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Mark Waid

Mark Waid signing an issue of Superman: Birthright.
Born March 21, 1962 (1962-03-21) (age 47)
Hueytown, Alabama
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor
Notable works The Flash, Captain America, Superman: Birthright, 52, Kingdom Come

Mark Waid (born March 21, 1962 in Hueytown, Alabama) is an American comic book writer. He is best known for his eight-year run as writer of the DC Comics' title The Flash, as well as his scripting of the limited series Kingdom Come and Superman: Birthright, and his work on Marvel Comics' Captain America.

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Biography

Birth and early career

Waid was born in Hueytown, Alabama, and grew up in various towns in the deep South.[1] A huge fan of DC's Silver Age,[1] Waid has stated that his comics work was heavily influenced by Adventure Comics #369-370 (1968), the two-part Legion story by Jim Shooter & Mort Weisinger that introduced the villain Mordru: "It's a blueprint for everything I write."[2] Waid possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of comics history and trivia and also serves as DC Comics' unofficial historian.[1]

He entered the comics field during the mid-1980s as an editor and writer on Fantagraphics Books' comic book fan magazine, Amazing Heroes.[3]

DC Editor

In 1987, Waid was hired to serve as an editor for DC Comics[3] where he worked on titles such as Secret Origins, Legion of Super-Heroes, and part of Grant Morrison's critically acclaimed run on Doom Patrol. He also served short stints as editor on Action Comics, Infinity, Inc., Legion of Super-Heroes, and Wonder Woman, as well as various one-shots like Batman: Gotham by Gaslight. (With Gotham by Gaslight, and in tandem with writer Brian Augustyn, Waid co-created DC's extremely successful franchise of "Elseworlds" stories.)[1]

Freelance writer

In 1989 Waid left editorial work for freelance writing assignments.[3] He worked for DC's short-lived Impact Comics line where he wrote The Comet and wrote dialogue for Legend of the Shield.

In 1992 Waid began the assignment which would bring him to wider recognition in the comics industry, when he was hired to write The Flash by then editor Brian Augustyn. The comic starred one of DCs flagship characters, and in an acclaimed eight-year run, Waid and a number of artists, most notably Greg LaRocque and Mike Wieringo and in the final year with Augustyn as co-writer, brought the modern Flash out from the shadow of his predecessors and increased his powers dramatically.

Waid's initial success on The Flash was acknowledged by DCs competitor Marvel Comics when Marvel editors Ralph Macchio and Mark Gruenwald hired him as Gruenwald's successor as writer on Captain America. Waid's first run on the title, with artist Ron Garney, met with positive critical and fan reaction,[citation needed] which grew stronger when the stint was ended prematurely after less than a year by Marvel executives to make way for Heroes Reborn, a reinvention of the character by Rob Liefeld.

Although his second run on the character (Captain America Volume 3, issues #1-23) was not as universally praised as his first, Waid's prestige had been boosted by the whole affair,[citation needed] and he went on to be one of the most prolific comic writers of the late 1990s. He also wrote the short-lived spin-off series Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty from 1998-1999, having written 10 of the 12 issues (skipping issues #7 and 10).

In 1996, Waid, with artist Alex Ross, released his best-known work, the graphic novel Kingdom Come. This story, set in the future of the DC Universe, depicted the fate of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and other heroes as the world around them changed. It was written in reaction to the "grim and gritty" comics of the 1980s and 1990s, and while many of the events in the story were intense, a steady optimism filled the series. Many of the ideas introduced in Kingdom Come were later integrated into the present-day DC Universe, and Waid himself wrote a less successful follow-up to the series, The Kingdom.

Waid also had acclaimed runs on DC's JLA, the Flash spinoff series Impulse and Crossgen's Ruse.

Waid and writer Grant Morrison tag-teamed on a number of projects that would successfully reestablish DC's Justice League to prominence. Waid's contributions included JLA: Year One, as well as work on the ongoing series. The two writers also helped develop the concept of Hypertime to help explain problems with continuity in the DC Universe.

In 2003, Waid released a series named Empire (with Barry Kitson), whose protagonist was a Doctor Doom-like supervillain named Golgoth who had successfully defeated all superheroes and conquered the world. The series was originally published by Gorilla Comics, a company formed by Waid, Kurt Busiek and several others, but the company folded after only two issues were produced. Empire was completed under the DC Comics label but is in its own distinct universe.

Waid began an acclaimed run as writer of Marvel's Fantastic Four in 2002 with his former Flash artist Mike Wieringo, with Marvel releasing their debut issue, Fantastic Four (Vol. 3) #60 (October 2002) at the low price of 9 cents U.S. By the next year, however, Waid's fan-favorite run on the Fantastic Four was threatened when Marvel executives sought to reinvent aspects of the series.[citation needed] When Waid and Wieringo were replaced on the title after refusing to acquiesce to the editorial changes, the resulting fan backlash led to Waid and Wieringo's reinstatement on the title within weeks.[citation needed] The FF backlash was also a contributing factor to then Marvel Publisher Bill Jemas leaving his position.[citation needed] Waid and Wieringo completed their run on Fantastic Four with issue #524 (May 2005), by which time the previously relaunched series had returned to its original numbering.

In 2003 Waid wrote the origin of the "modern" Superman with Superman: Birthright, a twelve-part limited series which was meant to be the new official origin story of the Man of Steel. Birthright contained several characters and elements from Silver and Modern Age Superman comics and also homages to Superman: The Movie and the Smallville television series.

Waid returned to writing Legion of Super-Heroes in December 2004, teaming again with Barry Kitson. He wrapped up his run on the book in mid-2007 with issue 30.

Waid, along with past collaborator Grant Morrison, and other prominent DC Universe creators Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, and Keith Giffen played an editorial role in guiding the DC Universe after the events of the company's Infinite Crisis event. Together, they wrote a weekly series named 52 that lasted for one year and covered the events that take place during the year in the DC Universe following Infinite Crisis.

In 2005, Waid signed a two-year exclusive contract with DC Comics. Among the projects covered by that contract were a new launch of The Brave and the Bold with artist George Pérez, and a brief return to The Flash.

Waid's recent work includes working on the Spider-Man creative team, writing several issues for Amazing Spider-Man, writing the Doctor Strange mini-series Strange.[4][5][6]

Boom! Studios

On July 27, 2007, at the San Diego Comic Con, Boom! Studios announced that in August of that year Waid would join Boom! as Editor-in-Chief. As his non-creator assignments at DC lapsed, he stated that all his future creator-owned work will be with Boom![7]

Television

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

Awards and recognition

In 2010, he was was awarded "Best Book Of The Year" (for The Amazing Spider-Man), and "Best Character Of The Year" (for Spider-Man), in the Autopsy Awards for 2009.[8]

Selected bibliography

Regular writer

Fill-in writer

Editor

Associate editor

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d DragonCon bio.
  2. ^ Warren Ellis. "Come In Alone" Comic Book Resources; September 29, 2000
  3. ^ a b c Mark Waid biography, The Brave and the Bold: The Lords of Luck (DC Comics, 2007).
  4. ^ Richards, Dave (June 20, 2009). "HeroesCon: Waid Talks "Strange"". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=21669. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (June 20, 2009). "Mark Waid Gets 'Strange' For Marvel This Fall". Newsarama. http://www.newsarama.com/comics/090620-waid-strange.html. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ Richards, Dave (November 4, 2009). "Mark Waid Gets "Strange"". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=23578. Retrieved January 22, 2010. 
  7. ^ Mark Waid Named EiC of Boom! Studios, July 27, 2007, Comic Book Resources
  8. ^ The Dissector's Autopsy Awards 2009, March 9, 2010

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The Comet writer
1991–1992
(with Tom Lyle in 1991-92)
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The Legend of the Shield writer
1991–1992
(with Grant Miehm)
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Grant Miehm & Adam Blaustein
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William Messner-Loebs
Flash writer
1992–1997
(with Brian Augustyn in 1996-97)
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Grant Morrison & Mark Millar
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Barry Kitson
L.E.G.I.O.N. '93 writer
1993
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Tom Peyer
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Robert Loren Fleming
Valor writer
1993–1994
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Kurt Busiek
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Michael Jan Friedman
Justice League Task Force writer
1994–1995
(with Christopher Priest in 1995)
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Christopher Priest
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Tom McCraw
Legion of Super-Heroes writer
1994–1995
(with Tom McCraw)
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Tom Peyer & Tom McCraw
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Tom Bierbaum & Mary Bierbaum
Legionnaires writer
1994
(with Tom Peyer)
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Tom Peyer
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Impulse writer
1995–1997
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William Messner-Loebs
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Mark Gruenwald
Captain America writer
1995–1996
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Rob Liefeld & Jeph Loeb
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Scott Lobdell
X-Men (vol. 2) writer
1996
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Scott Lobdell
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Terry Kavanagh
The Avengers writer
1996
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Rob Liefeld & Jeph Loeb
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Bob Layton
X-O Manowar (vol. 2) writer
1997–1998
(with Brian Augustyn)
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Brian Augustyn
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Mike Carlin
(in 1985)
Ka-Zar writer
1997–1998
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Christopher Priest
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James Robinson
Captain America (vol. 3) writer
1998–1999
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Dan Jurgens
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Joe Kelly
JLA writer
1998
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Grant Morrison
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Mark Millar
Flash writer
1998–2000
(with Brian Augustyn)
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Pat McGreal
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Grant Morrison
JLA writer
2000–2001
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Joe Kelly
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Crux writer
2001–2002
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Chuck Dixon
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Barbara Kesel
Sigil writer
2001–2002
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Chuck Dixon
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Ruse writer
2001–2002
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Scott Beatty
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Negation writer
2002
(with Tony Bedard)
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Tony Bedard
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Adam Warren
Fantastic Four writer
2002–2005
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Karl Kesel







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