Stern photographed at Ithacon 35, Part II in 2010
September 17, 1950 |
|Notable works||Action Comics
The Amazing Spider-Man
Early career 
In the early 1970s, Stern and Bob Layton published the fanzine CPL (Contemporary Pictorial Literature), one of the first platforms for the work of John Byrne. CPL rapidly became a popular fan publication, and led to the two forming an alliance with Charlton Comics to produce and publish "the now-famous Charlton Bullseye magazine". During the mid-1970s, both Marvel and DC were publishing in-house "fan" publications (FOOM and The Amazing World of DC Comics respectively), and Charlton wished to make inroads into the superhero market, as well as "establish a fan presence," leading to the alliance with CPL to produce the Charlton Bullseye. This led to Charlton giving Layton and Stern "access to unpublished material from their vaults by the likes of Steve Ditko, Jeff Jones and a host of others."
Stern broke into the industry as a writer in 1975 as part of the Marvel Comics "third wave" of creators, which included artists Byrne and Frank Miller, and writers Jo Duffy, Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Macchio.
Stern worked briefly as an editor (notably on The Uncanny X-Men), but is better known for a brief run with John Byrne on Captain America. The two produced a story wherein Captain America considered running for the office of President of the United States, an idea originally developed by Roger McKenzie and Don Perlin. Stern, in his capacity as editor of the title, had originally rejected the idea but later changed his mind about the concept. McKenzie and Perlin received credit for the idea on the letters page at Stern's insistence. Stern is known for his lengthy stints on The Amazing Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and The Avengers. In 1982, he co-created Marvel's second Captain Marvel and the Hobgoblin, both with artist John Romita, Jr.. Stern wrote "The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man" in The Amazing Spider-Man No. 248 (January 1984), a story which ranks among his most popular. Later that same year, he co-created the Avengers spin-off The West Coast Avengers, with artist Bob Hall.
In 1987, after a dispute with editor Mark Gruenwald over upcoming storylines, Stern was fired from The Avengers. He began freelancing for DC Comics, where he was one of the core Superman writers for almost a decade, working on Superman (vol. 2), Action Comics, and Superman: The Man of Tomorrow. He contributed to such storylines as "Panic in the Sky" and "The Death of Superman" which revived interest in the character in the early 1990s. He created the Eradicator in Action Comics Annual No. 2 and later incorporated the character into the "Reign of the Supermen" story arc beginning in The Adventures of Superman No. 500. Stern wrote the 1991 story wherein Clark Kent finally revealed his identity as Superman to Lois Lane In Summer 1995, Stern and artist Tom Grummett created a new quarterly series, Superman: The Man of Tomorrow. Additionally, Stern was one of the many creators who worked on the Superman: The Wedding Album one-shot in 1996 which featured the title character's marriage to Lois Lane. Other work for DC included a relaunched Atom series drawn by Dwayne Turner and the co-creation of the Will Payton version of Starman with artist Tom Lyle.
In 1996, Stern returned to Marvel to write the miniseries Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives, and contributed to three issues of Spectacular Spider-Man in 1998 which featured the first confrontation between Norman Osborn and Roderick Kingsley. Over the next four years, he wrote the short-lived Marvel Universe series, as well as such miniseries as Avengers Two, Avengers Infinity, and Spider-Man: Revenge of the Green Goblin. Stern collaborated with Avengers writer Kurt Busiek on Iron Man and the miniseries Avengers Forever, and with Byrne on Marvel: The Lost Generation.
After a major editorial shuffle at Marvel in 2000 left him without assignments, Stern began writing for European publishers Egmont, for whom he produced scripts for Fantomen (The Phantom), and Panini UK, for whose Marvel Rampage magazine he wrote Spider-Man and Hulk stories.
In 2008, Stern returned to Marvel, where he wrote new stories for Giant-Size Incredible Hulk, The Amazing Spider-Man, Young Allies, Amazing Spider-Man Family, Captain America, and Web of Spider-Man. He collaborated again with Busiek, co-writing several issues of Marvels: Eye of the Camera, the sequel to the acclaimed Marvels miniseries.
Stern has continued to freelance for Marvel, writing the 2010 miniseries Captain America: Forever Allies, and the one-issue special Doctor Strange: From the Marvel Vault.
Graphic Novels 
Stern has also written a number of graphic novels, including Doctor Strange & Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment; Superman for Earth; The Incredible Hulk vs. Superman; Superman: A Nation Divided; and Untold Tales of Spider-Man: Strange Encounters.
In addition to his comics work, Stern has written three novels: The Death and Life of Superman (Bantam Books, 1993), Smallville: Strange Visitors (Warner Books, 2002), and Superman: The Never-Ending Battle (Pocket Books, 2005). The Death and Life of Superman was a New York Times bestseller in hardcover and was released as a mass market paperback in 1994; a new trade paperback edition was released by Barnes & Noble Books in 2004.
Personal life 
Selected bibliography 
- 9-11 – The World's Finest Comic Book Writers & Artists Tell Stories to Remember Volume 2 (2002)
- Action Comics No. 601–642, 644–657, 659–665, 667–693, 696–700, 737, Annual No. 2–3
- The All-New Atom No. 16
- Adventures of Superman No. 453–454, 457, 462, 500
- Doomsday Annual No. 1
- Green Lantern Corps Quarterly No. 1–4
- JLA Classified No. 50–54
- Legion of Super-Heroes No. 91, 100, 105
- Legionnaires No. 35–53, 55–74, 76–77, Annual No. 3
- Power of the Atom No. 1–11, 14–15
- Secret Origins No. 29
- Showcase ’95 No. 4–5
- Starman No. 1–28
- Supergirl vol. 3 No. 1–4
- Supergirl and Team Luthor No. 1
- Superman (vol. 2) No. 23–28, 30–34. Annual No. 2, 7
- Superman: A Nation Divided
- Superman: For Earth
- Superman: Newstime
- Superman Secret Files No. 1
- Superman: The Legacy of Superman No. 1
- Superman: The Man of Steel No. 1, 57
- Superman: The Man of Tomorrow No. 1–10
- Superman: The Sunday Classics 1939–1943
- Superman: The Wedding Album
- Superman Villains Secret Files No. 1
- Underworld Unleashed: Patterns of Fear No. 1
- Who's Who in the DC Universe No. 3–7, 10–14, 16
- Who’s Who in the DC Universe Update 1993 No. 1–2
- The Amazing Spider-Man No. 206, 224–227, 229–252, 580, 627–629, Annual No. 15–17, 22, Annual '97
- Amazing Spider-Man Family No. 7
- Avengers 1½
- Avengers No. 189–191, 201, 227–279, 281–288, Annual No. 13–14
- Avengers Forever No. 3–12
- Avengers Infinity No. 1–4
- Avengers: The Ultron Imperative
- Avengers Two: Wonder Man and Beast No. 1–3
- Captain America No. 230, 247–255, 600
- Captain America: Forever Allies No. 1–4
- Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty No. 6–7
- Crazy No. 63, 65 (incorrectly marked as No. 66 on cover)
- Doctor Strange Vol. 2 No. 27–30, 32–33, 35–37, 46–62, 65–73, 75
- Doctor Strange/Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment
- Epic Illustrated No. 20
- Fantastic Four No. 183, 294–295, 297–302
- FOOM No. 7, 14, 21–22
- Ghost Rider No. 68–70, 72–73
- Giant-Size Incredible Hulk No. 1
- Heroes for Hire No. 1
- Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 No. 218–221, 223–229, 231–243, Annual No. 7–8
- Iron Man vol. 3 No. 14–25
- Iron Man Annual No. 4
- Iron Man/Captain America Annual '98
- The Many Loves of Spider-Man No. 1
- Marvel Age No. 3, 33
- Marvel Age Annual No. 3–4
- Marvel Fanfare No. 6, 12, 18, 57
- Marvel No-Prize Book No. 1 (research)
- Marvel Premiere No. 50
- Marvel Presents No. 8, 10–12
- Marvel Preview No. 20–21, 23
- Marvel Super-Heroes No. 103–104
- Marvel Team-Up Annual No. 3
- Marvel: The Lost Generation No. 1–12 (12–1)
- Marvel Treasury Edition No. 13
- Marvel Universe No. 1–7
- Marvels: Eye of the Camera No. 3–6
- Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe No. 5
- Omega the Unknown No. 8
- Peter Parker: Spider-Man Vol. 2 No. 11
- Power Pachyderms No. 1
- The Rampaging Hulk No. 23
- Shadows and Light Vol. 2 No. 3
- Solo Avengers No. 2–4
- The Spectacular Spider-Man No. 43, 45–52, 54–61, 85, 259–261, Annual No. 3
- Speedball No. 1–8
- Spider-Man: Dead Man’s Hand
- Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives No. 1–3
- Spider-Man: Revenge of the Green Goblin No. 1–3
- Spider-Man Team-Up No. 2
- Thor No. 394–397, Annual No. 6
- Thunderbolts No. 7–9
- Untold Tales of Spider-Man No. –1, 25
- Untold Tales of Spider-Man: Strange Encounter
- Web of Spider-Man No. 12
- Web of Spider-Man Annual No. 3
- West Coast Avengers (mini-series) No. 1–4
- What If? No. 26, 31, 34–35
- X-Men: Odd Men Out No. 1
- X-Men vs. The Avengers No. 1–3
- Young Allies No. 1
- Charlton Bullseye No. 1–2, 4–5
- The Complete Rog 2000
- Contemporary Pictorial Literature No. 9/10 (Double), 11–12
- Don Rosa's Comics and Stories No. 1
- Fantaco Chronicles No. 5
- Images of Omaha No. 2
- Magnus Robot Fighter No. 15–17
- The Phantom (Egmont) No. 13/2004 (No. 1334) – published as “Fantomen” in Sweden, “Fantomet” in Norway, and “Mustanaamio” in Finland
- Stray Bullets No. 2A
- The Spirit No. 30
- Writer's Block 2003 No. 1
- Cooke, Jon B. (March 2001). "Rog-2001: Sterno Speaks! Writer Roger Stern on the CPL/Gang-Charlton Connection". Comic Book Artist. TwoMorrows Publishing. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- Vasseur, Richard (May 30, 2006). "Bob Layton Legendary Comic Book Writer and Artist". Jazma Online. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- Stern, Roger (w), Byrne, John (p), Rubinstein, Joe (i). "Cap For President!" Captain America 250 (October 1980), Marvel Comics
- 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.
- 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."
- 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."
- Roger Stern at the Grand Comics Database
- Cronin "Stern and guest-artist Ron Frenz tell the heartfelt tale of a little boy who might be Spider-Man’s biggest fan. Spidey visits the boy and has a nice talk with him (and naturally, there is a twist to the tale)."
- David, Peter; Greenberger, Robert (2010). The Spider-Man Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles Spun from Marvel's Web. Running Press. pp. 68–69. ISBN 0762437723. "Writer Roger Stern is primarily remembered for two major contributions to the world of Peter Parker. One was a short piece entitled 'The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man'...[his] other major contribution was the introduction of the Hobgoblin."
- Gruenwald, Mark. "Mark's Remarks," Avengers No. 288 (March 1988).
- Manning, Matthew K.; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1990s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 253. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "In this seven-part adventure...writers Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Roger Stern, and Louise Simonson, with artists Brett Breeding, Tom Grummett, Jon Bogdanove, and Bob McLeod assembled many of DC's favorite characters to defend the world."
- Wallace, Dan (2008). "Eradicator". In Dougall, Alastair. The DC Comics Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley. p. 116. ISBN 0-7566-4119-5.
- Stern, Roger (w), Swan, Curt (p), Breeding, Brett (i). "Memories of Krypton's Past" Action Comics Annual 2 ([May] 1989), DC Comics
- Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 259: " The issue also featured four teaser comics that introduced a group of contenders all vying for the Superman name...The Eradicator returned in a preview tale by writer Roger Stern and artist Jackson Guice."
- Stern, Roger (w), McLeod, Bob (p), McLeod, Bob (i). "Secrets in the Night" Action Comics 662 (February 1991), DC Comics
- Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 249: "With their nuptials looming, Clark thought it was time to reveal his dual identity to the love of his life, in this landmark issue by writer Roger Stern and artist Bob McLeod."
- Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 271: "Superman gained a new quarterly title to ensure his weekly appearance on comic book store racks in...Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #1, by writer Roger Stern and penciller Tom Grummett."
- Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 275: " The behind-the-scenes talent on the monumental issue appropriately spanned several generations of the Man of Tomorrow's career. Written by Dan Jurgens, Karl Kesel, David Michelinie, Louise Simonson, and Roger Stern, the one-shot featured the pencils of John Byrne, Gil Kane, Stuart Immonen, Paul Ryan, Jon Bogdanove, Kieron Dwyer, Tom Grummett, Dick Giordano, Jim Mooney, Curt Swan, Nick Cardy, Al Plastino, Barry Kitson, Ron Frenz, and Dan Jurgens."
- Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 235: "New Starman Will Payton debuted in his own ongoing series in October  by writer Roger Stern and artist Tom Lyle."
- Shooter, Jim. "Bullpen Bulletins," Marvel comics cover-dated December 1982.
- Roger Stern at the Comic Book DB
- Roger Stern at Mike's Amazing World of DC Comics
- Roger Stern at the Unofficial Handbook of Marvel Comics Creators
|The Incredible Hulk writer
|Captain America writer
(with John Byrne in early 1980)
|The Amazing Spider-Man writer
|The Avengers writer
|Fantastic Four writer
|Action Comics writer
Tom McCraw and
with Tom McCraw
Dan Abnett and
|Iron Man writer
(with Kurt Busiek)
- Interview with Roger Stern on ScifiChick.com
- KryptonSite Interview with Roger Stern
- The Spider's Web Interview with Roger Stern
- Comic Book Legends: Roger Stern
- Marvel Hotline: Roger Stern