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April 14, 1954
Birds of Prey
Charles "Chuck" Dixon (born April 14, 1954) is an American comic book writer, best known for his Punisher titles and his long runs on Batman titles in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is currently writing G.I. Joe (comics) for Devil's Due.
Dixon grew up in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area, reading comics of all genres. His earliest comics work was writing Evangeline first for Comico Comics in 1984 (then later for First Comics, who published the on-going series). His big break came one year later, when editor Larry Hama hired him to write back-up stories for Marvel Comics' The Savage Sword of Conan. He is a graduate of Upper Darby High School (1972).
In 1986, he began working for Eclipse Comics, writing Airboy with artist Tim Truman. Continuing to write for both Marvel and (mainly) Eclipse on these titles, as well as launching Strike! with artist Tom Lyle in August 1987 and Valkyrie with artist Paul Gulacy in October 1987, he began work on Carl Potts' Alien Legion series for Marvel's Epic Comics imprint, under editor Archie Goodwin. He also produced a three-issue adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit for Eclipse with artist David Wenzel between 1989 and 1990, and began writing Marc Spector: Moon Knight in June 1989.
Batman and Punisher
His Punisher OGN Kingdom Gone (August, 1990) led to him working on the monthly The Punisher War Journal (and later, more monthly and occasional Punisher titles), and also brought him to the attention of DC Comics editor Denny O'Neil, who asked him to produce a Robin mini-series. The mini proved popular enough to spawn two sequels - The Joker's Wild (1991) and Cry of the Huntress (1992) - which led to both an ongoing monthly series (which Dixon wrote for 100 issues before leaving to work with CrossGen Comics), and to Dixon working on Detective Comics from #644-738 through the major Batman stories KnightFall & KnightsEnd (for which he helped create the key character of Bane), DC One Million, Contagion, Legacy, Cataclysm and No Man's Land. Much of his run was illustrated by Graham Nolan.
He was DC's most prolific Batman-writer in the mid-1990s (rivalled perhaps in history by Bill Finger and Dennis O'Neil) - in addition to writing Detective Comics he pioneered the individual series for Robin, Nightwing (which he wrote for 70 issues, and returned to briefly with 2005's #101) and Batgirl, as well as creating the team and book Birds of Prey.
While writing multiple Punisher and Batman comics (and October 1994's Punisher/Batman crossover), he also found time to launch Team 7 for Jim Lee's WildStorm/Image and "Prophet" for Rob Liefeld's Extreme Studios. He also wrote many issues of Catwoman and Green Arrow, regularly having about seven titles out each and every month between the years 1993 and 1998. In 1994, Dixon co-wrote the Batman-Spawn: War Devil intercompany crossover with Doug Moench and Alan Grant. Dixon and Tom Grummett crafted a Secret Six one-shot (Dec. 1997) as part of the Tangent Comics imprint.
In March, 2002, Dixon turned his attention to CrossGen's output, slowly leaving Robin, Nightwing, Birds of Prey and Batgirl over the next year (although he co-wrote with Scott Beatty the origin of Barbara Gordon's Batgirl in 2003's Batgirl: Year One). For CrossGen he took over some of the comics of the out-going Mark Waid, taking over Sigil from #21, and Crux with #13. He launched Way of the Rat in June 2002, Brath (March '03), The Silken Ghost (June '03) and the pirate comic El Cazador (Oct '03), as well as editing Robert Rodi's non-Sigilverse The Crossovers. He also wrote the Ruse spin-off Archard's Agents one-shots in January and November '03 and April '04, the last released shortly before CrossGen's complete collapse forced the cancellation of all of its comics, before which Dixon wrote a single issue of Sojourn (May '04). Dixon's Way of the Rat #24, Brath #14 and El Cazador #6 were among the last comics released from the then-bankrupt publisher.
In mid-2004, he wrote a number of issues and series' for smaller publishers Devil's Due Publishing and Moonstone Books during this period, returning briefly to DC, but mostly diversifying with comics at several publishers, including several issues of Simpsons Comics for Bongo Comics (for whom he has worked quite regularly from September 1998 to the present) and a couple of projects with Image. In May 2006, he contributed to IDW's Free Comic Book Day Transformers giveaway, leading to Dixon writing the Transformers: Evolutions miniseries.
Return to DC
In July 2004, Dixon also began his return to the DC Universe with Richard Dragon, a revival of the Dennis O'Neil and Jim Berry-created 1970s Kung-Fu character, which ran for 12 issues. In March of the following year, he returned briefly to Nightwing before shifting his efforts to the Wildstorm imprint, writing the stand-alone Claw: The Unconquered (Aug '06 - Jan '07); the movie-adaptation of Snakes on a Plane, movie-spin-off Nightmare on Elm Street and the Wildstorm Universe title Grifter/Midnighter from May 2007.
In January 2007, he wrote the mini-series featuring Green Arrow's son Connor Hawke, (who had assumed the Green Arrow mantle under Dixon's tenure on that title in the late 1990s) called Connor Hawke: Dragon's Blood, and in March 2008, Dixon returned to writing Robin. He also wrote Batman and the Outsiders (from Dec '07), a project he was signed to at the last minute, after original writer Tony Bedard dropped out due to being occupied with Final Crisis-related work. On June 10, 2008, Dixon announced on his forum that he was no longer "employed by DC Comics in any capacity." The reason for this sudden announcement is currently unknown, Dixon has generally tried to remain silent as to why he was let go from DC.
It has been announced that he will take over the writing on Dynamite Entertainment's series The Man with No Name based on the well-known western character. He is also currently writing a G.I. Joe series for IDW Publishing. In March, 2009 Moonstone Books published a new Airboy one-shot written by Dixon entitled Airboy 1942: The Best of Enemies. In 2011, Chuck was offered by Sylvester Stallone a chance to do a rewrite on "The Expendables 2" screenplay. He eventually declined.
His work includes:
- El Cazador
- Way of the Rat
- The Silken Ghost
- Archard's Agents
- American Power (solicited, but cancelled before release)
- Aliens: "Pig" (1997, one-shot)
- Batman versus Predator III: Blood Ties
- General Grievous
- Superman/Aliens 2: God War
- Batman: Bane of the Demon
- Batman: GCPD
- Batman: Leatherwing
- Batman And The Outsiders
- Birds of Prey
- Booster Gold
- Catwoman v1
- Connor Hawke: Dragon's Blood
- Detective Comics
- Green Arrow v2
- Joker: Devil's Advocate
- Justice Riders
- Manbat limited series
- Richard Dragon
- Robin limited series
- Robin II limited series
- Robin III limited series
- Robin: Year One (with Scott Beatty)
- Rush City
- Batgirl: Year One (with Scott Beatty)
- Nightwing: Year One
- The Conjurors
G.I. Joe: Reloaded
- Alien Encounters
- The Black Terror
- The Hobbit
- Swords of Texas
- Radio Boy
August 2008 released as an online comic by Chuck Dixon's son, Ben Dixon, at http://www.evangelinethecomic.com
- Alien Legion
- Conan The Savage
- Conan The Usurper
- Doom: The Emperor Returns
- The 'Nam
- Moon Knight
- Marvel Knights
- The Punisher
- Punisher War Journal
- Punisher War Zone
- Car Warriors
- Savage Tales Vol 2
- War Man
- The Phantom #9, 10
- The Phantom Annual #1
- Wyatt Earp
- Kolchak the Night Stalker
- Airboy 1942: Best of Enemies
- Team 7
- Team Zero
- Claw: The Unconquered
- Snakes on a Plane
- Nightmare on Elm Street
- Storming Paradise
- Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010. Text "John Jackson Miller" ignored (help)
- Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1990s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 261. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "[Robin] embarked on a solo career, with the help of writer Chuck Dixon and artist Tom Grummett."
- Chuck Dixon (chronologically) at the Comic Book DB Accessed March 19, 2008
- Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 267: "Fans were also treated to a companion special entitled Batman-Spawn...by writers Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, and Alan Grant, and artist Klaus Janson."
- Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 281: "The Secret Six found their own monthly one-shot title written by Chuck Dixon and drawn by Tom Grummett."
- Chuck Dixon writing on the Dixonverse Message Board, June 10, 2008[dead link]
- Chuck Dixon to Write The Man With No Name, Newsarama, August 20, 2008
- Chuck Dixon Writes G.I. Joe for IDW, Comic Book Resources, September 8, 2008
- Chuck Dixon at the Comic Book DB
- Chuck Dixon's official website (includes messageboard)
- Podcast interview with comiXology.com, September 22, 2008
- The Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators
- Marz, Dixon, Bedard, Nieves & Bullock talk "The Phantom Annual", Comic Book Resources, October 19, 2006
|Detective Comics writer
|Green Arrow writer
|Birds of Prey writer
|Batman and the Outsiders writer