March 1, 1981 |
Sterling Gates was a comic fan from a young age. His father owned a comic book store in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and remembered that, "We had a garage full of comics for as long as I could remember and I would sit and read them for hours, then sneak them under the covers and read them in bed." When he started college, he also worked part-time in a local comic shop.
Gates attended the University of Oklahoma and earned a degree in Fine Arts with a specialization in film and television production. His professors used to get annoyed due to his desire to relate all of his schoolwork to comics in some way, shape, or form. His capstone thesis was about sequential art theory and relating time theory in comics to training in film and television. He went on to say that he, "must've referenced Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics a hundred times in that paper!" After moving out to Los Angeles, California to "do something with his life," he and a friend attended WonderCon in San Francisco where he met writer Geoff Johns.
One night in San Francisco, Gates and a friend went out to dinner and then to a bar. Afterwards, upon returning to their hotel, Gates and his friend spotted Johns and editor Steve Wacker in the lobby. After going to a nearby diner, Johns and Wacker had arrived there as well. After striking up a conversation, Gates, "...told them about how I just moved to L.A., and it turned out that Geoff and I shopped at the same comics shop, DJ's Universal, so we talked about that. We said our 'good-byes' and our 'nice-to-meet-you's' and then the host sat them, and then came back and sat us at the table literally right next to theirs. A table maybe five inches from their table. And we kind of all looked at each other and I thought, 'Can this get more awkward? I doubt it.'"
When Gates' friend, who was a rabid Johns fan, was not making the best first impression, Gates paid for Johns' and Wacker's meal as an apology. Gates hoped the meal would make up for his friend's behavior and after the generous act, Johns asked Gates directly, "Do you want a job?" Gates then interviewed with the writing staff for Blade: The Series on Johns' recommendation and was hired. After the series' cancellation, Gates discussed his history of writing comics with Johns, which was previously unbeknownst to him. Johns asked to read Gates' early comics work. Johns was impressed, and after Gates submitted outlines to Johns inspired by the Sinestro Corps War, Gates was interviewed by editor Eddie Berganza and was hired by DC Comics.
Gates told a back-up story about Sinestro Corps member Kryb with artist Jerry Ordway in Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman Prime. He went on to write a two-part story about Alpha Lantern Boodikka in Green Lantern Corps #21-22.[dead link] He then took over full writing duties of the Supergirl title featuring Kara Zor-El, starting with issue #34 of volume 5, in October 2008. Gates also contributed to the Superman: New Krypton story arc.
Comics work includes:
- Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman-Prime: "Fear Is A Baby's Cry!" (with Jerry Ordway, one-shot, DC Comics, December 2007)
- Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps Secret Files and Origins (with Geoff Johns and others, one-shot, DC Comics, February 2008)
- Green Lantern Corps #21-22 (with Nelson, ongoing series, DC Comics, April–May 2008)
- Superman: New Krypton Special (with Geoff Johns, James Robinson, Gary Frank, Pete Woods and Renato Guedes, one-shot, DC Comics, December 2008)
- Supergirl #34-59 (ongoing series, DC Comics, December 2008-February 2011)
- Supergirl Annual #1-2 (annuals, DC Comics, 2009-December 2010)
- DC Universe Holiday Special: "Introduction" (with Karl Kerschl, one-shot, DC Comics, February 2009)
- Faces of Evil: "Prometheus" (with Federico Dallocchio, DC Comics, March 2009)
- Superman: Secret Files 2009 (DC Comics, October 2009)
- Action Comics #881, 884-887 (with Greg Rucka, ongoing series, DC Comics, November 2009-May 2010)
- DC Universe Holiday Special '09: "The Christmas of Doom" (with Jonboy Meyers, one-shot, DC Comics, February 2010)
- Adventure Comics #4-5, 8-11 (with Geoff Johns and James Robinson, ongoing series, DC Comics, January 2010-July 2010)
- World's Finest (with Julian Lopez, 4-issue mini-series, DC Comics, December 2009-March 2010)
- Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #1-3 (with James Robinson and Pete Woods, mini-series, DC Comics, March 2010-May 2010)
- Superman: War of the Supermen #0-4 (with James Robinson and Eddy Barrows, mini-series, DC Comics, June 2010-July 2010)
- The Flash: Secret Files and Origins 2010: "Profile Pages" (with Geoff Johns, Francis Manapul and Scott Kolins, one-shot, DC Comics, May 2010)
- Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #1-3 (with Oliver Nome and Scott Kolins, mini-series, DC Comics, August 2011-October 2011)
- Hawk and Dove #1-5 (with Rob Liefeld, ongoing series, DC Comics, September 2011-January 2012)
- Justice League of America's Vibe #1-10, (ongoing series, DC Comics, March 2013-December 2013)
- Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S." #1-5, (5-issue mini-series, DC Comics, October 2013-February 2014)
- Rogers, Vaneta. "Who is Sterling Gates? Meeting the New DC writer", Newsarama, October 24, 2007, archived at the official blog of Brad Meltzer, October 25, 2007
- "Sterling Gates on the Alpha-Lanterns in GLC", Newsarama, February 8, 2008[dead link]
- Rogers, Vaneta (June 27, 2008). "WWC: Gates and Igle Join DC's Supergirl". Newsarama. Retrieved January 7, 2009.
- Vaneta Rogers and Cliff Biggers. "Planet Stories" Comic Shop News #1108. September 2008. Retrieved on September 17, 2008.
- Rogers, Vaneta (August 4, 2009). "SOME Will Be Revealed: Sterling Gates on SUPERGIRL". Newsarama. Retrieved September 18, 2009.
- Rogers, Vaneta. "Sterling Gates: Returning Prometheus to Glory", Newsarama, December 3, 2008
- Siegel, Lucas. "DC's WAR OF THE SUPERMEN A 100 Minute War, All in May", Newsarama, February 10, 2010
- Meylikhov, Matthew. "UPDATED: Sterling Gates Is Off Hawk and Dove", Multiversity Comics, December 13, 2011
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- Sterling Gates at the Internet Movie Database
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- Animating Forces, Tulsa World, September 18, 2009