Andy Diggle

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Andy Diggle
Diggle at Special Edition NYC.
Area(s)Writer, Editor
Notable works
The Losers
Adam Strange
Awards"Favourite Comics Editor" Eagle Award (2000)
"Best New Talent" National Comics Award (2003)

Andy Diggle is a British comic book writer and former editor of 2000 AD. He is best known for his work on The Losers,[1] Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, Adam Strange and Silent Dragon at DC Comics and for his run on Thunderbolts and Daredevil after his move to Marvel.

In 2013 Diggle left writing DC's Action Comics and began working with Dynamite Entertainment, writing a paranormal crime series Uncanny. He is also working on another crime series with his wife titled Control that is set to begin publishing in 2014.

Early life[edit]

Andy Diggle was born and raised in London, England.[2]


Diggle took over editing 2000 AD and Judge Dredd Megazine in 2000 and, as editor, was credited (most frequently by David Bishop, who originally employed him) as having spearheaded a return to the "old school" values of 2000 AD. While at 2000 AD he wrote a number of stories, including the Judge Dredd spin-off Lenny Zero with Jock, with whom he would continue to collaborate after his move to American comic books.[3] In 2001 he won the Eagle Award for "Favourite Editor."

In 2003 Diggle and Jock created Eagle Award winning and Eisner Award nominated series The Losers which was adapted in 2007 into a movie, directed by Sylvain White.

Diggle spent a total of five years under exclusive contract to DC Comics, for whom he wrote Lady Constantine, Batman Confidential, Green Arrow: Year One (again with Jock),[4] Adam Strange: Planet Heist and Hellblazer.[5][6] In 2012, his writing on Green Arrow:Year One was acknowledged by the showrunners of The CW series Arrow, who drew inspiration from Diggle's comic series, with the naming of an original character for the show as John Diggle (portrayed by David Ramsey), in honour of Diggle.[7]

This was followed by Guy Ritchie's Gamekeeper, which was shortly thereafter optioned by Warner Bros, for Virgin Comics.

Diggle, third from left, on a Dynamite Entertainment panel at the 2013 New York Comic Con. To Diggle's left are Dennis Calero and Matt Wagner.

Diggle also wrote the webcomic prequel to the Bionic Commando game, after having been hired by Capcom to script a playable test level during game development.[8]

In 2008, Andy Diggle was announced as the new writer of Thunderbolts, his first work at Marvel Comics since his Punisher one-shot.[9] The changes in the Thunderbolts were part of the "Secret Invasion" aftermath storyline, the "Dark Reign" storyline, for which Diggle also wrote a tie-in miniseries, Dark Reign: Hawkeye.[10]

Diggle signed an exclusive deal with Marvel early in 2009 and would go on to take over the writing of Daredevil after Ed Brubaker's departure in issue #500,[11][12] wrote Dark Reign: The List - Daredevil[13] and the main limited series in the Daredevil storyline Shadowland.[14] He was subsequently announced as the primary writer accompanying artist Tony Daniel on Action Comics (Volume 2) issue #19 in May 2013, following writer Grant Morrison's departure. However, Diggle left the title with only one issue completed (he would be co-writer for #20 and co-plot issue #21), with Daniel taking on full scripting and art duties for the two following issues completing the three part story arc "Hybrid".

In 2013 Diggle began writing a paranormal crime comic titled Uncanny for Dynamite Entertainment as part of their crime line of comics.[15] In October 2013, he and his wife announced that they would write a second series called Control that would feature "hard-hitting crime" stories.[16]


As a writer[edit]


  • Judge Dredd Megazine:
    • Mega-City Undercover (tpb, 160 pages, 2008, ISBN 1-905437-52-8) includes:
      • "Lenny Zero" (with Jock, in vol. 3 #68, 2000)
      • "Dead Zero" (with Jock, in vol. 4 #1-2, 2001)
      • "Wipeout" (with Jock, in vol. 4 #14-15, 2002)
  • 2000 AD:


DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Other US publishers[edit]

As an editor[edit]

Diggle edited Sonic the Comic before becoming assistant editor of 2000 AD. After serving a brief stint as editor of the Judge Dredd Megazine in 2000, he returned to 2000 AD as its editor from 2000 to 2002.


  1. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008). "The Losers". In Dougall, Alastair (ed.). The Vertigo Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. pp. 114–115. ISBN 0-7566-4122-5. OCLC 213309015.
  2. ^ "About Me"; Andy Diggle's official website; Accessed October 3, 2010
  3. ^ Interview: going underground in Mega-City One, SFX, March 2, 2008
  4. ^ "Back To The Future: DC Announces Five Year One Miniseries" Archived 2007-09-14 at the Wayback Machine. Newsarama
  5. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008). "John Constantine Hellblazer". In Dougall, Alastair (ed.). The Vertigo Encyclopedia. New York: Dorling Kindersley. pp. 102–111. ISBN 0-7566-4122-5. OCLC 213309015.
  6. ^ "Andy Diggle Joins Hellblazer With #230" Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine. Newsarama.
  7. ^ Byrne, Craig (July 19, 2012). "Interview: Marc Guggenheim Unlocks The Secrets & Connections In Arrow". GreenArrowTV. Archived from the original on June 19, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018.
  8. ^ Ong Pang Kean, Benjamin (July 18, 2008). "Diggle: Bringing Bionic Commando to Webcomics". Newsarama.
  9. ^ Richards, Dave (July 27, 2008). "CCI: Diggle and Rosemann Talk "Thunderbolts". Comic Book Resources.
  10. ^ "What's in a Name? Andy Diggle on Dark Reign: Hawkeye". Newsarama. March 2, 2009
  11. ^ Phegley, Kiel (March 26, 2009). "EXCLUSIVE: Diggle on Daredevil". Archived from the original on January 3, 2013. Retrieved March 27, 2009.
  12. ^ Brady, Matt (March 24, 2009). "Moving into Hell's Kitchen: Andy Diggle Talks Daredevil". Newsarama. Archived from the original on 28 March 2009. Retrieved March 27, 2009.
  13. ^ Mahadeo, Kevin (June 30, 2009). "Making the List: Andy Diggle". Retrieved June 5, 2010.
  14. ^ Richards, Dave (April 17, 2010). "C2E2: Diggle Leads Daredevil into "Shadowland"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved June 5, 2010.
  15. ^ Phegley, Kiel (May 9, 2013). "Andy Diggle's "Uncanny" Crime Tale". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved Feb 9, 2014.
  16. ^ Siegel, Lucas (Oct 10, 2013). "NYCC Exclusive: Diggle & Cruickshank Take CONTROL of Dynamite in New Crime Drama". Newsarama. Retrieved Feb 9, 2014.


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Preceded by
David Bishop
2000 AD editor
Succeeded by
Matt Smith
Preceded by
David Bishop
Judge Dredd Megazine editor
Succeeded by
David Bishop
Preceded by
Brian K. Vaughan
Swamp Thing writer
Succeeded by
Will Pfeifer
Preceded by
Mike Carey
Hellblazer writer
Succeeded by
Simon Oliver
Preceded by
Christos Gage
Thunderbolts writer
Succeeded by
Rick Remender
Preceded by
Ed Brubaker
Daredevil writer
Succeeded by
Mark Waid