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Top 50 Comic Book Writers #25-21

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Here are the next five writers that you voted as your favorites of all-time based on over one thousand ballots cast! Click here to see the artists #25-21 on the countdown. Click here to see a master list of all writers listed so far.

NOTE: I’m featuring five notable works per creator.

25 Marv Wolfman – 425 points (4 first place votes)

Marv Wolfman first began working for DC Comics in the 1960s, mostly writing horror stories.

When he came over to Marvel Comics, that was initially once again his specialty, which included a stellar run on Tomb of Dracula with Gene Colan and Tom Palmer.


Soon, though, Wolfman found himself thrust into a position of having to take over a number of titles for Marvel, and soon he had written or was writing practically all of Marvel’s titles. This included a significant run on Fantastic Four…


Wolfman moved to DC in 1980 where he launched the tremendously successful New Teen Titans with George Perez…


Soon, Wolfman and Perez also created Crisis on Infinite Earths, the first massive comic book crossover (in terms of tying the whole line of comics together) that served to streamline the DC Universe.


Following Crisis, Wolfman helped re-launch Superman.


Wolfman ended up writing Titans for over a decade and has written a number of different comics since then. Over the years, Wolfman has created a number of notable characters, perhaps most prominent (outside of his Titans characters) would be Daredevil’s villain, Bullseye, Spider-Man’s “villain” Black Cat and Tim Drake, the third Robin.

24 John Byrne – 429 points (3 first place votes)

After beginning his career as an artist for Marvel, John Byrne found himself becoming more and more involved in the writing process of X-Men, ultimately becoming the co-plotter of the book with scripter Chris Claremont…


Byrne eventually left the book to write and draw Fantastic Four…


He also launched Alpha Flight for Marvel (characters Byrne had created for an issue of X-Men)…


During the mid-80s, Byrne left Marvel to reboot the Superman line of comics for DC.


After a number of issues of Superman (Byrne was writing and drawing two Superman titles for quite awhile), Byrne left the series and returned to Marvel. Since then, Byrne has worked on various projects for both companies. He also worked on independent comics, such as Next Men…


Byrne is bringing his Next Men characters back at IDW, where Byrne has been doing pretty much all of his current work.

23 Steve Englehart – 442 points (7 first place votes)

Steve Englehart was part of an influx of new writers in the early 1970s at Marvel. Englehart wrote a long and acclaimed run on Captain America (including a long storyline involving the Secret Empire)…


a long stint on the Avengers (where he introduced his pet character, Mantis)…


a celebrated time on Doctor Strange…


before he left Marvel Comics entirely. He worked for DC Comics for a little while, including an acclaimed run on Detective Comics…


and Justice League of America before taking a break from comics entirely.

Englehart later began a popular independent comic book series, Coyote…


as well as eventually return to Marvel on a number of different titles, including Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four and West Coast Avengers. He also wrote for DC during the 1980s, including Green Lantern Corps and the 1988 DC crossover event, Millennium!

Nowadays, Englehart is writing a series of prose novels based on a character, Max August, he created decades ago upon his initial break from comics.

22 Jason Aaron – 517 points (5 first place votes)

Jason Aaron’s first big break in comics was when he won a talent contest in 2001. He wrote a Wolverine back-up and got the chance to write an issue or two of the regular series. It did not end up resulting in any regular gigs, but it got his name out there.

In 2006, his name was out there once again with an acclaimed Vertigo mini-series with artist Cameron Stewart about the Vietnam War, showing both sides of the story (and then some), called The Other Side…


Soon after, Aaron began his acclaimed Vertigo series, Scalped, with artist RM Guera…


Eventually, the high quality of Aaron’s Vertigo work grabbed Marvel’s attention, and he began to work on a variety of projects for them. First off, a stint on Ghost Rider…


followed by more Wolverine work, returning to the character that got him into comics.

More recently, he began writing PunisherMax, the sequel series to Garth Ennis’ take on the character. It is drawn by Steve Dillon.


He also relaunched Wolverine (after previously doing so with a title called Wolverine: Weapon X, Marvel decided to give him just a flat-out WOLVERINE book)…


21 Roger Stern – 526 points (9 first place votes)

After breaking in working in editorial for Marvel, Roger Stern began taking a writing assignment here and there until he ultimately decided to become a freelance writer.

One of his initial series was Doctor Strange, which he return to later on for an extended run…


Stern’s biggest early run was an acclaimed (if brief) run on Captain America with artist John Byrne…


Soon afterwards, Stern began writing an extended run on Amazing Spider-Man (writing some of the best remembered Spider-Man comics of the past three decades)…


and then took over Avengers for years, including adding his creation Captain Marvel to the team (and writing the famed “Under Siege” storyline)…


In the late 1980s, after splitting from Marvel, Stern went to work for DC, taking over Superman after John Byrne left the book. Stern also launched two new titles for DC – an Atom relaunch and a brand new characters, Starman!


Stern has been working on various other comic projects ever since.