Chuck Dixon

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Chuck Dixon
Born Charles Dixon
(1954-04-14) April 14, 1954 (age 60)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
Airboy
Batman
Birds of Prey
Evangeline
Moon Knight
Nightwing
Punisher
Robin

Charles "Chuck" Dixon (born April 14, 1954)[1] is an American comic book writer, best known for his work on the Marvel character the Punisher and on the DC character Batman in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Biography[edit]

Chuck Dixon's earliest comics work was writing Evangeline for Comico Comics in 1984 and then for First Comics. Editor Larry Hama hired him to write back-up stories for Marvel Comics' Savage Sword of Conan.

In 1986, he began working for Eclipse Comics, writing Airboy with artist Timothy Truman. Continuing to write for both Marvel and 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 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[edit]

The Punisher Kingdom Gone graphic novel (August 1990) led to him working on the monthly The Punisher War Journal and later other Punisher titles, and brought him to the attention of DC Comics editor Dennis O'Neil, who asked him to produce a Robin mini-series. The series proved popular enough to spawn two sequels - The Joker's Wild (1991) and Cry of the Huntress (1992).[2] This led to both an ongoing monthly series[3] 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'"[4] and "KnightsEnd"[5] for which he helped create the key character of Bane, "Contagion",[6] "Legacy",[7] "Cataclysm",[8] and "No Man's Land". Much of his run was illustrated by Graham Nolan.

He was DC's most prolific Batman writer in the 1990s 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.[9]

While writing multiple Punisher and Batman comics and October 1994's Punisher/Batman crossover, he launched Team 7 for Jim Lee's WildStorm/Image and Prophet for Rob Liefeld's Extreme Studios. He wrote many issues of Catwoman and Green Arrow, regularly having about seven titles out each month between 1993 and 1998.[10] In 1994, Dixon co-wrote the Batman-Spawn: War Devil intercompany crossover with Doug Moench and Alan Grant.[11] Dixon and Tom Grummett crafted a Secret Six one-shot (Dec. 1997) as part of the Tangent Comics imprint.[12]

CrossGen[edit]

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.[13] For CrossGen he took over some of the comics of the departing Mark Waid, taking over Sigil from #21, and Crux with #13. He launched Way of the Rat in June 2002, Brath (March 2003), The Silken Ghost (June 2003) and the pirate comic El Cazador (Oct 2003), as well as editing Robert Rodi's non-Sigilverse The Crossovers. He wrote the Ruse spin-off Archard's Agents one-shots in January and November 2003 and April 2004, the last released shortly before CrossGen's cancellation of all of its series. Dixon wrote a single issue of Sojourn (May 2004). Dixon's Way of the Rat #24, Brath #14 and El Cazador #6 were among the last comics released from the then-bankrupt publisher.

Other publishers[edit]

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[edit]

In July 2004, Dixon began his return to the DC Universe with Richard Dragon, a revival of the 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 2006-Jan 2007); the movie-adaptation of Snakes on a Plane, the movie-spin-off Nightmare on Elm Street,[14] and the Wildstorm Universe title Grifter/Midnighter from May 2007.

In January 2007, he wrote the Connor Hawke: Dragon's Blood mini-series featuring Green Arrow's son Connor Hawke, and in March 2008, Dixon returned to writing Robin. He wrote Batman and the Outsiders, 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."[15]

After DC[edit]

It was announced in August 2008, that he would write Dynamite Entertainment's series The Man with No Name based on the western character.[16] He wrote a G.I. Joe series for IDW Publishing.[17] In March 2009 Moonstone Books published a new Airboy one-shot written by Dixon entitled Airboy 1942: The Best of Enemies. In 2011, Dixon says he was offered a chance to do a rewrite on The Expendables 2 screenplay by Sylvester Stallone. He eventually declined, explaining, "I submitted a treatment. I had a couple of meetings. I got a phone call from out of the blue from Sylvester Stallone, He had seen my comic work and wanted me involved in the movie. I went out there and had a couple of meetings. I met Stallone and the producers didn’t want to pony up the money, they thought they were gonna get me cheap cause I work in comics."[18]

Bibliography[edit]

Bongo Comics[edit]

  • Simpsons Comics #42, 50, 65, 77, 92, 96, 99, 108, 115-116, 125, 131-133, 137, 140, 142-145, 147, 151, 153, 158-159, 164, 169, 173, 176-177, 181, 192, 195, 199, 205 (1999-2013)
  • Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson #8, 25, 34, 41 (2002-2008)
  • The Simpsons Winter Wingding #2, 4 (2007-2009)
  • Treehouse of Horror #4 (1998)

CrossGen Comics[edit]

Dark Horse Comics[edit]

  • Dark Horse Comics #10-12 (1993)
  • Star Wars: General Grievous #1-4 (2005)
  • Superman/Tarzan: Sons of the Jungle #1-3 (2001-2002)

DC Comics[edit]

  • Action Comics #771 (2000)
  • Adventure Comics 80-Page Giant #1 (1998)
  • Batgirl #12, 20, 30-32 (2001-2002)
  • Batgirl: Year One #1-9 (2003)
  • Batman #467-469, 560-562, 571, Annual #23 (1991-1999)
  • Batman and The Outsiders vol. 2, #1-10 (2007-2008)
  • Batman: Bane of the Demon #1-4 (1998)
  • Batman Black and White #2 (1996)
  • The Batman Chronicles #1-4, 9, 11-12 (1995-2000)
  • Batman 80-Page Giant #1, 3 (1998-2000)
  • Batman: GCPD #1-4 (1996)
  • Batman: Gordon's Law #1-4 (1996-1997)
  • Batman: Gotham Adventures #29 (2000)
  • Batman: Gotham City Secret Files #1 (2000)
  • Batman: Gotham Knights #19 (2001)
  • Batman: Leatherwing
  • Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #55-57, 62, 124, 142-145, Annual #5 (1993-2001)
  • Batman: No Man's Land Secret Files #1 (1999)
  • Batman Secret Files #1 (1997)
  • Batman-Spawn: War Devil #1 (1994)
  • Batman: The Ankh #1-2 (2001)
  • Batman: The Chalice #1 (1999)
  • Batman: Vengeance of Bane Special #1 (1993)
  • Batman Villains Secret Files #1 (1998)
  • Batman/Wildcat #1-3 (1997)
  • Birds of Prey #1-46 (1999-2002)
  • Booster Gold vol. 2, #11-12 (2008)
  • Catwoman vol. 2, #12, 15-40 (1994-1996)
  • Catwoman/Wildcat #1-4 (1998)
  • Claw the Unconquered vol. 2 #1-3, 5-6 (2006-2007)
  • Conjurors #1-3 (1999)
  • Connor Hawke: Dragon's Blood #1-6 (2007)
  • DCU Holiday Bash #2-3 (1998-1999)
  • DCU Villains Secret Files #1 (1999)
  • Detective Comics #0, 644-729, 738, 1,000,000, Annual #6-10 (1992-1999)
  • Green Arrow vol. 2, #83, 93-137, 1,000,000, Annual #7 (1994-1998)
  • Guy Gardner #11-16 (1993-1994)
  • Huntress vol. 2 #1-4 (1994)
  • The Joker: Last Laugh #1-6, Secret Files #1 (2001-2002)
  • Justice Riders #1 (1997)
  • Man-Bat vol. 2, #1-3 (1996)
  • Nightwing vol. 2, #1-70, 101-106, 1/2 (1996-2005)
  • Nightwing 80-Page Giant #1 (2000)
  • Nightwing Secret Files #1 (1999)
  • Richard Dragon #1-12 (2004-2005)
  • Robin #1-5 (1991)
  • Robin vol. 2, #1-100, 171-174, 1,000,000, Annual #2-6 (1993-2008)
  • Robin II #1-4 (1991)
  • Robin III: Cry of the Huntress #1-6 (1992-1993)
  • Robin: Year One #1-4 (2000-2001)
  • Rush City #1-6 (2006-2007)
  • Secret Origins 80-Page Giant #1 (1998)
  • Superboy/Robin: World's Finest Three #1-2 (1996)
  • Superman: The Odyssey #1 (1999)
  • Tangent Comics/Secret Six #1 (1997)

DC Comics/Dark Horse Comics[edit]

Devil's Due[edit]

  • G.I. Joe: Reloaded #10-14 (2004-2005)

Eclipse Comics[edit]

  • Airboy #1-50 (1986-1989)
  • Airboy Meets the Prowler #1 (1987)
  • Airboy versus the Airmaidens #1 (1988)
  • The Airfighters Meet Sgt. Strike Special #1 (1988)
  • Airmaidens Special #1 (1987)
  • Alien Encounters #11, 13-14 (1987)
  • The Black Terror #1-3 (1989-1990)
  • The Hobbit #1-3 (1989-1990)
  • Radio Boy #1 (1987)
  • Skywolf #1-3 (1988)
  • Strike! #1-6 (1987-1988)
  • Swords of Texas #1-4 (1987-1988)
  • Tales of Terror #5-13 (1986-1987)
  • Valkyrie #1-3 (1987)
  • Valkyrie vol. 2 #1-3 (1988)
  • Winterworld #1-3 (1987-1988)

First Comics[edit]

IDW Publishing[edit]

  • G. I. Joe #0, 1-27 (2008-2011)
  • G. I. Joe vol. 2 #1-5 (2011)
  • G. I. Joe Season 2 #6-21 (2011-2013)
  • G.I. Joe: Origins #6-7, 16-18 (2009-2010)
  • G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes #1-7 (2011)
  • G.I. Joe: Special Missions #1-6 (2013)
  • Snake Eyes #8-12 (2011-2012)
  • Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow #13-21 (2012-2013)

Marvel Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics/DC Comics[edit]

Moonstone Books[edit]

  • Airboy 1942: Best of Enemies #1 (2009)
  • The Phantom #9-10, Annual #1 (2006-2007)

Wildstorm Productions[edit]

Tor Books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1990s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 248. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "When writer Chuck Dixon, artist Tom Lyle, and cover artist Brian Bolland presented the premier issue of the first Robin miniseries, the title was an instant hit, spawning two sequel miniseries and an ongoing series." 
  3. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 261: "[Robin] embarked on a solo career, with the help of writer Chuck Dixon and artist Tom Grummett."
  4. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 259: "'Knightfall' was a nineteen-part crossover event that passed through the pages of...Detective Comics, written by Chuck Dixon and illustrated by Norm Breyfogle, Jim Balent, and Graham Nolan."
  5. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 265
  6. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 272: "In the latest crossover to shake up Batman's universe, a manufactured virus nicknamed 'the Clench' was unleashed on the public of Gotham City...by writers Alan Grant, Chuck Dixon, Denny O'Neil, and Doug Moench."
  7. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 274
  8. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 283: "The seventeen-part 'Cataclysm' storyline showed a Gotham City devastated by an earthquake. It was written by Alan Grant, Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, Dennis O'Neil, [and others]."
  9. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 286: "Oracle and Black Canary were finally rewarded with their own ongoing series by scripter Chuck Dixon and penciller Greg Land."
  10. ^ Chuck Dixon at the Grand Comics Database
  11. ^ 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."
  12. ^ 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."
  13. ^ Cowsill, Alan "2000s" in Dolan, p. 309: "Scott Beatty and Chuck Dixon came together to pen the story of Barbara Gordon's first year as Batgirl."
  14. ^ Cowsill "2000s" in Dolan, p. 327: "Chuck Dixon's script and Kevin J. West's pencils helped to create a suitably nightmarish start for Freddy's latest incarnation."
  15. ^ Dixon, Chuck (June 10, 2008). "Dixonverse Message Board". Dixonverse. Archived from the original on July 3, 2008. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  16. ^ Brady, Matt (August 20, 2008). "Chuck Dixon to Write The Man With No Name". Newsarama. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  17. ^ Jensen, Van (September 8, 2008). "Chuck Dixon Writes G.I. Joe for IDW". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on July 17, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Q&A with Chuck Dixon". Dangapotamus.com. July 1, 2013. 

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Preceded by
Alan Grant
Detective Comics writer
1992–1999
Succeeded by
Greg Rucka
Preceded by
n/a
Robin writer
1993–2002
Succeeded by
Jon Lewis
Preceded by
Jo Duffy
Catwoman writer
1994–1996
Succeeded by
Doug Moench
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n/a
Nightwing writer
1996–2002
Succeeded by
Devin Grayson
Preceded by
Kelley Puckett
Green Arrow writer
1996–1999
Succeeded by
Kevin Smith
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n/a
Birds of Prey writer
1999–2002
Succeeded by
Terry Moore
Preceded by
Devin Grayson
Nightwing writer
2005
Succeeded by
Devin Grayson
Preceded by
Judd Winick
Batman and the Outsiders writer
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Frank Tieri
Preceded by
Peter Milligan
Robin writer
2008
Succeeded by
Fabian Nicieza