Roger McKenzie (comics)

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Roger McKenzie
Born November 8
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
Daredevil

Roger McKenzie (born November 8)[1] is an American comic book writer best known for his work on Daredevil with Frank Miller.

Biography[edit]

McKenzie's first comics work was a seven page short story title "Ground Round" in Vampirella #50 (April 1976) published by Warren Publishing.[2] He wrote stories for Warren's black and white magazine titles Creepy, Eerie, and Vampirella from 1976–1982. He worked for DC Comics as well, creating the western character Cinnamon and several stories for the company's horror titles.[2]

McKenzie and Frank Miller's first collaboration was on a two-page story entitled "Slowly, painfully, you dig your way from the cold, choking debris..." published in DC Comics' Weird War Tales #68 (October 1978).[2] McKenzie became the writer on Marvel Comics' Daredevil with issue #151 (March 1978), and gave the series a dark tone reminiscent of his horror writings. Miller joined McKenzie on the series starting with #158 (May 1979).[3] After issue #166, he was fired by editor Dennis O'Neil so Miller could write the series.[4]

Other Marvel Comics titles McKenzie contributed to include Battlestar Galactica (1979–1980) and Captain America (1978–1980).[2] McKenzie and artist Don Perlin developed the idea of Captain America running for the office of President of the United States.[5] Marvel originally rejected the idea but it would be used later by Roger Stern and John Byrne[6] in Captain America #250 (October 1980).[7] McKenzie and Perlin received credit for the idea on the letters page at Stern's insistence.[8] McKenzie and Perlin would also receive credit in the follow-up story in What If? #26 (April 1981).[2]

McKenzie has written for a variety of independent publishers such as Pacific Comics, Comico Comics, Pied Piper Comics, and Eclipse Comics.[2]

Bibliography[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Pacific Comics[edit]

  • Sun Runners #1-3 (1984)

Warren Publishing[edit]

  • Creepy #81, 84-87, 89-90, 92-95, 99, 104-105, 114-115, 120, 122, 124-125, 127, 129, 132, 134, 140 (1976–1982)
  • Eerie #81, 83, 85, 87, 90, 92, 96, 102 (1977–1979)
  • U.F.O. and Alien Comix #1 (1977)
  • Vampirella #50, 53, 57-59, 63, 65-67, 82, 91, 94 (1976–1981)
  • Warren Presents #1, 6 (1979)

Collections[edit]

  • Daredevil/Punisher: Child's Play includes Daredevil #183, 70 pages, February 1988, ISBN 978-0871353511
  • Daredevil: Marked for Death collects Daredevil #159-161, 163-164, 96 pages, March 1991, ISBN 978-0871356345
  • Daredevil by Frank Miller & Klaus Janson Omnibus collects Daredevil #158-161, 163-166, and 183, 840 pages, March 2007, ISBN 978-0785123439

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on October 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Roger McKenzie at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ Sanderson, Peter; Gilbert, Laura, ed. (2008). "1970s". Marvel Chronicle A Year by Year History. Dorling Kindersley. p. 189. ISBN 978-0756641238. "Initially, Miller collaborated on Daredevil with writer Roger McKenzie." 
  4. ^ Mithra, Kuljit (February 1998). "Interview With Dennis O'Neil". ManWithoutFear.com. Archived from the original on April 7, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ Brady, Matt (November 28, 2002). "Looking Back:Stern & Byrne's Captain America". Newsarama. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012. "The story, according to Stern, actually began a year previous, when Roger McKenzie and Don Perlin were the creative team on Captain America, and Stern was an editor at Marvel. McKenzie and Perlin wanted Cap to run for office and win, setting up four years’ worth of stories in and around Washington, D.C. and the duties of the president. While it could’ve made for a great pop-culture civics lesson, Stern 86’d the idea." 
  6. ^ Cronin, Brian (May 10, 2010). "The Greatest Roger Stern Stories Ever Told!". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ Captain America #250 at the Grand Comics Database
  8. ^ Khoury, George. "The Roger Stern Interview: The Triumphs and Trials of the Writer". Marvel Masterworks Resource Page. Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012. "I made sure that 1) Roger McK. and Don knew about it, and 2) they were credited with the idea on the letters page." 

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Preceded by
Steve Gerber
Captain America writer
1978–1980
Succeeded by
Peter B. Gillis
Preceded by
Jim Shooter
Ghost Rider writer
1978–1979
Succeeded by
Michael Fleisher
Preceded by
N/A
Battlestar Galactica writer
1979–1980
Succeeded by
Steven Grant & Walter Simonson
Preceded by
Peter B. Gillis
Captain America writer
1980
Succeeded by
John Byrne & Roger Stern
Preceded by
Jim Shooter
Daredevil writer
1978–1980
(with Frank Miller in late 1980)
Succeeded by
Frank Miller