Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.
Geoff Johns (born 1973) is an American comic book writer, best known for his work for DC Comics, where he has been Chief Creative Officer since February 2010, in particular for characters such as Green Lantern, The Flash and Superman. He is also a television writer, who has written episodes of Smallville, and a comic book retailer who co-owns Earth-2 Comics in Northridge, California with Carr D'Angelo and Jud Meyers.
Johns was born in Detroit, Michigan, son of Barbara and Fred Johns, and grew up in the suburbs of Grosse Pointe and Clarkston, and attending Clarkston High School. He is of half Lebanese ancestry. As a child, Johns and his brother first discovered comics through an old box of comics they found in their grandmother's attic, which included copies of Flash, Superman, Green Lantern, Batman from the 1960s and 1970s. Johns eventually began to patronize a comics shop in Traverse City, recalling that the first new comics he bought were Crisis on Infinite Earth #3 or 4 and Flash #348 or 349, as the latter was his favorite character. As Johns continued collecting comics, he gravitated toward DC Comics and later Vertigo Comics, and also drew comics. After graduating from Clarkston High School in 1991, he studied media arts, screenwriting, film production and film theory at Michigan State University. After graduating from Michigan State in 1995, Johns moved to Los Angeles, California.
Film production and comics
In Los Angeles, Johns cold-called the office of director Richard Donner looking for an internship, and while Johns was being transferred to various people, = Donner picked up the phone by accident, leading to a conversation and the internship. Johns started off copying scripts, and after about two months, was hired as a runner, or production assistant for Donner, whom Johns regards as his mentor.
While working on production of Donner's 1997 film Conspiracy Theory, Johns visited New York City, where he met DC Comics personnel such as Eddie Berganza, reigniting his childhood interest in comics.
Berganza invited Johns to tour the DC Comics offices, and offered Johns the opportunity to pitch ideas, which led to Johns pitching Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., a book based on the second Star-Spangled Kid and her stepfather, to editor Chuck Kim a year later. Johns expected to write comics "on the side", until he met David Goyer and James Robinson, who were working on JSA. After looking at Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., Robinson offered Johns co-writing duties on JSA in 2000, and Johns credits both him and Mike Carlin with shepherding him into the comics industry. That same year, Johns also became the regular writer on the ongoing series The Flash. John's work on The Flash represents one example of his modeling of various elements in his stories after aspects of his birth town, explaining, "When I wrote 'The Flash', I turned Keystone City into Detroit, made it a car town. I make a lot of my characters from Detroit. I think self-made, blue-collar heroes represent Detroit. Wally West flash was like that. I took the inspiration of the city and the people there and used it in the books."
After writing The Avengers United in 2001 and Avengers Icons: The Vision in 2002 for Marvel Comics, Johns oversaw the re-launch of the Hawkman series and in 2003, and the re-launch of the DC title Teen Titans.
Johns was responsible for the return of Hal Jordan in 2005 as the writer of the Green Lantern: Rebirth mini-series and subsequent Green Lantern ongoing title, helming its critically acclaimed "Sinestro Corps War" storyline. Johns was also the writer of the DC Comics crossover storyline "Infinite Crisis" beginning in 2005, a sequel to 1985's Crisis on Infinite Earths. Following this, Johns was one of four writers, with Mark Waid, Grant Morrison, and Greg Rucka, on the 2006-2007 weekly series 52.
In 2006, Johns reunited with Richard Donner on the Superman title Action Comics, with Donner co-plotting the series with his former assistant. In August 2007 Johns and cowriter Jeff Katz re-launched the new Booster Gold series. At the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con, DC Comics announced that Johns would be teamed with artist Ethan Van Sciver on the miniseries 2009 The Flash: Rebirth, which centered on the return of Barry Allen as the Flash. He also wrote the Final Crisis one-shot Rage of the Red Lanterns with artist Shane Davis, and is retold Superman's origin story with his former Action Comics artist Gary Frank in 2009's Superman: Secret Origin. Johns and Frank also collaborated on an original graphic novel starring Batman called Batman: Earth One, an out of continuity story, released in mid-2012, which served as the first in a series of graphic novels intended to redefine Batman.
In a 2010 interview, Johns named Steve McNiven as an artist he hasn't yet worked with who he'd like to do so, J. Michael Straczynski's run on Thor as his then-favorite ongoing comic book, and The Flash as his favorite of all time, as he owns every issue of it. He also credits reading James Robinson's The Golden Age as the book responsible for his love for the characters in that book, and for his decision to accept writing duties on JSA.
In September 2011, following the conclusion of Johns' miniseries, Flashpoint, and the crossover storyline of the same name, DC Comics instituted a program called The New 52, in which the publisher cancelled all of its superhero titles and relaunched 52 new series with #1 issues, wiping out most of the then-current continuity. Johns and artist Jim Lee, DC Comics' Co-Publisher, were the architects of the relaunch, which was initiated with a new Justice League series, written and illustrated by Johns and Lee, respectively. The series' first story arc was a new origin of the Justice League, which depicted the return of DC's primary superheroes to the team. Johns' contributions to The New 52 also includes an ongoing Shazam! backup feature in Justice League that began with issue #7, as well as the relaunched Aquaman and Green Lantern monthly titles.
Television, film, and computer games
In the fall of 2006, Johns teamed up with Matthew Senreich of Robot Chicken fame to write the screenplay for a holiday family-friendly movie titled Naughty or Nice for Dimension Films. Johns and Senreich are also billed as directors of the movie, with actor/producer Seth Green set to provide a lead voice as well as serving as voice director on the film. This association also led to Johns contributing material to the fourth season of Robot Chicken.
"Recruit", a 2005 episode of Smallville, on which Johns' studio mate Jeph Loeb was a writer-producer, featured a villain by the name of Geoff Johns. In 2008, Johns wrote "Legion", the 11th episode of the eighth season, in which he introduced the three core members of the Legion of Superheroes. At Comic-con 2009 he announced that he was writing another Smallville episode, titled "Society," based on the Justice Society of America. The success of his first episode and the ambitious nature of his follow-up episode enabled the producers to transform it into a two-part story, which subsequently aired as a feature-length episode titled "Absolute Justice".
Johns has worked on the CW television series Arrow, a modern retelling of the story of Green Arrow. He co-wrote the teleplay for the episode "Muse of Fire", featuring the Huntress, and fully wrote the episode "Dead to Rights."
- Star Spangled Comics (one-shot, 1999)
- Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0-14 (July 1999 - Sept. 2000)
- Day of Judgment #1-5 (1999)
- Day of Judgment Secret Files (1999)
- Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant #1 (1999)
- Justice Society of America #5-77, 81 (Jan. 2000 - Nov. 2005, March 2006), Annual #1 (2000)
- JSA: Our Worlds at War (one-shot, 2001)
- JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice (graphic novel, 2002)
- JSA: All Stars #1-8 (2003-2004)
- JSA Classified #1-4 (2006)
- Justice Society of America vol. 3, #1-16 (Feb. 2007 - June 2009), Annual #1 (2008)
- The Titans Annual #1 (2000)
- Sins of Youth: Starwoman and the JSA Jr. (one-shot, 2000)
- Teen Titans vol. 3, #1-26, 29-47, 50 (Sept. 2003 - June & Oct. 2007), Annual #1 (2006)
- Teen Titans/Outsiders Secret Files #1 (2003)
- The Ravager #1/2 (2004)
- Legends of the DC Universe 80-Page Giant #2 (1999)
- Titans Secret Files #2 (2000)
- Beast Boy #1-4 (2000)
- Impulse #61 (2000)
- The Flash vol. 2, #164-225 (2000-2005)
- The Flash: Iron Heights ((one-shot, 2001)
- The Flash: Our Worlds at War (one-shot, 2001)
- Secret Files #3 (2001)
- DC First: Superman/Flash (one-shot, 2002)
- Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge #1-3 (2008)
- The Flash vol. 3, #1-12 (June 2010 - July 2011)
- Secret Files and Origins #1 (2010)
- Flashpoint #1-5 (2011)
- Silver Age: Showcase (one-shot, 2000)
- 9-11 Volume 2 (graphic novel, 2002)
- Superman: The Man of Steel #121, #133 (Feb. 2002, Feb. 2003)
- Superman #179-180, 184-187, 189 (2002-2003)
- Action Comics #650-653, 837-840, 44-846, 850-851, 855-873, 900 (May-August & Dec. 2006, Jan.–Feb., July–Aug. Oct.–Dec. 2007, Jan. 2008 - March 2009, June 2011), Annual #10-11 (2007-2008)
- Superman: Secret Origin #1-6 (2009-2010)
- Adventure Comics #0-3, 5-6 (2009-2010)
- Hawkman #1-6, 8-25 (May-Oct. & Dec. 2002, Jan. 2003-April 2003)
- Hawkman Secret Files and Origins (2002)
- Batman #606-607 (2002)
- Batman: Gotham Knights #49 (2004)
- DC Comics Presents: Batman (one-shot, 2004)
- Batman: Earth One (graphic novel, 2012)
- Green Lantern: Rebirth #1-6 (2004-2005)
- Green Lantern Corps: Recharge #1-5 (2005-2006)
- Green Lantern vol. 4, #1-67 (July 2005-August 2011)
- Secret Files and Origins #1 (2005)
- Sinestro Corps Special #1
- Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns (one-shot, 2008)
- Blackest Night #0-8 (2009-2010)
- Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1-3 (2009)
- Blackest Night: The Atom and Hawkman #46 (2010)
- Blackest Night: Flash #1-3 (2009-2010)
- Brightest Day #0-24 (2010-2011)
- Green Lantern: Larfleeze Christmas Special (2011)
- Green Lantern Movie Prequel: Hal Jordan (one-shot, 2011)
- Green Lantern Movie Prequel: Sinestro]] (one-shot, 2011)
- Green Lantern vol. 5 (Sept. 2011 - May 2013)
- "Sinestro" #1-6 (2011-2012)
- Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1 (2005)
- JLA #115-119 (2005)
- Infinite Crisis #1-7 (2005-2006)
- 52 (2006-2007)
- Booster Gold #0-10 (April 2008 - Aug. 2009)
- Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #1-5 (2008-2009)
- Justice League #1-17 (2012-2013)
- Aquaman #0-19, 21-25 (2011-2013)
- Ultimate X-Men #1/2 (2002)
- Morlocks #1-4 (2002)
- The Thing: Freakshow #1-4 (2002)
- Icons: Vision #1-4 (2002)
- The Avengers #57-76 (2002-2004)
Other US publishers
- Les Humanoïdes Associés:
- Top Cow:
- Noble Causes: Extended Family #1 (2003)
- Aspen MLT:
- B.P.R.D.: Night Train (one-shot, 2003)
Awards and recognition
- 2005 Wizard Fan Award for Best Writer (for Flash, Infinite Crisis, Green Lantern and Teen Titans)
- 2006 Wizard Fan Award for Best Writer (for Infinite Crisis)
- 2008 Project Fanboy Award for Best Writer
- 2009 Project Fanboy Award for Best Writer
- 2009 Spike TV Scream Award for Best Comic Book Writer
- 2010 Spike TV Scream Award for Best Comic Book Writer (for Blackest Night, Brightest Day, Flash and Green Lantern)
- Literature about Geoff Johns in the catalogue of the German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek).
- Radish, Christina (October 10, 2012). "ARROW Producers Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim Join DC’s Geoff Johns to Talk About the Show and Reveal What Other Characters Will Appear". Collider.com.
- Byrne, Craig (November 7, 2012). "Arrow Episode 7 “Muse Of Fire” Description: Geoff Johns! Huntress!" GreenArrowTV.
- Meyers, Jud. "The Starting Line". ReTales. Comic Book Resources. June 6, 2009
- "Geoff Johns Conquers the Universe". Comic-Con Magazine. Winter 2010. pp. 7–11, 19. Archived from the original on March 7, 2010.
- Sands, Rich. "Future Tense" TV Guide. January 12, 2009. Page 39.
- Hautain, Frederik (October 12, 2005). "Jeph Loeb: When at Marvel - Part II". Broken Frontier.
- Johns, Geoff (2012), Justice League Vol. 1: Origin (1st ed.), DC Comics, p. Inside back flap, ISBN 1401234615
- Reardon, Wendi (June 15, 2011). "Clarkston grad sees green". Clarkston News.
- Henrickson, Eric (August 30, 2011). "Metro Detroit native Geoff Johns talks DCnU". The Detroit News.
- Mosby, Chris (September 27, 2006). "GEOFF JOHNS – GREEN LANTERN, OA, PRIME, & MORE – NEWSARAMA". Tales from the Longbox.
- Phillips, Jevon. "Geoff Johns brings the Legion to ‘Smallville’". Los Angeles Times. January 15, 2009
- Bao, Robert (February 20, 2012). "Geoff Johns: The New 52". Michigan State University Alumni Association.
- "Sinestro Demands More Reprints". IGN. August 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-03.
- Brownfield, Troy (2007-09-17). "Best Shots: JLA Wedding Special, DD 100, New Avengers, and more". Newsarama. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
- Rogers, Vaneta (2007-12-20). "The Lantern's Artists, I - Ethan Van Sciver". Newsarama. Retrieved 2007-12-20.
- Cronin, Brian (2007-10-15). "Sinestro Corps War is what World War Hulk SHOULD be". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2007-10-31.
- Renaud, Jeffrey (2008-01-09). "Geoff Johns Thinking Big in the DCU, Part I". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
- Rogers, Vaneta (2008-07-24). "SDCC '08 - Johns & Van Sciver Talk Flash: Rebirth". Newsarama. Retrieved 2008-07-28.
- Geoff Johns on Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns. Newsarama. October 27, 2008
- Geoff Johns: Telling Superman's Secret Origin. Newsarama. November 28, 2008
- Segura, Alex. "DCU IN 2010: WELCOME TO EARTH ONE". The Source. December 7, 2009
- "Bug continues the EARTH ONE goodness with BATMAN: EARTH ONE writer Geoff Johns!" Ain't it Cool News. December 7, 2009
- Hyde, David (February 18, 2010). "DC ENTERTAINMENT NAMES EXECUTIVE TEAM". The Source.
- Hyde, David. "A note from Geoff Johns" The Source. February 18, 2010
- Truitt, Brian. "DC Comics ready for a risky yet relevant publishing change". USA Today. May 3, 2011
- Guerrero, Tony (January 26, 2012). "Interview: Geoff Johns Talks JUSTICE LEAGUE, AQUAMAN, GREEN LANTERN & SHAZAM!". Comic Vine.
- Kilpatrick, Conor (February 29, 2012). "INTERVIEW: Geoff Johns on GREEN LANTERN, AQUAMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE, & SHAZAM!". iFanboy.
- Truitt, Brian (April 23, 2012). "Aquaman's sea world expands with introduction of the Others". USA Today.
- Moore, Matt (February 11, 2013). "Geoff Johns stepping down as Green Lantern writer". Yahoo! News.
- Zawisza, Doug (May 22, 2013). "Green Lantern #20". Comic Book Resources.
- "Geoff Johns: Getting His Robot Chicken On". Newsarama. December 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
- "Smallville Casting Scoop: Doomsday Scenario Brings "Legion" Heroes to Town". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2008-11-24.
- Ching, Albert (July 26, 2009). "SDCC 09 - Smallville Live! (Geoff Johns to Write JSA Ep.)". Newsarama.
- "Guests of Honor," New York Comic-Con #4 program booklet (Reed Exhibitions, 2009), p. 10.
- Cavna, Michael. "Riffing With Creators: ‘Green Lantern’ writer-producer GEOFF JOHNS waxes rhapsodic about Hollywood, Hal Jordan and his brightest days". The Washington Post. June 16, 2011
- Venta Rogers and Cliff Biggers. "Planet Stories" Comic Shop News #1108. September 2008
- Rogers, Vaneta. "Looking Back at JSA with Geoff Johns". Newsarama. May 8, 2009
- 13th Annual Wizard Fan Awards at Hahn Library's Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
- 15th Annual Wizard Fan Awards at Hahn Library's Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
- Project Fanboy Award Winners for 2008 and 2009; projectfanboy.com; Accessed October 28, 2010.
- 2009 Best Comic Book Writer. Spike. Accessed October 28, 2010.
- 2010 Best Comic Book Writer. Spike. Accessed October 28, 2010.
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