Evanier at Anthrocon 2007
|Born||Mark Stephen Evanier
March 2, 1952
|Occupation||Author, screenwriter, biographer, historian and voice director|
|Genre||comic books, cartoons, biography|
Garfield and Friends
Kirby: King of Comics
The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show
Mark Stephen Evanier (pronounced ev-uh-near; born March 2, 1952) is an American comic book and television writer, particularly known for his work on the animated TV series Garfield and Friends and on the comic book Groo the Wanderer. He is also known for his columns and blogs, and for his work as a historian and biographer of the comics industry, in particular his award-winning Jack Kirby biography, Kirby: King of Comics.
Evanier identifies as Jewish. His father was Jewish and his mother was Catholic. He chose to be a writer after witnessing the misery his father felt from working for the Internal Revenue Service and contrasting that with the portrayal of a writer's life on The Dick Van Dyke Show. He graduated from University High School in 1969.
Evanier was president of a Los Angeles comic book club from 1966-69. In 1967, he suggested the titles of the officers of the Merry Marvel Marching Society. He made his first professional sale in 1969. The same year, through a mutual association with a Marvel Comics mail-order firm, he was taken on as a production assistant to Jack Kirby. Several years later Evanier began writing foreign comic books for the Walt Disney Studio Program, then from 1972 to 1976 wrote scripts for Gold Key Comics, along with comics for the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate.
After the cancellation of Kotter in 1979, on which he was one of the story editors, Evanier and Palumbo amicably ended their partnership. He subsequently wrote for the Hanna-Barbera comic book division and a number of variety shows and specials, and he began writing for animated cartoon shows, including Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show, Thundarr the Barbarian, The ABC Weekend Special, Richie Rich, The Wuzzles, and Dungeons & Dragons. But he is most noted in animation for his work on Garfield and Friends, a seven-season series for which Evanier wrote or co-wrote nearly every episode and acted as voice recording director. Since 2008, Evanier has been the co-writer and voice director of The Garfield Show, which went on to win an Daytime Emmy Award for June Foray. In addition, he provided early drafts to Steven Spielberg and Don Bluth's 1986 animated classic An American Tail.
He has produced a number of comic books, including Blackhawk, Crossfire and Hollywood Superstars (with Dan Spiegle), Groo the Wanderer (with Sergio Aragonés), and The DNAgents (with Will Meugniot). For the Spiegle comics, Evanier contributed lengthy essays on the entertainment industry. In 1985, he launched the DC Challenge limited series with artist Gene Colan. He wrote the New Gods series of 1989-1991. Evanier collaborated with Joe Staton on the Superman & Bugs Bunny mini-series in 2000.
For many years, Evanier wrote a regular column, "Point of View", for Comics Buyer's Guide.
On May 26, 2006, Evanier checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and underwent gastric bypass surgery. Having peaked at around 344 pounds (156 kg) by then, he subsequently lost nearly 99 pounds (45 kg) by June 2007.
- Garfield #1-25 (2012-2014)
- Space Ghost #1 (1987)
Dark Horse Comics
- Flaxen #1 (1992)
- Blackhawk #251-273 (1982-1984)
- Countdown to Mystery #8 (2008)
- DC Challenge #1, 12 (1985-1986)
- DC Comics Presents #64, 69 (1983-1984)
- Fanboy #1-6 (1999)
- House of Mystery #214 (1973)
- Legends of the DC Universe #14 (1999)
- Mister Miracle Special #1 (1987)
- New Gods vol. 3 #1, 5-28 (1989-1991)
- Secret Origins #12 (Challengers of the Unknown) (1987)
- Sergio Aragonés Destroys DC #1 (1996)
- Solo #11 (2006)
- Spirit #14-25 (2008-2009)
- Superman & Bugs Bunny #1-4 (2000)
- Superman Adventures #14-15, 42, 53 (1997-2001)
- Teen Titans Spotlight #21 (1988)
- Welcome Back, Kotter #4 (1977)
- Destroyer Duck #1 ("Great Moments in Comic Book History" backup story) (1982)
- The DNAgents #1-24 (1983-1985)
- Crossfire #1-26 (1984-1987)
- Groo the Wanderer Special #1 (1984)
- The New DNAgents #1-17 (1985-1987)
- Three Dimensional DNAgents #1 (1986)
- "Rocky and Bullwinkle" (2014)
- Dynomutt #1-6 (1977-1979)
- The Flintstones #1-9 (1977-1979)
- The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera #1 ("The Flintstones Christmas Party"); #3 ("The Flintstones Visit the Laff-a-Lympics") (1977-1978)
- Hanna-Barbera Spotlight #1-4 (1978-1979)
- Laff-A-Lympics #1-13 (1978-1979)
- Marvel Premiere #49 (Falcon) (1979)
- Marvel Super Special #29 (Tarzan) (1984)
- Scooby-Doo #1-9 (1977-1979)
- Sergio Aragonés Massacres Marvel #1 (1996)
- TV Stars #1-4 (1978-1979)
- Yogi Bear #1-9 (1977-1979)
- The Death of Groo graphic novel (1988)
- Epic Illustrated #27 (1984)
- The Groo Chronicles #1-6 (1989)
- Hollywood Superstars #1-5 (1990-1991)
- The Life of Groo graphic novel (1993)
- Sergio Aragonés Groo the Wanderer #1-120 (1985-1995)
- Groo the Wanderer #1-8 (1982-1984)
- Starslayer #5 (Groo backup story) (1982)
- 1992: Won "Best Humor Publication" Eisner Award for Groo the Wanderer
- 1997: Won "Best Humor Publication" Eisner Award for Sergio Aragonés Destroys DC and Sergio Aragonés Massacres Marvel
- 1999: Won "Best Humor Publication" Eisner Award for Sergio Aragonés Groo
- 2001: Won "Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award"
- 2009: Kirby: King of Comics won "Best Comics-Related Book" Eisner Award
- Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010.
- Johnston, Rich (March 9, 2011). "The Mark Evanier Deposition For The Kirby Family Vs Marvel Lawsuit". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on July 31, 2013.
- "Wondercon Special Guests". Comic-Con Magazine (San Diego Comic-Con International): 19. Winter 2010.
- Evanier, Mark (November 19, 2013). "Tales of My Childhood #6". News From ME. Archived from the original on May 17, 2014.
- Evanier, Mark (December 7, 2011). "About ME". News From ME. Archived from the original on May 23, 2014. "'Evanier' is not French; it was probably made up by some Immigration Officer at Ellis Island one day who said, 'Hey, here come some more Jews! Let's give them real stupid last names!"
- Kraft, David Anthony; Slifer, Roger (April 1983). "Mark Evanier". Comics Interview (2) (Fictioneer Books). pp. 23–34.
- DeFalco, Tom; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1960s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 120. ISBN 978-0756641238. "Mark Evanier...wrote [to Marvel Comics] suggesting that the M.M.M.S have officers: anyone who bought a Marvel comic was entitled to the rank of RFO (Real Frantic One) and a published letter elevated him or her to QNS (Quite 'Nuff Sayer) status."
- Evanier, Mark (June 19, 2013). "Tales of My Father #3". News From ME. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013.
- Mark Evanier at the Grand Comics Database
- Evanier, Mark (November 23, 2013). "Garfield and Friends Episode Guide". News From ME. Archived from the original on May 23, 2014.
- Evanier, Mark (May 5, 2007). "About Vince Colletta". News From ME. Archived from the original on May 23, 2014. "I don't think I've ever gotten through a major comic convention without someone coming up to me and bestowing thanks for my role in getting Jack Kirby to dump Colletta as his inker around 1971. It could easily be my greatest contribution to the world of comics."
- Evanier, Mark (December 1, 2007). "Briefly Noted…". New From ME. Archived from the original on May 23, 2014. "The show was created, produced and largely written by Bill Steinkellner, Cheri Steinkellner and Phoef Sutton. I merely wrote one episode and, in an unofficial capacity, provided some "technical advice" about comic books and the comic book business."
- DeFalco "1980s" in Gilbert (2008), p. 220: "Marvel's Epic Comics imprint also launched their longest running and most successful title, Groo the Wanderer. It was drawn by Sergio Aragonés...and was written by Mark Evanier."
- Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1980s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 215. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "A mad experiment, DC Challenge was a fun adventure, starring many DC icons. Its debut issue was penned by Mark Evanier and drawn by Gene Colan."
- Cowsill, Alan "2000s" in Dolan, p. 296: "Writer Mark Evanier and artist Joe Staton produced a cool and wacky adventure that featured many of DC's greatest heroes and their cartoon counterparts."
- Evanier, Mark (September 15, 2007). "Where I'll Be". News From ME. Archived from the original on May 23, 2014.
- Evanier, Mark (May 26, 2007). "A Sense of Loss". News From ME. Archived from the original on May 23, 2014. "My highest-ever weight was around 365...The lowest I've hit on my scale has been 245, just one maddening pound shy of an even hundred since the operation."
- "1992 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on November 8, 2013.
- "1997 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on April 28, 2014.
- "1999 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahn Library Comic Book Awards Almanac. Archived from the original on April 28, 2014.
- "The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award". San Diego Comicon International. 2014. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014.
- "2000s Eisner Awards Recipients". San Diego Comicon International. 2013. Archived from the original on August 23, 2013. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
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