October 22, 1953 |
Steven Grant (born October 22, 1953) is an American comic-book writer best known for his 1985-1986 Marvel Comics mini-series Punisher, with artist Mike Zeck (collected as Circle Of Blood, ISBN 0-87135-394-6) and for his creator-owned character Whisper.
Beginning in the early 1980s Grant wrote a number of works for Marvel. In addition to bringing the Punisher back into the forefront of the Marvel Universe after a several-year lull, Grant has written Avengers, The Hulk, The Defenders and fill-in runs on comics such as What If?, Spectacular Spider-Man, and Marvel Team-Up.
In the early 1980s his creator-owned character, the female ninja Whisper, debuted at Capital Comics though the company's publishing arm folded after only two issues (and a promotional poster) of the book were published. Several months after First Comics picked up two other Capital publications (Nexus and the Badger), they published a one-shot entitled Whisper Special which led to Whisper being featured in the anthology book First Adventures and eventually to her own ongoing series. During this time, Grant also wrote American Flagg! (he was personally selected by Howard Chaykin to take over scripting the book after Chaykin's departure), a fill-in run on Shatter, a short-lived book of his own creation called Psychoblast and a few issues of Classics Illustrated at First.
At Dark Horse Comics, Grant wrote several limited and ongoing series in the short-lived Dark Horse shared superhero continuity, including the entire two-year run of the series X. His creation Enemy, published by Dark Horse, was optioned and produced as a Fox pilot, but ultimately did not air. He also wrote numerous stories for DC Comics in the 1990s and created new versions of Manhunter and Challengers Of The Unknown. He also continued to periodically write for Marvel Comics, his last major contribution being X-Man in collaboration with Warren Ellis and Ariel Olivetti. Among his other creator-owned works of the '90s were the superhero comic Edge, with Gil Kane, published by Malibu/Bravura, and the crime series Damned with Mike Zeck, published by Wildstorm Comics.
Over the last decade, Grant has written several works for IDW Publishing including original comics featuring the characters from the television show CSI. He also wrote a one-shot about featuring an updated version of his character Whisper and created a crime series, 2 Guns, about undercover cops, for Boom! Studios. At Avatar Press, he produced two creator-owned mini-series, Mortal Souls and My Flesh Is Cool, as well as adapted to comics form Frank Miller's original Robocop screenplays, which deviated considerably from the filmed versions.
In addition to comic book work, Grant has written a number of Hardy Boys novels for young adults under the pen-name Franklin W. Dixon, as well as Tom Swift, Race Against Time and various "choose-your-own-adventure" type books, a posthumous collaboration with science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. His two long-running columns exposing the inner workings of the comics industry, Master Of The Obvious and Permanent Damage, ran from 1999-2010 at the online magazine Comic Book Resources.
Grant's 2 Guns has been made into a major motion picture from Universal Studios starring Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Bill Paxton and Paula Patton. A film version of Mortal Souls is also in pre-production.
Currently, Grant is working on the sequel to 2 Guns as well as an updating of Gil Kane's classic spy thriller His Name Is Savage.
Selected works 
- The Hardy Boys Casefiles (under the pen name Franklin W. Dixon)
- Badlands (with Vince Giarrano, 5-issue mini-series, 2006, tpb, Dark Horse Comics, May 1993, ISBN 1-878574-53-1)
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation:
- Finding The Safest Place With Riches, Grant & Mandrake, Newsarama, March 21, 2008
- Steven Grant at the Comic Book DB
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