Jason Aaron

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Jason Aaron
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Jason Aaron
Born (1973-01-28) January 28, 1973 (age 41)
Jasper, Alabama
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
Ghost Rider
The Other Side
PunisherMAX
Scalped
Wolverine

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Jason Aaron is an American comic book writer, known for his work on titles such as The Other Side, Scalped, Ghost Rider, Wolverine and PunisherMAX.

Early life[edit]

Jason Aaron was born in Jasper, Alabama.[1][2][3] His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers, on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where he would purchase comic books from spinner racks, some of which he still owns today.[4]

Career[edit]

Aaron's career in comics began in 2001 when he won a Marvel Comics talent search contest with an eight-page Wolverine back-up story script. The story, which was published in Wolverine #175 (June 2002), gave him the opportunity to pitch subsequent ideas to editors.[4]

In 2006, Aaron made a blind submission to Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics, who published his first major work, the Vietnam War story The Other Side,[4] which was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Miniseries,[5] and which Aaron regards as the "second time" he broke into the industry.[4][6] Following this, Vertigo asked him to pitch other ideas, which led to the series Scalped, a creator-owned series set on the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation drawn by R. M. Guéra.[4][6][7]

In 2007, Aaron wrote Ripclaw: Pilot Season for Top Cow Productions.[8] Later that year, Marvel editor Axel Alonso, who was impressed by The Other Side and Scalped, hired Aaron to write issues of Wolverine, Black Panther and eventually, an extended run on Ghost Rider that began in April 2008. His continued work on Black Panther also included a tie-in to the company-wide "Secret Invasion" crossover with David Lapham in 2009.[9]

In January 2008, he signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, though it would not affect his work on Scalped.[9][10] Later that July, he wrote the Penguin issue of The Joker's Asylum.[11][12]

After a four-issue stint on Wolverine in 2007, Aaron returned to the character with the ongoing series Wolverine: Weapon X, launched to coincide with the feature film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Aaron commented, "With Wolverine: Weapon X we'll be trying to mix things up like that from arc to arc, so the first arc is a typical sort of black ops story but the second arc will jump right into the middle of a completely different genre,"[13] In 2010, the series was relaunched once again as simply Wolverine.[14] He followed this with the relaunch of The Incredible Hulk in 2011[15] and Thor: God of Thunder in 2012.[16] Aaron and artist Mike Deodato collaborated on the Original Sin limited series in 2014.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Aaron moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 2000, the day after the first X-Men feature film was released.[4]

In a 2012 interview, Aaron says he was raised Christian, but has since renounced religion: "I grew up in Alabama. I grew up in the Deep South, which is very much like being born into a cult in a lot of ways, and I say that as someone who loves the fact that I was born in the South. But growing up in the South, I was raised Southern Baptist. You grow up with religion and pork and college football, and that’s all you know for most of your life. I still love two of those things. So I grew up with faith and religion as a big part of my life, until I got to be 19 or 20 in college and just got to a point where it didn’t make sense for me anymore, and I didn’t buy into it. I’ve been an atheist for many years, but I’ve remained fascinated by religion. If anything, I’ve become more fascinated by religion and faith after I lost mine."[18]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Nominated: 2007 Eisner Award for Best Miniseries for The Other Side.[5]

Bibliography[edit]

DC Comics/Vertigo[edit]

  • The Other Side #1-5 (with Cameron Stewart, 2006) collected as The Other Side (tpb, 144 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1350-2)
  • Scalped:
    • Indian Country (tpb, 128 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1317-0) collects:
      • "Indian Country" (with R. M. Guéra, in #1-3, 2007)
      • "Hoka Hey" (with R. M. Guéra, in #4-5, 2007)
    • Casino Boogie (tpb, 144 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1654-4) collects:
      • "Casino Boogie" (with R. M. Guéra, in #6-11, 2007-2008)
    • Dead Mothers (tpb, 168 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1919-5) collects:
      • "Dreaming Himself into the Real World" (with John Paul Leon, in #12, 2008)
      • "Dead Mothers" (with R. M. Guéra, in #13-17, 2008)
      • "Falls Down" (with Davide Furnò, in #18, 2008)
    • The Gravel in Your Gut (tpb, 144 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2179-3) collects:
      • "The Boudoir Stomp" (with Davide Furnò, in #19-20, 2008)
      • "The Gravel in Your Guts" (with R. M. Guéra, in #21-24, 2008-2009)
    • High Lonesome (tpb, 128 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2487-3) collects:
    • The Gnawing (tpb, 128 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2717-1) collects:
      • "The Gnawing" (with R. M. Guéra, in #30-34, 2009-2010)
    • Rez Blues (tpb, 192 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3019-9) collects:
      • "Listening to the Earth Turn" (with Danijel Žeželj, in #35, 2010)
      • "A Fine Action of an Honorable and Catholic Spaniard" (with Davide Furnò, in #36-37, 2010)
      • "Family Tradition" (with R. M. Guéra, in #38, 2010)
      • "Unwanted" (with R. M. Guéra, in #39-42, 2010)
    • You Gotta Sin to Get Saved (tpb, 120 pages, 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3288-4) collects:
      • "A Come-to-Jesus" (with Jason Latour, in #43, 2011)
      • "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (with Davide Furnò, in #44, 2011)
      • "You Gotta Sin to Get Saved" (with R. M. Guéra, in #45-49, 2011)
    • Knuckle Up (tpb, 144 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3505-0) collects:
      • "The Art of Surviving" (with R. M. Guéra and various artists, in #50, 2011)
      • "Knuckle Up" (with R. M. Guéra, in #51-55, 2011-2012)
    • Trail's End (tpb, 128 pages, 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3734-7) collects:
      • "Trail's End" (with R. M. Guéra, in #56-60, 2012)
  • Hellblazer #245-246: "Newcastle Calling" (with Sean Murphy, 2008)
  • Joker's Asylum: Penguin (with Jason Pearson, one-shot, 2008) collected in Joker's Asylum Volume 1 (tpb, 128 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1955-1)

Marvel Comics[edit]

Other US publishers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Keily, Karl (April 8, 2011). "WC11: Aaron Gets Scalped". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on November 4, 2011. 
  2. ^ Rogers, Vaneta (April 7, 2009). "Behind the Page - Wolverine: Weapon X's Jason Aaron". Newsarama. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ Aaron, Jason (no date). "About". Blogger. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Avengers vs. X-Men: War Journals: Ep. 3 Jason Aaron Origins". MTV. May 17, 2012. Archived from the original on August 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "2007 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. no date. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Aaron, Jason (September 8, 2010). "Where The Hell Am I". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on October 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ Cowsill, Alan; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "2000s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 329. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "Writer Jason Aaron and artist R. M. Guéra mixed crime and Native American culture in Scalped...Scalped remains a brutal noir thriller that is not scared to reflect the grim reality of life for many modern-day Native Americans." 
  8. ^ a b Furey, Emmett (August 9, 2007). "Top Cow's Pilot Season with Rob Levin and Jason Aaron". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 30, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Rogers, Vaneta (January 18, 2008). "Jason Aaron signs exclusive with Marvel". Newsarama. Archived from the original on August 11, 2009. 
  10. ^ Aaron, Jason (January 18, 2008). "I'm now Marvel exclusive". BlogSpot. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. 
  11. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (June 24, 2008). "The Joker’s Asylum, Part II: The Penguin". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on November 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ Arrant, Chris (July 1, 2008). "Going Inside the Penguin with Jason Aaron". Newsarama. Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ Powers, Nicole (April 29, 2009). "Jason Aaron: Wolverine: Weapon X". SuicideGirls.com. Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  14. ^ Manning, Shaun (April 18, 2010). "C2E2: X-Men Panel". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on June 17, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2010. 
  15. ^ Johnston, Rich (October 25, 2011). "Advance Review: The Incredible Hulk #1 by Jason Aaron and Marc Silvestri". BleedingCool.com. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  16. ^ Ching, Albert (August 7, 2012). "Past, Present & Future Thor Star in Aaron's God of Thunder". Newsarama. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  17. ^ Sunu, Steve (February 19, 2014). "Aaron Uncovers Original Sin For Marvel". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 6, 2014. 
  18. ^ Wilson, Matt; Sims, Chris (December 3, 2012). "War Rocket Ajax #138: Jason Aaron Talks Thor: God Of Thunder". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on August 25, 2013. 

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