David Michelinie

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David Michelinie
Born (1948-05-06) May 6, 1948 (age 66)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Pseudonym(s) Barry Jameson
Notable works
Action Comics
The Amazing Spider-Man
Iron Man

David Michelinie (born May 6, 1948)[1] is an American comic book writer best known for his run scripting Marvel Comics' The Amazing Spider-Man and Iron Man and the DC Comics feature "Superman" in Action Comics.

Early career[edit]

Some of Michelinie's earliest work appears in DC Comics' House of Secrets and a run on Swamp Thing (#14-18, 21, and 22), the latter illustrated by Nestor Redondo.[2] Michelinie and artist Ernie Chan created Claw the Unconquered in 1975.[3] Michelinie did a run on Aquaman in Adventure Comics which led to the revival of the Sea King's own title in 1977.[4] In the Aquaman story in Adventure Comics #452, Black Manta killed Aquaman's son, Arthur Curry Jr. by suffocation. The infant's death has affected the character ever since. While writing the Karate Kid series, Michelinie used the name "Barry Jameson" as a pseudonym.[5] With artist Ed Davis, he created Gravedigger in Men of War #1 (Aug. 1977).[6] The Star Hunters were created by Michelinie with editor Joe Orlando and artist Don Newton,[7] debuted in DC Super Stars #16 (Sept.-Oct. 1977), and featured in their own short-lived series.[2] The original storyline for Madame Xanadu in Doorway to Nightmare #1 (Feb. 1978) was developed by Michelinie and Val Mayerik.[8]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Among Michelinie's best-known work are his two runs on Iron Man with co-plotter (and inker) Bob Layton,[9] in the late 1970s and early 1980s which introduced the character's serious problem with alcoholism and his specialized power armor variants. He introduced two of Stark's closest comrades, Bethany Cabe[10] and Jim Rhodes[11] as well as new enmities with Justin Hammer[12] and Doctor Doom. His most noted cliffhanger was when Tony Stark was thrown out of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s helicarrier and had to don his armor completely to use its flight function before he hit the ground. After leaving the title in 1981, Michelinie reunited with Layton on the book late in 1986, and along with penciller M. D. Bright, closed out preceding writer Dennis O'Neil's Advanced Idea Mechanics arc and launched the Armor Wars,during this time he and Layton introduced the Ghost.[13] Michelinie left Iron Man again after issue #250, closing his second collaboration with Layton with a sequel to their Iron Man-Doctor Doom time travel episode from issues #149-150.

From 1987 to 1994, Michelinie wrote the The Amazing Spider-Man series, illustrated in turn by Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, and Mark Bagley. His run introduced the supervillains Venom in issue #298 (March 1988)[14] and Carnage in #361 (April 1992).[15]


In 1980 Michelinie wrote the Avengers #200. Introducing an infamous storyline where Ms. Marvel suddenly finds herself impregnated with a child through the process of hypnosis, incest and rape. The story came under heavy fire and criticism for its perceived mysogony and poor characterization of the Avengers.[16] The issue was the subject of a highly critical article entitled: The Rape of Ms. Marvel by noted feminist Carol A Strickland. [17] In it she listed the various issues with the particular story and expressed her opinion on how poorly the story reflected the character's actions and behaviors of the others in said issue. As well as the poor treatment of the Ms. Marvel character in its pages. Author Nathan Miczo weighed in on the controversial subject in his book: Heroines of Comic Books and Literature: Portrayals in Popular Culture. The story has been listed as #2 in the five creepiest sex scenes in comics.[18] This particular issue has been given special notice for it's controversial content through multiple sources. [19] Jim Shooter has gone on record for his view on the particular issue apologizing for its content and [20] citing possible conflicts between Chris Claremont and Michelinie as a possibility for the issue being green lit. The Rape of Ms. Marvel has been regularly cited on numerous listings as one of the worst Avengers stories on record.[21] David Michelinie has never publicly spoken on record in regards to his involvement in the controversial story.

Later career[edit]

He began working for DC again with the launch of the Justice League Task Force series in 1993 with artist Sal Velluto.[22] In 1994, Michelinie became the writer of Action Comics. He also worked at Valiant Comics on the titles Rai, H.A.R.D. Corps and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter.

Michelinie and artist Paul Ryan are the only comic book creators to have contributed to the wedding issues of both Spider-Man (Peter Parker marrying Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21, 1987),[23][24] and Superman (Clark Kent) marrying Lois Lane in Superman: The Wedding Album (Dec. 1996)[25]

Michelinie returned to comics by teaming-up with Bob Layton and Dick Giordano to form Future Comics. The company closed in 2004. In 2008, he and Layton collaborated again for a four-issue Iron Man: Legacy of Doom miniseries and Iron Man: The End #1 one-shot for Marvel Comics.


DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Valiant Comics[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. ^ a b David Michelinie at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 163. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "David Michelinie's pen and Ernie Chan's pencils and inks provided the magic for this fantasy series that introduced Claw the Unconquered, a barbaric outlander with a deformed claw-like right hand." 
  4. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 175: "The Sea King's fans were thrilled to see their hero resurface in his own title...Scribe David Michelinie and artist Jim Aparo chronicled Aquaman's [adventures]."
  5. ^ Karate Kid #2 (May–June 1976) at the Grand Comics Database
  6. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 174: "Writer David Michelinie and artist Ed Davis presented an atypical war hero in Ulysses Hazard."
  7. ^ DiFruscio, Mark (June 2009). "Star Crossed: Remembering DC's Star Hunters". Back Issue (34) (TwoMorrows Publishing). pp. 60–67. 
  8. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 176: "Writer David Michelinie and artist Val Mayerik introduced Madame Xanadu."
  9. ^ Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 187. ISBN 978-0756641238. "Writer David Michelinie and inker Bob Layton began their classic run co-plotting The Invincible Iron Man with issue #116." 
  10. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 187: "In December [1978], co-plotters David Michelinie and Bob Layton, and penciler John Romita, Jr....came up with Bethany Cabe, a highly capable professional bodyguard and a different sort of leading lady."
  11. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 188: "Writer David Michelinie and artists John Byrne and Bob Layton introduced James Rhodes Tony Stark's best friend and future super hero War Machine in The Invincible Iron Man #118."
  12. ^ Sanderson "1970s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 189: "Tony Stark's billionaire nemesis Justin Hammer made his first appearance in The Invincible Iron Man #120 by writer David Michelinie and artist John Romita, Jr. and Bob Layton."
  13. ^ DeFalco, Tom "1980s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 233: "Although actually called 'Stark Wars', the story arc that became known as 'Armor Wars began in [Iron Man #225] and ran until June 1988."
  14. ^ Manning, Matthew K.; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2012). "1980s". Spider-Man Chronicle Celebrating 50 Years of Web-Slinging. Dorling Kindersley. p. 169. ISBN 978-0756692360. "In this landmark installment [issue #298], one of the most popular characters in the wall-crawler's history would begin to step into the spotlight courtesy of one of the most popular artists to ever draw the web-slinger."" 
  15. ^ Cowsill, Alan "1990s" in Gilbert (2012), p. 197: "Artist Mark Bagley's era of The Amazing Spider-Man hit its stride as Carnage revealed the true face of his evil. Carnage was a symbiotic offspring produced when Venom bonded to psychopath Cletus Kasady."
  16. ^ http://comicsbeat.com/marvels-women-problems-past-and-present-when-ms-marvel-got-raped//
  17. ^ http://www.carolastrickland.com/comics/msmarvel/index.html
  18. ^ http://www.cracked.com/article_17626_the-5-creepiest-sex-scenes-in-comics_p2.html
  19. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=0D0fAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA182&lpg=PA182&dq=noted+feminist+Carol+strickland+ms+marvel&source=bl&ots=SVxfjgi1qG&sig=WnxfWH3rU_MGLTDoIDJfDvjZAjA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=s-jzU8_DNuuajAK9_YDQBA&ved=0CD4Q6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=noted%20feminist%20Carol%20strickland%20ms%20marvel&f=false
  20. ^ http://comicsbeat.com/jim-shooter-i-did-not-write-avengers-200/
  21. ^ http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-worst-moments-in-marvel-comics.php
  22. ^ Manning, Matthew K. "1990s" in Dolan, p. 259: "Writer David Michelinie and artist Sal Velluto introduced a different type of Justice League in their new ongoing series ''Justice League Task Force."
  23. ^ Manning "1980s" in Gilbert (2012), p. 164: "Plotted by Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter and written by David Michelinie with pencils by Paul Ryan, this issue wasn't the standard wedding comic fare."
  24. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 at the Grand Comics Database
  25. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 275: " The behind-the-scenes talent on the monumental issue appropriately spanned several generations of the Man of Tomorrow's career. Written by Dan Jurgens, Karl Kesel, David Michelinie, Louise Simonson, and Roger Stern, the one-shot featured the pencils of John Byrne, Gil Kane, Stuart Immonen, Paul Ryan, Jon Bogdanove, Kieron Dwyer, Tom Grummett, Dick Giordano, Jim Mooney, Curt Swan, Nick Cardy, Al Plastino, Barry Kitson, Ron Frenz, and Dan Jurgens."

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Preceded by
Bill Mantlo
Iron Man writer
(with Bob Layton in 1978–1981)
Succeeded by
Dennis O'Neil
Preceded by
Tom DeFalco
The Avengers writer
Succeeded by
Bob Budiansky
and Danny Fingeroth
Preceded by
Danny Fingeroth
Iron Man writer
(with Bob Layton)
Succeeded by
Dwayne McDuffie
Preceded by
Jim Owsley
The Amazing Spider-Man writer
Succeeded by
J. M. DeMatteis
Preceded by
Roger Stern
Action Comics writer
Succeeded by
Stuart Immonen