Brad Meltzer, author photo by Jackie Merri Meyer, courtesy of BradMeltzer.com
|Born||April 1, 1970|
|Occupation||Novelist, screenwriter, comic book writer|
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Period||1997 to the present|
|Genres||political thriller, superhero fantasy, non-fiction|
|Notable work(s)||The Tenth Justice
Jack & Bobby
|Notable award(s)||2008 Eisner Award for Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)|
Early life 
Brad Meltzer was born April 1, 1970. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and then moved to South Florida, where he graduated from North Miami Beach Senior High School in 1988. He then obtained a degree from the University of Michigan, the first in his immediate family to attend a four-year college. In 1993, Meltzer lived in Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts with roommate, fellow comic book writer/artist Judd Winick, working in sales at Games Magazine by day while working on his first novel by night. Afterwards Meltzer graduated from Columbia Law School, and was selected to the Columbia Law Review.
According to his website, his first novel Fraternity garnered 24 rejection letters, but he then sold his second novel, The Tenth Justice, while in law school.
In 1996, Meltzer created one of the earliest author websites for his first published novel, The Tenth Justice.
He created a six-issue story arc for DC Comics' Green Arrow #16 - #21 (October 2002 - April 2003), and the controversial 2004 miniseries Identity Crisis. Meltzer was one of many writers and artists who contributed to Superman/Batman #26, a tribute book dedicated to Sam Loeb, the son of writer Jeph Loeb, who died of cancer in 2005 at the age of 17. Meltzer scripted pages 11–12 and 19 of the book, which was cover dated June 2006.
Meltzer took over the writing duties for a 13-issue stint on the new monthly Justice League of America series, which started with issue #0 on July 19, 2006, and issue #1 following a month later. Meltzer and artist Gene Ha received the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Single Issue (or One-Shot) for their work on issue 11 of the series. The award was presented by Samuel L. Jackson and Gabriel Macht.
In September 2006, Meltzer participated in a work group along with the CIA, FBI, various psychologists, and Department of Homeland Security intelligence staff to brainstorm new ways that terrorists might attack the U.S.
In 2008, it was announced that Meltzer would write an arc of Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight comic book for Dark Horse Comics. Whedon would later star as himself, alongside Brian K. Vaughan and Damon Lindelof in the trailer for Meltzer's 2008 release of The Book of Lies. Whedon, Vaughan and Lindelof - who portray themselves - act as conspiracy theorists who believe in a so-called "Book of Lies", which in Meltzer's novel connects the original murder story (Cain and Abel) to the murder of Jerry Siegel's father, shortly before the conception of the iconic Superman character. In 2010, Meltzer wrote #32 - #35 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight.
In May 2010, Meltzer released his first nonfiction book, Heroes For My Son, a book he had worked on for almost a decade, since the night his first son was born.
The book is part of a two-book deal with Meltzer's publisher, and stated in a May 2010 interview that he was working on Heroes for My Daughter. The book is a collection of stories from the lives of 52 people such as Jim Henson, Rosa Parks and Mr. Rogers, and was written with the intention of being presented one day to his then-eight-year-old son. It debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller List.
While Meltzer was conducting research for his novel The Inner Circle, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush gave him a copy of the secret letter that he had left in the Oval Office desk for Bill Clinton.
Personal life 
Selected bibliography 
- The Tenth Justice (1998)
- Dead Even (1999)
- The First Counsel (2001)
- The Millionaires (2002)
- Identity Crisis (2003)
- The Zero Game (2005)
- The Book of Fate (2006)
- The Book of Lies (2008)
- Heroes for my Son (2010) Non-Fiction
- The Inner Circle (2011)
- Heroes for my Daughter (2012) Non-Fiction
- The Fifth Assassin (2013)
- "Eisner Awards Celebrate the 'Magic of Comics'", San Diego Comic-Con, accessed December 2, 2010.
- Winick, Judd. Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss and What I Learned, 2000, Henry Holt, Page 17
- "About_alumni", Columbia Law Review, accessed December 2, 2010.
- About Brad Meltzer, BradMeltzer.com, accessed December 2, 2010.
- Sullivan, J. Courtney (January 23, 2009). "See the Web Site, Buy the Book". The New York Times
- Identity Crisis at Amazon.com, accessed December 2, 2010.
- Cowsill, Alan; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "2000s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 326. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "After the success of Identity Crisis, best-selling novelist Brad Meltzer was given the job of relaunching the Justice League of America in the title's second series. With Ed Benes providing the pencils, Meltzer stripped the Justice League back to basics."
- Official site, accessed December 2, 2010.
- Mintz, John. "Homeland Security Employs Imagination" The Washington Post, June 18, 2004, Page A27
- Boucher Geoff (June 5, 2010). "Brad Meltzer makes hard choices in ‘Heroes for My Son’". Hero Complex. Los Angeles Times
- "In 'Heroes' From The Past, Lessons For A Son", NPR, May 11, 2010
- "HEROES FOR MY SON Hits the List!". The Harper Studio. May 21, 2010
- Stephanopoulos, George. "Exclusive - Bush's Oval Office Letter to Clinton: 'There Will Be Difficult Times...I Am Rooting Hard For You'". "George's Bottom Line". ABC News. January 11, 2011
- Brad Meltzer's Homepage
- Brad Meltzer at the Internet Movie Database
- Brad Meltzer's Decoded — History.com
- Fantastic Fiction Author Page
- Interview: Brad Meltzer on Writing
- Interview: Brad Meltzer on The Book of Fate
- Comic contribution history at ComicBookRealm.com
- Interview with Brad Meltzer on The Sound of Young America: MP3 Link
- Holton, Carlotta G. "Literary Spotlight: Brad Meltzer". Writers News Weekly
|Green Arrow writer
|Justice League of America writer
|Buffy Season 8 writer