1999): Ten-page story with co-writer Ben Raab.
    • Beast Boy #1-4 (1999–2000): Miniseries with co-writer Ben Raab.
    • The Titans Annual #1 (2000): Two stories with co-writer Ben Raab, plus lead story and an additional story.
    • Titans Secret Files and Origins #2 (2000): Lead story with co-writer Ben Raab; three additional stories.
  • Superman-related works:
    • Superman: The Man of Steel #121 & 133 (2003)
    • Superman (Vol. 2) #179-180, 184-187 & 189 (2002): Issues #179-180 with co-writer Jeph Loeb.
    • Superman Secret Files and Origins 2004: Lead story co-writer.
    • Action Comics #837-840, 844-846, 850 (With Kurt Busiek), 851, Annuals 10 and 11, and 855-857 (With Richard Donner), 858-873
    • Superman (Vol. 1, reverted from Vol. 2 due to One Year Later) #650-653 (2006): Co-writer with Kurt Busiek
    • Superman: New Krypton Special #1 (2008): Co-writer with James Robinson and Sterling Gates.
    • Superman: Secret Origin #1-6 (2009-2010)
    • Adventure Comics #1-6 (2009–2010)
  • Flash-related works:
    • The Flash (vol. 2) #164-225 (2000–2005)
    • The Flash #1/2 (2005)
    • The Flash: Iron Heights #1 (2001)
    • The Flash: Our Worlds at War #1 (2001)
    • The Flash Secret Files and Origins #3 (2001)
    • Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge #1-3 (2008)
    • The Flash: Rebirth #1-6 (2009-2010)
    • The Flash (vol. 3) #1- (2010-)
  • Blackest Night-related works:
  • JSA-related works:
    • JSA #5-77, 81 (2000–2006): In several issues, co-writer with David Goyer.
    • Justice Society of America (vol. 3) #1-26
    • JSA: Our Worlds at War #1 (2001)
    • JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice (2002): Graphic novel, with co-writer David Goyer.
    • JSA: All Stars #1-8 (2003). Miniseries, co-writer with David Goyer.
    • JSA Classified #1-4 (2005)
  • Hawkman (vol. 3) #1-6, 8-25 (2002–2004): Issues #1-6 & 7-8 with co-writer James Robinson.
  • Hawkman Secret Files & Origins #1 (2002)
  • Teen Titans-related works:
    • Teen Titans (vol. 3) #0, 1/2, 1-26, 29-45 (summer 2003 - spring 2007)
    • Teen Titans/Outsiders Secret Files and Origins 2003
    • Teen Titans/Legion Special #1 (2004): co-writer with Mark Waid
    • Teen Titans Annual #1 (2006): Scripter; plot by Marv Wolfman
  • Green Lantern-related works:
    • Green Lantern: Rebirth #1-6 (2004–2005): Six-issue miniseries.
    • Green Lantern Secret Files and Origins 2005: Lead story.
    • Green Lantern (vol. 4) #1- (2005-)
    • Green Lantern Corps: Recharge (2005–2006): Miniseries co-plotter.
    • Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1 (2008)
  • Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #1-5 (2008–2009)
  • Short stories & misc. (2000–2006):
    • Silver Age: Showcase featuring the 7 soldiers of Victory (one-shot) (2000)
    • Superman/Batman Secret Files & Origins 2003: Lead story co-writer with Jeremy Johns.
    • Batman: Gotham Knights #49 (2004): Eight-page story.
    • DC Comics Presents: Batman (2004): Eleven-page story.
    • Superman/Batman #26 (2006): Contributor to "jam" issue with a large group of writers and artists.


Other publishers

  • Metal Hurlant #2 (Humanoids Publishing, 2002): Eight-page story "Red Light".
  • B.P.R.D.: Night Train (Dark Horse, 2003): One-shot.
  • Eye of the Storm #1 (Wildstorm, 2003). Anthology special, with a short story "Time To Kill", written by Johns with art by Jason Pearson.
  • Noble Causes: Extended Family (Image, 2003): Story "Tempter, Temper"
  • The Possessed #1-6 (Wildstorm/Cliffhanger, 2003). Miniseries co-writer with Kris Grimminger .
  • Witchblade #67 (Image/Top Cow, 2003). Story with co-writer Kris Grimminger.
  • Tomb Raider: Scarface's Treasure (Dynamic Forces/Top Cow, 2003). One-shot; reprinted in one-shot Witchblade and Tomb Raider #1.
  • Tom Strong #25 (Wildstorm/ABC, 2004)
  • Olympus (Les Humanoides Associés, France, 2005). Miniseries with co-writer Kris Grimminger; also published in the US by DC Comics / Humanoids Publishing.
  • Ekos Preview
  • Aspen #1-3
  • Aspen The Extended Edition.

Awards and recognition

  • In December 2005, Wizard magazine named Johns its "Man of the Year" for his creative writing and editing work on DC's Infinite Crisis.
  • Johns has won Wizard magazine's Wizard Fan Award for Best Writer of 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
  • In 2008, he was awarded "Best Moment Of The Year" (for Green Lantern V4 #24), in the Autopsy Awards for 2005-2007.[18]
  • In March 2009, Geoff Johns won "Best Writer" in the fan voted Project Fanboy Awards for 2008.[19]
  • In 2009, Johns won "Best Comic Book Writer" at the Spike TV Scream Awards.
  • In March 2010, Johns won "Best Moment Of The Year" (for Blackest Night #1), "Best Event Of The Year" (Blackest Night), and "Best Creator Of The Year" in the Autopsy Awards for 2009.[20]


  1. ^ Meyers, Jud; "The Starting Line", ReTales, Comic Book Resources, June 6, 2009
  2. ^ a b c d "Geoff Johns Conquers the Universe," Comic-Con Magazine (Winter 2010).
  3. ^ a b Sands, Rich. "Future Tense" TV Guide; January 12, 2009; Page 39.
  4. ^ Hautain, Frederik; "Jeph Loeb: When at Marvel - Part II", Broken Frontier, October 12, 2005
  5. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (2008-07-24). "SDCC '08 - Johns & Van Sciver Talk Flash: Rebirth". Newsarama. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
  6. ^ Geoff Johns on Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns, Newsarama, October 27, 2008
  7. ^ Geoff Johns: Telling Superman's Secret Origin, Newsarama, November 28, 2008
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  13. ^ "Geoff Johns: Getting His Robot Chicken On". Newsarama. December 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  14. ^ "Smallville Casting Scoop: Doomsday Scenario Brings "Legion" Heroes to Town". Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  15. ^ Ching, Albert. "SDCC 09 - Smallville Live! (Geoff Johns to Write JSA Ep.)," Newsarama (July 26, 2009).
  16. ^ "Guests of Honor," New York Comic-Con #4 program booklet (Reed Exhibitions, 2009), p. 10.
  17. ^ Venta Rogers and Cliff Biggers. "Planet Stories" Comic Shop News #1108. September 2008
  18. ^ The Dissector's Autopsy Awards 2005-2007, January 31, 2008
  19. ^ Project Fanboy Award Winners
  20. ^ The Dissector's Autopsy Awards 2009


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Preceded by
James Robinson & David S. Goyer
Justice Society of America writer
Succeeded by
Bill Willingham
Preceded by
Mark Waid
The Flash writer
Succeeded by
Stuart Immonen
Preceded by
Kurt Busiek
Avengers writer
Succeeded by
Chuck Austen
Preceded by
Tom Peyer
Teen Titans writer
Succeeded by
Adam Beechen
Preceded by
Ron Marz
Green Lantern writer
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kurt Busiek
Action Comics writer (along with Richard Donner)
Succeeded by
Greg Rucka
Preceded by
Booster Gold writer
Succeeded by
Dan Jurgens
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Adventure Comics writer
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Paul Levitz

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