Mark Evanier

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Mark Evanier
Anthrocon 2007 Mark Evanier supersponsor lunch.jpg
Evanier at Anthrocon 2007
Born Mark Stephen Evanier
(1952-03-02) March 2, 1952 (age 62)
Occupation Author, screenwriter, biographer, historian and voice director
Nationality American
Genres comic books, cartoons, biography
Notable work(s) Kirby: King of Comics
Garfield and Friends
Scooby Doo
Plastic Man
Richie Rich
Crossfire
Blackhawk
DNAgents

www.povonline.com

Mark Stephen Evanier (pronounced ev-uh-near; born March 2, 1952)[1] is an American comic book and television writer, particularly known for his work on the Garfield cartoon and on the Groo the Wanderer comic book.[2] 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.[3]

Early life[edit]

Evanier identifies as Jewish. His father was Jewish and his mother was Catholic.[4][5] 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.

Career[edit]

Evanier was president of a Los Angeles comic book club from 1966-69.[6] He made his first professional sale in 1969.[citation needed] 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.[6] 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.

In 1974 he teamed with writer Dennis Palumbo and wrote for a number of television series, including The Nancy Walker Show, The McLean Stevenson Show and Welcome Back, Kotter.

Evanier speaking on a panel about Jack Kirby with (from left to right) Roy Thomas, Joe Sinnott and Stan Goldberg, at the Big Apple Con in Manhattan, November 15, 2008.

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, Plastic Man, 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.[7] 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.

Evanier credits himself with convincing Jack Kirby to stop using Vince Colletta as an inker, and considers himself one of the "main vilifiers" of Colletta.[8]

He also wrote a script and provided "'technical advice' about comic books" for Bob, Bob Newhart's unsuccessful third sitcom for CBS.[9]

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. He also wrote the New Gods series of 1989-1991.

For many years, Evanier wrote a regular column, "Point of View", for Comics Buyer's Guide.

Evanier's illustrated Jack Kirby biography, Kirby: King of Comics, was published February 2008 by Abrams Books.[10] It won the 2009 Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Book.[3]

Personal life[edit]

On May 26, 2006, Evanier checked into Cedars-Sinai Hospital 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.[11]

Mark Evanier at the 2005 Reuben Awards.

Bibliography[edit]

Comics[edit]

Books[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 1992: Won "Best Humor Publication" Eisner Award for Groo the Wanderer[12]
  • 1997: Won "Best Humor Publication" Eisner Award for Sergio Aragonés Destroys DC and Sergio Aragonés Massacres Marvel[13]
  • 1999: Won "Best Humor Publication" Eisner Award for Sergio Aragonés Groo[14]
  • 2001: Won "Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award"
  • 2009: Kirby: King of Comics won "Best Comics-Related Book" Eisner Award

References[edit]

  1. ^ "View Profile: Mark Evanier". Home Theater Forum. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  2. ^ http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/03/09/the-mark-evanier-deposition-for-the-kirby-family-vs-marvel-lawsuit/
  3. ^ a b "Wondercon Special Guests"; Comic-Con magazine; Winter 2010; Page 19
  4. ^ http://www.newsfromme.com/2013/11/19/tales-childhood-6/
  5. ^ "'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!'" Evanier, Mark. "About ME". Archived from the original on 2008-07-17. 
  6. ^ a b Kraft, David Anthony; Slifer, Roger (April 1983). "Mark Evanier". Comics Interview (2) (Fictioneer Books). pp. 23–34. 
  7. ^ Evanier, Mark. "Garfield and Friends Episode Guide". povonline.com. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  8. ^ Evanier, Mark (2007-05-07). "About Vinnie". news from me. Mark Evanier. Archived from the original on 2009-01-19. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  9. ^ Evanier, Mark. "Briefly Noted...". news from me. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  10. ^ Evanier, Mark. "Where I'll Be". news from me. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  11. ^ Evanier, Mark. "Less of Me". POVOnline. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  12. ^ "1992 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahnlibrary.net. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  13. ^ "1997 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahnlibrary.net. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  14. ^ "1999 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award Nominees and Winners". Hahnlibrary.net. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 

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