Tony Bedard

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Tony Bedard
Tony Bedard.jpg
Born Antony J. L. Bedard
date of birth unknown
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Editor
Notable works
Negation
Exiles

Antony "Tony" J. L. Bedard is a writer and editor who has worked in the comic book industry from the early '90s through the present. He is best known for his work at CrossGen Comics, where he was under exclusive contract, and for his run writing Marvel Comics X-Men spin-off Exiles.

Career[edit]

Tony began his work in the comics industry by working at Valiant Comics as an intern. There he worked his way up, first by lettering some of Valiant's comics and eventually becoming the editor and writer of several titles including Rai, Psi-Lords and Magnus Robot Fighter. His early work is often credited by his full name - Anthony Bedard. After Valiant, Tony moved to freelance work for Broadway, Malibu and Crusade Comics, where he wrote the first two issues of Shi: The Series.

Tony then moved to an editorial position at DC Comics. Here he worked on a number of projects, the most notable being the Hourman monthly. He eventually moved into the Vertigo imprint where he edited several monthly titles, including Vertigo's longest running title Hellblazer.

In 2001 Bedard signed an exclusive contract with CrossGen Comics.[1] Bedard provided editorial knowledge to the company and took over writing CrossGen's launch title Mystic. He went on to co-create Negation with Mark Waid and wrote a number of series for Crossgen. Bedard was writing the mini-series Negation War (which featured characters from the Negation series and was meant to wrap up important plot threads in Negation and the other CrossGen titles) when CrossGen filed for bankruptcy. As a result, only two issues of the series were ever published, and Bedard became the last writer of the Sigilverse.

After CrossGen, Bedard began work on the Marvel Comics series Exiles, which he wrote for 44 issues and an annual. Originally announced as leaving Exiles with #83, his run was extended by six issues due to Chris Claremont being diagnosed with cardiac stress. Bedard also scripted Uncanny X-Men #472-473 and Annual #1, with plots from Claremont, and was the sole writer of Uncanny X-Men #474. Apart from Exiles he had a number of side projects, including the mini-series Spider-Man: Breakout and the final 6 issues of the Rogue monthly comic book.

Bedard then started writing for other comic publishers. With Image Comics, Bedard put out a mini-series he created called Retro Rocket and co-wrote three issues of DC Comics' Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes, helping out his former CrossGen co-worker Mark Waid.

After wrapping up his run on Exiles, Tony returned to DC Comics and worked on a story in JSA: Classified. At the Wondercon Convention,[2] Bedard announced that he had signed on to a two year exclusive contract with DC Comics. His first announced projects included writing portions of the new weekly series Countdown, a six issue arc on Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes and a four issue Black Canary mini-series.

Bedard then went on to write fill-in arcs on both Supergirl and Birds of Prey [3] as well as contributing to The Outsiders fifth week event in August. He was originally announced as the ongoing writer of the 2007 relaunch of Batman and The Outsiders, however he was replaced by Chuck Dixon due to his commitments to other DC series, including writing a months worth of Countdown scripts. He was the regular writer for Birds of Prey from #118 until the series end with #127.

In 2009 Bedard moved on to a number of projects at DC, the first of those being an all-new monthly series called R.E.B.E.L.S. which began in February, with artist Andy Clarke.[4][5]

In 2010 Bedard became the ongoing writer for Green Lantern Corps starting with issue 48, coinciding with the beginning of the "Brightest Day" crossover event and in 2011 he launched the bi-weekly DC Universe Online Legends series co-written with Marv Wolfman.

As part of DC's 2011 New 52 initiative, Bedard became the ongoing writer for Green Lantern: New Guardians and Blue Beetle. Blue Beetle lasted for 16 issues and a Zero Issue and was cancelled in January 2013.

Writing bibliography[edit]

Valiant[edit]

Broadway[edit]

  • Powers That Be #6 (1996).
  • Starseed #7 (1996).

Crusade[edit]

  • Shi: The Series #1-2, #7-8 (1997–98).
  • Tomoe: Unforgettable Fire #1 (1997).

DC\Vertigo[edit]

  • Flinch #10 (3rd Story) (1999).

CrossGen[edit]

  • Mystic #18-43 (2001–2003).
  • Negation Prequel One-Shot (2001). Co-Writer with Mark Waid
  • Negation #1-27 (2001–2004). Note: #1 & #2 Co-Written by Mark Waid
  • CrossGen Chronicles #7 (2002).
  • Route 666 #1-22 (2002–2004).
  • Negation: Lawbringer #1 (2002).
  • Mark of Charon #1-5 (2003).
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang #1-5 (2004).
  • Negation: War #1-2 (2004).

Marvel[edit]

DC[edit]

  • DCU: Brave New World #1 ("Look to the Skies" framing sequence only) (2006).
  • Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes #20-22 (2006). Co-writer with Mark Waid
  • Birds of Prey #100 (Black Canary story only), #109 - 112, #118-127 (2006, 2007, 2008–2009).
  • DC: Infinite Holiday Special (Trials of Shazam Story Only, Gift of the Magi) (2006).
  • JSA Classified #17-18, #25 (2006, 2007).
  • Countdown #49, #45, #40, #36, #32, #28, #22, #19, #17-13 (2007–2008).
  • Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes #29, #31 - 36 (2007).
  • Black Canary #1 - #4 (2007).
  • Supergirl #20 - #22 (2007).
  • Outsiders: Five of A Kind - Week 3: Thunder/Martian Manhunter (2007).
  • Outsiders #50 (2007).
  • DC Infinite Halloween Special - (Aquaman Story Only, Children of the Deep) (2007).
  • Batman Confidential #13 - 16 (2008).
  • R.E.B.E.L.S #1-28 (2009–2011).
  • R.E.B.E.L.S Annual: Starro the Conqueror #1 (2009).
  • The Great Ten #1-9 (2009–2010).
  • Catwoman #83 (2010).
  • Adventure Comics #7 (2010).
  • Gotham City Sirens #12-15 (2010).
  • Green Lantern Corps #48-63 (2010–2011).
  • DC Universe Online Legends #1-present (2011-present). Co-writer with Marv Wolfman
  • Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1-3 (2011).
  • Green Lantern: New Guardians (2011-present).
  • Blue Beetle (2011-present).

Image[edit]

  • Retro Rocket #1-4 (2006–2007).

Editing bibliography[edit]

Valiant[edit]

  • Darque Passages #1 (1994)
  • Harbinger #27-34 (1994)
  • Ninjak #3-8 (1994)
  • Turok, Dinosaur Hunter #11-16 (1994)

Crusade[edit]

  • Angel Fire #1 (1997)

DC[edit]

  • DC One Million #1-4 (1998)
  • JLA #24 - 26, #28 - 42, #1,000,000 (1998–2000)
  • Hourman #1-25 (1999–2001)
  • Fanboy #1-6 (1999)
  • All Star Comics 80 Page Giant #1 (1999)
  • Day of Judgement Secret Files and Origins #1 (1999)
  • Aquaman Vol. 5 #61 - #75 (1999–2001)
  • Batman: No Man's Land Secret Files and Origins #1 (1999)
  • Batman: Gotham City Secret Files and Origins #1 (2000)
  • Wonder Woman #164 - 165 (2000)
  • The Spectre #1 (2001)

DC\Vertigo[edit]

  • Codename: Knockout #1-5 (2001)
  • Hellblazer #158-165 (2001)
  • Transmetropolitan #43-48 (2001)
  • Adventures in the Rifle Brigade: Operation Bollock #1-2 (2001)

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External links[edit]

Interviews[edit]

Preceded by
Joe Kelly
Supergirl writer
2007
Succeeded by
Kelley Puckett
Preceded by
Mark Waid
Legion of Super-Heroes writer
2007
Succeeded by
Jim Shooter
Preceded by
Gail Simone
Birds of Prey writer
2007-2009
Succeeded by
Gail Simone
Preceded by
none
R.E.B.E.L.S. writer
2009—
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Will Pfeifer
Catwoman writer
2010
Succeeded by
none
Preceded by
Paul Dini
Gotham City Sirens writer
2010
Succeeded by
Peter Calloway